Franchise Financing - Finding the Money
The cost of buying a franchise can be substantial, but you don't have to be a trust fund baby to get into the franchise of your dreams. Where is the funding going to come from? That's the number one question franchise buyers ask. There are numerous sources of capital, but start with these basic steps first.
- Talk to the franchisor. About one in three franchisors provide franchise
financing directly or have arrangements with third party lenders. You will
find any financing arrangements spelled out in Item 10 of the FDD (Franchise
Disclosure Document). Even if the franchisor doesn't have money to offer, it
is still the best source of information about your financing options.
- Look within. It is a common misconception that you can or should borrow
all the money to open a franchise. Be prepared to come up with at least 25 to
30 percent of the total start-up costs. To assess personal resources, start by
preparing a personal financial statement (you'll need one to present to
- Ask family and friends. This is one of the most common ways to finance a
franchise. After all, who knows your dreams and capabilities better? Plus,
they want to help you succeed.
- Call your accountant. Ask your accountant to recommend a banker. A good
accountant - one with small business experience - is usually a great source of
- Find a specialist. You should start at the bank where you do your personal
banking, but there's a good chance you won't get what you need there. Local
banks are often unable to fund franchise projects. Your chances will be much
better with independent lenders like GE Capital Franchise Finance that
specialize in franchise lending.
- Search the SBA Franchise Registry
(www.franchiseregistry.com). The SBA's
small business lending guarantee program is a key source of loans. This
program for new franchise buyers is much easier to access since the creation
of the Franchise Registry, a central database of information about franchisors
that have been certified by the SBA.
Benefits of Opening a Retail Franchise
So you’d like to open a retail store, but you’re not quite sure how to go about doing it? Opening a retail franchise location has many benefits over starting a new brand. Here are some of the incentives you might consider when deciding if it’s a good path for you.
Franchise Opportunities – Where do I start?
Choosing a franchise can be a positive experience or a shot in the dark investment. Like most decisions, a systematic process for exploring and evaluating your options makes it much more likely that you'll be happy with the outcome. This guide will make your research faster, easier and more productive.