If you are interested in franchise businesses you are most likely familiar with Franchise Business Review. If you are not familiar with this group they are a great resource for all things franchising. TSS Photography is honored to have been featured this month on Franchise Business Review in a Q&A with our franchisees and members of our corporate staff. Continue reading to get an inside look at TSS Photography franchising from our franchisees and staff.
TSS Photography Talking with Franchisees and Staff
TSS Photography has had a banner year of growth and technological advancement along with accolades such as being named in Franchise Business Review’s Top 50 Franchises. So TSS asked franchisees for some feedback: Why TSS and how it is helping you achieve your goals?
Q: Those who are already photographers would like to know, why TSS?
A: After doing wedding photography for over 15 years, we started growing into schools and sports and I needed to find systems to support me and sustain the growth. After meeting the [TSS] team and seeing all of the systems in place … I was sold!
~James Whigham, franchisee in Louisiana
A: The franchise offered me a one-stop-shop for all the tools and resources I was looking for to grow my business.
~Victoria Schafer, franchisee in Ohio
Q: What’s one thing TSS provides that’s invaluable?
A: The franchise does a lot of research before it implements new tools and techniques. After TSS has tested an idea and has proven results, we can implement this into our business to grow. A great example of this is their mobile ordering tool.
~Tod Cohen, franchisee in Virginia
A: They encourage and facilitate (through annual meetings and a community site) franchisees keeping in contact with each other. We share resources on large jobs, and we have conversations about how to implement new technology.
~Lindsay Verdun, franchisee in Illinois
A: The innovation they have is pretty awesome. I think TSS is helping to keep me competitive in this department and they are helping to give me an edge.
~Guillermo Palos, franchisee in California
A: TSS Photography has a great training program and a continuing photography education system that keeps the TSS franchisees on top of our market as the leaders in sports and school pictures.
~Gerald Jordan, franchisee in Florida
A: I would have to deal with four to six labs to get the full range of products that TSS offers.
~Victoria Schaefer, franchisee in Ohio
Q: What is part of the role TSS has as a franchisor?
A: You can’t do the same thing year after year and expect to maintain a business … much less grow a business. We do the R&D legwork for our franchisees in terms of product and systems innovations. Once something is vetted and proven, we give franchisees the marketing and sales tools they need to use those innovations. We want franchise owners to have cool products and tools that help them compete on anything but price. We also focus on tools to cut out office work so our owners can have fun running their business. Work-life balance is important to us and our owners. We create business tools to get you more time with friends and family and less time editing and uploading.
~Alison Counts, TSS Photography marketing director