JBF Franchise FAQs

Interested in becoming part of the "hottest ticket in town" but want more information?  Read on for answers to our frequently asked questions.  Click the link on the right to see where we have franchises available and fill out our online application. 

What is the franchise fee and what are the ongoing royalties?

  • US Franchises - $14,900 USD
  • Canadian Franchise - $14,900 USD (reduced from $16,900 for a limited time only)
  • Royalties are between two (2) and three (3) percent of gross sales, less the sales tax
  • Both the fees and royalties are much less than the average franchise fee of $35,000 with average royalties of 6-8% of gross sales.

How much capital is required to open a franchise?

In addition to the franchise fees listed above, we estimate you will need additional $10,000 to $20,000 in capital for materials needed to launch your business.

What does the franchise system include?

Download our “What do I get for my Franchise fee” PDF for a complete listing of what is included with your franchise fee. The value will astonish you! Highlights include:

  • Owning and operating a well-known children's and maternity consignment event
  • Use of the name and trademark
  • Branding and marketing tools
  • Operations manual, proprietary procedures, and online bar-coding system
  • 100-square foot color event banner
  • Custom-built website design
    • Self-guided, automated, online consignor registration
    • Team member scheduling module
    • Marketing tracker system
    • Corporate support and support from other Just Between Friends owners who have seen exponential growth in their territories.

How large are the territories?

Just Between Friends territories are established using statistical data supplied by our mapping services provider along with other key demographic  information.

  • Territories are built around concentrations of populations with families who include children ages 0-10 living in the household
  • JBF errs on the side of generosity in when creating territories, as our main goal is to see our franchisees have great success within their territory

Do I need to live in the territory where I hold my Just Between Friends Event?

Just Between Friends Franchise System, Inc. requires that at least one 50% owner live within 30 miles of the territory in which the event will be held.

  • Your success depends on building a core group of customers and consignors within your territory
  • Being involved and establishing relationships in your territory and community is key to your long-term success

How much money can I make from a Just Between Friends Event?

The Federal Trade Commission does not let us make any earnings claims to prospective franchisees. Therefore, we rely on our franchisees to supply you information on this subject and, with some effort on your part, you can put together a fairly accurate estimate. Since this business is event based and only happens twice yearly, this will be supplemental income in the beginning with potential to turn into full-time income with the investments of time and work. The opportunity for income is determined by the effort you put into the event.

How many hours does it take to put an event together?

  • On average, a typical sale takes eight to ten weeks of planning
  • This can be done while working around other activities in your life
  • Part of the beauty of owning a JBF sale is that you work part-time throughout the year, with more time required during the planning and sales event times

The larger the event gets, the more time and energy it takes, generally, the more money you make.  Franchisees that work their business each week have seen the greatest success.

Do I need to have experience to own a JBF?

Yes, experience is ALWAYS helpful -- but your experience does not necessarily need to be in consignment events.  The JBF Franchise system is looking for candidates with a strong customer service or sales background, organizational skills, and computer literacy as well as candidates who are outgoing and friendly when working with the public.

What happens if I am thinking of having a business partner?

Many of our Just Between Friends franchises are owned by more than one person.  If you are thinking of working with a business partner, each 25% or more owner must go through the application process.

What do I do when I am fully prepared to own a Just Between Friends Franchise?

  • Step One: Fill out an application online. Only fill out an application if you are ready to move forward with owning a Just Between Friends Franchise
  • Step Two: Please give complete, brutally honest answers.  We take every application seriously, and any typos, blanks, or incomplete answers could keep you from being granted an interview.  You can help yourself by doing the absolute best job possible
  • Step Three: You must sign a non-compete agreement if you want further information about Just Between Friends—beyond what is provided on this website. This non-compete states that you cannot take this information to start your own competing event
  • Step Four: You will be required to sign a release allowing us to conduct a background check as well as providing us with a current credit report and score

Once Just Between Friends determines that you are a candidate who meets our pre-established ownership criteria, a JBF representative will contact you to start you on the road to owning your own consignment sales event!

Our non-compete/confidentiality agreement.

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