Using your own money to buy a franchise may be possible, but it’s likely you’ll need more cash to get your successful franchise up and running. Here’s how to secure funding for your franchise business.
Every business needs money when starting up, and franchises opens in new window are no different.
Adequate funding is essential for the success of your franchise.
While you may have some of your own money to invest, it’s likely you’ll need additional franchise finance for your start-up.
While friends and family may be prepared to financially support your fledging business but most franchise owners will need to raise finance from a bank opens in new window or other lender.
Buying a franchise opens in new window could be a safer option than starting a business from scratch.
As a franchisee, you’ve a proven business idea to work with and an established business format to follow.
You’ll receive training and support from your franchisor, with help and guidance from a network of fellow franchisees.
As such, banks are often happier to lend to start-up franchises compared to other business start-ups opens in new window.
To be successful, you’ll still need to carefully prepare your franchise loan application.
Here are our top tips for getting a franchise finance and funding for your franchise.
Starting a business doesn’t come with a set of instructions.
We know that understanding the many different types of financial product in the marketplace can be difficult.
Our Making business finance work for you guide is designed to help you make an informed choice about accessing the right type of finance for you and your business.
Research your franchise costs
Before you start loan shopping, it’s important to fully understand the costs involved in getting your franchise opens in new window business up and running.
These may include an initial franchise fee, training fee, advance rent on premises, shop-fitting costs opens in new window, vehicle lease, initial stock, equipment purchases, promotional costs.
You’ll need enough working capital opens in new window to carry you through until your business starts making a profit.
Having established costs, you can now consider the potential profits of the franchise opens in new window.
It’s important to be realistic with this.
Talk to the franchisor to understand how their financial forecasts have been calculated – these should be based on actual trading figures from existing franchise owners.
With this information to hand, you can now create a business plan opens in new window for your franchise.
Create a franchise business plan
One of the first documents a lender will ask to see is your business plan opens in new window.
Putting together a business plan for a franchise may be easier than for a traditional start-up as a lot of the information should be available from the franchisor’s brochure or website.
Your business plan should include the following information:
• Executive summary – a brief outline of your business, what it will do and how it will work.
• Personal details – your age, marital status, dependents and contact details
• Your experience and skills – and how they will help your franchise be a success
• Overview of the franchise – your customers, size of the market opens in new window and competitor analysis opens in new window
• Business operation – premises opens in new window, stock, equipment and vehicles
• Management – the key roles in the business and who will fill these
• Marketing strategy – how you plan to attract and retain customers opens in new window, details of advertising and promotions
• Financial projections – including cash flow opens in new window and profit and loss forecasts opens in new window
• Borrowing needs – how much money you need for the franchise
• Capital stake – how much money you’ll be investing in the franchise
• Personal finances – details of your personal assets, income, expenditure and existing debts.
Choose a franchise loan and a lender
Look for a lender that has experience of dealing with the franchise market.
Most high street banks have specialist franchise teams or departments – and as they already lend to other franchises, they can often provide valuable insight into your financial projections.
There’s a range of funding available for your franchise from secured fixed rate opens in new window and variable rate start-up loans, to short term assets finance and leasing.
It pays to shop around for the best loan and interest rate opens in new window that suits your personal and business situation.
You can also look for finance from other sources such as government grants opens in new window and initiatives.
How much can I borrow?
The level of finance on offer from lenders will depend on several factors.
With established franchise brands, the franchisee will need to provide at least thirty per cent of the total business set-up costs including working capital.
This should come from savings rather than from personal borrowing.
If a franchise brand is new or less well-known, the lender may require a larger capital commitment before agreeing to a loan.
Typically, you’ll need to secure the loan against a personal asset – normally your home.
If you lack adequate security but have a strong business plan, the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme opens in new window may be able to help you borrow money by guaranteeing up to 75 per cent of the loan value with accredited lenders.
Not sure what finance to access? Why not read the Business Finance Guide opens in new window from the British Business Bank?
Thinking of starting a business? Check out our free online courses in partnership with the Open University on being an entrepreneur.
Our free Learn with Start Up Loans courses opens in new window include:
- Entrepreneurship – from ideas to reality
- First steps in innovation and entrepreneurship opens in new window
- Entrepreneurial behaviour opens in new window
Plus free courses on finance and accounting, project management, and leadership.
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