If you'd prefer a home-based business, and enjoy in-person sales calls, check out this window covering franchise opportunity.
The Blind Man of America sells custom-made blinds, shutters, awnings, soft treatments and more, with home installation and mobile showrooms. The Blind Man's philosophy is "money chases service."
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A home-based business, The Blind Man franchisee works out of the "blind mobile", a full-service van containing all the items needed to provide both product selection and quality customer service. As a whole, The Blind Man averaged a 59% closing ration in 2004. In other words, 6 out of every 10 estimates have been converted to sales. The Blind Man franchisees who have been in business for 3+ years averaged a 55% repeat and referral business.
New franchisee training includes 10 business days of intensive training in all aspects of the business, including the product, measuring and installation, repairs, sales calls, bookkeeping, "The Blind Man Way" and more. Franchisees are encourage to stick around for a few more days if they have more questions.
The Blind Man keeps its franchisees on the cutting edge of the window covering industry through conferences, newsletters, and e-mail updates. Marketing support is provided through product brochures, full-color professional ad slicks, and radio spots. The pros of being a Blind Man of America franchisee include low initial investment, home-based business, low overhead and no inventory, and exclusive protected territories.