Sarah Barker | SSB Consulting

Franchise Consultant  & Recruiting Specialist

Located in Boise, ID, but I work with clients in all states.

            208.724.1731

           Sarah@SSBconsulting.us

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Finance Your Franchise

SSBConsulting works with you to help find the franchise of your dreams! 

cash

Conventional Loans

Self Directed Retirement Plans

leasing

Direct Franchisor Financing 

SBA Loans

all of the above

Looking to get funding for your business, but not sure which is the right solution for you?

cash

Cash for a franchise purchase will create a debt-free business. However, if you are looking at being a multi-unit operator, that may not be the best strategy, as you will need your cash for growth. Your plan, along with Item 5 in the Franchise Disclosure Document from the franchisor should give you some direction.  

 

 

Conventional Loans

Conventional loans are usually limited to existing business owners seeking unit expansion, or new owners with very specific direct experience. In addition, lenders are looking for collateral in real estate that can be attached to mitigate their risk. Terms generally run five-10 years.  

 

 

Self directed retirement Plans

  You may be able to use your 401k or IRA as your partner in your franchise. There are some specific requirements, and the process takes only a couple of weeks to complete. There is a very strict process that needs to be followed, and you should engage an expert in the field to help you get started.

 

Leasing 

If your franchise has hard assets or equipment such as a vehicle, office machinery and so forth, leasing may be your best option. Rates and terms vary widely, so you need to conduct research on your equipment package, and the best way to finance it. 

Direct Franchisor Financing

Most franchisors do not offer financing. Item 10 of the Franchise Disclosure Document will let you know if any is offered. If financing is available, it may not be at the best terms that you may qualify for on your own, so make sure that you do due diligence for yourself. 

SBA Loans 

Small Business Administration loans are one of the most common forms of financing for a franchise. These loans are designed to mitigate lenders risk by offering a guarantee on the principal of the loan from our federal government. If real estate is involved, the government actually funds a portion of the loan directly.  SBA loans are very cumbersome to apply for, and require personal guarantees and mortgages to be placed on your properties, so make sure that you get professional help when applying for an SBA loan. You can now borrow up to $5 million through SBA. Your franchisor may recommend someone, or you can engage your CPA’s assistance.

all of the above

All of the Above   It may be best for you to utilize a combination of the above mentioned vehicles for the funding of your franchise. Don’t rely on only one method, explore all that apply to your concept, your financial situation and your risk tolerance. Use the resources that IFA has available on their website, and enlist the expertise of IFA’s suppliers to help you get through this process. Financing is much more of a challenge today than it was in the past. Don’t give up after only one or two tries. Persistence will pay off.  

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