MotoPhoto vs Visual Image Franchise Comparison

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

Start-Up Costs and Fees

MotoPhoto Franchise
Visual Image Franchise
Investment $225,000 - $250,000$35,000
Franchise Fee $35,000$23,000
Royalty Fee 6%-
Advertising Fee --
Year Founded 1981-
Year Franchised 1982-
Term Of Agreement 10 years-
Term Of Agreement 10 years-
Renewal Fee $1.75K-

Business Experience Requirements

MotoPhoto Franchise
Visual Image Franchise
  • General business experience
  • Marketing skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • -

    Financing Options

    MotoPhoto Franchise
    Visual Image Franchise
      In-House/3rd PartyIn-House/3rd Party
    Franchise Fees No/Yes-/-
    Start-up Costs No/Yes-/-
    Equipment Yes/Yes-/-
    Inventory No/Yes-/-
    Receivables No/Yes-/-
    Payroll No/Yes-/-

    Training & Support

    MotoPhoto Franchise
    Visual Image Franchise
    Training --
    Support Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations-
    Marketing Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising-
    Operations 20% of all franchisees own more than one unit

    Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 6

    Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (95% of current franchisees are owner/operators)


    Expansion Plans

    MotoPhoto Franchise
    Visual Image Franchise
    US Expansion Yes-
    Canada Expansion No-
    International Expansion Yes-

    Company Overviews

    About MotoPhoto

    What started out as a simple Ohio camera shop in 1946 has turned into a nationwide network of franchised photo processing and portrait studios. Robert Adler's original store has evolved into a chain of stores that provide on-site processing, photo accessories and merchandise, and digital technology, including digital printing, writing images to CDs, providing customers with Internet uploads and maintaining imaging-hosting sites on the Web.
    Management of the franchisor, MotoPhoto Franchise Corporation, has over 75 years of experience in the imaging industry and in franchising. The system of franchised MotoPhoto ® stores has grown from 20 stores in 1982 to over 215 today. With experienced franchisor management to call upon and a group of entrepreneurial franchisees to work with, you’ll have plenty of resources to help you.
    • Is a recognized industry leader
    • Is the dominant franchise in a $15.6 Billion industry
    • Provides protected operating territories

    About Visual Image

    The Visual Image goes on site to pre schools and pet shops and takes studio quality portraits. Because we specialize in the niche preschool/pet market, our photography is easy to do and fun to learn. The visual image is a member of the franchise top 500 ranking by Entrepreneur magazine. Because we go onsite to do our photography, we avoid the overhead and ledium of waiting all those hours for the customer to come to you! Take those days off that are uniquely important to you-birthdays anniversaries, fishing days-no one will know your gone!!! If you are going to the time, expense, and trouble to start your own business-why not make it one that is a unique reflection of you?