One of the most significant barriers to entry for any new franchise owner or entrepreneur is the capital requirement to invest in a new business or franchise model.  This creates an obstacle for many in that the assumption is there are only so many options and most franchised businesses have investment requirements way above the buyer’s capacity to fund the new business venture.  One of the great elements of today’s small business market is that businesses have become more and more affordable for the average investor and the new franchise market has opened up opportunities for people who at one time just couldn’t even consider the franchise model.