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Kumon Franchise Business Plan

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Founded in Japan in 1954, the first Kumon center in North America was opened in New York in 1974. The Kumon Institute of Education predominantly provides tutoring for mathematics and reading. While students range from preschool- to high school- ages, Kumon targets the elementary school-age market, as more than 60.0% of its students are in grades two to six. In 2017, roughly 300,000 students studied at 1,502 Kumon centers throughout the United States. Worldwide, 4.1 million students are enrolled in over 24,350 centers in 49 countries. The company generated $52.4 million in 2018. Most Kumon centers are individually owned and operated through a franchise system.


Each Kumon franchisee should develop a solid business plan to estimate potential revenues and expenses. The initial investment for establishing a Kumon franchise ranges from $73,373 to $154,825 depending on the center’s location. The initial investment covers a wide range of expenses such as the initial purchase of study materials, rent, and professional fees. In addition, all potential franchisees should have a net worth of $150,000 and a liquid capital of $70,000. Joorney Business Plans has experience in developing long-term financial projections for Kumon franchises and understands the initial investment requirements.


If individuals become franchisees, they must instruct the students personally and be at the center during all student sessions except in extraordinary circumstances. They must devote full-time to the operation of the franchise throughout the franchise relationship. Franchisees can also operate the center through a corporation or limited liability company if they meet the necessary requirements.

Franchisees do not need to have a background in education, however, they need to have a bachelor’s degree and be passionate about working with and helping children. They need to participate in the Kumon instructor development program in order to learn the Kumon Learning MethodThis twelve-day training program takes place over four months at the regional Kumon office and at the Kumon University in Teaneck, New Jersey. Joorney Business Plans writers have extensive experience in developing long-term employee plans and matching the specific employees’ knowledge, skills, experience, and training to their designated roles.

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Kumon franchisees do not receive an exclusive territory for the operation of the center. They could face competition from other franchisees, from centers owned by the franchisor, or from other channels of distribution, or competitive brands controlled by Kumon. Franchisees may operate their center only at the location approved by Kumon and specified in their franchise agreement. Joorney Business Plans has experience in helping Kumon franchisees develop in-depth local market and competition analyses.

For over 14 years, Kumon was rated by Entrepreneur magazine number one tutoring service franchise, and one of the world’s top global franchises. Kumon is committed to providing franchisees with the training, resources, and support to help them thrive and earn profit over the long run.

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