Startup Costs and Fees

Low barriers to entry and affordable startup costs make Merle Norman Cosmetics an attractive franchise to own

Merle Norman Cosmetics offers an attractive and affordable opportunity for franchise ownership. The initial investment to begin a Merle Norman Cosmetics Studio ranges from $34,803 – $186,500, depending on the floor plan and site where you choose to locate.

Merle Norman startup costs include the price for one of several initial packages of Merle Norman Cosmetics, supplies and other items, which range from approximately $17,000 to $26,000 that is paid to Merle Norman. The total investment does not include rent for the business location.

Studio In a Regional Mall

Approximate initial investment $95,725 to $186,500

Type of Expenditure Amount Method of Payment When Due To Whom Payment is Made
Real Estate Variable
Initial Package of Inventory and Supplies $17,000 - $26,000 As Scheduled MNC
Travel and Other Expenses Incident to Training $1,800 - $3,000 As Incurred As Incurred Airlines, Hotels, Restaurants
Studio Costs
Fixtures & Furnishings
Millwork Fixtures $15,000 - $19,000 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers
Acrylic Organizers $1,200 - $2,500 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers / MNC
Tables & Chairs $725 - $1,450 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers
Graphics $300 - $500 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers
Mirrors $300 $450 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers
Merchandising Pieces $600 - $1,200 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers / MNC
Flooring $2,000 - $4,000 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers
Lighting $1,500 - $2,500 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers
Exterior Signage $3,500 - $6,000 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers
Construction $15,000 - $65,000 As Incurred As Incurred Local Vendors
Computer Hardware / Software $1,800 - $4,900 As Incurred As Incurred Local Vendors / MNC
Working Capital, Deposits, Insurance and Advertising $35,000 $50,000 As Incurred As Incurred MNC, Suppliers, Landlord, Utilities
TOTAL $95,725 - $186,500 (Does not include real estate costs)

Studio Not in a Regional Mall

Approximate initial investment $60,725 to $114,500

Type of Expenditure Amount Method of Payment When Due To Whom Payment is to be Made
Real Estate Variable
Initial Package of Inventory and Supplies $17,000 - $26,000 As Scheduled MNC
Travel and Other Expenses Incident to Training $1,800- $3,000 As Incurred As Incurred Airlines, Hotels, Restaurants
Studio Costs
Fixtures and Furnishings
Millwork Fixtures $12,000 - $15,000 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers
Acrylic Organizers $1,200 - $2,500 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers / MNC
Tables & Chairs $725 - $1,450 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers
Graphics $300 - $500 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers
Mirrors $300 - $450 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers
Merchandise Pieces $600 - $1,200 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers / MNC
Flooring $2,000 - $4,000 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers
Lighting $1,500 - $2,500 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers
Exterior Signage $1,500 - $3,000 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers
Construction $5,000 - $25,000 As Incurred As Incurred Local Vendors
Computer Hardware & Software $1,800 - $4,900 As Incurred As Incurred Local Vendors / MNC
Working Capital, Deposits, Insurance & Advertising $15,000 - $25,000 As Incurred As Incurred MNC, Suppliers, Landlord, Utilities
TOTALS $60,725 - $114,500 (Does not include real estate costs)

Studio Located within an Existing Business

Approximate initial investment $34,803 to $55,750

Type of Expenditure Amount Method of Payment When Due To Whom Payment is Made
Real Estate Variable
Initial Package of Inventory and Supplies $17,000 - $26,000 As Scheduled MNC
Travel and Other Expenses Incident to Training $1,800 - $3,000 As Incurred As Incurred Airlines, Hotels, Restaurants
Studio Costs
Fixtures & Furnishings
Millwork Fixtures $11,000 - $15,000 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers
Acrylic Organizers $800 - $1,200 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers / MNC
Tables & Chairs $725 - $1,450 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers
Graphics $200 - $300 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers
Mirrors $150 - $300 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers
Merchandising Pieces $328 - $600 As Incurred As Incurred Suppliers / MNC
Computer Hardware / Softwae $1,800- $4,900 As Incurred As Incurred Local Vendors / MNC
Working Capital, Deposits, Insurance and Advertising $1,000 - $3,000 As Incurred As Incurred Local Vendors / MNC
TOTAL $34,803 - $55,750 (Does not include real estate costs)

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