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BE YOUR OWN BOSS

[ 1 ] Mar. 5, 2012 | SBO Editor

75 franchises to launch now with no experience needed. Be in biz for yourself, but not by yourself.

The International Franchise Asso-ciation says that franchising is a way you can be in business for yourself but not by yourself. When buying a franchise, you are guided every step of the way by the franchisor: They will help you find the location, build the store or facility, provide the uniforms, signage and systems to conduct the business. Many entrepreneurs find franchising a great way to start a business, especially if they have no experience in running a company.

In buying a franchise, you are purchasing a proven system of doing business and must follow the system down to every detail. It is important that you conduct your own due diligence research to make sure the franchise is right for you. Examine the terms carefully, including start-up fees, terms for franchise relationship, and financing options. This feature presents 75 franchises for you to review.

The top 10 franchise trends for right now are businesses that are related to: pets, tutoring, senior care, health & fitness, commercial & residential cleaning, spa services, vintage stores and resale shops, child care, low-cost food options such as sandwich shops and businesses related to kids such as shuttle services, birthday parties and special events.

In this issue we also provide a list of more than 150 business opportunity packages for you to consider. A business opportunity, unlike a franchise, enables you to purchase the tools and resources from a business entity, but you are free to name the business anything you want, dress how you like, and run the company as you like. In our feature that begins on page 60, you’ll find more than 25 hot businesses to run from home that can be launched for $100 or less.

Money-making potential of a franchise or a business opportunity will be determined by the potential in your region of the world and how committed you are to making it a success. It is possible to make $1 million a year, even working at home, with either a franchised business or through a business opportunity.

Whether you choose to remain an independent business owner or become a franchisee, research is the single most important activity in making your decision. Without adequate information, you may end up making the most costly decision of your life. The IFA has put together steps you should consider if you are thinking of becoming a franchisee:

Steps For Beginning A Franchise:

• What Business?

• Is there a market?

• Can you afford it?

• Can you make enough money to make it worthwhile?

What Business Should You Start?

Sometimes people start a business because they think they’ll make a lot of money, only to find out that they do not enjoy the business. The adage, “know thyself” certainly applies here. You should start a business in an industry that you will enjoy for the next 10 to 15 years.

Ask Yourself:

• What do you like to do? (interests and hobbies)

• What do you know how to do? (experience)

• What do you do well? (special skills and talents)

• Which industry(s) involve your interests and use your skills and talents? (For ideas, refer to IFA’s Franchise Opportunities Guide’s listing of industries in the table of contents.)

• What products or services could you sell in this industry(s)?

• Would you rather sell a product or service?

• What products or services would you like to sell the most?

“Find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” -Harvey Mackay

Determine If There Is A Market

All Successful businesses must:

Satisfy a need or Solve a problem or Respond to a trend

Before starting any business, determine if there is a market for your product or service.

Conducting market research:

• How many potential customers are in your area?

• Will your product or service sell?

- What need does it satisfy?

- What problem does it solve?

- What trend or fad does it address?

• What should the appropriate pricing be?

• Who are your competitors?

• How many competitors do you have?

• What do they offer?

• How will your product or service be unique?

• What marketing niche can you capture?

Make profit potential your most important consideration.

In order to start a business, you have to have money! In order to stay in business, you have to make money!  The single most common reason new businesses fail is that they did not have enough money to begin with! Don’t forget the old business adage: “It takes twice as long and costs twice as much!”

Costs to consider:

Estimate your start-up costs:

• location design and construction

• professional fees

• equipment and fixtures

• furniture

• opening inventory and supplies

• insurance

• pre-opening labor

• opening advertising and promotion

Estimate how much working capital you will need (the money you will need until the business becomes profitable—include your living expenses, if necessary):

• salaries

• insurance

• utilities

• advertising

• rent

• interest on a loan, if applicable

Brainstorm where you might be able come up with money:

• yourself

• family

• friends

• savings and investments

• a partner

• selling personal assets

• loans

Estimate the profit potential for the
business:

• income

• expenses

• profit (income – expenses)

Think about the amount of time and energy it will take to make the business successful. Make a decision as to whether you think you can make enough money to make the entire venture worth your time and energy.

75 Franchises To Consider Now


Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas: Alamo provides a unique combination of theater and restaurant, showing both first-run and independent films.

www.alamodrafthouse.com
512-219-7800
$$$: $1,250,000 – $2,785,000

All Tune And Lube: Total car care.

www.alltuneandlube.com
800-935-8863/410-987-1011
$$$: $11k startup cash is required.
Total investment: is $150k

Alta Mere Toys For Your Car! Complete auto aftermarket line of accessories including security, video, GPS, and paint protection.

www.altamere.com 800-581-8468/708-389-5922
$$$: $50k-$60k.
Total investment: ranges from  $131,482-$164,382

American Ramp Systems: Low priced ramps for disability access to enable the aging and disabled population to remain in their homes.

www.americanrampfranchise.com
800-649-5215/617-269-5666
$$$: $75k startup cash;
Total investment: $200k

Aussie Pet Mobile: Mobile pet grooming service.

www.aussiepetmobile.com
888-677-7387/949-234-0680
$$$: $35k-$75k startup cash;
Total investment: $63,437-$124,687

Bevinco: An independent profit control and revenue enhancement service for bars and restaurants.

www.bevinco.com
888-238-4626
$$$: $46,900 – $50,900

BounceU: Indoor private events facility.

www.bounceu.com
866-632-6370/480-632-6370
$$$: $75k-$125k startup cash
Total investment: $126,647-$624,896

Budget Blinds: Window coverings.

www.budgetblinds.com
800-420-5374/714-637-2100
$$$: $55k-$150k startup;
Total investment: $79,240-$153,070

Carvel: Retail frozen dessert store.

www.carvel.com 800-CARVEL-F/404-255-3250
$$$: Total investment range is $230,624-$390,124

CertaPro Painters: The largest commercial and residential painting company in North America.

www.certapro.com
800-462-3782
$$$: $129,000 – $154,000

Chem Dry: Carpet cleaning with patented Hot Carbonating Extraction system.

www.chemdry.com
877-307-8233/435-755-0099
$$$: $11,950-$40,750 startup;
Total investment: ranges from $27,950-$250k

Christmas Décor, Inc. Professional holiday, landscaping service.

www.ChristmasDecor.net
800-687-9551/806-722-1225
$$$: The total investment ranges from $11k-$50k

Coffee News: Weekly publication run from home.

www.coffeenewsusa.com
207-941-0860
$$$: Contact the franchisor for details.

ComForcare Senior Services: A premier franchised provider of private-duty, non-medical home care.

www.ComForcare.com 800-886-4044
$$$:$67,500 – $87,500

Comfort Keepers: An international franchise concept that provides in-home care for seniors, new mothers or other adults needing assistance.

jimbooth@comfortkeepers.com 800-387-2415
$$$: $56,000 – $79,700

Computer Explorers Turnkey, biz-to-biz computer tech education programs to public and private schools, daycare centers & more covering all phases.

www.computerexplorers.com
888-638-8722/281-256-4221
$$$: $35k-$49,500 startup.
Total investment: $62,925-$73,250

Contours Express: Fitness Center designed for women that uses medically-recommended weight-bearing equipment.

www.contoursexpress.com
877-227-2282/859-885-6441
Total investment required ranges from $34k to $49k

Cost Cutters Family Hair Care Value priced, quality hair services and products for the family.

www.costcutters.com
888-888-7008
$$$: $76k-$184,800 startup cash required.

Coverall Cleaning Concepts: Commercial cleaning service.

www.coverall.com
800-537-3371/561-922-2500
$$$: $3950 to $27,200 startup.
Total investment: $10,750-$32,200

Crack Team (The) Foundation repair specializing in the use of epoxy-injection.

www.thecrackteam.com
866-CRACK TEAM
$$$: The total investment is $38,600 to $69,100

Creative Colors International Repair and reconditioning of leather, vinyl, fabric, plastics and carpeting in the automotive and commercial markets.

www.creativecolorsintl.com
800-933-2656/708-478-1437
$$$: Startup ranges from $19,500 to $27,500;
Total investment: $37,500-$71,400

Cruise One, Inc. Cruise-only travel enterprise.

www.cruiseone.franchise.com
800-892-3928/954-958-3700
$$$: $9,800 startup.

Curves Thirty-minute fitness and weight loss centers for women.

www.curvesinternational.com
800-848-1096/254-399-9285
$$$: Total investment required ranges from $36,425 to $42,850

DirectBuild Franchising LLC: Consulting programs to clients that enable them to build or remodel a home without using a contractor.

www.directbuildusa.com 877-805-9294
$$$: $72,900-$167,750
Dollar Discount: Dollar stores.

www.dollardiscount.com

888-DOLLAR1/610-497-1991
$$$: Startup is $20k-$30k
Total investment required ranges from $99k to $195k

Dr. Vinyl & Associates, Ltd. Vinyl repair and conditioning, plus leather, plastic and windshield repair.

www.drvinyl.com 800-836-2840/816-836-0408
$$$: Startup ranges from $15k-$20k;
Total investment: $44k to $69,500

DreaMmaker Bath & Kitchen: Bath and kitchen remodeling.

www.dreamaker-remodel.com
800-583-9099/254-745-2461
$$$: $87,500-$314,500 startup;
Total investment: is $112k-$339k

Driveway Impressions: Decorative and architectural features.

www.drivewayimpressions.com
888-291-6719/604-574-7510
$$$: $50k-$65k startup;
Total investment: $150k-$205k

Dunkin Donuts: Coffee and baked goods.

www.dunkinfranchising.com 877-9-DUNKIN
$$$: $240,100-$1.667 million total investment.

Edible Arrangements: Fresh fruit bouquets.

www.ediblearrangements.com
888-727-4258/203-774-8000
$$$:$50k startup cash;
Total investment: $150,950-$291,200

EduFit Franchise, Inc. A franchised fitness concept providing convenient, appointment-based personal training services at reasonable prices.

http://edufit.com/ 888-433-8348
$$$: $164,500 – $281,000

EmbroidMe: One-stop shop for custom embroidery, screen printing, promotional products, personalized gifts and other items.

www.embroidme.com
800-727-6720/561-640-5570
$$$: Startup ranges from $43k-to $48k;
Total investment ranges from $179k-$185k

Express Employment Professionals A sales business focused on the desire to help businesses and job seekers through temporary staffing, professional search and HR solutions.

www.expresspros.com 877-652-6400
$$$: $153,750 – $241,500

Express Oil Change, LLC: A leader in the quick-lube and auto service industry.

www.expressoil.com 888-945-1771
$$$: $300,000 – $350,000

Fantastic Sams Hair Salon: Full-service hair salon for entire family.

www.fantasticsamsfranchise.com
977-383-3831/978-232-5600
$$$: $50k-$75k startup.
Total investment: $125k-$231k

Flip Flop Shops: The Sunglass Hut of Flip Flop Shops

www.flipflopshops.com 770-424-0027
$$$: $25k startup cash.
Total investment: $167,300-$245,500

Floor Coverings International: Floor Coverings International is a mobile, shop-at-home floor-covering retailer.

www.floorcoveringsinternational.com
800-955-4324/770-874-7600
$$$: $150k startup.

Future Stars Sports Photography: Sports photos and school pictures.

www.future-stars-sp.com
800-461-6575/905-643-4299
$$$: $19,500-39k startup.
Total investment: $19,500-$45k

Geeks On Call: On-site computer solutions for businesses and residential clients.

www.geeksoncall.com
800-905-4335/757-466-3448
$$$: $60k-$121k startup.
Total investment: $60k-$180k

Glass Doctor: Glass replacement for homes, businesses and autos.

www.glassdoctorfranchise.com
800-280-9858/866-696-1504
$$$: $75k startup.
Total investment: $109,681-$261,681

Golftec: Lessons and instructions.

www.golftec.com 877-446-5383/303-779-9900
$$$: $35,000 startup cash.
Total investment. $111,475-$427,675

Grout Doctor: Maintenance and repair of grout.

www.groutdoctor.com
877-476-8800/480-924-2271
$$$: Total investment ranges from $19,280-$34,075

Growth Coach (The): Small business coaching, goal-setting franchise.

www.TheGrowthCoach.com
888-292-7992/513-563-0570
$$$: $7k-$33,900 startup.
Total investment: $38,200-$58,400

HobbyTown USA: World’s largest retail hobby franchise offering hobby, toy and entertainment products.

www.hobbytown.com
800-858-7370/402-434-5064
The total investment:$175,000 to $350,000

Home Helpers: Home-based non-medical & personal care for the elderly.

www.HomeHelpers.CC
800-216-4196/513-563-8339
$$$: $7k to $31,900 startup.
Total investment: $41,700 to $73,300

Home Instead Senior Care: Companionship and home care services for the elderly.

www.homeinstead.com
888-484-5759/402-498-4466
$$$: $39,050 to $52,050 total investment.

HomeTeam Inspection Service: The leading residential home inspection service in North America.

www.hometeaminspection.com
513-831-1300
$$$: $58,000 – $71,500

House Doctors: A nationally franchised, professional handyman service and a leading property repair, remodeling and maintenance company in North America.

www.housedoctors.com 513-831-0100
$$$: $86,000 – $112,500

Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems: Commercial cleaning.

www.jan-pro.com
866-355-1064/678-336-1780
$$$: $950-$36,500 startup required.
Total investment:$2800-$44k

Jani-King International, Inc. World’s largest commercial cleaning franchise.

www.janiking.com
800-552-5264/972-991-0900
$$$: $2,000 to $70,300 startup.
Total investment: $8,170 to $74,000

Jet Black: Beautifies and maintains asphalt & concrete pavement.

www.jet-black.com
888-538-2525/952-890-8343
$$$: Total investment ranges from $35k -$100k

JumpBunch, Inc.Preschool and school age sports and fitness programs held at day care centers and other venues.

www.jumpbunch.com
866-826-5645/410-703-2300
$$$: The total investment required is $35,200 to $41,200

Just-A-Buck: Diverse selection of quality merchandise for just-a-buck.

www.just-a-buck.com
800-332-2229
$$$: Total investment ranges from $136,900 to $228,200.

Kennelwood Pet Resorts: Safe & healthy pet boarding.

www.kennelwood.com
877-447-4173/314-446-1013
$$$: $55k startup cash.
Total investment: $799,287-$1,059,499

Kinderdance: Dance, gymnastics, motor skills for kids.

www.kinderdance.com
$$$: $12,000-$40,000 startup.
Total investment: $14,950-$46,100

Kindergolf PTE LTD: Children’s golf.

www.kindergolf.com
6583226168/ fax 6562421398
The company is based in Singapore.
$$$: visit the website for information.

Kitchen TuneUp: Residential and commercial remodeling business offering cabinet refacing, new cabinetry, tub lining systems, closet organizers and more.

www.kitchentuneup.com
800-333-6385/605-225-4049
$$$: The total investment ranges from $83k-$90k

Lawn DoctorTree, shrub, lawn care services.

www.lawndoctorfranchise.com
800-452-9637/732-946-0029
$$$: $60k-$74,900 startup.
Total investment: $89k-$99,900

Liberty Tax Service: Computerized tax preparation service that specializes in electronic filing and refund loans.

www.libertytaxfranchise.com
800-790-3863/757-493-8855
$$$: Total investment ranges from $35,350-$63,900

Liquid Capital Corp. An international network of franchise owners or “principals” who help small and medium-size  businesses grow and succeed through factoring.

www.liquidcapitalcorp.com
877-228-0800
$$$: $50,000 – $130,000

LTS LeaderBoard Tournament Systems Ltd. Uses cutting-edge proprietary software technology to transform the way charity, corporate and pro-am golf tournaments are scored and managed, making them more entertaining and profitable. Utilizing a unique scannable scorecard that makes it possible to computes 100 percent accurate tournament results in just minutes, LTS

www.LTSLeaderBoard.com
800-411-4448/604-468-2211
$$$: Startup ranges from $18k -$71,100

MAACO Franchising, Inc. “America’s body shop” with nearly 500 franchised locations across the continent boasting systemwide sales that approach $500 million.

www.maaco.com
800-275-5200
$$$: $385,000 – $472,000

McAlister’s Deli: McAlister’s Corporation Quick/casual restaurant chain featuring efficient counter ordering, attentive table service, high-quality deli-style foods (sandwiches, spuds, salads) and great price value.

www.mcalistersdeli.com
888-855-DELI (3354)/601-952-1100
$$$: $400,000-$1,475,000 total investment.

McDonald’s Corporation: Quick service restaurant.

www.mcdonalds.com
630-623-6196
$$$: The total investment ranges from $551,750-$1,791,000

Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc. A full-service automotive maintenance and repair franchise specializing in brakes, maintenance services and general repair.

www.meineke.com
800-275-5200
$$$: $182,000 – $427,000

Merry Maids: Maid service.

www.merrymaids.com
800-798-8000/901-597-8100
$$$: $21k-$29k startup.
Total investment: $26,350-$57,450

Mountain Mudd Espresso: Specialty coffee kiosk.

www.mountainmudd.com
800-218-6833/406-294-6833
$$$: $66k-$203,500 total investment.

Nerd Force: Mobile computer and technology service.

www.nerdforce.com
800-979-NERD/718-370-6147
$$$: $30k-$54k total investment.

Nitelites Outdoor Lighting: Residential and commercial outdoor lighting.

www.nitelites.com
877-821-4148/513-424-5510
$$$: $84k-$164,050 total investment.

Nutrilawn, Inc. Lawn care service offering minimal or no pesticide treatments to primarily residential homeowners.

www.nutrilawn.com
800-396-6096/416-620-7100
$$$: $75k to $125k total investment required.

Oreck Franchise Services, LLC: Oreck Clean Home Center featuring innovative and quality products for home care.

www.ownanoreckstore.com
888-7OWNORECK/615-316-5874
$$$: $30k startup.
Total investment: $171,800-$230,500

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives: Residential and commercial architectural and landscape lighting and lighting control automation.

www.olpfranchise.com
877-898-8808/704-841-2666
$$$: total investment $77,500-$215,000

OXXO Care Centers: Boutique-style more eco-friendly dry cleaners.

www.oxxousa.com
866-GO2OXXO/954-921-6111
$$$: Total investment range $100,000-$1 million

Panchero’s Mexican Grill: A quick-service, fresh-Mexican franchise concept featuring homemade tortillas.

www.pancheros.com
319-545-6565
$$$: $305,175 – $629,000

Paws & Remember LLC: Pet memorialization and cremation.

email: rbinstock@pawsandremember.com
708-356-3200
$$$: Contact the franchisor for information; in biz since 1997, franchising since 2007.

Perma-Glaze, Inc.: Multi-surface restoration, specializing in the renewal of worn or damaged kitchen fixtures and bathrooms.

www.permaglaze.com
800-332-7397/520-722-9718
$$$: Startup $3,500 to $5,000
Total investment: ranges from $29,500 to $42,500

Pirtek USA: Pirtek is the world’s leading service provider of ETA 1 Hour On-Site Hose Replacement centers and a fleet of 1,500 mobile units

www.pirtekusa.com
888-774-7835/321-504-4422
$$$: $120k-$150k startup;

Total investment: $500k-$600k

Printwear Xpress Franchising Corp. Personalized branded apparel.

www.printwearxpress.com
888-241-0337/303-771-7100

$$$: Startup $40k-$50k;

Total investment: $148k-$170k

Retrofitness, LLC: A chain of 1980s-themed fitness centers with exciting and affordable workout environments for all fitness enthusiasts.

www.retrofitness.net 800-738-7604

$$$: $638,900 – $1,452,000

ShelfGenie: A franchise concept that designs, builds and installs Glide-Out shelving systems

www.shelfgenie.com 877-434-3643

$$$: investment range is $70,100 to $125,500

Sign-A-Rama: World’s largest sign franchise.

www.signarama.com 800-286-8671/561-640-5570

$$$: $44k-$46k startup.

Total investment: $148k-$155K

Signs By Tomorrow: Visual communications consultant that utilizes state-of-the-art sign-making technology to offer a wide variety of customized sign products and services that provide creative and affordable solutions to businesses.

www.signsbytomorrow.com 800-765-7446

$$$: $19,000-$263k total investment.

Smoothie King: Smoothies, nutritional snacks, vitamins under one roof.

www.smoothieking.com

800-577-4200/985-635-6973

$$$: Total investment ranges from $148k -$229k

Spring-Green Lawn Care Corp. Delivers lawn and tree care services nationwide, to both residential and commercial customers.

www.springgreenfranchise.com 800-777-8608

$$$: $ 87,650 – $98,840

Steamatic, Inc. Cleaning & disaster recovery services worldwide.

www.steamatic.com 800-544-1303/817-332-1575

$$$: Startup $25k-$80k

Total investment: required $55k-$150k.

Subway: Freshly made sub sandwiches and more.

www.subway.com 800-888-4848/203-877-4281

$$$: Total investment ranges from $101,500-$195k.

Supercuts: Value hair salon owned by Regis Corporation.

www.regisfranchise.com

888-888-7008/952-947-7900 Fax

$$$: Net worth of $300k and liquid capital of $100k req.

Sweet & Sassy: Children’s retail, spa and party.

www.sweetandsassy.com 817-756-6523

$$$: In business since 2004, franchising since 2005.

Contact company for details.

Tasti D-Lite: The world’s leading provider of great tasting, good-for-you frozen desserts.

www.tastidlite.com 615-550-3109

$$$: $253,700 – $431,410

TSS Photography, Inc. Youth sports, school and event photography.

www.tssphotography.com

866-877-4746/678-740-0800

$$$: Startup range $15,500-$29,660.

Total investment: $38,750-$74,150

Value Place: An economy extended-stay lodging and short-term residential property brand.

www.valueplace.com 866-456-8737

$$$: $3,500,000 – $7,000,000

We The People: We The People is a franchised high-quality, affordable legal document preparation service for consumers who choose to represent themselves in simple, uncontested legal matters.

www.wethepeopleusa.com 866-429-2785

$$$: $123,200-$169,500

Wild Birds Unlimited, Inc. Largest retail franchise system specializing in backyard birdfeeding.

www.wbu.com 888-730-7108/317-571-7100

$$$: The total investment range is $98k-$154k

Young Chefs Academy: Cooking school for kids.

www.youngschefsacademy.com 254-751-1040

$$$: Total investment $89,350-$208k

10 FRANCHISES FOR 10K OR LESS

Franchisors are willing to cut entrepreneurs a break in this economy. Low-cost franchises are available and you can get started for $10,000 or even less. There are incentives for everyone, especially military veterans, women and minorities, so start shopping right here!

Bonus Building Care

Indianola, Oklahoma

www.bonusbuildingcare.com

Green biz are hot and you can open your own Green Cleaning franchise for as low as $7500.

Candy Bouquet

Little Rock, AR

www.candybouquet.com

Opportunities to open a franchise begin at $7,000 depending on the size of the territory.

Carpet Dry Tech

Phone: 678-368-5991

www.carpetdrytech.com

You can open a franchise with $10,000. Contact the company for specifics.

Chem Dry

Logan, UT

www.chemdryfranchise.com

You can open your own franchise with a down payment of $8,995.

Coverall Health-Based Cleaning

Boca Raton, FL

www.coverall.com

The company will work with franchisees on financing options.

Cruise Planners

Coral Springs, FL

www.cruiseplanners.com

The franchise fee for a Cruise Planners franchise is $9,995.

Jazzercise

Carlsbad, CA

www.jazzercise.com

For as little as $1,000 you can start your own Jazzercise.

Novus Glass

Minneapolis, MN

www.novusfranchising.com

The company pioneered windshield repair and offers franchises for a down payment of $10,000.

Quiznos Subs

Denver, CO

www.ownaquiznos.com

Quiznos has been in business for more than 30 years and with nearly 3,500 restaurants worldwide.

Opportunities begin
at $5,000.

System4 Commercial Cleaners

Cleveland, OH

www.system4usa.com

Start your own commercial cleaning franchise for as little as $2,000 or even less.

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GREAT RESOURCE FROM THE IFA

The International Franchise Asso-ciation (IFA) is a treasure trove of information and knowledge for anyone considering the purchase of a franchise. The IFA publishes the Franchise Opportunities Guide® that is a wonderful source for information on franchising options.

The Guide provides company, contact and background information on all franchisor and supplier members of the International Franchise Association. To order a copy or to learn more about the IFA, visit http://www.franchise.org

$100 MILLION A YEAR JUNK REMOVAL KINGSETS SIGHTS ON ONE-DAY PAINTING CONCEPT:

BRIAN SCUDAMORE, FOUNDER & CEO

Brian is best known for being the founder of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, a company he started in 1989 and grew from $1 million in revenue then to the $100 million company it is today. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is recognized as one of the world’s most successful franchises and Brian has been awarded several accolades including the International Franchise Association’s Entrepreneur of the Year award. And he is poised to create another $100 million brand – this time in painting homes.

The founders of 1-888-WOW-1DAY! Painting are Brian Scudamore and Jim Bodden. Brian is best known for creating the world’s largest junk removal service, 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, a global company with over 200 franchises in North America and Australia. The concept for Brian’s new company fell in his lap when he needed to get his house painted in 2010. Brian met Jim Bodden, the owner of One Day Painting, who said he could complete his job in one day. When Brian arrived at his home at the end of the appointed day, he found that the job had been completed, was of high quality and there wasn’t any mess. It was then that Brian knew he had found his new home service business. By the end of 2010, Brian had bought Jim Bodden’s company and 1-888-WOW-1DAY! Painting was created with the first franchise, owned by Jim, opening in Vancouver, BC.

SUCCESS STORIES of mail order startups

Alibaba.com is a website that mail order entrepreneurs can use to find products, suppliers and manufacturers for their mail order enterprise. Here are three success stories on how small business owners used Alibaba.com to launch and grow their businesses.

Sisters that turned their hobby into a million-dollar business: While shopping for scrapbooking supplies in 2003, Caroline and Deborah Lau became frustrated with the lack of unique items available. They created Maya Road to try to fill that void, and used Alibaba.com to help them jumpstart their business. Caroline says, “We taught ourselves international trade with Alibaba.com’s help and it was easier than we could have imagined. Today, Maya Road merchandise is carried by 1500 stores worldwide.

A small company selling flags out of a basement now has 100 employees: Kevin Hickey says, “Alibaba.com has helped us grow by enabling us to purchase high-quality, low-cost products from abroad with little or no research costs.” Today, Online Stores is expanding at an incredible rate with more than 100 employees. The company says, “What recession? Our sales are up 20% and we are making more money than ever.”

A ball and a dream lands in the hands of thousands: About five years ago, Mary Pembleton, a speech therapist in New Jersey, decided to integrate a ball into her sessions with kids that became an instant hit. She knew she would have to create the ball herself because it didn’t exist. Using overseas suppliers found on Alibaba.com, Mary and her husband Gregg created Thumball, hand-sized balls inscribed with messages. They created a prototype overseas and found suppliers to manufacture the product.



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