Should I Buy a Business or a Franchise?

Want to be your own boss but not sure which way to go about it? Here, you can weigh up the pros and cons to see whether buying a franchise or a business would suit you best:

Finance

Franchise

One of the positives of buying a franchise is the increased number of loan options available to you.

Brand names and a transparent track record of cash flow are preferred by banks and other lenders, so choosing a franchise will make it easier to secure funding. Franchises that have fewer locations may be less attractive to lenders as they have not quite proven the feasibility of the business in all types of environments.

The franchise will often provide information and advice regarding financing the acquisition.

However, unlike buying a business, you will have to pay for the use of their name through your sales (for example, McDonalds charges 5%) and contribute to the national marketing spend.

You will also be asked for an initial franchise fee, and you will need some working capital.

Business

Similarly, success in financing the purchase of a business will be determined by the type of business you want to buy. If you go for a business that has had a rocky financial past, a bank will be more reluctant to lend to you.

One of the slightly more tricky aspects of buying a business is that you should be prepared to pay a larger proportion of the price upfront – around 30 to 50 percent, and be able to finance the rest. However, if you still want to buy a business but don’t have the cash up front, there are several other ways that you can do so.

You could co-op buy the business – maybe with someone else who previously wanted to buy it but didn’t have enough money. Lease with an option to buy is another possibility whereby a down payment is made, enabling you to lease the business as a minority stockholder.

Implementing an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) would provide you with capital by selling stock to employees in the business. You could also use the assets of the business to get financing from factors, finance companies and banks…..Continue reading at Should I Buy a Business or a Franchise?

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