Marketing & Advertising

Instant Imprints

Instant Imprints was founded in 2002 and has been franchising since then. Over the past 20+ years, this full-service promotional marketing and visual communications franchise has helped thousands of customers get noticed in the right way.

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About Instant Imprints

Instant Imprints was founded in 2002 and has been franchising since then. Over the past 20+ years, this full-service promotional marketing and visual communications franchise has helped thousands of customers get noticed in the right way. The brand offers exceptional training and support for those interested in getting started with them. Are you ready to find out more?

What They Offer

Instant Imprints has a business model that is structured around several revenue streams, which include custom t-shirts, embroidery, signs and banners, promotional products, and print services – everything to make a brand more visible. They have state-of-the art embroidery machines, wide-format digital printing equipment, technologies for direct-to-garment heat transfers, lettering, and screen printing, and more.

The Franchise Offering

With an Instant Imprints franchise, you will be working with a professional B2B and B2C clientele with a high repeat business percentage. This also means you will be able to build great relationships with your local business community. You will be working in small footprint locations that range from 900 – 1,500 sq. feet. The hours of operation are Monday to Friday, from 09:00 – 18:00, meaning family-friendly hours. You will have low operating and staffing costs and a great support network of franchisees. You will work within a protected geographical area and your earnings potential will be commensurate with what you put into your business. 

The franchisor also offers you a variety of models and options to fit around your needs. Firstly, there is the opportunity to run your business as an owner/operator. However, it is also possible to buy a business that enables you to “Manage the Manager”, ideal for franchisees with multiple locations. Also, you have the chance to join the brand as an Area Franchisee, which will give you the chance to build a business that enables you to be largely absent from the daily operations. Finally, you can purchase an existing center as part of a franchise resale process. This gives you the opportunity to build on what someone else has already started.

Who Are They Looking For?

Instant Imprints is looking for individuals and business owners who are resourceful and action-oriented, meaning that you will always look for solutions to implement in the daily scope of your work. They are also looking for individuals who are committed to a strong customer service while having a positive attitude and being able to think on their feet. You will be the ideal franchisee if you are comfortable with a dynamic, light manufacturing environment and if you are someone who enjoys networking within your community. Finally, the work is also about having fun and enjoying the operations and marketing side of the business, too. 

The Cost

The franchisee fee for this business opportunity is $39,950. But you should remember that the franchisor will finance $10,000 of the fee for 36 months at $300/month. You will also need liquid capital in the region of $70,000 to $150,000 and have a net worth of between $150,000 and $300,000. Depending on the model and options you choose, whether a growth format center or an expanded format center, the total investment will differ. For example, a growth format center is approximately 1,000 sq. feet and gives you the basic equipment package. It is easier to scale and mange and requires a total investment ranging from $125,000 and $200,000. With regard to the expanded format center, which is approximately 1,400 square feet, you get an expanded equipment package and more in-house production capability. Your total investment for this option will be between $150,000 and $300,000. 


If you don’t yet have all the cash on hand that’s required to pursue this franchise opportunity, you’re in good hands because financing is available with this franchisor. In addition, there is a discount for veterans, too.


Training & Support

Training and support for an Instant Imprints franchise is extensive. 

When you buy a franchise with the brand, you will own a territory. You will get the franchisor’s full support in this regard. After a territory is chosen, you will get the foundation for your success with the necessary equipment, fixtures, and supplies. You will get a complete listing of Cost of Goods and Fixed Expense averages from across the franchisor’s system. You will also get support with location build-out, and the 17-week process will be managed, with your input, by the franchisor’s Construction Manager. 

According to the franchisor, it will take you approximately 20 weeks to get started. The reason behind this is that the training is so comprehensive. In fact, it is delivered in five segments, which include:

  • IIU Pre-Training: an introduction to the system, equipment, and processes and it takes place over one week. 
  • Instant Imprints University (IIU): this is carried out at the training center in San Diego over the course of a week and it deals with business management, customer relationships, and growing your business. 
  • IIU Post-Training: provides franchisees and staff with a basic proficiency in production tasks and takes place over a period of two weeks. 
  • Opening Support: this will be provided by operations experts from the franchisor’s Partner Support Team. 
  • FastStart Program: this is an activity-based and mentor-supported program to help jump-start your business for success. Its focus is on sales development. This program starts two weeks after the opening of your center. 

Further support includes that which is related to your Marketing Action Plans (MAPs) and quarterly campaigns, assistance with annual plans, quarterly visits, and T12M planning and tracking (the big-picture overview of your business to help you see trends, cycles, and histories of your business), among others.


The information provided on this page is obtained from sources available freely on the internet. No responsibility for factual inaccuracies should be attributed to Franchise Fame.

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