Well, it looks as if we are slowly emerging from recession, and luckily there are business loans still available with very low interest rates. There are also small business loans from the Small Business Administration available, which you might partake in. Now then, just because you can get the financing to start your own small business, or perhaps a franchised outlet, doesn’t mean you should. It is quite possible we could slip into a double dip recession, and be in a less-than-adequate position in our economy sometime between now and the next 15 months.
Therefore, if you were to start your business, and we stay in a recessionary posture in our economy, you may have trouble making a profit. If you can’t make a profit, you can’t run your business at a loss forever, and you will have to file bankruptcy, and you will be unable to pay those loans back. Are you beginning to understand the real risks here? The problem with borrowing money is that you have to pay it back, and it is far too unfortunate that a good amount of our population have over-charged their credit cards, without considering the consequences that they will be paying on those cards for a long time into the future.
Because our economy appears to be very slowly recovering, not all sectors of our economy or all industries are recovering at the same rate. For instance, the real estate market isn’t doing too hot, whereas, retail sales have slowly been on the uptick. Of course all that could change too, and therefore it matters what type of franchise you buy, what industry you will be participating in, and if you have the personal perseverance to stick it out and see it through. You’re also going to need more money than merely the amount needed to purchase the franchise.
If sales are slow and not at optimum then the franchisor’s business model will not be performing at its peak either. This means that it will take longer to get to an operational profit, or retain a reasonable return on investment. Even if you talk to franchisees of the franchise system you are considering on purchasing which have reached their return on investment, it doesn’t mean you will be able to reach it as quickly. The economic times have changed. Before you go sign your name to hundreds of thousands of dollars of loans, so you can start a business of your own, and find yourself gainfully employed again, I hope you will please consider these words of wisdom and think on it.