Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Lil' Angels Franchise

Child Photography Franchise Offers Studio Quality Photos At School Picture Prices
Posted by brian | Posted in Sports Photography Articles | Posted on 07-05-2010
Tags: Child, Franchise, OFFERS, Photography, Photos, picture, Prices, Quality, School, Studio

Lil’ Angels Photography was started in 1996 by a fashion photographer, a school picture photographer, and a photo processing lab owner who pooled together their ideas and resources to develop the company from scratch. In the beginning, Lil’ Angels focus was primarily on high quality child care center photography and the franchise has since branched out to offer sports, family and school photography in addition.

According to the company’s Director of Franchises, Mike Sondag, quality and support are what separate the Lil’ Angels franchise from other photography opportunities. “Our franchisees provide professional, studio-quality portraits at school picture prices,” says Sondag. “We take ‘picture day’ very seriously and as we bring our state-of-the-art set-up on site to preschools and child care centers, our goal is to lift the burden off the school staff and let our team of professionals handle everything.”

Lil’ Angels franchise owners are local to the areas they serve and have a personal stake in the company and the product that they deliver. Franchisees are offered protected territories that are their own private area to shoot. “We believe that it is extremely important for the franchisor to believe in the franchise and be there for its franchise owners,” says Sondag. “The good thing about Lil’ Angels is that it only takes 40 to 50 good-sized child care centers in your area to have your franchise prosper, and our franchisees usually start having cash come in to the business quickly.”

Sondag believes good candidates for Lil’ Angels franchisees are sales-oriented people who enjoy working with people and want to own their own business. “Our franchise owners can make good money in the business, and they love working with children and child care staff,” explains Sondag. Lil’ Angels Photography has repeatedly been ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500® which is based on objective, quantifiable measures of franchise success.

To assist new franchisees when starting out, Lil’ Angels offers a six month grace period before any sales quota is enforced giving the business time to get up and running. Included in the franchise fees are the promotional start-up kit, Lil’ Angels School and field training in addition to ongoing support. Lil’ Angels has also begun offering a new financial assistance program for 2010 that includes 36 or 48 month loans with prime rate plus 2% interest rates and a down payment of $15,000. Franchisees receive a 90-day grace period before their first payment is due.

Sondag believes the first year is certianly the toughest for any franchisee. “We do everything we can to support our franchisees during the start-up phase and get them going,” explains Sondag. ” As far as advice, I emphasize to our franchisees the importance of planning and organization, but above all else to get out and make sales calls. Never stop making sales calls to keep a stream of new business coming in.”

Lil’ Angels Photography currently has 85 franchise locations with a goal to be approaching 125 franchises across the U.S. in the next five to 10 years. The Lil’ Angels leadership team has over 100 years of combined experience in the photography industry and they are eager to share their expertise with franchise owners.

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