If you are interested, you might consider becoming a franchise owner of Board and Brush Creative studio.
Julie Selby founded Board and Brush Creative Studio in 2015. Julie began holding parties to make wood signs in 2014 and the success of this led to her opening up the first studio a year later. The first studio opened in Hartland, Wisconsin, and soon expanded into a franchise.
The Board and Brush franchise fee is $25,000 which is non-refundable when you sign the Franchise Agreement. Although if you are a veteran, active-duty military personnel or this is the second franchise agreement you sign with Board and Brush the initial franchise fee is $20,000 instead.
|Type of Expenditure||Amount||Method of Payment||When Due||To Whom Payment is Made|
|Initial Franchise Fee||$25,000||Lump sum payment in cash or available funds||Upon signing the Franchise Agreement||Us|
|Your Training Expenses||$1,439 $4,586||As required by suppliers of transportation lodging & meals||As required by suppliers of transportation, loading & meals||Suppliers of transportation, lodging & meals|
|Premises lease deposits||$1,000 $2,400||As required by landlord||As required by landlord||Landlord|
|Utilities Deposits||$0 – $250||As required by utility providers||As required by utility providers||Utilities providers|
|Leasehold Improvements, Construction and/or Remodeling||$5,500 $9,000||As required by supplier, contractor or landlord||Before opening, as required by supplier||Suppliers, contractor and/or Landlord|
|Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment||$8,200 $9,800||As required by supplier||Before opening||Suppliers|
|Signage||$1,300 $4,500||As incurred||Before opening||Suppliers|
|Business Licenses and Permits||$1,000 $2,000||As required by government agencies||Before opening, as required by government agencies||Government Agencies|
|Computer Systems||$1,500 $2,000||As required by suppliers||Before opening||Suppliers|
|Initial Inventory to Begin Operating||$1,500 $2,000||As required by suppliers||Before opening||Suppliers|
|Office Supplies||$250-$500||As required by suppliers||Before opening||Suppliers|
|Professional Fees||$1,000 $5,000||As required by providers||As incurred||Attorney, Accountant, Other Professional Service Providers|
|Grand Opening Advertising||$2,100||As required by supplier||As required by supplier||Suppliers|
|Insurance||$400-$500||As required by insurer||Before opening||Insurer|
|Operating Expenses/Additional Funds – 3 months||$8,900 $15,825||As incurred||Payroll weekly, other purchases according to agreed-upon terms||Employees, utilities, suppliers, etc|
|TOTAL||$63,589 to $90,461|
The estimated initial investment is $65,589 to $90,461 which is quite lower than most franchise investments which can cost up to millions of dollars. Most of the costs come from training, furniture, insurance, and operating expenses. The most expensive fee there other than the initial franchise fee is the operating expenses which just makes sure your business can operate for 3 months. This can cost between $8,900-$15,825 which is quite pricey but overlaps with the ongoing costs.
|Type of Fee||Amount||Due date||Remarks|
|Continuing Royalty Fee||6% of monthly Gross Revenue||Monthly by electronic funds transfer on the fifth day of the calendar month for gross revenues of the prior month||Payable to us.|
|Required Minimum Expendure for Local Marketing and Advertising||After the first ninety days, a minimum of $250 per calendar month. During the first ninety days of operation, you are required to spend at least $2,100 on grand opening marketing activities, which includes a minimum of $1,200 on branded promotional materials||As incurred||Payable to third-party suppliers. All advertising must be approved by us. Expenditures must be reported to us on or before the fifth day of the calendar month for expenditures in the prior month|
|Brand Fund Contribution||1% of monthly Gross Revenue, subject to increases not to exceed 3% of monthly Gross Revenue||Monthly by electronic funds transfer on the fifth day of the calendar month for gross revenues of the prior month||Payable to us|
|Type of Fee||Amount||Due date||Remarks|
|Late charge||$75||As incurred||If you fail to pay us the Continuing Royalty Fee, Brand Fund Fee, or if you fail to submit your Gross Revenue report when due, we may charge you $75 for insu|
|Interest Charge||1.5% per month from due date, or maximum allowed by law||As incurred||If you fail to pay us any amount when due, we may charge you interest on the unpaid balance until the payment is received|
|Non-Sufficient Funds Fee||$50||As incurred||If your check is returned on our electronic funds transfer from your bank account is denied for insufficient funds, for each occurence we may charge you an Insufficient Funds Fee|
|Renewal Fee||$2,000||Before signing renewal agreement||Payable to us|
|Transfer Fee||75% of the then-current initial franchise fee. For transfers to: (i) an existing franchisee in good standing, the transfer fee is 50% of the then-current initial franchise fee, (ii) an entity owned and controlled by the franchisee for convenience purposes, the transfer fee is $2,500 and (iii) a spouse, parent or child upon death or permanent disability, the transfer fee is $3,500||Before we approve the transfer||Payable to us|
|Initial Training||No charge for initial training of up to two (2) people. You pay all travel and other||Travel and related expenses are due as incurred. Fees for training your key||Initial training takes place in Hartland, Wisconsin. You must complete electronic pre-training modules prior to attending the|
The Royalty Fee is 6% of monthly gross revenue.
For local marketing and advertising, it is $250 per month except for the first 90 days of the studio opening. The fee for the first 90 days is $2,100 for the grand opening and this includes the $1,200 of branded promotional materials. Also for advertising, there is a brand fund contribution which is 1% which could increase in the future but it cannot exceed 3%. The last advertising cost is advertising cooperative which is up to one half your required minimum local advertising expenditure.
There are many fees such as examining the facility that doesn’t have a clear cost so getting an estimate on this is crucial especially since it’s an ongoing fee. Also, keep in mind there are consequences when it comes to opening up your franchise late or closing it without the Board and Brush’s permission. It will cost $200 per week for every week not open from the supposed opening date and $2,000 if you close the business.
Board and Brush Creative Studio provide the sales of 2018, 2019, and 2020 of how much franchisors make. We have reviewed the Brush and Board franchise income for the prior few years.
In 2018, Board and Brush franchises averaged $225,571 in sales (gross revenue).
In 2019, Board and Brush franchises averaged $199,554 in sales (gross revenue).
Then in 2020, there were mandatory shutdowns for most studios because of Covid. The franchisor did not disclose financials for 2020 other than Board and Brush revenue fell 28% from the year before.
This is an important factor to consider whether Covid will have a large role in the success of your franchise. There is no predicting what will happen with this pandemic but with any franchise, there is a risk making sure you take precautions will give you a better chance of becoming successful.
|Outlet type||Year||Outlets at the Start of the Year||Outlets at the End of the Year||Net Change|
The table shows a positive net change in the number of franchised outlets except for 2020. The company-owned businesses are negative net change except for 2019 which is 0. The positive of the franchised outlets is that the majority of Board and Brush studios are franchises and they are continuously growing them each year. Each year they open up a few hundred new franchises while the company-owned franchises there are only around 4 or 5 to open each year.
This is a good sign for a future franchise owner where Brush and Board’s main focus is to open up franchises thus they put more effort and money towards them. 3 franchised outlets closed in 2020 which is most likely due to Covid. Many of the studios shut down because of the pandemic which caused a significant loss of revenue which forced some to close. For being a franchise owner excluding Covid, your franchise will most likely not close which shows it is profitable and sustainable.
|Gift card breakage||587, 198||429,975|
|Brand fund contributions||235,434|
|Franchise business development and operational support||327,064||252,600||194,022|
|Brand fund marketing||235,434|
|General and administrative||410,208||503,474||435,691|
|Total operating expenses||1,941,364||2,010,562||1,605,243|
|Income from operations||1,408,840||2,052,788||1,730,644|
|Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness||219,950|
|Total other income||219,950||28,330||10,291|
|Member’s equity- beginning of year, as reported||358,185||1,424,666||639,257|
|Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle||(417,311)|
|Member’s (deficit) equity – beginning of year, as adjusted||(59,126)||1,424,666||639,257|
|Member’s equity – end of year||$637,813||$358,185||$1,424,666|
The income statement above it shows the total revenue in 2020 is $3.3 million. This was a big decrease from 2019 which was $4 million. The operating expenses were $1.4 million in 2020 which is half of the total revenue. The operating expenses take a large portion of the revenue which leaves a lot less money for you and the franchise.
|Cash flows from operating activities|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities|
|Depreciation and amortization||26,178||27,600||17,027|
|Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness||(219,950)|
|Changes in assets and liabilities|
|Related party receivables||2,810||(4,727)||(1,490)|
|Related party payables||9,037||(25,582)||(23,603)|
|Retirement plan contributions payable||(55,609)||9,072||46,537|
|Gift cards payable||(147,764)||53,634||387,588|
|Contract liabilities, franchise fees||(102,460)||(36,250)||145,000|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||1,198,840||2,064,230||2,303,258|
|Cash flows from investing activities|
|Issuance of notes receivable – members||(1,400,000)|
|Purchase of property and equipment||(4,431)||(23,106)||(71,889)|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(4,431)||(23,106)||(1,471,889)|
|Cash flows from financing activities:|
|Proceeds from long-term debt||150,000|
|Proceeds from Paycheck Protection Program loan||219,950|
|Net cash used in financing activities||(561,901)||(1,608,276)||(955,526)|
|Net change in cash||632,508)||432,848||(124,157)|
|Cash, beginning of year||1,384,416||951,568||1,075,725|
|Cash, ending of year||$2,016,924||1,384,416|
|Non-cash investing activities:|
|Note and interest receivable distributed to member||$1,539,323|
|Non-cash financing activity:|
|Forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program loan||$219,950|
The Board and Brush net income in 2018 was $1.7 million, 2019 was $2.08 million and 2020 was $1.6 million. Board and Brush is profitable and even has cash on hand. Board and Brush Creative Studio has around $2 million of cash since 2020 which is a great sign. If Board and Brush have some rough periods such as Covid they have the cash to fall back on.
Board and Brush Creative Studio is a financially viable company that has cash on hand and is profitable. Due to Covid it did decrease revenue for the company and caused many studios to shut down. It is important to track consumer behavior and how the business picks back up post COVID.
Are you thinking about investing in Board and Brush Creative Studio, or interested in exploring more options? Make sure to check out Vetted Biz’s website for listings of other similar franchises in the Retail Product and Services industry.
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