A debt consolidation or credit counseling business has helped millions of people get out of debt. Acquiring too much debt is easy. Unfortunately, eliminating debt is hard and some people need help. If you’re looking for a business venture that’ll help people, consider opening your own debt consolidation business.
Things You'll Need
- Business plan
- Start-up loan
Decide whether you’ll offer credit counseling along with debt consolidation services. As a debt consolidation business owner, your primary responsibility is to manage your customer’s debts, speak with their creditors and negotiate better rates. If you like, provide credit counseling along with debt consolidation. This way, customers learn practical ways to manage their money and credit.
Educate yourself on credit and money management. In order to give your customers good advice, you need to learn the ins and outs of financial management. Take personal finance classes, buy books and attend workshops. Gain experience by properly managing your own money and credit.
Study the competition in the local area. It’s best to open a new debt consolidation business in an area with few competitors. If these agencies saturate a neighborhood, it’ll be hard to find business.
Interview experienced debt consolidation business owners. Unfortunately, new businesses have a low success rate. Before opening your location, talk with other debt consolidation and credit counseling business owners. They may be willing to share start-up advice.
Consider the advantages of buying a franchise. Purchasing a debt consolidation franchise is attractive because the main company handles advertising and they provide supplies and training material. Yet, this route is costly. If you can’t afford the franchise fee, open your own location.
Create a business plan and apply for a loan. Non-franchised debt consolidation businesses have low start-up costs. However, you’ll likely need a business loan to help pay for a location, advertisements and equipment. Before applying for a loan, hire a professional to write a business plan geared towards a debt consolidation business.