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How Much Does It Cost To Open a Franchise?

Making money requires spending money.

If you own a franchise, you can spend as much as you want and still make money. If you wish

1) That you want a franchise business

2) What industry segment do you want to operate in (fast food, home repair, pet care, etc.)? Now it's time to figure out what you can afford. Your budget is limited.

Depending on the segment you choose and the franchise brand within that segment, the cost of entry varies significantly. Franchises typically cost $50,000 to about $200,000 to start up but can range from less than $10,000 to upwards of $5 million.

When you know how much a franchise fee and setting up a business will cost, whether it's a retail store with inventory and employees or a mobile company with only you as an employee, you can focus realistically on which industries and brands will be worth your investment.

For $10,000 or less, you can start a home-based or mobile business. The most expensive hotels include the land, which may cost more than $5 million. A full-service restaurant can cost $750,000 to $3 million. In contrast, fast-food restaurants go for about $250,000 to $1 million. Automobile repair and maintenance services cost about $200,001 to $300,000 per facility. Please note that these are average ranges, and the cost of entry will vary from one brand to another.

A lawyer and an accountant will review the franchise agreement before you sign it (an attorney for review and an accountant for analysis).

If you open a store or office, you will need to pay for building out your store, inventory, equipment, insurance, employee training, business licenses, rent, landscaping, signage, etc. It can be costly and time-consuming to purchase real estate on your own. There will also be expenses associated with your grand opening and initial marketing efforts. Once the business opens, you'll have ongoing expenses, such as interest (if you have a loan), supplies, salaries, professional fees, rent, utilities, maintenance, uniforms, etc.

Franchise fees cover the use of the franchisor's brand and operating system, as well as ongoing support for management, training, marketing, etc. Franchise fees generally range from $20,000 to $30,000. However, they can reach $100,000 for more established, higher-end brands. The company must make significant payments after the company's opening, ranging between 4 and 8 percent of gross revenues and a joint marketing and advertising fund assessment (about 2 to 4 percent).

Before seriously considering a franchise candidate, franchisors typically look for the following:

Cash Flow -- Franchisors should be able to tell you how long it will take for your franchise business to turn a profit (unless you're printing money). Most franchisors demand that new franchisees have adequate liquidity to keep the company afloat for its first year or longer until profits start rolling in.

Financial strength -- In addition, franchisors usually set a minimum level of net worth before considering someone for their brand.

Several factors determine entry costs, including brand, size (population) of the territory, real estate, and service and support level. As part of a franchisee's start-up and during its start-up years, franchisors may offer incentives or operating models. Reduced royalties during the start-up period are one example. Possibly for a year. Deferred franchise fees for a year or two; or smaller versions of their brick-and-mortar concepts.

Many franchises offer discounts to veterans, minorities, and women. For instance, fee reductions or reduced royalties may be available. Most franchisors advertise these incentives on their websites. You can learn more about these discounts and programs by visiting the International Franchise Association's Vet Fran program.

Other limited-time incentives available to franchisees include deferred payments, money-back guarantees, and deferred franchise fees. Brands can target specific geographic areas or markets to expand their presence or penetrate.

Starting your own business is also costly, but franchising may seem more expensive at first. However, this is an advantage of franchises. With full knowledge of start-up and future costs, you enter into a franchise business. Franchisees can provide you with a clear picture of what it will cost to start a franchise, your ongoing expenses, and an estimate of when your revenue stream will turn positive - information you will not get from franchisors.

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