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Franchising is a method of distributing products and services that involves a franchisor who lends their trademark and business system to a franchisee who, in return, pays a royalty for the right to use the franchisor’s trademark and system in their business.
Franchised businesses operate in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and in every Congressional District. The number of jobs in franchised businesses in 2007 was greatest in California, Texas, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio. The number of jobs provided because of franchised businesses was greatest in California (1,852,200), Texas (1,352,000), Florida (1,111,900), Illinois (819,400), and New York (784,300). Considered relative to the size of a state’s economy, franchising had the greatest impact on jobs in Mississippi.
Franchised businesses demand products and services from other businesses and provide income to their workers and owners, who then spend their income and create still more income for other parties. As this cycle repeats, the jobs, payroll, output, and contribution to GDP that exist because of franchised businesses grow beyond the jobs, payroll output, and contribution to GDP that are in franchised businesses alone.
Investigate Your Options: Regardless of 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.
Ask Yourself: 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?, 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?
We’ve compiled a listing of 100 franchises for you to consider. Contact the companies and conduct your own “due diligence” research to see if the opportunity might be right for you. And visit our website www.sbomag.com for information on franchising and how to start your own business.
U.S. small businesses are thriving under the franchise model, as the use of franchise disclosure agreements is up by more than 400 businesses over the past 10 years among companies that have been in operation for at least three years, according to FRANdata statistics. Small and large companies, such as Zaxby’s, Unishippers and BrightStar Care, have grown their brands through franchising. “If you look at the 20- to 30-year trend, the number of businesses in America that are using the franchise model to grow and scale is higher than ever,” IFA Vice President of Public Affairs Matt Haller said.
When you buy a franchise, you often can sell goods and services that have instant name recognition, and get training and support that can help you succeed. But purchasing a franchise is like every other investment: there’s no guarantee of success. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, has prepared this information to explain how to shop for a franchise opportunity, the obligations of a franchise owner, and questions to ask before you invest.
Benefits and Responsibilities: A franchise enables you, the investor or franchisee, to operate a business. You pay a franchise fee and you get a format or system developed by the company (franchisor), the right to use the franchisor’s name for a limited time, and assistance. For example, the franchisor may provide you with help in finding a location for your outlet; initial training and an operating manual; and advice on management, marketing, or personnel. The franchisor may provide support through periodic newsletters, a toll-free telephone number, a website, or scheduled workshops or seminars. Buying a franchise may reduce your investment risk by enabling you to associate with an established company. But the franchise fee can be substantial. You also will have other costs: for example, you may be required to give up significant control over your business while you take on contractual obligations with the franchisor. Typically, franchise systems have several components.
Costs: In exchange for the right to use the franchisor’s name and assistance, you will pay some or all of the following fees. Initial Franchise Fee and Other Expenses Your initial franchise fee, which will range from several thousand
dollars to several hundred thousand dollars, may be non-refundable. You may incur significant costs to rent, build, and equip an outlet and to buy initial inventory. You also may have to pay for operating licenses and insurance, and a “grand opening” fee to the franchisor to promote your new outlet.
Continuing Royalty Payments: You may have to pay the franchisor royalties based on a percentage of your weekly or monthly gross income. Often, you must pay royalties even if your outlet isn’t earning significant income. As a rule, you have to pay royalties for the right to use the franchisor’s name. Even if the franchisor doesn’t provide the services they promised, you still may have to pay royalties for the duration of your franchise agreement. Indeed, even if you voluntarily terminate your franchisee agreement early, you may owe royalties for the remainder of your agreement.
Advertising Fees: You also may have to pay into an advertising fund. Some portion of the advertising fees may be allocated to national advertising or to attract new franchise owners, rather than to promote your particular outlet.
Controls: To ensure uniformity, franchisors usually control how franchisees conduct business. These controls may significantly restrict your ability to exercise your own business judgment. Here are a few examples.
Site Approval: Many franchisors pre-approve sites for outlets, which, in turn, may increase the likelihood that your outlet will attract customers. At the same time, the franchisor may not approve the site you’ve selected.
Design or Appearance Standards: Franchisors may impose design or appearance standards to ensure a uniform look among the various outlets. Some franchisors require periodic renovations or seasonal design changes; complying with these standards may increase your costs.
Restrictions on Goods and Services You Sell: Franchisors may restrict the goods and services you sell. For example, if you own a restaurant franchise, you may not be able to make any changes to your menu. If you own an automobile transmission repair franchise, you may not be able to perform other types of automotive work, like brake or electrical system repairs.
Restrictions on Method of Operation: Franchisors may require that you operate in a particular way: they may dictate hours; pre-approve signs, employee uniforms, and advertisements; or demand that you use certain accounting or bookkeeping procedures.
Restrictions on Sales Area: A franchisor may limit your business to a specific territory. While territorial restrictions may ensure that you will not compete with other franchisees for the same customers, they also could hurt your ability to open additional outlets or to move to a more profitable location. In addition, a franchisor may limit your ability to have your own website.
Renewals: Franchise agreements may run for as long as 20 years. At the end of the contract, the franchisor may decline to renew. Renewals are not automatic, and they may not have the original terms.
100+ Franchises To Consider Now
Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas
Alamo provides a unique combination of theater and restaurant, showing both first-run and independent films.
$$$: $1,250,000 – $2,785,000
All Tune And Lube
Total car care.
$$$: $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.
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 at home.
$$$: $75k startup cash;
Total investment: $200k
Aussie Pet Mobile
Mobile pet grooming service.
$$$: $35k-$75k startup cash;
Total investment: $63,437-$124,687
Bagger Dave’s Legendary Burger Tavern
Unique, family-friendly, full-service restaurant with bar and premium burger menu.
$$$: $700k – $1 million; $30k franchise fee
Gastropub: Burgers, Bands and Bourbon
$$$: Contact the company for info.
An independent profit control and revenue enhancement service for bars and restaurants.
$$$: $46,900 – $50,900
Bottle & Bottega, Inc.
Artistic cocktail party. Art experience with wine.
Indoor private events facility.
$$$: $75k-$125k startup cash
Total investment: $126,647-$624,896
$$$: $55k-$150k startup;
Total investment: $79,240-$153,070
Retail frozen dessert store.
$$$: Total investment range is $230,624-$390,124
The largest commercial and residential painting company in North America.
Carpet cleaning with patented Hot Carbonating Extraction system.
$$$: $11,950-$40,750 startup;
Total investment: ranges from $27,950-$250k
Christmas Décor, Inc.
Professional holiday, landscaping service.
$$$: The total investment ranges from $11k-$50k
Weekly publication run from home.
$$$: Contact the franchisor for details.
Colors On Parade
Leader in auto appearance technology; cost-effective, same-day, non-collision, vehicle damage repairs
ComForcare Senior Services
Premier, provider of private-duty, non-medical home care.
An international franchise concept that provides in-home care for seniors, new mothers or other adults needing assistance.
$$$: $61,450 – $88,500
Turnkey, biz-to-biz computer tech education programs to public and private schools, daycare centers & more covering all phases.
$$$: $35k-$49,500 startup.
Total investment: $62,925-$73,250
Fitness Center designed for women that uses medically-recommended weight-bearing equipment.
Total investment required ranges from $34k to $49k
Family Hair Care Value priced, quality hair services and products for the family.
$$$: $76k-$184,800 startup cash required.
Coverall Cleaning Concepts
Commercial cleaning service.
$$$: $3950 to $27,200 startup.
Total investment: $10,750-$32,200
Crack Team (The)
Foundation repair specializing in the use of epoxy-injection.
$$$: 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.
$$$: Startup ranges from $19,500 to $27,500;
Total investment: $37,500-$71,400
Cruise One, Inc.
Cruise-only travel enterprise.
$$$: $9,800 startup.
Thirty-minute fitness/weight loss centers for women.
$$$: Total investment required ranges from
$36,425 to $42,850
Daily Juice Group
Made-to-order juices and smoothies prepared from fresh vegetables.
DirectBuild Franchising LLC
Consulting programs to clients that enable them to build or remodel a home without using a contractor.
$$$: 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.
$$$: Startup ranges from $15k-$20k;
Total investment: $44k to $69,500
DreaMmaker Bath & Kitchen
Bath and kitchen remodeling.
$$$: $87,500-$314,500 startup;
Total investment: is $112k-$339k
Decorative and architectural features.
$$$: $50k-$65k startup;
Total investment: $150k-$205k
Coffee and baked goods.
$$$: $240,100-$1.667 million total investment.
EduFit Franchise, Inc.
A franchised fitness concept providing convenient, appointment-based personal training services at
$$$: $164,500 – $281,000
One-stop shop for custom embroidery, screen printing, promotional products, personalized gifts and other items.
$$$: Startup ranges from $43k-to $48k;
Total investment ranges from $179k-$185k
Express Employment Professionals
One of the nation’s largest staffing companies and it the only privately held company among the world’s 20 largest staffing firms.
Express Oil Change
Recognized leader in the quick-lube and automotive service industry.
Fantastic Sams Hair Salon
A full-service cutting edge hair salon for your family.
$$$: $50k-$75k startup.
Total investment: $125k-$231k
Flip Flop Shops
The Sunglass Hut of Flip Flop Shops
$$$: $25k startup cash.
Total investment: $167,300-$245,500
Floor Coverings International
Shop-at-home floor covering retailer offering more than 3000 flooring options from top brands at competitive prices.
Future Stars Sports Photography
Providing high quality and innovative sports photography products and services.
$$$: $19,500-39k startup.
Total investment: $19,500-$45k
Geeks On Call
On-site computer solutions for businesses and residential clients.
$$$: $60k-$121k startup.
Total investment: $60k-$180k
Get In Shape For Women
Small group, personal training for women.
Glass replacement for homes, businesses and autos.
$$$: $75k startup.
Total investment: $109,681-$261,681
Lessons and instructions.
$$$: $35,000 startup cash.
Total investment. $111,475-$427,675
Great Play Franchising
Gym concept for kids offering motor and sport skills, phys ed classes
Maintenance and repair of grout.
$$$: Total investment ranges from
Growth Coach (The)
Small business coaching, goal-setting franchise.
$$$: $7k-$33,900 startup.
Total investment: $38,200-$58,400
Highway 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries
American class dining experience with quality food in casual, full-service, 50’s-diner style setting.
World’s largest retail hobby franchise offering hobby, toy and entertainment products.
The total investment: $175,000 to $350,000
Home-based non-medical personal care for the elderly.
$$$: $7k to $31,900 startup.
Total investment: $41,700 to $73,300
Home Instead Senior Care
Companionship and home care services for the elderly.
$$$: $39,050 to $52,050 total investment.
HomeTeam Inspection Service
The leading residential home inspection service in North America.
$$$: $58,000 – $71,500
A nationally franchised, professional handyman service and a leading property repair, remodeling and maintenance company in North America.
$$$: $86,000 – $112,500
Hungry Howies’s Pizza, Inc.
Originator of Flavored Crust Pizza; one of the nation’s largest pizza franchises.
Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems
$$$: $950-$36,500 startup required.
Total investment: $2800-$44k
Jani-King International, Inc.
World’s largest commercial cleaning franchise.
$$$: $2,000 to $70,300 startup.
Total investment: $8,170 to $74,000
Beautifies and maintains asphalt & concretepavement.
$$$: Total investment ranges from $35k -$100k
JuiceItUp! – Balboa Brands
Smoothie & juice bar chain that specializes in blended-to-order real fruit smoothies & fresh-squeezed juices.
$$$: $137,200-$325k; $20k franchise fee.
Preschool and school age sports and fitness programs held at day care centers and other venues.
$$$: The total investment is $35,200 to $41,200
Diverse selection of quality merchandise for just-a-buck.
$$$: Total investment ranges from
$136,900 to $228,200.
Kennelwood Pet Resorts
Safe & healthy pet boarding.
$$$: $55k startup cash.
Total investment: $799,287-$1,059,499
Dance, gymnastics, motor skills for kids.
$$$: $12,000-$40,000 startup.
Total investment: $14,950-$46,100
Kindergolf PTE LTD
The company is based in Singapore.
$$$: visit the website for information.
Residential and commercial remodeling business offering cabinet refacing, new cabinetry, tub lining systems, closet organizers and more.
$$$: The total investment ranges from $83k-$90k
Tree, shrub, lawn care services.
$$$: $60k-$74,900 startup.
Total investment: $89k-$99,900
LED Lighting supplier that specializes in full-scale evaluations and retrofits, plus consultation with these energy-efficient lighting solutions.
Liberty Tax Service
Computerized tax preparation service that specializes in electronic filing and refund loans.
$$$: Total investment ranges
Liquid Capital Corp.
International network that helps small-and-medium sized businesses grow via factoring.
MAACO Franchising, Inc.
Driven Brands, Inc. “America’s body shop” with nearly 500 franchised locations across North America. Auto paint and auto body repair.
McAlister’s Corporation Quick/casual restaurant chain featuring efficient counter ordering, high-quality deli-style foods and great price value.
$$$: $400,000-$1,475,000 total investment.
Quick service restaurant.
$$$: The total investment ranges
Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc.
Driven Brands, Inc. Full-service auto maintenance and repair specializing in brakes and general repair.
$$$: $21k-$29k startup.
Total investment: $26,350-$57,450
Money Mizer Pawn & Jewelry
Combining traditional financing services as well as upscale store setting offering quality retail products.
Mountain Mudd Espresso
Specialty coffee kiosk.
$$$: $66k-$203,500 total investment.
Mobile computer and technology service.
$$$: $30k-$54k total investment.
Nitelites Outdoor Lighting
Residential and commercial outdoor lighting.
$$$: $84k-$164,050 total investment.
Newk’s Franchise Company, LLC
Express casual dining experience with emphasis on fresh, flavor & quick service.
Lawn care service offering minimal or no pesticide treatments to primarily residential homeowners.
$$$: $75k to $125k total investment required.
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives
Residential and commercial architectural and landscape lighting and lighting control automation.
$$$: total investment $77,500-$215,000
OXXO Care Centers
Boutique-style more eco-friendly dry cleaners.
$$$: Total investment range $100,000-$1 million
Panchero’s Mexican Grill
A quick-service, fresh-Mexican franchise concept featuring homemade tortillas.
$$$: $305,175 – $629,000
Paws & Remember LLC
Pet memorialization and cremation.
$$$: Contact the franchisor for information;
in biz since 1997, franchising since 2007.
Hot and cold subs, renowned for Philadelphia Cheesesteak sub, hot, fresh on freshly baked bread.
Multi-surface restoration, specializing in the renewal of worn or damaged kitchen fixtures and bathrooms.
$$$: Startup $3,500 to $5,000
Total investment: ranges from $29,500 to $42,500
Pillar To Post
Professional home inspection detailing more than 1600 key compenents of a home.
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
$$$: $120k-$150k startup;
Total investment: $500k-$600k
Printwear Xpress Franchising Corp.
Personalized branded apparel.
$$$: Startup $40k-$50k;
Total investment: $148k-$170k
A chain of 1980s-themed fitness centers with exciting and affordable workout environments for all fitness enthusiasts.
$$$: $638,900 – $1,452,000
Fresh Mexican Cantina with bright, colorful atmosphere
A franchise concept that designs, builds and installs Glide-Out shelving systems
$$$: investment range is $70,100 to $125,500
World’s largest sign franchise.
$$$: $44k-$46k startup.
Total investment: $148k-$155K
Signs By Tomorrow
Visual communications consultant that utilizes state-of-the-art sign-making technology to offer a wide variety of customized sign products and services that provide creative and affordable solutions to businesses.
$$$: $19,000-$263k total investment.
Smoothies, nutritional snacks, vitamins under one roof.
$$$: The total investment ranges from $148k -$229k
Spring-Green Lawn Care Corp.
Traditional and organic lawn and tree care services nationwide.
Cleaning & disaster recovery services worldwide.
$$$: Startup $25k-$80k
Total investment: required $55k-$150k.
Freshly made sub sandwiches and more.
$$$: The total investment ranges from
Value hair salon owned by Regis Corporation.
$$$: Net worth of $300k and liquid capital of $100k req.
Sweet & Sassy
Children’s retail, spa and party.
$$$: In business since 2004, franchising since 2005.
Contact company for details.
Taste of Mediterranean
Serves delicious and nutritious Greek and Lebanese Food. Franchising in Canada and the U.S. 3 concepts, Restaurants, Food Court and Kiosk Locations.
$$$: As low as $95,000, their Franchise Fee is $20,000 (one time only) and they charge a flat royalty fee of $1000 a month.
World’s leading provider of good-for-you products served in a happy environment. Signature soft-serve, dairy-based frozen dessert is lower in calories, fat.
$$$: contact the company for info
TSS Photography, Inc.
Youth sports, school and event photography.
$$$: Startup range $15,500-$29,660.
Total investment: $38,750-$74,150
An economy extended-stay lodging and short-term residential property brand.
$$$: $3,500,000 – $7,000,000
We The People
We The People is a franchised high-quality, affordable legal document preparation service for consumers who choose to represent themselves in simple,uncontested legal matters.
$$$: $123,200-$169,500 •