National Hire a Veteran Day-July 25th

July 25th is National Hire a Veteran day! Our nation’s heroes are some of the best employees and help us create a stronger work force. Veterans have been shown to have stronger learning curve abilities, a profound understanding of teamwork and how it improves productivity, and leadership abilities within hierarchical and peer structures.
The United States government has a program, the Special Employer Incentives(SEI), which assists with the hiring and retention of military veteran employees. This program assists businesses with salary reimbursements, expenses related to cost of training, and aids in accommodating the needs of the individual veteran. Hiring a veteran can guide you in finding the valuable employee necessary to see your business succeed!
In addition to being great employees, veterans make outstanding small business owners! Veterans have proven their ability to perform under the highest levels of pressure and responsibility, making them well equipped to handle the stresses of entrepreneurship while being effective and successful! One of the many benefits of being a small business owner is the ability to work a flexible schedule, which is an added convenience for active and reserve military personnel.
High Touch High Tech values the skillset that our veterans bring to the workforce! We offer a Veteran’s Discount on the Franchise Fee to open a High Touch High Tech location and look forward to offering this to our Veteran’s and their families! High Touch High Tech is a Small Business Administration(SBA) approved franchise and will work with you to secure your Veteran’s Small Business Loan!

Our franchisees are changing the world one young scientist at a time!
P.O. Box 8495, Asheville, NC 28814
PHONE: 
828.684.3192
TOLL FREE (USA): 
800.444.4968
info@ScienceMadeFunFranchise.net

 

Works Cited:
Military.com “10 Reasons to Hire a Veteran.” Miliary.com, Web 2019. 22 July 2019.
US Department of Veteran’s Affairs “Special Employer Incentives SEI.” Virginia Government Benefits, SEI flyer, 2012. 22 July 2019
Riggins, Nash.  “15 Benefits of Hiring Military Veterans.” Small Business Trends, Web 2017. 22 July 2019

 

Own Your Own Franchise While Making A Difference.

Have you ever thought about owning your own franchise while making a difference?

Boy Playing with Space Mud

 

 

 

Ready to join an industry that’s thriving?

High Touch High Tech brand represents a credible, hands-on, educational resource for teachers, and a super FUN, high impact science experience for kids. We have been making science meaningful and memorable for students since 1992! With over 16 million participants annually and more than 3000 school districts served annually, demand for supplemental education is on                                the rise!

 

 

Want to make a difference in your community?

Our elementary education science experiences will excite your students, and develop a lifelong love of science.  We provide fun, yet educational business opportunities that                                               make a BIG impact with the kids in your community!

 

Low Investment

A simple and highly efficient business model leads to high growth margins.

 

 

High Touch High Tech could be the opportunity for you!

High Touch High Tech is a brand with global exposure and appeal; a dependable, rewarding and profitable home-based franchise opportunity. Our franchisees provide a variety of fun, entertaining and educational science experiences to children in schools, preschools, camps, libraries, community centers, and private homes; ultimately, wherever children are found in their communities. These highly sought-after innovative and engaging educational programs are easy to deliver.

 

Call 1.800.684.3192 or visit ScienceMadeFunFranchise.com

 

Why Didn’t I Think of That? 10 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Franchise

Looking to start a new venture in the franchising world? Remember “Ask Why Before You Buy!

What we mean by this is, before buying a new franchise, there are several things you should ask the franchisor.  These questions can give you a lot of insight into what you can expect as part of this franchise. 

1. What initial services do you offer? This will let you know the level of involvement you can expect from the franchisor to help you get your new franchise off the ground.  

2. What assistance do you provide in obtaining finance?  Starting a franchise can be expensive, so knowing whether or not you can expect some help from the franchisor is important.  

3. What help will I receive in arranging local advertising and promotions? Are there standard promotions (radio spots, print ads, etc.) available for my use?  Advertising can be a big upfront expense, so it is important to know if you will need to budget for your own advertising campaign or the franchisor offers assistance in this area.   

4. Can you give me specific examples of problems that your franchisees have faced and how you have been able to help them? This question will help you find out how the franchisor supports franchisees. The franchisor should be able to provide examples about how a franchisee in need was helped.  

5. What can you tell me about some of your franchisees that have been very successful?  What about those who have not had great success?  Knowing what has worked in the past (and what hasn’t) will be very beneficial in developing your business plan.  

6. What kind insurance must I have? Do you have an arrangement with a broker or a company offering special rates?  Again, this is another expense that you may have to include in your budget.  

7. Do you provide ongoing training in the form of workshops, conferences, seminars, regional meetings, refresher or advanced courses?  Knowing that your franchisor will continually be offering support and guidance can put you at ease when you are starting a new franchise.  

8. What is the day-to-day business like for your franchise? This important, often overlooked, question will let you know what you can expect on a daily basis as a franchisee.  

9. What employee characteristics are typically found among employees at one of your franchises?  Employees are often the face of a business, so knowing what characteristics to expect could be important to your decision.  

10. What are relationships like between the franchisees Knowing if there is a familial feeling among the franchisees or heavy competition is an important dynamic to understand before becoming a part of a franchise. 

Starting your own business is exhilarating in itself, but it’s even better when you have an experienced support team by your side that has been there before, knows the many different aspects of the small business landscape, and can offer guidance every step of the way. 

That’s the High Touch High Tech (ht2) franchise advantage!

High Touch High Tech is a brand with global exposure and appeal; a dependable, rewarding and profitable home-based franchise opportunity. Our franchisees provide a variety of fun, entertaining and educational science experiences to children in schools, preschools, camps, libraries, community centers, and private homes; ultimately, wherever children are found in their communities. These highly sought-after innovative and engaging educational programs are easy to deliver.

We offer you a unique opportunity to build a successful business while contributing to your community. Get started today with your franchise by teaching science fun to children. Our services are in high demand. Teachers, parents, school administrators, businesses and government have vested interests in enriching children’s science experiences. High Touch High Tech franchisees realize the benefits of providing programs that make science fun, and accessible.

Why reinvent the wheel when High Touch High Tech has a proven track record and a recognized brand? Take our successful concept and combine it with your talents to inspire the scientists of tomorrow. Get started by going to http://sciencemadefunfranchise.net/.

High Touch High Tech Named a 2018 Top Franchise

High Touch High Tech Named a 2018 Top Franchise by Franchise Business Review

 Independent Survey Shows Franchise Owners Are Highly Satisfied with High Touch High Tech’s Performance

Asheville, NC, January 9, 2018– High Touch High Tech was recently named a top franchise for 2018 by Franchise Business Review. This is the 13th annual ranking of the top 200 award-winning franchise opportunities. The list is available at https://franchisebusinessreview.com/page/top-franchise-opportunities/.

The mission of High Touch High Tech is to introduce children, at an early age, to the amazing world of science and nature by providing innovative, educational, hands-on programs that are presented in a fun manner, that nurtures their budding young minds and stimulate both their imagination and curiosity. For more than 20 years, the rapidly growing children’s education franchise has cultivated an outstanding & diverse family of franchisees ranging from former educators to corporate executives.

Each year, over sixteen million kids participate in the company’s inquiry-based programming. Every day, every hour, somewhere in the world, there is a High Touch High Tech program currently happening.  As the leader in innovative, hands-on science & nature experiences, they continue to leave a lasting impression by making science concepts both meaningful & memorable for children of all ages.

Franchise Business Review, a franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction, provides the only rankings and awards for franchise companies based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance. Franchise Business Review publishes its rankings of the top 200 franchises in its annual Guide to Today’s Top Franchises.

High Touch High Tech was among 307 franchise brands, representing over 28,000 franchise owners, that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research. High Touch High Tech’s franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems, including training & support, operations, franchiser/franchisee relations, and financial opportunity.

“There are thousands of successful franchise companies operating in North America, but many of those companies do not offer a solid investment opportunity for the actual franchise owners,” says Eric Stites, CEO of Franchise Business Review. “As an independent research firm, we rate the franchise companies in the marketplace today and identify those that have the highest levels of satisfaction and performance among their franchisees in order to help entrepreneurs when choosing which franchise to invest in. The companies on this year’s list are the top performing brands in the areas critical to their franchisees’ success.”

“I am excited and humbled to learn that High Touch High Tech was ranked in the Top 50 in the 2018 Franchisee Satisfaction Awards. This award provides wonderful affirmation of the hard work we put in, and our corporate culture of supporting our franchisees, realizing everyday that our success is linked to our franchisees success.” says Daniel Shaw, President & CEO of High Touch High Tech.

Visit FranchiseBusinessReview.com to see the full description of the 2018 Top Franchises.

About Franchise Business Review

Franchise Business Review (FBR) is the only independent market research firm that specializes in bench marking franchisee satisfaction based exclusively on ratings and reviews from franchise owners. FBR publishes free and unbiased franchisee satisfaction research reports throughout the year online at http://www.FranchiseBusinessReview.com.

Media Contacts:

High Touch High Tech

Terri Connolly

Vice President, Brand Development

828.684.3192

tconnolly@ScienceMadeFun.net

 

Franchise Business Review

Ali Forman

B2B Marketing Manager

603.319.4818

ali@franchisebusinessreview.com

 

 

Home-Based Business’ on the Rise

 

Starting a home-based business isn’t a just trend anymore. It’s part of the new reality of the American workforce.

The dreams of working at home and being your own boss are very much alive and go hand-in-hand in the modern workforce. It is now possible to start almost any kind of business from home, with enough money, effort and time. Home based business’ have generally low overhead and tend to be the easiest to start up.

That’s not to say that it’ll be easy. With the rise in working from home comes more competition from other home-based businesses. And any new venture will require at a minimum some serious market research and possibly some fairly complex licensing and legal maneuvers.

But don’t let any of that hold you back. With the right guidance and some serious preparation, you can be part of the booming home-based economy. That’s where being a part of a franchise system benefits. You can rely on the franchisor to help with guiding your business efforts and much more.

Take the leap, start your home based business with High Touch High Tech today!

Transition From Your Old Job To Your Dream Job!

How to Transition from your Old Job to Owning your own Business as a Franchisee

There comes a time in your life when you grow tired of your day job and dream of owning your own business. You dream of being your own boss and setting your own schedule. But for many, they don’t know where to begin. That’s where becoming a franchisee comes in! Certain benefits come along when buying into a franchise model, for instance, there’s a proven company track record, an established brand name, training programs and not to mention ongoing support and marketing assistance.

So how do you choose which franchise is right for you?

Research, research, research! 

1. Attend franchise events. The International Franchise Expo claims that it is the largest expo in the U.S., with more than 300 franchises in attendance. The IFE conference is hosted annually, as well as a number of smaller regional events nationwide.

High Touch High Tech was in attendance of the 2017 International Franchise Expo help at the Javits Center in New York City this past June. We will also be attending some regional events throughout the rest of 2017. Please see our schedule listed below:

Austin, Texas – September 23 & 24

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – October 7 & 8

Orlando, Florida – October 20 & 21

2. Talk to franchisors and franchisees. Head to the franchisors website and request more information. Carefully review all materials including the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), a legal document that the Federal Trade Commission requires franchisors to provide. For a more in depth look, try calling existing and perhaps former franchisees. Ask the franchisees about their experiences, including the support they have received from the corporate office. For a hands-on look see if there is a franchise location near you and see if you can shadow them for a day. 

3. Consult with the Better Business Bureau. Check to see if there are any consumer complaints against a particular franchisor by doing a search on the Better Business Bureau’s website or by contacting the Federal Trade Commission. 

 4. Do a web search. There are a number of sites for basic franchise information. We recommend taking a look at the International Franchise Association’s website IFA, The Franchise Directory, Entrepreneur MagazineWorld FranchisingFranData and American Franchisee Association

 

For more information about owning a High Touch High Tech franchise please visit our website: https://sciencemadefunfranchise.net/index.cfm

Steps to owning a High Touch High Tech Franchise: https://sciencemadefunfranchise.net/steps_how_to_franchise

 

 

Why You Should Buy a Franchise Instead of Starting Your Own

 

It is very rare a person will have all the natural expertise in every area of starting a successful business. Franchises provide an organized way to start, operate and grow a business. If the franchise is successful it should give you the whole framework of how the business is started.

Each business is individually owned and managed, however it gets to use all the benefits of the organization with the support and care of the franchiser.

Including:
-Group advertisement.
-Benefit of using known and legit services, trademarks, proprietary information, patents and designs. 
-Training from head quarters successful operators.
– Lower risk of failure and loss than starting a business from scratch.
– Complete operational assistance from the franchiser, during the beginning of start up and after in financing, accounting, employee training and operational.

Government research in previous years has been found that the success of franchise owned businesses verse non-franchise owned/ small businesses are much higher than the non-franchise businesses.

 

Quick tip!
If you chose a franchise that is in an area/ skill you really love, there is a much higher chance of succeeding and enjoying your job and company! 

 

 

References:  https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/286212

 

 

 

 

 

4 Factors to Consider When Selecting a Franchise

Understanding the facts and guiding criteria to identify the right business type and brand!

 

There are many good reasons to pursue your dream of owning a successful franchise. For starters when you buy a franchise, the idea and the process of running this business have already been proven. However, owning a franchise doesn’t guarantee success, but it does minimize the risk. 

After understanding the facts, and looking at the guidelines, responsibilities and obligations of franchising, aspiring franchises need to do a self assessment to determine whether this form of entrepreneurship is for them or not, suggests Kevin B. Hicks, a partner with Blackman & Associates, a franchise consulting firm with offices in New York and Atlanta, which provides advisory and acquisition services for individuals and companies. Blackman & Associates identify viable and lucrative franchise opportunities for both startups and existing businesses.

Whether it is a food concept or business service concept, there is a litmus test and guiding criteria you can use to select a business type and brand. Hicks, who has also been a multiple unit owner of several food franchise concepts, shares four minimum factors one should consider in choosing a franchisor’s brand that is right for you.

 

1. Skill: There are some franchises in specific professions or where certain skill sets increase the prospect for success, says Hicks. For example, a mechanic and Midas Muffler; an educator and High Touch High Tech;  a real estate agent and a ReMax or Century 21 office. If you are outgoing, affable, and service oriented, you may do well with a food concept, Hicks says. “If you are good with math, you may do well in a Jackson Hewitt or Liberty Tax Service franchise.”

2. Interests: There are franchises that present opportunities for individuals to pursue their personal passion or interests. Cooking and food service (Subway, T.G.I Friday’s), cleaning (Coverall, Molly Maid), fitness (Anytime Fitness, Curves), hair styling (Supercuts), floral arranging (1-800-Flowers), massage therapy (Massage Envy), traveling (Travel Advisors), pets (Petland), real estate (Hilton hotels), staffing services (Express Personnel), health or nutrition (GNC) or child related (High Touch High Tech Science Made Fun)

3. Need: One of the most desirable features of franchising is that these businesses provide a high quality standard of goods and services. Hicks notes that in many lower income communities there is a lack of quality goods and services. For example, he cites an area in Southeast Washington, DC. “Through the advocacy of my firm and that of a corporate support manager at IHOP, Nicole Durham-Mallory, IHOP approved a Black franchisee (a professional athlete and police officer) who opened a new restaurant in the district of the current Councilman and former DC Mayor Marion Berry, an area where there had not been a new sit down restaurant for twenty years. Because of the support of CouncilmanBerry and the success of that restaurant, two other family style franchise brand restaurants are slated to open in the area in the next twelve months.

Hicks points out that service/gas stations, convenience stores, car repair shops, computer repair shops, and enrichment centers are examples of much needed franchise services in lower income communities. As well as After School & educational service providers such as those tied to the ever-growing STEM movement like High Touch High Tech-Science Made Fun. Moreover, many of these areas are now becoming gentrified, with new residents in need of service brands that they are accustomed to such as dry cleaners (Tide, 1-800-DryClean), shoe shine shops (Heel Quik), mail box and packaging services (UPS Stores), housekeeping services (Molly Maids, Home Helpers), and exterminator services (Terminix).

“So, part of your franchise selection should include researching what goods and services are needed in area neighborhoods,” adds Hicks. If there are many kids in the neighborhood, you may consider a child related franchise such as High Touch High Tech – Science Made Fun

4. Earning Potential: Another key consideration when selecting a franchise, much like any other investment, is how much you would like to make monetarily. Different franchises have different earning potential. “If you are just looking to supplement your household income, then maybe you pursue a cleaning, tax, or daycare concept, a home based or part time franchise businesses,” Hicks explains. “If you are looking to replace a salary, then you may want to look at other concepts that provide greater income.”

How do you determine what a franchise makes? Several methods to do so are earnings claim statements that can be found in franchisor’s disclosure documents, interviews/conversations with current franchisees, and discussion boards.   

To explore franchise opportunities across segments (food, service, education, etc.) as well as get background information, visit the International Franchise Association‘s website. The IFA’s Franchise Opportunities Directory  is a database of more than 1,100 franchise systems searchable by industry, keyword, start up cash, total investment, and other criteria.


To learn more about fun business opportunities with High Touch High Tech, visit us online at ScienceMadeFunFranchise.net.

High Touch High Tech is the leader in innovative hands-on science and nature experiences for children, serving over 4 million children annually with 27 franchise locations across the United States, Canada, Turkey, Singapore and South Korea.

Starting a Franchise: Buy New or Established?

If you’re looking for a great launch pad to owning a small business, a franchise can be an ideal place to blast off. We’ll help you reduce the hemming and hawing over whether to buy a new or existing franchise.

Becoming a franchisee can be a great path to entrepreneurship. Franchisees leverage the strength of an established brand and a tried and true business model while the franchisor serves as a source of capital—an asset that is particularly welcome in today’s tight fiscal atmosphere. So how should you become a franchisee? Should you start fresh or set the quick trajectory of buying an business from a seasoned franchise entrepreneur?

Opting to Buy an Existing Franchise

There is a general sense among buyers that investing in an existing franchise location is easier. That may or may not be the case,
depending on the specifics of the location, but it’s true that there are several pluses of investing in an existing franchise as you chart the steps to purchasing a franchise: 

1. History

An existing franchise opportunity can be a turnkey business acquisition. It’s already been in operation so the seller can demonstrate a performance history showing profitability as well as concrete numbers that will help you figure out it’s cash flow and make project future performance. These are two key elements in assessing value. 

2. Flexibility

There my very well be a set fee structure for new franchise locations, which will impinge on the buyer’s ability to negotiate on terms or price. But buying a franchise business for sale puts you right across the table from the seller with more ability to negotiate the terms and maximize the return on your investment.

3. Client Base

An established and loyal client base is a massive benefit for a franchise entrepreneur. Existing franchise business for sale strikes a quick route for new owners to take advantage of an established customer since the franchise brand gives customers a sense of consistency, tapping into memories of positive experiences with the franchise brand. 

Reasons to go with a New Franchise

With a new franchise location, you take on higher risks along with higher rewards. While every franchise business opportunity is different, new franchisees often find out that building a new location provides merits that simply aren’t available with an existing operation: 

1. Lower Purchase Price

New franchise companies for sale are often a better deal because you aren’t buying existing cash flow from an established customer base and you aren’t paying for “goodwill” value often expected by sellers of existing franchises. If the new franchise is successful, you’ll reap the financial benefits of the franchise history, not the seller.

2. Tabula Rasa

A new business offers a fresh start to buyers; a franchise business opportunity unaffected by the habits, preferences and/or flaws of a previous owner. Although you’ll have to put your nose to the grindstone to forge your business in an untried community, you don’t have to worry about skeletons popping out from closets of previous businesses.  

3. Pristine Infrastructure

When you buy a new franchise, it’s likely that your equipment and facilities will also be new or at least newer than they would be if you bought an existing franchise. Out of date equipment isn’t always a deal-breaker, but in some sectors it’s important to ensure that the business has reliable machines and current designs.

To learn more about fun business opportunities with High Touch High Tech, visit us online at ScienceMadeFunFranchise.net.

High Touch High Tech is the leader in innovative hands-on science and nature experiences for children, serving over 4 million children annually with 27 franchise locations across the United States, Canada, Turkey, Singapore and South Korea.

7 Tips for Starting Your Own Business

1.Be Clear on Why You want to Start a Business
While the idea of starting a business may be daunting, the fatigue of looking for a job may be even greater. Taking control of your working life by venturing out on your own may be scary, but doing nothing can be worse. That said, don’t start a business because you’ve run out of options. If you’re truly interested in doing your own thing and you’re ready to go for it with gusto, then small business ownership can be the most frustrating and the most freeing avenue—with the possibility of the greatest financial security. A great business to start and do your own thing, is working with children. Within this industry, one franchise stands out, High Touch High Tech.

Business Opportunity & Demand

2.Determine Your Business Type
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. The best idea for you may be tried and true with your personal twist. Look into franchising. It’s a great way to start a business with the help,  leadership and experience of the franchisor. Franchisees are people just like you, that found a franchise they could relate to and get passionate about. This leads to lots of satisfaction with your business.

Meet Our Franchisees

3.Create a Simple Business Plan
Most new aspiring businesses owners think they’re supposed to sit down and write a detailed and lengthy business plan, making all sorts of wild assumptions about how much money you’ll make in five years, and so on. Some people worry so much about dotting every “i” and crossing every “t” until their plan is just perfect, they never start their business. For a basic business, I favor a one-page business plan that covers what you offer, who you’re targeting, how much you’ll charge and what you’ll do to make it happen. It’s a fluid process that will change once you dive in, so keep it simple at the start. If you consider a franchise, you learn the successful business plan from the franchisor, during your training.

Curriculum

4.Nail Your Target Customer
Determine exactly who your customers are with great specificity. If you’re creating a skin cream, don’t say “all women” or “everyone with skin” could buy from you. Is it targeted to women who visit a dermatologist for monthly facials or to women who grab anything from the drug store aisles? Your ingredients, process, packaging and pricing will all determine who the customer is. Be specific: I’m going to provide bookkeeping services for restaurants; I’m going to create social media campaigns for self-published authors. The more you can pinpoint your targeted client, the more focused your marketing efforts will be to reach them. You’ll be able to ask for the right referrals and you’ll know who and what to search for on the Internet.

Marketing

5.Perfect Your Pricing
Your pricing shouldn’t just cover your costs; it must also generate a profit for your business. Don’t undervalue your time and talent, which is a classic mistake. One option is to work the numbers from the top down: What are you looking to make annually? How does that break down monthly and weekly? How many products must you sell or how many clients will you need to bring in to meet those numbers? What are all of the costs associated with delivering that product or service? None of this requires fancy charts or advanced accounting skills. Play around with the numbers so you know what’s realistic as you get going—and revisit your numbers monthly. Pricing however, is not the only path to success. It turns out it matters what you do. Try to help people in some way.  A business that helps children is very rewarding.

Why High Touch High Tech

6.How to Find Start-Up Money
Until you start bringing in sales, you must keep costs down. Think creatively: it would be great to rent a fancy commercial kitchen to bake those cupcakes, but use a cheap or free church or community kitchen in off-hours instead. I worked with a woman to launch a series of art classes for kids, but she didn’t have money for supplies. The solution: she required parents to purchases the supplies and pay for the courses upfront. Forget hiring a full staff; ask friends for help and train interns. Barter for key services.

If tapping personal savings isn’t an option or if you need a more creative financing option, one of the fastest growing now is crowdfunding, which allows your network of friends and family to contribute to your start up costs if they like you and want to support your small business idea.

Another avenue is franchising. Many franchisors have their own financing that you can arrange with them. This financing is really helpful, and you pay the loan back with your profits!

Financing

7.Go Out and Get Customers
This is where the magic happens. Nothing else matters if you don’t have customers. The majority of your time and effort must focus on sales. Having a smart marketing plan to attract interested people, and then convert them to customers is your number one priority. Don’t get overwhelmed about how to dive in: just start where you are. Create a list of 50 potential prospects that you’ll go after and begin making calls one by one. Build a serious social media presence for your business where you can engage directly with your target market.

Dreaming about how fabulous your business can be is good; but doing something to get it there is sensational. It’s all about the hustle: the decisions you make and the actions you take each and every day – that’ll get you where you want to go. Take that dream and look at all your options with franchises. Does any of these franchise opportunities resonate with you? Try to find a franchise opportunity that you can be passionate about. This is the path to success.

Mission Statement

To learn more about franchise opportunities with High Touch High Tech, visit us online at ScienceMadeFunFranchise.net.

High Touch High Tech is the leader in innovative hands-on science and nature experiences for children, serving over 4 million children annually with 27 franchise locations across the United States, Canada, Turkey, Singapore and South Korea.