Essential Questions When Choosing Your Franchise.

Deciding which franchise model is best for you and your family can be a daunting task, with multiple sources of information often causing confusion. At Marla Custom Blinds we understand this process and want to help you make an informed decision on your future.

In this context, we always advise our prospective franchise owners to take a step back and start by looking at what you really want from your new career and business – and focus on the personalised questions that come out of that process.

Naturally, we find there’s some common themes in the questions we get asked by prospective franchise owners, so we’ve put together six of the most frequent to help you better understand our business model.

  1. How much will the franchise cost and are there any hidden charges?

Unlike some franchisors, Marla Custom Blinds has always been transparent in setting out the costs involved in starting a business using our model. If you can’t get that clarity from other business opportunities – you have to ask yourself why.

  1. What sets Marla Custom Blinds apart in terms of business model and service levels?

When choosing a franchise, always ask to see real customer testimonials as this will give you the best insight into how the business model is perceived and what long term value it offers. Marla Custom Blinds testimonials always include words like ‘outstanding service’, ‘great quality’ and ‘good price’. You can see some of our genuine testimonials here

  1. Are you a member of any approved industry bodies?

Any franchise network worth its salt should be officially accredited within its industry. To put your mind at rest, Marla Custom Blinds is a full manufacturing member of the British Blind and Shutter Association, and the head office operation has been independently verified by Hampshire County Council’s Trading Standards team. We’re also accredited by the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme and are members of Construction Online. Finally, we are members of the British Franchise Association.

  1. Can I talk to other franchisees in your network?

Always be suspicious if a franchisor doesn’t have any members of their network for you to talk to. At Marla Custom Blinds, we’d be delighted to put you in touch with franchise owners who are already making a genuine income from our proven system.

  1. How much money can I make using your business model?

Of course we all want job security and to feel happy in our work – but at the end of the day we also know what you take home as earnings is all-important. Most serious franchisors, like Marla Custom Blinds, will let you sit down with their team and crunch the exact numbers in relation to your own territory before you decide.

  1. What about training, tools and support systems?

There’s nothing worse than being part of a franchise network that doesn’t provide the training and support you need to succeed. At Marla Custom Blinds our in house training, on-the-job training, marketing support and franchisee tools are second to none – and are the reason many people choose our model.

On top of all the questions you may want to ask, we also encourage prospective franchise owners to get independent legal advice before taking on any new franchise, so you know exactly what you’re investing in.

Whatever questions you have – you should never be afraid to ask them.

To get more information about who we are and how we can finally help you start your own business, please visit our Franchise website:



Marla Custom Blinds
Unit D2, Segensworth Business Centre,
Segensworth Road,
Fareham, PO15 5RQ
Freephone: 0800 975 7373
Tel: 01329 84 99 22
Fax: 01329 84 33 83