Here is a list of 6 common costs to open a franchise:
1. Franchise FeeEvery franchise company will require you to pay an initial franchise fee. Most franchise fees are between $20,000 and $50,000. In some cases, you may see franchise fees less than $20,000. These franchises with lower franchise fees are usually home-based or mobile franchises.
The franchise fee usually covers the cost of training, support and site selection. The items or benefits that are included in a franchise fee are different for every company. In some cases, the franchise fee is just an upfront licensing fee for the rights to use the franchise name. I strongly suggest you investigate exactly what you are getting in return for the franchise fee.
2. Legal FeesAnyone considering buying a franchise should consult with a franchise attorney. Your franchise attorney will help you review the UFOC (Uniform Franchise Offering Circular) and the franchise agreement. There is no one set fee to review these documents. It is safe to say that you should budget anywhere between $1,500 and $5,000 to pay to a franchise attorney. The amount of time you spend with your attorney will determine the overall price.
3. Build-Out CostsIt is almost impossible to estimate a price for build-out costs since each and every franchise is different. Once you have decided on a franchise and a specific location you will be giving an estimate from the franchisor of your overall build-out costs. This will include all furniture, fixtures, equipment and signage.
Of course if you decide to buy a home-based franchise there are no build-out costs involved. You may have some other costs for software applications or computers but sometimes these items are included in your franchise fee.