What franchise opportunities are currently available?
Unishippers is a national franchise, which means there is likely an available franchise opportunity. To get more information about our franchise opportunities, please fill out our Franchise Inquiry Form.
Do I need experience working in the shipping industry?
No, you don't have to have previous experience in the shipping and transportation industry. While previous experience is certainly a benefit, it is not necessary. In fact, many of our most successful franchise owners had no previous experience in the shipping industry. It's more important that you have basic business skills, are comfortable in a sales environment and are a self-motivated individual. Find out if a Unishippers franchise is right for you.
Can I do this part-time?
No, not really. To be a successful franchise owner, you'll need to devote your full attention to building your business. If you are in a partnership, at least one person needs to commit to your Unishippers franchise full-time.
Is my franchise assigned to a set geography/territory?
With our national franchise model, you can sell most anywhere in the country. And unlike many franchise opportunities, you don't need a storefront — making Unishippers a great home-based franchise opportunity. Learn other benefits of Unishippers franchise ownership.
What are the typical work hours for a franchise owner?
Because we're a B2B business, we don't work long weekday/weekend hours like your typical retail business. Our franchise owners are able to enjoy standard business hours while not being limited to a specific set of hours.
What does it cost to open a Unishippers franchise?
The initial Unishippers franchise fee is $30,000, with incentive programs and options for financing available for qualified applicants. Additional funds during the first six months (such as real estate, computers, business licenses, utility and phone deposits, insurance, training and additional operating and living funds) can vary widely. Learn more about the costs of operating a Unishippers franchise.
Does Unishippers have franchise opportunities for veterans, women and minorities?
Yes! Click here to learn about our Diversity Ownership and Veterans Incentive Programs, which offer 50% off the initial franchise fee for qualifying applicants.
What are your royalty rates?
Unishippers franchise royalty payments are based on Gross Profit Margin and product sold: 18.5% of Gross Profit Margin on shipments zero to 150 pounds and 15% of Gross Profit Margin on shipments over 150 pounds.
How long does it take for most franchises to realize a profit?
Profitability varies depending on many factors, including the current market and your willingness to invest the necessary time and effort to make your franchise successful.
Where do franchise owners find customers?
Franchise owners find customers through cold-calling (in person and over the phone), generating leads in relevant industries and business networking. Unishippers also provides our franchise owners with tools and training on how to find the ideal customer.
Do franchise owners have employees?
Most Unishippers franchisees begin as a single owner-operator while they build their business (and Unishippers helps make this possible by helping with back-office administrative support). However, over time, you may decide to grow your business with employees to help with sales and other business responsibilities.
Can I talk to other Unishippers franchise owners?
Yes! In fact, we think talking to other franchise owners is important in helping you get a realistic idea of what you can expect from a Unishippers franchise. After you speak with our Franchise Development team to learn more about the company and determine if Unishippers franchise ownership is right for you, you'll get a chance to read and review our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) where you will find a list of existing franchise owners you can reach out to. In the meantime, check out these testimonials from franchise owners.