Made In the Shade


Quick Summary

Made in the Shade Blinds & More is a franchise that offers premium, custom window treatments that you can afford! You can provide name brand window coverings, such as blinds, shades, shutters & draperies, while working from the convenience of your home. Learn more about this $9 billion industry & how you can make your financial dreams come true.

Quick Facts

  • Minimum Cash Required

    $25,000
  • Net Worth Required

    $50,000
  • Total Investment

    $39,900 to $50,000
  • Year Founded

    2004
  • # of Existing Units

    75
  • Financing Assistance

    Available
  • Training & Support

    Yes
  • Home Office Location

    San Antonio, TX

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Overview
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Overview

Made in the Shade Blinds & More


Open Your Windows of Opportunity by Covering Them!
 
We created our window coverings franchise opportunity with success in mind! For more than twelve years, Made in the Shade Blinds & More has empowered entrepreneurs to start and operate their own window coverings franchise right out of their home. Made in the Shade Blinds & More is quickly becoming the window covering franchise of choice in the US and Canada!  Why? This exclusive, one-of-a-kind concept is the perfect fit for those who want to operate their own window covering business at a fraction of the cost of competing franchises.  The average expense of purchasing a window covering franchise can be in excess of $75,000. And that's just the initial cost! Then, there are monthly royalties, ongoing fees and other operating expenses.
 
Made in The Shade is Affordable
 
Through Made in the Shade's exclusive program, your expenses are held to a minimum and you will be able to start earning profits immediately through our name brand manufacturers.  Imagine having the ability to own and operate your own affordable window covering business. With Made in the Shade, there is a one-time franchise fee of $39,900 and no monthly royalties. Just a one-time franchise fee will provide you with all the benefits, training, resources and ongoing support you need to launch and build a successful and lucrative business in this booming industry.
 
Here's why you'll LOVE being part of Made in the Shade
  • Easy start-up – We provide all the necessary tools you need to get started!
  • NO MONTHLY ROYALTIES! No hefty monthly fees that other franchises mandate.
  • No overhead – No expensive storefront to maintain or inventory to carry.
  • Convenience – Operate right out of your home!
  • Freedom and flexibility – Set your own hours around family and personal activities!
  • Outstanding business model – with proven methods that generate revenue.
  • Exclusive sales territory – Guaranteed maximum opportunity through our protected territory agreement.
  • Name brand window coverings – at the deepest discounts in the industry!
  • Valued vendor partnerships – with exclusive perks and promotions
  • No decorating, design or sales experience required! We teach YOU how to become the EXPERT!
  • Comprehensive, 4 day training – Learn how to effectively operate, market and promote your new window covering business from our experts.
  • Ongoing marketing and sales support – for the lifetime of your business.
Support Tools
 
From our name brand manufacturers, you receive a generous window covering sample package, including pricing guides and promotional materials.  All of these add to your ability to make it convenient, affordable and easy for your customer to shop at home with Made in the Shade.  You also receive step-by-step training manuals, product guides, award winning marketing materials, a comprehensive, customized web site, business templates containing all the documents you will ever need, and other reference tools which provide valuable resources to promote your continued growth, profits and success.
 
From The Founder
 
"I am excited to be able to extend this opportunity to those who wish to make a substantial income while working from their home.  With our professional training, plus all the resources and tools you will need, the only other ingredients to add are your own enthusiasm and motivation.  This will be the best decision you ever made - Made in the Shade, that is!" - Cathy Morse, founder of Made in the Shade
 

Testimonials

“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
“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
“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
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
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
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
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

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