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"Paint and Wine" Business Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: I'm not an "artist", can I still do this?
A: Definitely. The business concept of "sip and paint" is not to create perfect art, rather, to host an energetic social environment where painting is a fun activity. 95% of our students never painted. As a host and instructor, the job is to connect and guide the crowd with simple steps -- nothing complicated. Paintings and level of detail are chosen by the business owner.
Q: Can I hire an artist to instruct the classes?
A: Yes, and we will guide you through an easy way to find qualified personnel, to assist as well as instruct. You also have the option to send them to our seminar for operational instruction.
Q: How much will my costs with consulting phases be?
A: The consulting fees for GOLD (new studio) or SILVER (existing space or field-based) levels are $6000 and $4000 respectively. Additional expenses are -- initial inventory, website, initial advertising & print media. Leased spaces are for GOLD level clients and the rental rate ranges, depending on the size and location that you would like. In other words, for just over $7k you can start your field-based business (no studio, serving home parties, events, associations, etc) and for around $10-15k you can have a studio-based business, with the option to do offsite parties as well.
Q: I own a business, feel fairly knowledgeable in areas like leases, inventory, and dealing with customers...what would you suggest?
A: If you feel adept in business, yet understand that this is a specific industry, I would highly recommend that you attend our "Total Immersion" Seminar in Houston, Texas. This will give you a first-hand experience in painting, instruction, studio operations, registrations, and everything else it takes to actually run the studio. Seminar dates listed here.
Q: I paint fairly "easily" and am outgoing with people, what do you think?
A: If you want a taste of what the real business is like, come to the seminar, and if you want to go "full out" from there, choose your consulting phases and let us help you establish step by step. If you're confident that you want to own a paint and wine oriented business, start up with a consulting phase of your choice. You always have the option to attend our seminar at any time.
Q: What is the "proprietary software" I see mentioned from franchises?
A: We've seen this pitch and will be honest with you -- it's not rocket science, we supply you with systems that are affordable, easy to use, and just as efficient as claimed with "Proprietary Management" systems.
Q: Why should I establish my business with you vs a competing franchise?
A: COST-- franchises get a $20-25k franchise fee, and then come all of the additional costs. It's well known that franchisees have approximately $50-100k invested in their business up to their "Grand Opening" because they have to meet the franchisor's demands. We can put you into a very solid, self-owned business for a small fraction of that amount.
KNOWLEDGE-- on the average, franchisors only have three-plus experience running an "art studio" and being involved in this "new" art-related business, vs Brian Bullard's 27 years in the arts, 19 years as an art business, and 13 of those years as a national-level studio, as well as training students, artists, instructors, and in assisting in the development of over 1000 small business.
FREEDOM-- as a franchisee, you're bound by agreements and contracts, you won't have the financial or business freedom that "independents" enjoy. You will pay upfront fees, other expenses, and a portion of every dollar you make to that franchise for the length of agreement, currently 5-10 years. With us, you have the freedom to choose everything about your business-- from the way it's run, what you want to offer -- after all, you're paying to be in it, you own it! We will advise you on the best-proven methods, but it's your call in the end!
To start your future in the "paint and wine" industry--
Call Director Brian Bullard at 713-409-3373 or
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