Donaldson & James

Our company mission is to provide companies, job seekers and future recruiters an entrepreneurial experience unique to the classic staffing agency model. We don't do it like everyone else, and that's what makes us progressive.


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Donaldson & James

Donaldson & James Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2024


Donaldson & James intends to expand upon its franchise concept by offering potential buyers: consistent methods of operation, back-office support, and policies and procedures that ensure best practices and quality results to the clientele.

In the franchise model, the franchisee will usually start from a small temporary office suite and will operate within an exclusive geographical territory, depending on their industry segment or specific expertise). Their job will essentially be as an independent recruiter and services provider for the following business categories:

  • Industrial Staffing
  • I.T. Staffing
  • H.R. Services (may be a service offered by the franchisee)

Top organizations in all industries are constantly looking for talented, experienced and credible individuals to fill gaps in their business from part time labor to outsourced H.R. These organizations may be nonprofits, charitable organizations, private companies or public companies.

Although some companies handle the recruiting process internally, more and more organizations rely on the professional services of an outsourced recruitment firm. These companies usually have extensive networking connections and are familiar with the particular field. They usually interview candidates before presenting them to clients to ensure the right fit for the client and the candidate. Typically, I.T. and H.R. could be conducted out of a franchisee's home but in the case of Industrial Staffing, a franchisee/recruiter would need to interview the candidate face-to-face, thus requiring a physical office.

Company Details

Established: 2004
First Unit Franchised: 2017
Franchised Units: 1
Company Owned Units: 14
States Registered In: All non-registration states.
Canada Franchises: Yes
International Franchises: Yes

Support and Training Offered By Donaldson & James

Financial Assistance Provided: Yes
Site Selection Assistance: Yes
Lease Negotiation Assistance: Yes
Recruiting Assistance: Yes
Co-Operative Advertising: Yes
Training: Initial assistance provided by The Franchisor will include the following franchisee training programs:
Phase I -- Training provided at a location designated by the Franchisor:
Donaldson & James management will work with franchisee to understand and fully grasp what an ideal operation and territory will be for the business. It is expected that the Franchisor will provide franchisees with two to four weeks of initial training at the Franchisor's Waterloo Headquarters, or at a location designated by the Franchisor, beginning approximately six to eight weeks before the franchisee is scheduled to open for business. Phase I instruction will pertain to administrative, operational, and sales/marketing matters; it will also include a liberal amount of on-the-job training with the franchisee spending time at the headquarters to understand the services that they will offer. This training will be provided for the franchisee and additional authorized personnel.

It is estimated that the cost of travel and training expenses to the franchisee will range from $2,000 to $8,000. The low and high estimates are based on the expenses of the franchisee's travel, food, and lodging costs.

Phase II -- Training provided at the franchisee's location:
On-site training typically takes place when the franchisee commences operations of their Donaldson & James model. An experienced trainer from Donaldson & James will provide on-site training for a period of two to three days to assist the franchisee in the commencement of operations. This will typically be aligned with sales meetings for the franchisee so that the Franchisor could sit in on the discussions with potential clients.

No franchisee will be allowed to commence operations until the franchisee has successfully completed Phase I of the initial training program. The franchisee will not be permitted to continue operations until successfully completing Phase II of the initial training program. If the franchisee fails to meet the initial requirements specified by the Franchisor, the Franchisor may, at its option, require the completion of additional training or may cancel the Franchise Agreement.

Franchisees will be required to attend up to two days of refresher/update training per year in up to two sessions at the corporate headquarters in Waterloo (or another location to be determined by the Franchisor). This on-going training will be provided at no cost, but the franchisee will pay for all applicable travel, lodging, and out-of-pocket expenses.

2024 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Donaldson & James Franchise.

What does a Donaldson & James Franchise Cost?

Donaldson & James franchise fees for 2024:

Cash Investment: $45,000
Total Investment: $112,500
Minimum Net Worth: NA
Franchise Fee: $25,000
Royalty: 30%
Ad: 1%
Average Number of Employees: 3
Item 19: No
visa-candidates: No
Passive Ownership: Yes
Home Based: No
B2B: Yes
Master Franchise Opportunities: No
Veteran Discount: Yes - 20% discount off Franchise Fee

Is Donaldson & James a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

Yes. Donaldson & James is a semi absentee franchise and allows passive ownership. A semi-absentee franchise is a business you could start and run while still maintaining a job or other obligation.

Is Donaldson & James a Home Based franchise?

No. Donaldson & James is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Donaldson & James Franchise Owners Make?

This information is not available. Donaldson & James does not offer an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document.

Is Donaldson & James a Master Franchise Opportunity?

No. Donaldson & James is not a master franchise opportunity.

Does Donaldson & James Offer a Veteran Discount?

Yes. Donaldson & James franchise does offer a veteran discount.

Does Donaldson & James Work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa Candidates?

No. Donaldson & James franchise does not work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa candidates.

Is Donaldson & James Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

Yes. Donaldson & James franchise is looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Donaldson & James Looking for International franchisees?

Yes. Donaldson & James franchise is looking for International franchisees.

Where can I see Donaldson & James's FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)?

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Additional Information

Additional Categories

Employment & Personnel, Non Food Franchises

Number of Units Open


Cash Required

$25,000 - $50,000

Master Franchise


Passive Franchise


Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise


Veteran Discount




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


E2 Visa Franchise


Donaldson & James Franchises for Sale

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