In some cases, you may also have to buy land or a building, or you may have to rent a building. If you rent a building, you'll be responsible for not only the monthly lease but for the one-time security deposit as well. In addition, you'll have to pay for leasehold improvements. In some cases, the owner of the building will put these in and factor them into your rental, probably charging you a small additional fee. The franchisor might provide you with an allowance for leasehold improvements that runs in the neighborhood of $10,000 to $35,000 for your average franchise. Most franchisors will tell you what their estimated leasehold improvements will be.
Different types of businesses will need various pieces of equipment. There are generally long-term payments available for most equipment purchases. Fortunately, most banks will provide loans for equipment because it also serves as collateral.
Outside signage can be very expensive for the small-business owner. Most franchisors have developed a sign package that the franchisee is obligated to purchase.