Is Retail Experience Necessary for Kid to Kid?
Many Americans dream of owning their own business. However, some don’t feel like they have the experience needed to start. This is particularly true in the apparel industry. If they don’t have retail experience, launching a clothing store might feel out of an aspiring entrepreneur’s element. At Kid to Kid, we’re proving that franchisees don’t need retail experience to build a thriving business!
By offering world-class support and training, we help business-minded and passionate franchise candidates get a start in the industry. Our proven systems are what makes Kid to Kid such an accessible business opportunity for first-time franchisees. We’ve helped mothers, educators, veterans and so many more apply their skills and achieve their dream job through our children’s resale clothing business. Here’s how.
Kid to Kid’s initial training program ensures every new franchisee starts off on the right foot. Even if you don’t have retail experience, you’ll leave your initial training with a strong understanding of the resale industry and how to thrive within it.
We’ve developed our training throughout three decades in business. This means you’re getting access to our retail insight, best practices and proven methodologies! We cover everything from the basics of operating a store and navigating our point-of-sale (POS) system to hiring and training employees to marketing effectively.
Every Kid to Kid franchisee will complete 30 hours of training at home through our online portal. Then, you’ll travel to our home base in Salt Lake City, Utah, for a 12-day intensive training session where you’ll build on your newfound knowledge. Franchisees even visit an operational Kid to Kid store to see all the action!
All of this is followed by a five-day training application session in a nearby store. Working alongside an experienced franchise owner, you’ll get to put your skills to the test and see how running your very own Kid to Kid will feel.
By the end of this training program, every Kid to Kid franchisee understands our business model, technology, day-to-day operations and much more.
Kid to Kid is different from traditional retail because our model involves buying and selling secondhand clothing from members of the community. For this reason, we’ve curated a suite of systems to aid in your day-to-day operations. We don’t expect franchisees to be familiar with these systems—we train every new owner until you feel comfortable using them.
Our inventory management system helps you determine what children’s items to buy, how to quality check each garment and how to price it appropriately for resale. Franchisees learn to use this system during their initial training program.
You’ll also learn how to use our POS system and see sales data from other stores in the Kid to Kid franchise system. Each one of these programs has been tried and tested to help you run your store effectively.
The retail industry will continue to change and grow. While you’re busy running your business, the corporate team at Kid to Kid will be researching and finding ways to improve our model. We use our expertise and understanding to create ongoing training and support systems for all franchisees.
A member of our team will call you to check in, hold regional meetings and invite owners to an annual conference. These things ensure that every Kid to Kid franchisee continues their education and stays up to date on the latest industry trends and changes.
No experience? No problem!
While it’s certainly beneficial, retail experience is not required to successfully launch and operate a Kid to Kid store. Our children’s resale franchise has been built to be accessible, with robust training programs and low barriers to entry for entrepreneurs. If you bring your business sense, passion for helping the community and entrepreneurial spirit, we’ll help you learn the rest!
Contact Kid to Kid today to learn more about our franchise opportunity and begin the discovery process!