Buying a Franchise — Next Steps
The opportunity for business ownership is at your fingertips! Several prime territories are available and just waiting for a program like i9 Sports® to revolutionize their youth sports culture. Your franchise earning potential is truly dependent on your efforts. This low-cost franchise gives you the chance to operate a business doing something you love.
If you think franchise ownership might be right for you, check out the next steps:
1. “Get to Know Each Other” Call
We will arrange a quick call with you to discuss your level of interest in owning an i9 Sports franchise, territory availability, initial qualifications, and our process. We will answer any preliminary questions you may have. If we mutually decide to move forward, you will be invited to join a special webinar on what it’s like to own an i9 Sports franchise.
2. “Owning an i9 Sports Franchise” Webinar
In this special online presentation hosted by an i9 Sports Franchise Development Director, you will see the i9 Sports franchise opportunity brought to life, while listening and interacting over the phone. We encourage you to invite a spouse or special friend to join you for the webinar. The webinar will give you an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at owning an i9 Sports franchise including:
- Day-to-day life of our franchise owners
- How they make money while achieving work/life balance
- The positive influence you will have in your community
- Our marketing tools and strategy
- The proprietary software we created to manage all aspects of the business and our on-going support and training resources
3. Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) Review
Your i9 Sports Franchise Development Director will walk you through an overview of the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). We will then send you the full FDD document for your review.
4. Homework (the fun kind)
The best way for you to appreciate the difference in the i9 Sports Experience is to see it through the eyes of a customer. You will “mystery shop” our Customer Service Center to hear what parents experience when they call in, review an i9 Sports franchise owner’s website, and research local competition so that you can personally see why the i9 Sports Experience goes far beyond what happens at the field. You will also fill out a detailed Financial Qualification Form and the authorization for a background check.
5. Qualification and Territory Definition
By this time, you will be able to envision yourself operating your own i9 Sports franchise and will naturally want to get into specific details of ownership. In this fourth phone call with you, we will discuss any questions you may have from the FDD, we will review your financial qualifications and we will discuss the optimal territory size for you and your area. At the end of the call, we will prepare you for telephone calls with existing i9 Sports franchisees and set a tentative date for your Discovery Day to our home office in Tampa, Florida.
6. Talk with Existing Franchisees
Here is your chance to talk with those actually running an i9 Sports business! We will provide you with the contact information for all of our franchisees and encourage you to reach out to as many as you wish. We will even provide you with some sample questions to get you started. This is your opportunity to get your questions answered by those already living the lifestyle that you have envisioned for yourself.
7. Discovery Day at Our Tampa Headquarters
Your “Discovery Day” is a visit to our Tampa headquarters in which you will meet face-to-face with the i9 Sports home office staff. You will meet with our management team and all of those who would be supporting you. Your Discovery Day is a critical opportunity to get to know each other on a personal level and to ensure that any remaining questions have been answered. It is during this final step that both parties make the important decision to move forward.
8. Execute Agreements
Once you are home from your Discovery Day you will receive word of our franchise award decision. If you have been awarded a franchise, we will work together to execute the agreements. With the paperwork behind us, your journey in buying a franchise will be complete, and your rewarding life as an i9 Sports business owner will begin!
We realize this is a big decision for you, so we’ve made the process of evaluating and buying an i9 Sports franchise as simple as possible. This is your journey – you determine the pace. We’re looking forward to speaking with you!