Computertots vs PC-ER Franchise Comparison

Below is an in-depth analysis and side-by-side comparison of Computertots vs PC-ER including start-up costs and fees, business experience requirements, training & support and financing options.

Start-Up Costs and Fees

 
Computertots Franchise
PC-ER Franchise
Investment $47,700 - $66,300 $17,500 - $22,500
Franchise Fee $30,000 $7,500
Royalty Fee 8% 2%
Advertising Fee - Varies
Year Founded 1983 2007
Year Franchised 1988 2014
Term Of Agreement 15 years 2 years
Term Of Agreement 15 years 2 years
Renewal Fee 5% of franchise fee -


Business Experience Requirements

 
Computertots Franchise
PC-ER Franchise
Experience
  • General business experience
  • Marketing skills
  • All franchisees should be A+ certified and/or the equivalent in experience. If not when signed they will be expected to complete this and a couple other certifications within the 1st 6 months of owning the franchise. For special cost benefits a Veteran and or their family can operate this franchise for as little as $7500.


    Financing Options

     
    Computertots Franchise
    PC-ER Franchise
      In-House/3rd Party In-House/3rd Party
    Franchise Fees Yes/No -/-
    Start-up Costs No/No -/-
    Equipment No/No -/-
    Inventory No/No -/-
    Receivables No/No -/-
    Payroll No/No -/-

    Training & Support

     
    Computertots Franchise
    PC-ER Franchise
    Training -

    A franchisee should be at least A+ certified prior to entering this arrangement. There is a prescreening test provided to help us make sure we aren't setting the franchisee up for failure. We want success for us and them alike. We also have arranged a 30 hour, pre-franchise signing, Entrepreneurial training to help them make sure they know what goes into running a business. This is designed to help them write their own Business Plan and provide a mentoring coach over the next 12 months.

    Support Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Internet, Security/safety procedures

    Our home location has technicians on staff available to assist in problem areas.

    Marketing National media, Regional advertising -
    Operations Franchise can be run from home.

    International franchisees required to buy multiple units/master licenses; 10% of all franchisees own more than one unit

    Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 6

    Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators)

    Each PC-ER inside Walmart is responsible for store opening for 70 hours a week. I know this may sound like a lot but we are working on the premise that they are providing 3000+ walk by traffic daily. The franchisee can choose to hire someone support staff if necessary and adjustments can be made to their scheduled opening provided it is approved by PC-ER, LLC and Walmart prior to making the change.


    Expansion Plans

     
    Computertots Franchise
    PC-ER Franchise
    US Expansion - Yes
    Canada Expansion No -
    International Expansion Yes -

    Start-Up Costs and Fees Mobile

    Investment
    Computertots Franchise
    $47,700 - $66,300
    PC-ER Franchise
    $17,500 - $22,500
    Franchise Fee
    Computertots Franchise
    $30,000
    PC-ER Franchise
    $7,500
    Royalty Fee
    Computertots Franchise
    8%
    PC-ER Franchise
    2%
    Advertising Fee
    Computertots Franchise
    -
    PC-ER Franchise
    Varies
    Year Founded
    Computertots Franchise
    1983
    PC-ER Franchise
    2007
    Year Franchised
    Computertots Franchise
    1988
    PC-ER Franchise
    2014
    Term Of Agreement
    Computertots Franchise
    15 years
    PC-ER Franchise
    2 years
    Renewal Fee
    Computertots Franchise
    5% of franchise fee
    PC-ER Franchise
    -


    Business Experience Requirements

    Experience
    Computertots Franchise

  • General business experience
  • Marketing skills
  • PC-ER Franchise

    All franchisees should be A+ certified and/or the equivalent in experience. If not when signed they will be expected to complete this and a couple other certifications within the 1st 6 months of owning the franchise. For special cost benefits a Veteran and or their family can operate this franchise for as little as $7500.


    Financing Options

      In-House/3rd Party
    Franchise Fees
    Computertots Franchise
    Yes/No
    PC-ER Franchise
    -/-
    Start-up Costs
    Computertots Franchise
    No/No
    PC-ER Franchise
    -/-
    Equipment
    Computertots Franchise
    No/No
    PC-ER Franchise
    -/-
    Inventory
    Computertots Franchise
    No/No
    PC-ER Franchise
    -/-
    Receivables
    Computertots Franchise
    No/No
    PC-ER Franchise
    -/-
    Payroll
    Computertots Franchise
    No/No
    PC-ER Franchise
    -/-

    Training & Support

    Training
    Computertots Franchise
    -
    PC-ER Franchise

    A franchisee should be at least A+ certified prior to entering this arrangement. There is a prescreening test provided to help us make sure we aren't setting the franchisee up for failure. We want success for us and them alike. We also have arranged a 30 hour, pre-franchise signing, Entrepreneurial training to help them make sure they know what goes into running a business. This is designed to help them write their own Business Plan and provide a mentoring coach over the next 12 months.

    Support
    Computertots Franchise
    Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Internet, Security/safety procedures
    PC-ER Franchise

    Our home location has technicians on staff available to assist in problem areas.

    Marketing
    Computertots Franchise
    National media, Regional advertising
    PC-ER Franchise
    -
    Operations
    Computertots Franchise
    Franchise can be run from home.

    International franchisees required to buy multiple units/master licenses; 10% of all franchisees own more than one unit

    Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 6

    Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators)

    PC-ER Franchise

    Each PC-ER inside Walmart is responsible for store opening for 70 hours a week. I know this may sound like a lot but we are working on the premise that they are providing 3000+ walk by traffic daily. The franchisee can choose to hire someone support staff if necessary and adjustments can be made to their scheduled opening provided it is approved by PC-ER, LLC and Walmart prior to making the change.


    Expansion Plans

    US Expansion
    Computertots Franchise
    -
    PC-ER Franchise
    Yes
    Canada Expansion
    Computertots Franchise
    No
    PC-ER Franchise
    -
    International Expansion
    Computertots Franchise
    Yes
    PC-ER Franchise
    -

    Company Overviews

    About Computertots

    Computertots is now a subsidiary of ComputerExplorers In 1984, personal computers were still considered a luxury, and schools were figuring out how to best use the new technology as a learning tool. Moms Karen Marshall and Mary Rogers saw the teaching potential of computers and began Computertots/Computer Explorers with $1,500, one computer and 10 young students. Franchisees can operate the business using either a manager model or an owner-operated model. A manager employs a staff to assist in the teaching and operation of the business; the owner of an owner-operated model not only teaches classes, but also operates the business.

    In 2003, Computertots/Computer Explorers was acquired by The International Center for Entrepreneurial Development Inc., which also owns Kwik Kopy Printing, Kwik Kopy Business Centers, Franklin's Printing, American Wholesale Thermographers, Copy Club, Women's Health Boutique and Parcel Plus.

    About PC-ER

    PC-ER (Personal Computer and Electronic Repair) is a Veteran (and/or Veteran's family) owned business location within designated large retail locations. We will be providing service and repair to computers, laptops, tablets and cell phones. We will also provide warranty work for large retail locations as well as providing additional services to their customers regarding the use of their electronics. Franchisees will own and operate their own business within the franchise guidelines from the PC-ER, LLC. The operation of this franchise has been tested over the past 7 years with successful locations inside of large retail locations since. We have been granted a "pilot" with large retail locations which means we get 20 stores opened in 3 month intervals until we get to 100 locations, then they offer larger numbers of stores per 3 month window. It is our intent to be inside every available large retail location in the US within 5 years. For special cost benefits a Veteran and or their family can operate this franchise for as little as $7500.