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Franchise Financing -- How To Get It

Dec 6, 2007
If you'd like to purchase a franchise, but aren't sure where to get the financing from, then you will want to read this article. Specifically in this article we'll discuss how to raise investment capital, what banks are looking for before they will loan money for a franchise, and alternative resources you can utilize to finance your franchise. After reading this article, your head should be swimming with ideas on how to get franchise financing.

The best way to get financing for your franchise is to have a good credit rating and a solid character. Most franchises will assist someone who they believe can run a business well, but lacks initial startup cash. Oftentimes these franchises have track records for picking successful business owners, so they have networks of investor groups who they can tap into for capital. Sometimes, your best bet for franchise financing is to get help from the franchise itself.

If that isn't an option, then you need to know how to go about getting a loan. First of all, if you own property, that is your best bet at getting a loan. Otherwise, you might need the help of family and friends to sign on to share the burden by offering assets in exchange. Unless you have had several big loans in the past that you have made good on with your bank, then you're going to need some assets. Unless your net worth is very substantial, don't count on getting a simple signature loan.

If your credit is bad but you have a lot of cash on hand, then this works in your favor. My advice to you is to first find a franchisor that banks will be more apt to give money for. Investing in a new franchisor that only has 5 locations is probably not a good way to get financing from banks. If you were to invest in a McDonalds franchise, I guarantee you'd have banks lining up at your door waiting to give you money. Before planning your business model, you need to take in account the banks point of view. They are in the business of giving money that they are 99% sure will be able to pay back the loan. If they have any doubt in their mind that you could go under, they will not give you financing.

Sometimes, if a franchise itself won't help you with the financing, they will point you to the direction of someone who will. Because franchises want to sell their franchise to make money, they typically create resources that will help you in approaching venture capitalists and other people who are looking to loan money for a better than average return.

In conclusion, your best chance for franchise financing comes either from the franchise itself, the resources they can point you towards, or the loan you can get for the bank. Depending upon your circumstance, if you do it right it shouldn't be a problem getting a loan from one of these three resources.
About the Author
Roger Morad is the expert columnist and article writer for www.ModernFranchises.com - He is an industry expert that reports daily on franchise financing and franchise opportunities
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