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What Are the Startup Costs?

Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise owners need to have adequate savings while starting and continuing to build their businesses

Expedia® CruiseShipCenters® franchise owners should expect to invest between $150,000 and $250,000 to get their business up and running. Our startup costs are relatively low for a retail franchised business. There is also no inventory that you need to buy in order to start selling travel products to customers.

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As part of the initial costs of getting your business going, you will need to have enough working capital during the first year to fund your lifestyle and expenses in the ramp-up phase. Delayed gratification is the name of the game for an Expedia CruiseShipCenters owner because franchisees and their team of Vacation Consultants only start earning commissions once customers begin their travel. That means that if today you sell a cruise that departs six months from now, you and your Consultants will receive commission in six months once the trip commences. As your business matures, your team grows and your clients depart, however, those commissions begin to grow and are paid on a more regular basis.

Here is a detailed look at start-up costs, from Item 7 of our 2016 Franchise Disclosure Document:

Type of ExpenditureAmount (low range)Amount (high range)Method of PaymentWhen DueTo Whom Paid
TOTAL ESTIMATED INITIAL INVESTMENT$99,430$183,900
Initial Franchise Fee$39,000$39,000Lump SumWhen Franchise Agreement is signedUs
In-person Training - Your Transportation and Accommodation$750$2,500As ArrangedAs IncurredSuppliers
In-person Training – Additional Trainee0$495As ArrangedAs IncurredUs
In-person Training – Additional Trainee Transportation and Accommodation$100$1,750As ArrangedAs IncurredSuppliers
Premises Lease Security Deposit$1,500$4,000As ArrangedAs IncurredLandlord
Utilities and Telephone Deposit0$580As ArrangedAs IncurredSuppliers
Leasehold Improvements$15,000$39,600As IncurredAs IncurredSuppliers
Signage (interior and exterior)$1,600$9,600As IncurredAs IncurredSuppliers
Computers and Software$5,000$8,200Lump SumAs IncurredSuppliers
Office Furniture, Equipment and Office Supplies$12,100$23,865As IncurredAs IncurredSuppliers
Telephone Equipment$1,800$3,700As IncurredAs IncurredSuppliers
Insurance$750$4,100As ArrangedAs ArrangedInsurance Provider
Professional Fees$500$3,000As ArrangedAs ArrangedProfessionals
Business License and/or Permits$785$3,700Lump SumAs IncurredLocal Authorities
Additional Funds Working Capital for the first 3 Months$20,545$39,810As NeededAs IncurredVaries

These costs are outlined in detail in our Franchise Disclosure Document, which is provided to candidates later on during our mutual evaluation process. You should expect to incur these types of expenses as part of your initial investment from the day you sign the Franchise Agreement through the first 3 months of operating your Travel Business. However, the actual amounts of your expenses may vary.

Amounts shown are in United States Dollars and are based on our USA FDD. Such measures and experiences are intended for use in the USA only and are not intended to represent or be used for viewers in Canadian markets.  Canadians may inquire about financial representations in accordance with their local franchising regulations.

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