Understanding the Franchise Cost
For those looking to invest in a franchise, it is important to understand the costs that are involved. Naturally, there are no set rules to a franchise cost and every franchise requires a different investment and ongoing costs. However, the best franchisors will always explain these and, more importantly, provide a good level of service for the investment required.
The initial franchise cost
All franchise companies will require an initial investment, which will pay for licensing of the brand name and logos and the cost of training and support services. These can vary considerably depending on what is involved, whilst all should be explained. For many franchisees, it is also possible to get help and advice over financing options.
Legal fees involved in franchising
As with any financial agreement, it is always advisable to consult with a professional. As such, speaking with a franchise attorney before committing to any investment should be undertaken. They are able to review the Uniform Franchise Offering Circular with you and go through the agreement. Costs here vary too, so research will be needed.
Set up franchise costs
Having found the location and agreed the real estate costs involved, the build-out costs will need to be understood. These fees and the time taken will again vary depending on many factors such as location and equipment needed but again, the best franchisors will be able to guide you on this.
Inventory and supply costs
Every franchise will most likely require the initial outlay for products and materials. Many of these will be covered in the start-up costs first of all, whilst the franchisor will likely have preferred vendors to use. However, the best franchise companies will allow their franchisees to source material locally if better prices can be achieved yet quality of delivery maintained.
Ensuring working capital
Key to the success of any business is to have working capital in place. Ensuring day to day cash is available helps sustain a company, and this amount could vary depending on the business. This cost could be needed to cover costs over a period of months or years but, the best franchisors will provide such advice through their initial training.
All franchises operate on an initial investment and ongoing royalty basis. These royalties allow for the brand name, logo and any intellectual properties to be used on an ongoing basis. However, they should also cover all support and training services required. Once more, highly rated franchisors will give a full breakdown of what these cover.
At Minuteman Press, we explain exactly what the initial investment is used for to all of our investors. With competitive rates and a proven business model, it covers everything that is needed to start up a successful business in your area, including the finding of a suitable location.
With ongoing support and a network to call upon throughout the franchise agreement, we ensure our franchisees are given every chance of success. With our Minuteman royalty incentive program, we also reward the efforts of those business owners that commit to making their company as profitable as possible and contributing to the success of the brand as a whole.