WHAT DO I NEED TO PURCHASE IN ADDITION TO WHAT IS SUPPLIED WITH MY PRODUCER PACKAGE?
Depending on the level of production you wish to begin at, you may need wood to build your racking systems, tables, cement, sand, and molds to make samples. Some items needed may be available in your garage or basement... shovels, a wheel barrow, work gloves, etc. You'll receive a Materials Acquisition List with your manuals. Expect to spend another $300 to $1000 for a commercial startup, depending on what you have on hand, and depending on the size of the Producer Package purchased.
CAN I VISIT A FACILITY TO TALK TO A PRODUCER ABOUT THE SYSTEM AND HOW IT WORKS?
Please understand that this is not a franchise. As such, we have no control over Producers, and we cannot expect every Producer operation to be representative of our business.
In that our manufacturing process is "proprietary", and due to the high number of responses we receive from prospective Producers, it is not practical nor prudent to offer our current Producers' personal or business information to others, even though they may be potentially strong Producer prospects. For those reasons we have been forced to give the following standard answer to requests to see a working facility, and to meet with existing Producers. Once you are a Producer, you may join our pool of Producers who want to share information and interact with other Producers.
We sign a Non-Disclosure and Privacy Agreement with our Producers to guarantee that they are not bothered by prospective customers of ours. This protects their privacy, and our proprietary formulas, system, and information. Unfortunately, in the past when we offered existing Producers as references, a few prospects drove them crazy, calling at all hours, or showing up unannounced! This caused bad feelings with a number of our Producers, and is what prompted our current policy. I'm sure you can understand and will appreciate our policy once you become a Producer. One thing a new entrepreneur doesn't need are phone calls and interruptions while trying to run and grow their new business.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF THERE IS ALREADY A PRODUCER IN MY AREA?
Phone or email Olde World Enterprises, and we will check territory availability. We constantly monitor and control Producer placement to avoid market saturation and territory duplication.
WHAT FRANCHISE OR OTHER ONGOING FEES ARE THERE THAT I WILL HAVE TO PAY?
Even though you receive lifetime support and guidance, remember that we are not a franchise. Our relationship is best described as a "supplier", or "licensing" relationship. We supply you with the training to operate a stone, tile, and paver manufacturing business using our mold technology, production, and marketing systems. There are no ongoing fees or costs associated with your sales volume as is the case with most franchises. You are totally in control of your business... and your profits. We are there to guide and help you should you want help. That service is part of every Producer Package.
WITHOUT ONGOING FEES, HOW CAN YOU AFFORD TO GIVE THE SUPPORT THAT YOU DO?
We are one of the very few companies that can truly claim that "our success is dependent on your success." Our core business is mold design and manufacturing. The more successful you are in your business... the more molds you'll purchase from us. It's that simple!
HOW LARGE IS THE TERRITORY THAT I WILL BE GETTING WITH MY PRODUCER PACKAGE?
The territories are pretty much based on population, and we try to determine the territory boundary lines by county. The sizes are based on the Producer Package purchased. We use our extensive data base when assigning new territories to confirm population density and economic growth figures. Our smallest exclusive territory is 10,000 population, with our largest one a million plus. On average, a territory is considered 50,000-500,000 population.
IS THIS A BUSINESS THAT CAN BE OPERATED BY A WOMAN?
Most definitely! We have a number of single moms operating their own stone, tile, brick and paver manufacturing businesses. The building products industry is not a "for men only" business. Many women excel in this area due in part to their creative talents, which can be beneficial to the business. When we started Olde World Tile in 1992, my wife and I made the tile together. It is a great family business.
CAN I OFFER CUSTOM TILE AND STONE DESIGNS?
We can design an unlimited number of styles and designs as long as there is a market for them. In the near future, we will be adding to our custom, limited edition, and designer molds. This is a niche market that nobody but our Producers will be able to service, as we design and make our own molds.
WHAT SHOULD I NAME MY COMPANY?
You can name your company almost anything... "Sun Coast Tile", "Stone & Tile by Charlene", "Robbin's Stone & Tile Works", etc. You may want to consider using Olde World Stone & Tile as a sub-title in you name, like... "Sun Coast Tile... Manufacturers of Olde World Tile". You may not however use Olde World Stone & Tile as your name, as we are not a franchise. But it can be used as a statement that you manufacture using the Olde World Stone & Tile Molds system and products. It's a "licensing agreement", for lack of a better term. You are licensed to use our mold designs and system to make your stone and tile products.
WHO WILL INSTALL MY STONE AND TILE?
Unless you are already in the installation business, and are a qualified installer, we suggest that you do not install the stone or tile yourself. You will be busy enough and making enough money operating the manufacturing end of the business, to get into installations. Our manual has a section that teaches you the basics of installation so you have a working knowledge of it... but that is as far as we recommend you go unless you really have a strong desire to learn installations, or you have someone in the business with you who wants to do the installations. We will help guide you to other learning sources.
DON'T WE NEED TO OFFER INSTALLATION OF OUR PRODUCTS AS PART OF OUR BUSINESS?
We normally recommend that you align yourself with two or three good, local installers, and offer their names on a referral basis. Let the customer choose who they want to do the installation of your stone or tile. That takes you out of the "loop of responsibility", so to speak. Your responsibility is to provide the stone or tile... their responsibility is to install it. Everyone knows their job and obligations. Another benefit of this arrangement is that we normally recommend that you sell your products to the installer at wholesale prices... they in turn become salesmen for your products. You may want to work out a referral fee type of arrangement with the installer for any work that you direct their way. All of this is covered and explained in your Marketing Training Manual.