New to Franchising? Here Are Some of the Basics

Opening a sub franchise of your own is a great way to start a new career, go into business for yourself, and join a thriving industry all while enjoying expert guidance and support. Jon Smith Subs has been in business for years, and we pride ourselves on the strong franchise program we’ve developed. If you’re considering franchising with us, take a look at this quick intro to the basics of starting a franchise.

The Benefits of Business Ownership Without the Hassle

Running a sub shop franchise is a great way to enjoy the benefits of business ownership. Flexible scheduling, the authority to delegate tasks, and having greater control over your work life are just a few reasons that many of our franchisees love working with Jon Smith Subs. You’ll be able to enjoy all of these benefits without many of the hassles that typically go along with entrepreneurship — our experts help you every step of the way. When it comes to choosing a location, negotiating a lease, marketing, and more, our team is here to make the process as simple as possible. Furthermore, you’ll enjoy ongoing support after your business is open. Our collaborative online systems are a valuable resource to help you stay in touch with other franchisees, stay on top of new developments in our business, and more! Opening a sub franchise with Jon Smith Subs means you’ll enjoy independence while still being part of a team.

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Comprehensive Training

Another benefit of opting to open a franchise is the comprehensive training you’ll receive. Independent business owners spend months, or even years, learning their new trade and mastering the most efficient operations strategies. When you become a Jon Smith Subs franchisee, you’ll take part in a two-week training program at our headquarters in West Palm Beach, Florida. This training is designed to teach you everything from how to master our beloved recipes to managing schedules and bookkeeping. Furthermore, you’ll even receive one-on-one  guidance from one of our team members right in your own location, helping you to apply what you’ve learned in the setting you’ll be in every day. With this level of training, opening a sub shop franchise never seemed easier.

These are just a few introductory points to what you can expect when you open a sub franchise with Jon Smith Subs. To learn more about the process of opening your own franchise, contact us today!

 

The Outlook for the Restaurant Industry in 2018

This just in: People love to eat good food. Wait, that’s not a news bulletin, it’s common knowledge. The restaurant industry has seen steady growth in the last several years, making now a great time to invest in a sub franchise.

To understand the restaurant industry outlook in 2018, you have to look at a few factors together. We will start with how the industry ended in 2017, then look at growth forecasts in the restaurant industry and the economy as a whole for 2018, and finally examine some trends for the coming year.

Year End Numbers

Food service ended 2017 with an estimated $799 billion in revenue, which is a 4.3% increase from the previous year. In fact, according to that same data, restaurants have seen consistent growth in the last 4 or 5 years, even when you account for inflation.

Even more significant for prospective investors, $324 billion of the year’s total industry growth went to fast casual or quick service restaurants — things like sub franchises that offer quick, high-quality, and healthy meals without the full-service restaurant price tag. Consumers are spending an average of $144 per month on eating outside the home, with the millennial generation spending even more.

Forecasts

The economy as a whole has a profound influence on consumers’ spending. Unemployment in the U.S. is low, and discretionary spending is on a slow but steady rise. Consumer spending is sitting comfortably high, and 2018 looks like that spending should remain steady throughout the year.

In the restaurant industry specifically, things are expected to at least stay on the same level as they were in 2017. 58 percent of restaurant owners/managers expect that their sales will increase in 2018.

Trends

Restaurant trends in 2018 should follow along many of the same lines as 2017. Consumers still want high quality food with fresh ingredients that is still affordable. So, investing in a sub franchise that specializes in quality meats, fine cheese, and freshly sliced veggies will be right on trend. In addition, consumers wanting their food to be affordable means that the fast casual growth is likely to continue as that is truly the best model for giving customers the quality of food they seek at a price they can afford.

Similarly, takeout and delivery is increasingly popular. There are a host of apps that pick up food from virtually any restaurant, and consumers are utilizing these, so many restaurants that don’t offer delivery in house are able to accommodate that desire.

Jon Smith Subs

If you’re looking at the fast casual restaurant space, Jon Smith Subs is the place to be. We have 30 years of experience making delicious sandwiches — made from fresh grilled chicken and delicious grilled steak, along with a host of veggies, cheeses, breads, and sides — and we are equipped to set up our franchisees for success. With our parent company, United Franchise Group, we have the infrastructure in place to help your sub franchise take advantage of everything the restaurant industry has to offer in 2018.

When you own a Jon Smith’s Subs franchise you will be fully equipped to offer consumers the highest quality food at affordable prices that they love. If you are looking for a franchise opportunity, check us out!

What License Do I Need to Open a Sandwich Shop Franchise?

If you’re thinking of opening your own sandwich shop franchise, chances are you’ve already realized that there are a number of licenses and permits required to open your new business. Navigating these requirements can be complicated and can take some time and careful research. One of the benefits of franchising with an established brand like Jon Smith Subs is relying on our expertise to help you get your business open quickly and lawfully. Having been in business since 1988, we know a thing or two about licensing. Here are some of the most common licenses you’ll need to earn when you open up your new sub shop.

Business License

In order to do business in the United States, you’ll first need to acquire a business license. The cost of these licenses varies depending on location, type of business, and how much profit you can expect to earn. These license requirements vary from state to state, and often need to be renewed annually. A simple Google search of “business license” + your state should give you more specific information on the requirements in your area.

Food Service License

One key license in our business is the food service license, which allows you to prepare and serve food from your sandwich shop. When you apply for your license, you can expect a visit from your local health department. They will inspect your restaurant to ensure that it is clean and safe. Once this is done, you can look forward to future visits from the health department in order to maintain your license. At Jon Smith Subs, cleanliness is one of our core values. Following the procedures we’ve developed will help ensure that you’re able to earn and keep your food service license.

Sign Permit

Every business needs to advertise itself, so a sign permit is key. Before you can put up signage on your brand new location, you’ll need to get the approval of your local authorities. They will want to know all about the size and type of sign you’ll be putting up, and you’ll need a sign permit in order to proceed.

These are just a few of the licenses and permits you’ll need to get before your new sandwich shop can open for business. At Jon Smith Subs, we have 30 years of experience dealing with a variety licenses and can help you complete all the necessary steps to get your business up and running.

If you’d like to learn more about how Jon Smith Subs can help jump start your new sandwich shop business, give us a call today at 1-888-978-3171 or visit us online at https://jonsmithsubsfranchise.com.

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How to Start a Sandwich Shop of Your Own

If you’ve been paying attention to trends in the restaurant industry, you already know that sandwich shops are a popular option for customers who are looking for quick and fresh meals on the go. Wondering how to start a sandwich shop of your own? You’re in the right place.

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Franchising or Starting From Scratch?

The first decision you will need to make is what kind of business model you’d like to develop. Would you rather start your own sandwich shop from scratch, or franchise with a larger brand? While both of these options have their advantages, franchising with a larger brand like Jon Smith Subs means valuable support for you. We have the experience and the resources to help you get your location started strong, and can help you tackle any challenges that may arise as you go through the process of opening your store.

Choosing a Franchise

If you choose to franchise rather than open a new business from scratch, there are many brands for you to choose from. Do some careful research to learn about the investment required for each, what type of training and support you can expect, and what kind of brand recognition you can count on. When you become a franchisee, the reputation of the larger brand will influence your location. At Jon Smith Subs, we’ve built a reputation for quality and cleanliness since 1988 that we are proud to share with our franchisees. Customers know that when they decide to eat at one off our restaurants, they can expect quality ingredients and great service that can’t be matched.

Choosing a Location

Location is key in the restaurant business, and choosing the location of your new sandwich shop is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. No matter where you’re opening your sandwich shop, you’ll want to make sure that it is centrally located so customers can easily stop in. When you choose to franchise with Jon Smith Subs, part of the support we are proud to offer is helping you to choose a location. We’ve conducted extensive research on target markets and can help you decide on the best possible spot for your sandwich shop to open.

These are just a few tips on how to get started opening your own sandwich shop. If you’d like to learn more about franchising with Jon Smith Subs, we can give you even more information. Give us a call today at 1-888-978-3171 or visit us online at https://jonsmithsubsfranchise.com to learn more.