The Weathersby Guild Franchise
The Weathersby Guild is a great opportunity in mobile furniture restoration that can generate tremendous revenue streams both in the commercial and residential markets. (50 Units)
Due to the franchisor’s commitment to training and a proven business plan that only requires a low initial investment and overhead by the franchisee, the Weathersby Guild has shown the road to success to many franchisees in their network; and can for you!
The Weathersby Guild franchise was founded in 2002 by President and CEO Kent Weathersby after practicing the art of furniture repair and restoration for 50 years. His skills had been passed down to him by his father who established Weathersby Furniture Repair in 1959.
Mr. Weathersby established an Atlanta based company in 1973, developing a reputation for excellence in the furniture repair arts and customer service, especially within the moving van line claims handling community.
At the request and encouragement of several clients, Kent established a training arm within the Atlanta Company. His background in a variety of training venues provided the platform for a carefully crafted and staffed training program which focuses on creating elevated skill levels in carefully selected candidates.
The training arm of the Atlanta Weathersby Guild launched the first franchise in Jacksonville, FL in 2003. Soon, a network of numerous Weathersby Guilds evolved located throughout the US which reflects the corporate culture for outstanding craftsmanship and excellence in customer service.
Revenue streams include a variety of sectors including:
- Moving van claims handling;
- Private residential;
- Property managers;
- Retail; and
- Manufacturing interests.
Training and Support
Initial training is 19 to 21 days in Atlanta, GA and is conducted in classroom, shop, commercial, and residential environments.
The program is based on the old world Guild method of instruction wherein apprentices grow through Journeyman, Craftsman and Master Craftsman levels of experience and expertise.
Corporate instructors maintain over a century of combined experience in the furniture repair arts.
Training includes instruction in:
- Basic and advanced furniture repair;
- Color replacement;
- Fastening and joining;
- Marketing; and
- The federal moving van tariff regulations.
A new franchisee will become highly skilled as a result of our training program, ready to generate income immediately upon completion. All training is accomplished one-on-one with seasoned Master Craftsmen.
Training and education continues throughout the careers of Weathersby Guild members through:
- Publications; and
Benefits to Buying a Franchise
- Strong commitment by Corporate in Training, Mentoring and Developing Franchisees;
- Every Guild member feels as if they are part of a committed family of mutually supportive owners led by a staff of highly skilled instructors and marketers.
- In most areas, the franchisee is supported by a dedicated clientele that allows income generation immediately upon opening of a franchise.
The Weathersby Guild model is a fantastic opportunity with:
- Low initial investment;
- Low overhead;
- Home based;
- On-site furniture restoration opportunity.
Weathersby Guild Headquarters maintains a staff tasked with driving business to business and business to consumer revenues to franchisees.
Major marketing is conducted by headquarters and the maintenance of dedicated client networks.
Local marketing efforts are supported by headquarters direction and instruction. Marketing and training visits are made to the franchisee domicile for skill promotion and the development of local business.
Advertising costs are minimal are not collected as a percentage of earnings.
At present, there are 36 locations across the US including Hawaii.
There is potential for another 40 to 50 locations in the US. An international expansion program is being developed.
The franchise fee is $41,500 and covers all initial and follow-up training. All specialty tools are provided.
Liquid capital of $65,000 will be sufficient to provide:
- Office equipment;
- Any tools not already possessed by the candidate;
- Operating capital for 90 days and the franchise fee – This does not include the cost of providing for a vehicle sufficient to support the operation.
Owner requirements include the possession of good verbal and written communication skills, managerial experience. Bachelor’s degree preferred but educational requirements can be satisfied by quality experience in business or military/government service.
Target Market Area
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