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Made in the Shade Blinds & More - Franchise


Quick Franchise Summary

We created our custom window coverings franchise opportunity with your success in mind! For more than 17 years, Made in the Shade Blinds & More has empowered entrepreneurs across North America to offer a convenient, shop-at-home service for window treatments and more!


Made in the Shade Blinds & More
Franchise Cost, Fees & Facts for 2021

Minimum Cash Required$50,000
Net Worth Required$60,000
Total Investment$60,000 – $70,000
Franchise Fee$59,000
Financing AssistanceAvailable
Year Founded2004
Training & SupportYes
Home Office LocationSan Antonio, TX
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We are currently accepting inquiries in ALL States

Overview

Made in the Shade Blinds & More - Franchise Information

An Easy-to-Operate Home-Based Business with Unlimited Potential in the Fast-Growing Residential and Commercial Window Coverings Industry

Your future business starts here.

We created our custom window coverings franchise opportunity with your success in mind! For more than 17 years, Made in the Shade Blinds & More has empowered entrepreneurs across North America to offer a convenient, shop-at-home service for window treatments and more! As an award-winning brand, we have been ranked with Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the fastest growing franchises in 2019. We are committed to providing our franchisees with top-of-the-line products, quality training, and a lifetime of support to become the experts in their industry.

Our name brand products are well known throughout North America, as we have partnered with some of the top manufacturers in the industry. Our outstanding business model provides you with the opportunity to not only offer great products and service, but also convert your referrals into clients who will sing your praises!

Why you’ll be successful:

Easy Start-Up

We Provide all the Necessary Tools You Need to Get Started

  • Nationally Recognized Name Brand Window Coverings — at the deepest discounts in the industry
  • No Overhead — No expensive storefront to maintain or inventory to carry
  • Comprehensive Training — at our Headquarters and at your location — Learn how to effectively operate, market, and promote your new window covering business with cutting edge training from our Corporate team and National Vendor experts
  • Online Marketing Tools — We’ve partnered with a web marketing team to give you the advantage over competition with our extensive offering

Outstanding Business Model

Proven Methods that Generate Revenue

  • Exclusive Sales Territory — ensures a solid and protected foundation for your business for maximum opportunity
  • NO MONTHLY ROYALTIES — No hefty monthly fees that other franchises mandate
  • Valued Vendor Partnerships — with exclusive perks and promotions
  • Mentor Program – one-on-one business coaching right after our initial training for your success and peace of mind
  • Ongoing Marketing and Sales Support — for the LIFETIME of your business
  • Annual National Convention  Kick off each new year by collaborating with industry experts and fellow franchise owners. It’s the perfect opportunity to improve your business skills while you deepen the relationships that support your success and enjoyment as a Made in the Shade franchise owner!

Freedom and Flexibility

Set Your Own Hours Around Family and Personal Activities

  • Convenience — Our shop-at-home model allows you to operate right out of the convenience of your home
  • No Decorating, Design or Sales Experience Required — We teach YOU how to become the EXPERT

Awards

  • Entrepreneur  Top 150 Home Based and Mobile Franchises 2021
  • Entrepreneur Top Low Cost Franchises 2021 
  • Entrepreneur Hottest Things in Franchising  2021
  • Entrepreneur 500 2021
  • Entrepreneur 150 Strongest Growing Franchises 2020
  • Entrepreneur Top 500 Franchises 2020
  • Entrepreneur Start Up Top Low Cost Franchises 2020

Franchisee Testimonials

“Purchasing a Made in the Shade franchise was the best decision for our family! We were looking for a way to get my husband out of the restaurant business so he could be at home with us on the nights and weekends. After speaking to many franchises we were starting to think we would end up staying in the restaurants. Then my husband spoke to Made in the Shade.”
-Matt and Kelli Houston, Austin, Texas

"Made in the Shade Blinds allows me the flexibility to run my business the way that works best for me. I have grown both personally and professionally with an amazing MITS family of support and encouragement. If you are considering your own business, check out Made in the Shade. I'm sure glad I did!"
-Kerri Kuefler, Drumheller, Alberta

"Our Made in the Shade franchise is one of the best investments we have ever made. With the reasonable price of their franchise, what you get for your money is substantial. Not only do you receive the support of a team that understands the window covering business, but they are also some of the most successful franchise owners in North America."
-John and Heather Proctor, Raleigh, NC

Lets Talk Franchise Opportunities
We invite you to research our company to see why Made in the Shade Blinds & More is the premiere choice for your new business. We want to partner with motivated entrepreneurs to help you realize your dream of owning a lucrative window coverings franchise!

Testimonials

Made in the Shade has completely changed my life and given me more than I could have ever imagined. Owning a MITS franchise means being part of a group that very much feels like a family. Plus, we have Cathy who is the sweetest, kindest, most knowledgeable person that you could ever imagine. She makes every step easy and never stops helping and taking care of us. I’ve never heard of another franchise that is like this. By our second year of business, we already had sales of $425,000, almost doubling our first year. After now being in the business for 4 years, I’ve built my business so that I can make a comfortable living working 25-30 hours a week doing a job that I absolutely love. Louise Jessop, Made in the Shade Blinds of Halifax, Nova Scotia
In 2005, I was working for a school district and looking for a new career change. I was browsing through the internet one day and ran across Made in the Shade Blinds and More. After doing my research, I felt like this would be a good fit for me. I had always been a do-it-yourself person, I love meeting new people and really loved the idea of working for myself! I have to be honest and tell you I had some fears as I live in a very rural area of Kansas, but I stuck with it and to this day I can tell you it was the best decision I have ever made career-wise. You will always have the support you need from Cathy, Doug and the other MITS franchisees. I encourage anyone who is interested in Made in the Shade to take a leap of faith and go for it. You’ll be glad you did. Jim and Farah Ferguson, Made in the Shade Hartford, Kansas
Horizons Window Fashions has been a vendor partner of Made in the Shade since 2012. It was apparent from the start that our association with Cathy Morse, her team and the MITS dealer network was a perfect match for the Horizons line of products. Cathy’s ability to instill her core beliefs of service, support and integrity in every aspect of the business has paved the way for continual growth. She understands what the consumer is looking for and how to prepare the MITS dealer for success. She has proven time and time again that anyone can cover a window but Made in the Shade has the resources and talent to make the room. Made in the Shade exemplifies how we want Horizons soft treatments, natural shades and solar products represented to the consumer. Mike Sloan - National Sales Manager, Horizons Window Fashions,
My experience with the Made in the Shade Family has been amazing. You never know for sure what you are getting into; however, this is one of those great surprises. Right from the beginning, Cathy was more than accommodating to my questions, and being the inquisitive mind that I am, I had a lot. From the extensive list of top brand suppliers in blinds and draperies, to the various price ranges available that are backed by a great warranty, workmanship and support, the Made in the Shade business model makes presenting to potential clients easy and comfortable. Along with the wonderful support of Cathy and her team, as well as the other Made in the Shade franchisees, you never feel alone. Cathy and her team have made every Made in the Shade franchisee feel part of the big picture! I am allowed to run a successful business while still being able to control my own calendar. What can get better than that? I must truly say it was a wonderful decision I made 3 years ago! Heather Colberg, Made in the Shade of South Central Alberta
“Six years ago, I looked into numerous opportunities in the window treatment business. Being very weary of making a mistake, I did much homework on what I thought was the best route to take. After my due diligence was completed, I decided on Made in the Shade as the best choice. It offered me the opportunity to enter the field as a competitive dealer, with a modest investment, who can compete on equal terms with anyone in the industry. The help and understanding that I received was invaluable and continuing support is always there. I’m fortunate to have become associated with such a quality organization.” Stephen Dipasquale, Made in the Shade, Wimberley
“Sharing a common strategic direction has been the foundation for the successful partnership between Made in the Shade and Springs Window Fashions. With a strong relationship built on open lines of communication, Made in the Shade has recently experienced double digit sales growth. They are a true partner of Springs Window Fashions.” Adam Miller, Manager of National Accounts, Designer Sales, Springs Window Fashions, LLC,
“We are so glad that we have the opportunity to be a part of Made in the Shade. The buying power that we have is unbelievable for a “small business.” Since we work out of our home, we have no store overhead and can price our products competitively. With Made in the Shade’s business plan, we have had the opportunity to own our own business without starting from scratch. We do not have to spend time reinventing the wheel. Do you know how much time it saves not having to create marketing materials or business cards? It is great to have all of that set up already.” Matt & Kelli Houston, Made in the Shade, Austin, TX

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