The Hidden Cost of Owning a Franchises

There are many ways that someone can get into business, one can start a business from scratch, or buy into an existing business system. The easiest way to get into an existing business system is by buying a Franchise or getting involved in a direct sales organization. hidden cost of buying a franchiseI am a proponent of buying your own franchise especially a franchise that has a proven success model. To buy your own franchise, you need to pay the initial fee as well as the ongoing service fees. However, there are some other cost involved with franchise ownership that are not always so obvious and this article will take a look at some of these.

Systems Updates And Improvements

One of the first payment that may not be so obvious is systems updates and improvements. If you use a standardize system in your franchise, the franchisor can charge you for any updates or improvements for you to continue using the system and benefit from those improvements. Closely linked to this is the cost to attend conferences and training. Many franchisors have these quarterly or yearly conferences that they require all franchisees to attend. These may or may not be explained upfront, however there are cost associated with these that you may not have thought about upfront.

Marketing and Promotion

Another cost that may not be taken into consideration upfront is the cost of marketing and promotion. Most franchises need to constantly promote their name and brand since it is an important part of their success. Whenever this happens, the franchisor may attach an advertising levy to the franchisees that they may not be so obvious upfront. This does not mean that the franchisee does not have to do their own advertising. They still have to advertise their business and that cost is also on them, so this is something to be careful with.

Funding

Another not so common cost associated with buying a franchise is the cost of funding, unless you have the money readily available and you an buy a franchise outright, you will need some kind of funding. Franchisors tend to have special arrangements with lenders where they will receive a fee if they recommend their franchisees. This could potentially increase the cost of lending for you as a franchisee. Now important to note is that this does not mean you will get a bad deal however if you go around and try to find your own lenders it is possible that you may get a better deal with lower interest rates and other lending cost.

Others

There is some other cost that a franchisee need to take into account, some of these include licenses, in some cases depending on your state there may be some sort of special license that you may need. Also insurance, employee benefits, legal and accounting fees, security deposit on rental properties. These are all cost that a potential franchise owner need to ensure that are aware of and analyze whether they will be able to meet these cost and not be taken by surprise when these comes up.

 

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