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Old 16-06-2007, 11:16   #1 (permalink)
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Yesterday I happened upon a photography business opportunity: To be fully trained as a children/babies/family/pets photographer + run a franchise from my home. They're sending me an information pack. Looked + sounded good, 'til I found on their website that this opportunity actually costs £5,000 It includes "a camera" (don't know which one yet), manuals, training, business resources, support + marketing aides, printing of photo's (not sure yet if this is included or if they take a cut) + of course the brand name, to get 'my' business launched.

Since I haven't researched the market, I haven't a clue whether this is an opportunity worth considering, or whether it's a rip-off

What do you think?
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Old 16-06-2007, 11:23   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Franchise Opportunity

If it only costs £5k it must be a Kodak disposable camera! Or the rest of the "pack" is just ballast! One camera? Lights? Backdrop?
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Old 16-06-2007, 11:50   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Franchise Opportunity

I think if tyou were thinking about doing something like this, you don't need anything that this company are offering you.

You are more than capable of setting up this sort of buisness, and I don't think a 'brand name' is necessary in this, unlike say, KFC/Wimpey etc.

They will be making money off your back by tying you into using their products/processing/literature etc.

My advice - steer clear
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Old 16-06-2007, 11:52   #4 (permalink)
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You are more than capable of setting up this sort of buisness, and I don't think a 'brand name' is necessary in this, unlike say, KFC/Wimpey etc.
Hmmmm. Venture?
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Old 16-06-2007, 12:07   #5 (permalink)
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If it only costs £5k it must be a Kodak disposable camera! Or the rest of the "pack" is just ballast! One camera? Lights? Backdrop?
No lighting or studio equipment is used, it's all done on location or on site (people's homes) using natural light.

Thanks for your advice Graham What I thought I would get out of it the most, apart from a camera that's possibly better than mine, is the training. I have an awful lot of info in my head, but find it difficult to get practical experience so that I can move forward. Also to get the training on the business side of things, as well as a complete "ready to go" business without the teething headaches of going it alone. However, I do take your advice on board, + agree with you, but I did want to get opinions on this before dismissing it. Being a believer in fate I felt it was an opportunity that presented itself to me for a reason. When I saw the cost involved, I then shifted gears over to thinking that maybe it was the idea that had presented itself to me for a reason, not this company in particular

Oh, and thanks for your confidence in my ability
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Old 16-06-2007, 12:41   #6 (permalink)
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Charlotte, if you want training, and I think that is possibly the only area most of us would benefit from, I think you would do far better to go on one of the many courses/seminars that are available around the country.

I think this will give you a known quality of training - you don't really trust this company, do you? - and will not tie you in to the franchise stuff of processing/literature/equipment etc. I bet you will have to use all of their stuff, and bearing in mind they are only in it to make money, they will be using the cheapest and probably charging for premium kit.

I've recently done a news item on training, and I know there are more around and maybe cheaper too. Follow the link at the bottom for the web-site. But even the outlay of up to (say) £500 on training is still a lot less than £5000. Even adding £500 for a lighting kit and £200 for BG still comes quids in.

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Not that i am hugely experienced in the Photography business community because i am not, however i have an astute head for business and i have to say i entrely agree with dabhand on this one (logical man).

The very concept of franchise to me is "cheese" unless you are going to pay thousands to a major corp like Maccy D,s or Dominoes (apparently the most succesful franchise ever).

The bottom line is which person on the street would buy into a service in photography because of the brand name? I love my photography but i hve to say i dont even know any big brand names in photography (apart from Nikon they sell great cameras but even they dont franchise do they?

My idea of franchising is that all your are doing is paying someone else for having the priviledge of selling their product while they sit on their ft lazy ass!! , which i guess is great for tried and tested ideas (burgers,pizzas etc) but photography i think not!

Sorry if i sound harsh but i just had a crap pizza for my tea
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Old 16-06-2007, 19:40   #8 (permalink)
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Also with the demise of olan mills many people are dubious to use franchise companies etc!!!! I also had a look at the same sort of opportunity but didnt like their methods! lots of cold calling high pressure sales etc!I think that you should save the money using someone else's name and put it towards creating a name for yourself where you can have complete control over what you sell etc! What would you do if you were not happy with the print quality of the franchise company? Find a reputable course and go for it!
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