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5 Advantages of Buying a Franchise

Advantages of Buying a Franchise
At Pinot & Picasso, we’ve seen firsthand the benefits of being a franchise. From our ongoing guidance to our franchise network to being cost-effective, the pros definitely outweigh the cons.

Here are the five advantages of buying a franchise!

 

WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK

The massive benefit of franchising is that you won’t ever feel like you’re on your own. That’s one of the scary things about starting your own business. Pinot & Picasso offers the independence you desire for a small business, but the support from HQ will always be there. 

We like to think our franchise network is one of the best aspects of our company. Not only is our HQ team supportive, but our franchisees are always there to offer advice, tips and support. They’ve all been in the same position of opening a studio and are encouraging your small business’s success. 

 

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

You don’t need to be a qualified business owner or have worked in the arts industry to operate a Pinot & Picasso studio. Our HQ team offers extensive training when you sign your final franchise agreement. From onboarding, local area marketing and website training, you’ll feel like your own boss in no time!

The training doesn’t stop there. Our HQ team runs webinars and organises monthly meetings to ensure you make the most of your small business throughout the year, especially during our busy periods like Christmas and Mother’s Day!

 

A KEY TO SUCCESS 

In business circles, franchises have a higher success rate than start-up businesses. This doesn’t mean triumphs are guaranteed. We like to say you get out of your business what you put in.

While we provide you with the recipe for operating your studio and ongoing support, we love seeing our franchises come into their own as business owners and make the most of the opportunity. This is why many franchise owners turn this investment into a passion. 

 

COST-EFFECTIVE, WE LIKE THAT

One of the big bonuses of franchising is that it can cost less than starting your own business in the same field. It knows that you’re investing your money into a business model that works and can give you peace of mind and motivation. 

While we admire start-ups (we were one back in the day!), we’re proud of how our franchise ROI is, on average, 12 months, and our franchisees can start making profits from their studio. 

 

REPUTATION

Reputation can be seen as a negative, depending on who you are. Still, we believe our combination of rapid growth and our unique and exciting entertainment experience bids us a positive reputation. 

With over 70 studios across Australia and New Zealand in three years of franchising, we believe our reputation comes down to our successful digital business model, proven management and work practices and supportive HQ team. 

 

Interested in buying a Pinot & Picasso franchise? Book a call with our Franchise Sales Manager today!

Pinot & Picasso X The Mentor with Mark Bouris!

Pinot & Picasso X The Mentor with Mark Bouris
Pinot & Picasso founders, Aaron Carrasco and James Crowe, sat down with the king of business, Mark Bouris, and recorded an episode on his podcast The Mentor.

As a highly regarded and respected strategic businessman in Australia, Mark Bouris created The Mentor podcast to encourage and tell stories of the unsung heroes; the small entrepreneurial business owners. The Mentor is now one of the top ranked business podcasts in Australia – it’s kind of a big deal! 

High-school mates turned business partners, James & Aaron chatted with Mark about what it was like opening Pinot & Picasso in their hometown in Western Sydney, assessing and rationalising risk when deciding to take your first leap in business, and making data-driven decisions. 

Pinot & Picasso had rapid franchise growth, due to the popularity and demand for getting away from screens. Pinot & Picasso has become the go-to activity for birthday parties, Hen’s Nights, and catching up with family or friends on the weekend. With several sales funnels, franchisees are able to own their business with the help and support of a team of experts at HQ.

It was incredibly humbling to hear Mark Bouris loves the concept and is planning to take his team to a session in one of our Pinot & Picasso studios this year.

Listen to the episode below!

NSW territories may be officially sold out, but join our franchisees that own remotely or find a studio in your state today! Opportunities to franchise across Australia, New Zealand and UK are now available!

Franchisee Focus: Rebecca Auld

Franchise Focus-Bendigo

We’ve talked about operating a Pinot & Picasso from a completely different state, and it is now a reality for some of our franchisees! We spoke to Pinot & Picasso owner, Rebecca Auld, and her experience operating her studio from her home in NSW!

 

How did you first hear about Pinot & Picasso?

I attended this newly talked about place called Pinot & Picasso in Terrigal as part of a mothers group night out. It was our first night out since having our babies and it followed the first lot of long COVID lockdowns! So, you can imagine we were super keen to be out! I was so worried about the painting part as my artist ability stopped at stick figures – I hoped my drinking would pull me through, ha! I hoped it was a bit like playing pool, the more you consume the better the artwork will be. 

To my surprise, I loved the whole experience and was so proud of myself and my masterpiece! The experience made me feel very accomplished all at the same time of enjoying social time with friends, which was so very needed! My artwork (In the Old Gumtree) was placed in the loungeroom of our family home along with some of our children’s artworks. Kooka will soon be displayed in our Bendigo studio as a constant reminder of where it all began for us!

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

I’m not sure we needed convincing as we were very keen to be part of this very clever business model and experience – I mean, who doesn’t want to drink, eat, paint, laugh and make money! After speaking with Aaron and James on a few occasions and also speaking with a couple of franchisees, we just felt it was the right fit for us and our family/business goals. The team at HQ were informative and being able to speak with other franchisees made us feel comfortable, answering all our questions (we did have a lot) and reassuring us of our decision to move forward.

What was the process like becoming a Pinot & Picasso Franchisee?

Pretty seamless really. Once we made the decision on our territory, it was all go, go, go from there! We had access to the information we needed to make some clear decisions and although the legal part is never fun, this seemed to be pretty straight forward. I attended the HQ training which really tied a lot of the early information and operational aspects together for me and then having a direct HQ contact such as Sally has been super helpful as a new Franchisee. I have met with Sally weekly in the lead up to Opening weekend and she has been a saviour in moments that mattered. HQ has done a lot of work developing the systems and processes in order to set us up for the best success!

What made you decide to operate an interstate studio?

There were not many options left for us in NSW and working remotely was not foreign to us in business so we thought why not, let’s look at another state and see what is available. We were given 5 territories as options within NSW, VIC, QLD and SA. We had both travelled to Regional VIC for work and pleasure. My husband and I both appreciate good art and great architecture and both growing up in smaller regional locations (him in the North Island of NZ); we know how important experiences such as P&P are for regional areas. It was as you would say, love at first sight when Bendigo territory was on the table – an absolute no-brainer! 

Pinot & Picasso Bendigo

You’ve done everything without even going to Bendigo. What was the process like from finding your studio to getting it open?

It has been actually very smooth considering we have never stepped foot inside the location or been able to visit Bendigo in the lead up. The local community of Bendigo is very special, which we already knew from being visitors to the region, often taken in as a local during our trips there. We did our initial search ourselves for our studio and found a few options we thought would be a nice fit. We contacted the real estate agent who was able to give us even more information about the properties that made our decision even easier.

Aaron was our go-to person for the studio and he sorted all the negotiations from there, scoring us a great deal for the location. We planned out our opening and fit-out, and had the amazing help and support from Phia, HQ’s Victorian Studio guru! Phia was our feet on the ground as the extended lockdowns in NSW not letting us out of the state anytime soon. She took videos, photos and helped find our builder for us. Phia also helped get our staff up and running! We had a vision for the studio and this was brought to life by our builder and his team of professionals. 

Our studio mural was very important to us as we really wanted it to bring to life the history that is stemmed so deeply in Bendigo. Funnily enough, I had been on the search for a mural artist since our Hello days. However, I placed our ad up for staff and this very quirky and fun loving person applied and told me of her mural she had completed recently in Bendigo – and the rest is history! She brought our vision and studio wall to life, it really is a must see! There is no mistaking which studio you are in when you look at our mural! 

We wanted people in Bendigo to have a city experience without needing to go to the city and we have many people comment to us that the studio definitely gives off that vibe. We decided to add to the Paint & Sip experience and deck out our studio with a luxe lounge area and a selfie mirror, all lit up by a gorgeous chandelier. Our partner florist brough this space to life with an amazing flower wall hang – it has to be seen to be appreciated! 

Hiring staff was my biggest concern during the whole process – something I assumed would actually be my easiest task given my background in business and HR. Being so far away and not being able to meet people personally was more difficult than I thought, as I like to build rapport and have that individual approach to recruiting the right people. We did everything virtual in the end and we have the most amazing team made of local artists and creatives who are ready to bring this experience to Bendigo!

We had the devastating news the week before opening weekend that VIC was to head into Lockdown 6.0. We had already come to terms with the fact that we would not be attending the opening weekend with NSW in lockdown, but to hear we may not even open as planned was gut wrenching. So many people had invested so much time thus far, we wanted it to open for them as much as for us. We had 10 booked out sessions prior to opening, the community was abuzz with the news of our new studio opening in Bendigo, and our staff were excited to get painting with guests. We stayed positive albeit unsure of what would happen and to our excitement, Regional VIC was lifted and we were back into the opening planning mode as quick as we could say Pinot! Opening weekend was so much fun! All the sleepless nights, late nights working and phone calls were all very worth it.

 

What has the community been like towards your business?

We have been overwhelmed with the support from the local community. They have embraced us with open arms and are just as excited (if not more) to have us opening our studio doors in their local area. I was needing to add more tickets, sessions and even went to opening up October sessions due to the level of demand in lead up to our opening. We had sold out sessions for August and September and this mostly before anyone had had a chance to step foot inside the studio (and some of these even purchased during a lockdown!). We will always be forever grateful and thankful for their support. 

As a way of giving back to our local community, we have commenced ‘Local Thursdays’ where $5 from each ticket sold will go towards that month’s local community group/charity. Our mission is to be immersed and connected with our community, always.

 

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

There is so much to love about the P&P experience but if I need to pick one, it’s the feeling of family. There is a real sense of community and family amongst the network. Aaron, James and the team have set it up in a way that although you are part of this bigger Franchise, you still feel valued – whether you have one studio or five! 

We also have many opportunities to come together and learn from each other. I have had other Franchisees reach out to offer support which has truly been a blessing, especially when Lockdown 7.0 happened and I was able to get some hands on support from the team at Ballarat. 

 

What advice would you give to someone thinking about buying a Pinot & Picasso franchise? 

Go for it! We will not be stopping at one studio and cannot wait to get our hands on another studio in the near future. It’s been exciting, tiring, liberating, stressful, and fun all at the same time, but when you see those smiles and hear from guests to say how amazing their experience was, it is all so very worth it. We really are part of something very special – who wouldn’t want to make money while having the best time of your life!?

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