Buying A Franchise?
What do I need to do to get to the goal line? That's a favourite client question when it comes to franchise financing in Canada. We're talking about a franchising business loan to finance your new business (or one that exists already which you're buying).
Information. Solid info that you want on the qualifications and process involved in getting approved for your franchise investment. Let's dig in.
Franchise Loans Canada
To say that franchise finance is a ' specialty' area of Canadian business financing is an understatement. There is a fundamental misunderstanding of how this type of finance works, the processes around it, and the risks that you can avoid by doing things properly... with some expert advice along the way.
Franchising In Canada
Is there a systematic way, or method that Canadian franchisees can use to get the financing they need? We think there is. Essentially it is really two very simple concepts, planning, and knowing the process. Simple as that.
Many new Canadian franchisee ' wannabees' view financing as an obstacle. We can forgive those clients sometimes because in the last few years any type of business financing has been a challenge, whether you're General Motors or purchasing a new franchise in the restaurant industry!
Many franchisees (mistakenly so) think the franchisor you are working with is either going to provide you with the financing you need or in some cases at least steer you in the right direction. They might do a bit of the latter, but let's be honest here; the franchisor's job is selling franchises, not financing them.
Even various banks and other franchise lenders probably would like to see franchisors being more involved in the franchising finance business, but we simply don’t think that is going to happen.
Education. And guess what, we are not talking about educating you, we're talking on your need to be able to educate your franchise lender about why you are the perfect franchise financing in Canada candidate.
Financing A Franchise In Canada
And who are the franchise lenders in Canada? That's probably the main thing you wanted to know, isn’t it? There are 4 key franchise lenders in Canada. They are the Canadian chartered banks under a special program called the BIL/CSBF program, one or two very specialized franchise finance lenders ( they only do very large transactions ) , and thirdly some independent finance firms that offer equipment financing tailored specifically for the franchise industry.
But didn’t we say there were 4 lenders? We did. And we're pretty sure you know that 4th lender already. It’s yourself because your own equity portion or down payment into your business is viewed of course as a debt or a loan.
So what's the clear process in qualifying for franchise financing in Canada. Is there a clear road map you can follow? We categorically think there is. And here it is.
Identify the total franchise funding you need. Determine what amount of owner equity you are prepared to put into the transaction. Anywhere from 10 - 40% is typically required. Determine which of the 3 other methods of financing will allow you to cobble together a total solution to finance your new business.
Next step - prepare a package that includes a business plan, cash flow, info on yourself and the franchisor, with a focus on success and repayment of your debt. Along the way don't forget that you need reasonable personal credit history, and boy does some specific industry experience or general business knowledge help in confirming your future ability to be successful for a franchise finance business loan.
Focus on the best financing that matches your needs; we strongly recommend the BIL program which has great rates, terms, structures, and limited personal guarantees.
Going it alone. It’s possible. A better idea? Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canada business financing advisor on information and help on franchise financing in Canada. Next step = ' You're approved '!
7 Park Avenue Financial :
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7 Park Avenue Financial provides value-added financing consultation for small and medium-sized businesses in the areas of cash flow, working capital, and debt financing.
Business financing for Canadian firms, specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing, Equipment Leasing, franchise finance and Cdn. Tax Credit Finance. Founded 2004 - Completed in excess of 100 Million $ of financing for Canadian corporations.
Stan has had a successful career with some of the world’s largest and most successful corporations. He is an experienced
business financing consultant.
Prior to founding 7 Park Avenue Financial in 2004 his employers over the last 25 years were, ASHLAND OIL, ( 1977-1980) DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION, ( 1980-1990) ) CABLE & WIRELESS PLC,( 1991 -1993) ) AND HEWLETT PACKARD ( 1994-2004 ) He is an expert in Canadian Business Financing.
Stan has over 40 years of business and financing experience. He has been recognized as a credit/financial executive for three of the largest technology companies in the world; Hewlett-Packard, Digital Equipment and Cable & Wireless. Stan has had in-depth, hands-on experience in assessing and evaluating thousands of companies that are seeking financing and expansion. He has been instrumental in helping many companies progress through every phase of financing, mergers & acquisitions, sales and marketing and human resources. Stan has worked with startups and public corporations and has many times established the financial wherewithal of organizations before approving millions of dollars of financing facilities and instruments on behalf of his employers.
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