How To Finance Your Franchise Over the past several years, many people across the country have envisioned leaving their current work environment for the opportunity to own a business or franchise. In many ways that is the easiest decision to make but the work is just beginning. In the past several years the opportunity to own a business and franchise have appeared around every corner and in nearly every industry. For many families the challenge is not decide whether to get into business but how they will finance the one that they want. There are a number of financing options that exist and they all have pros and cons which need to be researched. SBA Loans – Small Business Administration guarantees loans for banks and lenders and typically will have limitation on values. Total loan amounts under $100-150,000 may offer low or minimal documentation and a more efficient process. 401k/Retirement – These are specialty financing options. There are several organizations that focus on these programs to avoid penalties and taxes while accessing the values you have in your retirement plans. Franchisors may also have financing options available. As the established company, with a history, many times they have relationships to support financing options. Finally, personal assets – with
programs available throughout the three categories mentioned above,
it is necessary for you to plan on raising 20-30% of the capital yourself.
All of the lending institutions want to be able to know that they are
partnering with you, as much as you are partnering with them. The
process of securing financing can be long and tedious. Be patient,
diligent, and do not lose focus on your defined goal of opening and
operating your own business for you and your family.
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