License vs. franchise: What’s the difference?
Abstract: Some businesses choose to license, rather than franchise, their products or services. Although licensing generally requires less cash to support and maintain than franchising, a licensor may still need access to some capital to support future business aspirations. This article explains that, while a license agreement may be a borrower’s best option, each situation needs to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. It also notes that, before lending to a licensor, the lender should review the current licensing agreements.