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How to Finance Your Franchise Business Opportunity

Aug 17, 2007
You have found the best franchise for you and are really excited about its future and your new business. However, how are you going to pay for it? Many franchises require a significant investment and a large amount of liquid money that many individuals don't have. Fortunately, there are a lot of financing options available to help you finance your franchise business opportunity.

Please keep in mind, however, that you should consider financing your franchise before you actually get your heart set on a particular franchise. The reason why is that financing can be a challenge and is the most important thing you should consider before actually opening a franchise. So, spend some time researching how to finance your franchise business opportunity to get a better understanding of how the entire process works.

Your Finances
First, you need to determine your financial situation. If you are not in a situation where you can afford to embark on a new business opportunity that may have cash flow issues in the beginning, then you should reconsider buying a franchise at this time. If you are current on all of your bills, have more holdings than debt, and make enough money to live on comfortably while saving then you may be prepared financially for a franchise. If not, then you might want to get your finances in order first. If you are doing well, and have some savings to invest, then a franchise may be a great opportunity for you.

Financing
There is a lot of information that you will need to provide in order to get financing. This includes your financial records from loans and debt payments to account balances and tax returns. Make sure all of this information is up to date and well organized before submitting it for financing approval. The more financial information you provide the easier it will be for lenders to determine your financial situation and subsequent financing options.

Financing by Franchisor
When you buy a franchise many times the franchisor will offer some percentage of financing to help you get started. The franchisor you are working with will heavily influence the financing options. Keep in mind, however, that just because you are buying a franchise and decide to go with franchisor financing the application process will not be any easier or more lenient. Also, you will need to invest some of your own money in the franchise because 100% franchise financing is highly uncommon.

Additional Financing
A Small Business Administration loan is a great option for additional financing for a franchise. Also, most banks are willing to finance successful franchises because they have a proven business model. Private investors may also be another option for financing your franchise opportunity.
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