Right now, the biggest hurdle for potential franchisees is finding the cash to get started.
Franchisors typically require franchisees to put down money right away and have a particular amount at their disposal. Those numbers can vary considerably; Lawn Doctor, for example, requires $80,000 to get started and $40,000 in assets, while opening a Max Muscle store can take anywhere from $140,000 to nearly $300,000. Franchisees for Pita Pit, an Idaho-based quick restaurant chain, need to have about $250,000 in assets. Right at Home, an Omaha-based senior care franchise, has a minimum requirement of $200,000 in net worth and $100,000 in liquid assets.