Make 2022 Your Year!

Pinot & Picasso Franchising

So, 2021 was just as average as 2020… Why not make 2022 extra special with a change to your career & lifestyle?!

Pinot & Picasso is continually looking for motivated & driven people to join our ever-growing Franchisee network! With over 50 studios in Australia and now operating in New Zealand, it is now a more exciting time than ever in the Pinot & Picasso world!

See what locations are available in both Australia & New Zealand below!

As you can see, we have so many great territories still available around the country! These Aussie communities would thrive with a P&P studio! Due to being sold out in NSW, we’ve seen many take on the challenge of running a studio interstate which has been met with success! Thanks to the digital nature of our business model, this is now more of a reality than a fantasy for business owners.

Enquire today about owning an Australian Pinot & Picasso studio!

Take your business ownership to the next level by operating a studio in New Zealand! With just three studios currently, there are plenty of locations to make the most of this international opportunity! With a P&P representative on the ground in NZ, we’re prepared and primed to support your journey—if you dare to take it!

Enquire today about owning a Pinot & Picasso in New Zealand!

We’ve worked hard to ensure that every Pinot & Picasso territory has the best chance of success. By calculating the total population and number of key demographics in each territory, we work to maximise return for all our franchise owners!

Ready to make a change? Enquire with us about joining the #1 Paint & Sip Franchise today!

Franchisee Focus: Elayna D’Ermilio

FranchiseeFocus-Elayna D'Ermilio

Pinot & Picasso Wetherill Park owner Elayna D’Ermilio has been a part of the Pinot & Picasso family for over two years. Her journey from P&P Artist to our youngest studio owner is truly inspiring. 

Elayna chatted with us about her experience so far as a Franchisee with Pinot & Picasso, her biggest challenges and what she loves about the brand! 



How did you first hear about Pinot & Picasso?

“A couple of years ago, I was working for a pretty awesome guy (now a fellow franchisee) tutoring his children. In May 2019, he told me about this business he was opening and offered me a job. That business happened to be Pinot & Picasso Rouse Hill, and I JUMPED at the opportunity because I loved art, and it just sounded so fun. For  the next couple of months, I got to learn what the business was all about and along the way, I got to see first-hand what it took to open one of these studios. In June 2019, I worked as the artist for his grand opening night!”



What convinced you to join Pinot & Picasso as a Franchisee?

Fast forward 2 years, having worked for Hany as both an artist and a manager for the Hills studios, I became interested in investment and business. I spoke with Hany and his wife about this, and they simply asked the question, “Have you ever considered opening your own studios?” I kind of laughed it off at first as I never thought that kind of investment at 21 years of age would be in my reach.

 After doing my research and deciding that I wanted to take the leap, I went for it and signed for Pinot & Picasso Wetherill Park in September 2020. Going into a franchise that I had prior experience with made sense because as a uni student, I was also concerned about taking on the additional commitment. In the end, I knew that managing these studios is a flexible model which can work around any lifestyle.”



What’s it been like working for P&P as both an artist and franchise owner?

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time as an artist when I was working for Hany. Working is always a blast when you get to do something you enjoy. I did it all – from pop-up functions to marketing events to local business evenings. I wanted to use my experience to mould my staff to the standard I knew worked at previous studios and be as personally involved with my business as possible. 

Due to the size of my studio, we often require two staff members. Nine times out of ten, it is me and one of my other girls. At first, the plan was to work there myself for the first few months and be a backup, but I genuinely enjoy it so much that I don’t think I will ever be able to take a step back!”

 

What was the process like becoming a P&P franchisee?

“After speaking with Hany, he arranged for me to talk to Aaron and James about what the process entails and the financial commitment. After getting all the information, we talked about the location. The Wetherill Park area was perfect for me as it was close enough to home. The territory that came with it had so much potential too. I took some time to explore and think it over, but once the decision was made and the deposit paid, I was on the hunt for a studio! 

This was definitely the most challenging part of my experience, as, at the time, there was not a lot of real estate on the market available. Whilst I was on the hunt, Head Office ensured I was equipped for when the time came. I received my training and began sourcing my staff. My previous experience with the company allowed me to start trading straight away doing pop up functions. This really supported my start as I could get my name out there by going into peoples homes and local businesses. Over that Christmas period, I ran 22 sessions with the help of my parents and partner.

But as they all say, good things come to those who wait! In December, I signed the lease for my dream studio space. Two months of designing and fitting out the studio, and bam! I had my grand opening on February 12th of this year with my first public session on Valentine’s Day!”



What have been your biggest challenges as a franchise owner?

“Being a business owner in my early twenties has also come with its challenges. There was so much to learn in terms of understanding the ins and outs of business ownership. Beyond that, I feared that I would potentially not be taken seriously when it came to negotiating with landlords, approaching fellow business owners and such. I quickly learned that I had nothing to worry about! Coming through as a franchisee of a massive brand like Pinot and Picasso, there is no way people can’t take you seriously. If anything, I was commended for pursuing this side hustle at my age!

This also may come as no surprise, but navigating the current pandemic has also been perhaps the biggest challenge so far. Going into this business last year, I knew that I was signing up with risk as COVID was not over. Still, I could not have predicted that after only 4 months of trading we would be closed until future notice. I had the experience of managing the Hills studios in 2020 during the lockdown, so I was prepared to handle the customer service side of things. Perhaps the biggest challenge now is having a positive mindset. Considering how busy we were pre lockdown, there are only good times to look forward to after getting through this!”



What is a typical day for you as a franchisee?

“Every day is different, but a typical day as a Franchisee would involve answering any email enquiries that have come through overnight first thing, followed by heading over to the studio to clean and set up for the weekend to come. 

Each week, I like to make my way around the area and do some networking. Whether that be grabbing a coffee and some lunch from our local cafe or visiting other business owners at potential pop up locations – it is important to be visually present and put back what you hope to receive into that community!”

 

What’s been your favourite thing about Pinot & Picasso?

“I adore meeting new people which has honestly been the highlight of both my time working as an artist and as a franchisee. As an artist, you get the opportunity to talk to people, ask what brought them into the session, and be a part of their celebration. I have seen many birthdays, hen’s nights, team building events and Christmas parties walk through P&P doors. They always leave raving about how incredible the experience was, particularly those who were sceptical people at first!”



Has becoming a Franchisee changed your life? If so, how?

“Becoming a Franchisee has changed my life in more ways than I could have imagined. Not only do I feel more financially independent and secure than I ever have before (or as early in my life as I could have imagined), I do feel as though I have grown as a person. I learned how to be confident and determined when making difficult decisions, and I quickly learned how passionate you become when you own something. I have never been as proud of myself as I was on my Grand Opening night.”



What advice would give to someone thinking of buying a Pinot & Picasso Franchise?

“Just like going into any business opportunity, you really want to make sure you are as informed as possible about everything to do with the brand, the owners and the overall culture of the company. For P&P, I would highly suggest that you visit a studio and have a go at a session if you haven’t already. Speak to a number of our franchise owners about their experience and ask why they chose to jump on board. Everyone has a different experience, but many of them will tell you that it all stemmed from attending a session, which honestly just goes to show how memorable the experience is. The franchisee community is willing to help!

If you are looking into purchasing a territory that may not be local to you, try and become as informed as possible regarding the culture and vibe of the local community. Find local vendors that you trust! Finally, my most significant piece of advice would honestly be to wait for the perfect studio site to come along. Don’t settle for something that isn’t ideal for you or your customers’ experience in the hopes of opening earlier.”



Does the Pinot & Picasso lifestyle sound like a dream to you? Enquire about becoming a Franchise Owner today!

SOLD OUT in NSW

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First it was Sydney Metro, now it’s the entire state! Pinot & Picasso is officially SOLD OUT of locations in NSW. A feat that is unbelievable for our business that has only been franchising for 2 and a half years! 

This new milestone for Australia’s #1 Paint & Sip Franchise has seen our company grow both interstate and internationally. We’ve started securing more territories in Victoria, South Australia & Queensland, as our first studios in Tasmania and Western Australia prepare to open next month to a brand new audience.

Last week, our first New Zealand studio opened their doors and introduced our unique Pinot & Picasso experience to excited Kiwis! It really is the start of a wonderful journey!

Although NSW might be out of territories, we still have some amazing locations across the country and in NZ available! A big positive of this is that we’ve seen many new Franchisees jump on board and take on the opportunity of owning a studio in another location or state. 

Our HQ team is primed to help any Franchisee make their dream become a reality. At Pinot & Picasso, nothing is impossible and here is just a few reasons why we support anyone looking to own a studio from a distance:

We’re a digital, e-commerce based business!
Being an e-commerce platform, everything we do is managed online or within the digital space. Our website is manageable from everywhere, our advertising and social media spend is encouraged to be placed where we can see results, and all our lines of communication are cloud based. For an operator managing a business from distance, this is a dream.
 
Digital marketing is our jam!
 
We’re the first to admit that we aren’t artists, we’re marketers at heart. Building our business on a digital platform has always made us hyper aware that tracking sales is important. We know where every cent within our franchise business goes, and more importantly how much of that returns. With a strong relationship with our Digital Marketing Agency and years of experience/strategy within the digital space – we provide more and more opportunities for our Franchisee’s to make a healthy return.

Your Pinot & Picasso Life is managed from your pocket!
That’s right, we’ve even got our own app. From tracking attendees, refunds, to creating new sessions and processing payments for functions or large events – this app does it all. We like to ensure that Franchisee’s aren’t fish out of water when edits need to be made so we designed this thing for simplicity. The best part of it all? You can track your weekly sales as they come in.


We asked one of our Franchisees what it’s like operating a studio from a distance. Clinton from Pinot & Picasso Orange said:
“Challenging and rewarding all at the same time. The biggest challenge has been injecting ourselves into the local community and being accepted. This also meant long drives, time away from home and away from loved ones. However, we have met some amazing people on this journey and made some good friends throughout our adopted community. On top of this, we have a sound understanding of our region and can quite confidently call it a second home.”

Interested in finding out how you can manage a Pinot & Picasso studio remotely?

Welcome to the Family, Broadbeach!

Pinot & Picasso is one studio away from raising the bat for our half-century! We’re welcoming Broadbeach to the team as Studio #49!

The opening date is:
Broadbeach – 10th July

We’re so thrilled to be bringing another amazing studio to the Gold Coast, joining our thriving locations of Southport and Palm Beach!

We’ve got a total of 9 studios now in Queensland, and many more wonderful territories available! Thinking of owning a studio in the Sunshine State? Here are some locations that may spark your interest: Townsville, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton, Morningside, Caboolture, and more!

If you’d like to find out more about our studios, available territories or our brand – please book a call with Alyce today!

Franchisee Focus: Team Orange

Pinot & Picasso Orange

Best mates Clinton, Adam and Daniel took a leap and decided to open a Pinot & Picasso studio in a popular rural destination – Orange! We have said countless times that the P&P business models gives potential Franchisees the opportunity to operate a studio from afar, and the Pinot & Picasso Orange team is a prime example of this! 

Clinton chatted with us on behalf of the team to tell us what they have loved about their experience so far as Pinot & Picasso Franchise owners!

What convinced you to join the Pinot & Picasso as a Franchisee?

“We have always been looking to start a business or invest our money in something for our future. Pinot & Picasso had some appeal because of the market access it provided as a first-time investment compared to other franchise brands. The set-up looked affordable and straightforward, and we also had some mutual friend who already invested in the brand. They highly recommended the business model during our initial decision stages.”

What was the process like becoming a P&P Franchisee? 

“The process was exceptionally smooth and straightforward. Whilst having business experience meant we needed less help getting our business off the ground and running, the Pinot HQ team were always ready and able to help when we needed their industry knowledge and expertise.”

What’s been your favourite thing about Pinot & Picasso?
“Having fun, hands down the most enjoyable business we have been a part of. Not only do we enjoy ourselves, but we also sell a great service that is second to none and the bottom line is, our customers have fun too! It really is a lifestyle that Pinot & Picasso sell to their franchisees.”

What’s it been like operating a studio from a distance?
“Challenging and rewarding all at the same time. The biggest challenge has been injecting ourselves into the local community and being accepted. This also meant long drives, time away from home and away from loved ones. However, we have met some amazing on this journey and made some good friends throughout our adopted community. On top of this, we have a sound understanding of our region and can quite confidently call it a second home.”

Since becoming a Franchise Owner with P&P, what benefits have you seen in life and business?
“We have seen an increase in our work life balance for the better. We have more time to do the things we love. Besides this, going to work for Pinot does not really feel like work when staff and customers all want to be there. After a few months of hard work setting up and pounding the pavement, the benefits have really paid off and the ability to now work from home is fantastic. We can see the opportunity to expand and pivot our entire lifestyle towards solely running Pinot & Picasso.”

If there was one reason to join P&P, what would it be?
“A new lifestyle.”

Does the Pinot & Picasso lifestyle sound like a dream to you? Enquire about becoming a Franchise Owner today!

Franchisee Training 101 at Pinot & Picasso

Pinot & Picasso Franchise Training

Once you have jumped onboard the Pinot & Picasso train, we take you through Franchisee training at our Head Office! We cover all the bases and give you the right tools to help you become the best Franchisee possible! 

Once you have been introduced to everyone at Head Office, your training will begin. Here’s a summary of what we cover in Franchisee training:

 

  • System Access

We use multiple systems and platforms to help run different aspects of the business. The systems we have will help you with marketing, social media, staff rostering, stock ordering and delivery, adding sessions, and so much more! We set you up with a studio email which also gives you access to our Google Drive. Our shared Google Drive has all 

  • Artwork Gallery

What is Pinot & Picasso without its artworks? We’re not going to even answer that! Our Creative Council will show you our entire Pinot & Picasso artwork gallery in training. They will run you through all our types of sessions that we hold in our studio. 

  • Operations Management

This is the most important module in our training session. We cover many topics like roles & responsibilities, customer communication, staffing, studio maintenance, and pop-ups. This section really is the backbone of what it takes to run a Pinot & Picasso studio. Sound daunting? It really isn’t. We think this part of training will get you really excited for getting started and opening your studio!

  • Website Training

Your website is your biggest selling tool. Why? Because this is the place people come to buy tickets to your sessions. We take you through the backend of the website, adding and editing sessions, rescheduling and refunds, and WooCommerce. You’ll be a pro at this in no time!

  • Local Area Marketing

Now that you know the backend information and you’re ready to start selling tickets, we equip you with Our Local Area Marketing guide will be your helping hand in this process. From community outreach and influencers, to establishing yourself as an online powerhouse, all the info you need to get you started is right there!

  • Digital and Social Media Marketing 101

We take a further marketing step to help you with social media itself. Customers are most likely to stumble upon our business through social media so it is vital to know how to market your studio on Instagram and Facebook. We will help you understand the media landscape and create some strategies to be a social media whiz!

 

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