Start-up costs are the expenditures required to get a business up and running, and even see it through the first few months of operation when things might be a bit rough and unpredictable. One reason many new businesses fail is because they did a poor job of estimating start-up costs. As a result they end up cutting corners that negatively impact the launch, or they run out of operating funds and simply can’t keep the doors open. Even if you’re buying into a low cost franchise, properly estimating start-up costs can be the different between success and failure. Perhaps even more so if you are trying to get a business off-the-ground with limited financial resources.