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Clothes Mentor franchise financing options
Compare costs, fees and where to get financing for a Clothes Mentor.
Estimated initial costs
Our cost estimates are accurate as of 2021 from Franchise Direct and include opening fees and expenses only. The location you choose for your Clothes Mentor franchise may result in higher or lower fees.
Franchise feesClothes Mentor franchise fees total around $22,500, which beats out the $37,000 average for the 200 largest franchises nationwide.
|Initial franchise fee||$20,000 to $25,000|
|Estimated total||$20,000 to $25,000|
Equipment feesEquipment fees total $42,000 for Clothes Mentor. This is less than the $180,023 average for the top 200 franchises.
|Signs||$5,000 to $9,000|
|Fixtures and supplies||$30,000 to $40,000|
|Estimated total||$35,000 to $49,000|
Real estate feesReal estate will set you back $42,500 for Clothes Mentor, thought it's less than the average of $788,376 for the top 200 franchises.
|Leasehold improvements||$25,000 to $60,000|
|Estimated total||$25,000 to $60,000|
Inventory costsInitial inventory for Clothes Mentor shakes out to $60,000. This is more expensive than the nationwide average of $53,119.
|Inventory||$50,000 to $70,000|
|Estimated total||$50,000 to $70,000|
Marketing costsAdvertisement and marketing costs total up to $18,000 for Clothes Mentor, which is more than the nationwide average of $9,938.
|Grand opening advertising||$16,000 to $20,000|
|Local advertising||Minimum amount, when combined with cooperative advertising expenses, is 5% of total net sales.|
|Estimated total||$16,000 to $20,000|
Administrative feesClothes Mentor administrative fees total up to $2,000 — which comes in under the overall nationwide average of $6,761.
|Legal and accounting||$0 to $4,000|
|Audit||Cost of audit plus 18% interest per year from due date.|
|Estimated total||$0 to $4,000|
Other expensesMiscellaneous expenses for Clothes Mentor total $39,500 — less than the nationwide average of $69,970.
|Miscellaneous pre-opening expenses||$14,000 to $20,000|
|Three months' additional funds||$20,000 to $25,000|
|Estimated total||$34,000 to $45,000|
How to financeSince the estimated total for Clothes Mentor is on the more costly side, we recommend following these steps to get fully financed:
- Go to the Clothes Mentor franchising website and review its financial requirements, including cash-on-hand requirements.
- Reach out to Clothes Mentor about in-house financing for franchisees.
- If in-house financing isn't available, look for online loans, bank loans and SBA loans to help meet the $226,500 estimated opening costs.
- Compare lenders based on amounts, interest rates and what types of personal and business credit history they accept.
- Once you settle on a lender, gather all required documents, including account statements and assets.
- Apply for financing online or in person as required by the lender.
What types of financing is available?You have several options when it comes to financing a Clothes Mentor — even if the cost is on the heavier side. What assets you have available will largely determine how much you need to borrow, and which option suits you best.
- Online loan. A number of online business lenders offer amounts up to $1 million, with some extending up to $5 million.
- Bank loan. Your personal credit will typically need to at least be good — 670 or higher — when it comes to getting a bank loan large enough to cover a significant portion of Clothes Mentor opening costs.
- SBA loan. While your personal credit score doesn't need to be as good to qualify for an SBA loan, they usually cost more than standard term loans from banks or online lenders.
Compare small business lendersYou may not need financing to cover the estimated $180,000. But if you need funds for other business ventures, select the loan amount, your time in business and revenue and your personal credit score to compare a selection of lenders.
We update our data regularly, but information can change between updates. Confirm details with the provider you're interested in before making a decision.
How Clothes Mentor stacks upCompare how Clothes Mentor holds up against two similarly sized franchises.
|American Leak Detection||Clothes Mentor||Discovery Map|
|Average Franchise fees||$74,750||$22,500||$25,000|
|Average Equipment fees||$17,500||$42,000||$1,000|
|Average Real estate fees||NA||$42,500||NA|
|Average Training fees||NA||NA||NA|
|Average Inventory fees||NA||$60,000||NA|
|Average Marketing fees||NA||$18,000||NA|
|Average Licenses and permits fees||NA||NA||NA|
|Average Insurance fees||$1,875||NA||$375|
|Average Admin fees||$425||$2,000||NA|
|Average Personnel fees||NA||NA||NA|
|Average Other fees||NA||$39,500||$1,500|
Bottom lineClothes Mentor franchise costs run a total of $226,500. Before you decide to become a franchisee, compare the total costs against industry averages. And to learn more about financing read our guide to franchise financing.
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