A critically important aspect of becoming a franchisee is locating the right funding for your particular franchise system and goals. Franchisors and franchisees know how important access to funding is and each year different organizations seek out ways to stabilize the lending index of small businesses, which are very often the first to respond to economic shifts.
Research pays off, with even more small businesses keeping an eye on annual lending changes, fluctuations compared to previous years, trends associated with certain loans and situations, and newly developed funding channels. By relying on well examined trends and statistical analysis of data from current and previous economic situations, franchisees can turn to lending index information to more fully understand how financing changes.
In the latest International Franchise Association (IFA) and BoeFly Franchise Lending Index, made available for franchisors and franchisees to research lending developments, August – September 2012 franchise loan funding has dropped by 2.11%. Franchisors can thus appreciate even more fully their critical role in the lending process and how they may strategize to improve this important aspect of growing their franchise system.
Over half of franchise owners and lenders polled by BoeFly recognize financing as a vital feature of the franchise industry, whether buying or selling is involved. Accordingly, if loan availability for September 2011 - September 2012 has seen a 2.01% reduction from last year, which the IFA/BoeFly index has reported, franchise industry leaders are considering ways to augment this figure and bring it into line with recent year statistics, which reveal an overall upward climb for franchise lending.
In addition to these shifts, August 2011 - August 2012 statistics reveal a 6.32% increase in financing availability for franchises compared to the same time period last year. When organizations research how to sustainably connect lenders and franchises, financing becomes even more available and efficient. For example, BoeFly and the IFA are working together to provide even more streamlined loan access to link well-matched lenders and potential franchisees. In turn, this sustains the approximately 18 million jobs created through franchise industry development.
Fluctuations over time in any lending scenario can and very often do fluctuate, and the franchise industry is no exception to this reality. Potential franchisees and franchisors can observe trends and become empowered by them in their ability to inspire new approaches to lending. This kind of planning supports even more stable economic situations for franchise owners.
Lending index information is powerful in its ability to remind us that shifts are a part of life, part of the business world, and it is riding the waves of these shifts, creative thinking, and information availability that marks a restorative approach. Knowledge is power and statistics provide excellent feedback for industry leaders to develop alternative ways to connect financers and franchises.