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Window World costs and fees

The average cost to open one of the 200 biggest franchises in the US is $1,202,874 — see how Window World compares.

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Overall costs for Window World run anywhere from $121,200 to $319,000. See how the costs break down and what funding options might be right for your new venture into the franchise foray.

How COVID-19 affects franchising costs

Strict sanitation and employee protection measures during the coronavirus outbreak add to the typical costs you face when opening a new franchise. Paired with the unusually heavy amount of promotions that may be required by the franchise, you may not see as much in the way of profits starting out. For more information on what support is out there, read our guide to loans for businesses affected by the coronavirus.

Estimated initial costs

Our cost estimates are accurate as of 2019 from https://www.franchisedirect.com and include opening fees and expenses only. Your location may result in higher or lower fees.

Franchise fees

Window World franchise fees total around $17,500, which beats out the $37,000 average for the 200 largest franchises nationwide.
Franchise Cost
Initial franchise fee $10,000 to $25,000
Estimated total $10,000 to $25,000

Equipment fees

Equipment fees total $32,500 for Window World. This is less than the $180,023 average for the top 200 franchises.
Equipment Cost
Initial equipment fee $20,000 to $20,000
Equipment, including copier, printer and fax machine $500 to $500
Security equipment $0 to $10,000
Office furniture $1,500 to $6,000
Vehicle $1,000 to $3,000
Exterior signage $0 to $2,500
Estimated total $23,000 to $42,000

Real estate fees

Real estate will set you back $51,800 for Window World, thought it's less than the average of $788,376 for the top 200 franchises.
Real estate Cost
Leased real property $7,500 to $25,000
Construction and remodeling $0 to $50,000
Utility deposit $100 to $500
Utilities $3,000 to $5,000
Lease deposit $0 to $12,500
Estimated total $10,600 to $93,000

Training fees

Window World initial training costs total $1,050, which comes in under the nationwide average of $9,788.
Training Cost
Franchise agreement and training travel expense $100 to $2,000
Estimated total $100 to $2,000

Inventory costs

Initial inventory for Window World shakes out to $750. This is less than the nationwide average of $53,119.
Inventory Cost
Inventory and supplies, for roofing program $500 to $1,000
Estimated total $500 to $1,000

Marketing costs

Advertisement and marketing costs total up to $20,000 for Window World, which is more than the nationwide average of $9,938.
Marketing Cost
Initial advertising $10,000 to $30,000
Estimated total $10,000 to $30,000

Licenses and permits costs

Window World initial licenses and permits will set you back $1,500. This comes out to less than $18,770 — the overall nationwide average.
Licenses and permits Cost
Formation of business entity or acquisition of business licenses $1,000 to $2,000
Estimated total $1,000 to $2,000

Insurance costs

Initial insurance costs for Window World run $6,000. This means you'll be paying less than the overall nationwide average of $6,311.
Insurance Cost
Insurance $3,000 to $9,000
Estimated total $3,000 to $9,000

Administrative fees

Window World administrative fees total up to $4,000 — which comes in under the overall nationwide average of $6,761.
Admin Cost
Legal and professional services $3,000 to $5,000
Technology fee $675 per month. Each year the technology fee will increase by the amount that is the greater of (i) 2% or (ii) another amount that the franchisor designates.
Audit Cost of audit plus expenses, plus any amount owed as shown by the audit, plus interest and late fees.
Estimated total $3,000 to $5,000

Personnel costs

Uniforms, name tags and the like make up personnel costs, and for Window World it will run you $40,000. The nationwide average cost of personnel fees comes in at $22,818, which means you'll be paying more than average to outfit your employees.
Personnel Cost
Payroll $30,000 to $50,000
Estimated total $30,000 to $50,000

Other expenses

Miscellaneous expenses for Window World total $45,000 — less than the nationwide average of $69,970.
Other Cost
Three months' additional funds $30,000 to $60,000
Estimated total $30,000 to $60,000
All costs were found using the 200 largest franchises nationwide using Franchise Direct's list of more than 300 franchises, and are accurate as of 2019.

How to finance

The best way to finance Window World comes down to your personal financial situation. What assets you have available will largely determine how much you need to borrow, and which option suits you best. Potential solutions include:
  • Bank loan. Your personal credit plays a large role in getting a business term loan from a bank. Typically this type of funding is for larger amounts.
  • Online loan. Credit requirements may be more flexible for an online loan than a bank loan, but amounts may max out at a lower amount — typically around $1 million.
  • SBA loan. The good part about SBA loans is that they top out at $5 million, but your business has to meet a number of requirements.
  • Credit card. Small costs that aren't fixed, such as stray inventory and supply purchases, may be better off on a business credit card. Just make sure you can pay it off quickly to avoid high APRs.
Also check if Window World franchise financing is available. You may be able to get some of the costs covered for less than you would with other traditional funding options.

Compare small business lenders

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Filter Values Min. Amount Max. Amount Requirements
Lendio business loans
$500
$5,000,000
Operate business in US or Canada, have a business bank account, 560+ personal credit score
Submit one simple application to potentially get offers from a network of over 300 legit business lenders.
Fora Financial business loans
$5,000
$500,000
1+ year in business, $250,000+ annual revenue, no open bankruptcies
Get qualified for funding in minutes for up to $500,000 without affecting your credit score. Great for SBA loan applicants.
First Down Funding business loans
$5,000
$300,000
At least 2 years in business, an annual revenue of $300,000+, and a minimum credit score of 400
Alternative financing up to $300K with highly competitive rates.
ROK Financial business loans
$10,000
$5,000,000
Eligibility criteria 3+ months in business, $15,000+ in monthly gross sales or $180,000+ in annual sales
A connection service for all types of businesses — even startups.
OnDeck small business loans
$5,000
$250,000
600+ personal credit score, 1 year in business, $100,000+ annual revenue
A leading online business lender offering flexible financing at competitive fixed rates.
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How Window World stacks up

Compare how Window World holds up against two similarly sized franchises.
Spherion Window World The Grounds Guys
Average Franchise fees $35,000 $17,500 $35,000
Average Equipment fees $41,660 $32,500 $53,300
Average Real estate fees $7,193 $51,800 $3,000
Average Training fees $6,563 $1,050 $3,550
Average Inventory fees $780 $750 NA
Average Marketing fees $16,250 $20,000 $20,000
Average Licenses and permits fees $630 $1,500 $525
Average Insurance fees $4,975 $6,000 $3,100
Average Admin fees NA $4,000 $1,920
Average Personnel fees NA $40,000 NA
Average Other fees $113,875 $45,000 $2,625

Bottom line

Window World franchise costs run a total of $220,100. 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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