From the September 2013 issue of Startups

From crime-scene cleaners to traditional restaurants, the range of businesses available to hard-working, motivated individuals is as varied as ever. Add a rebounding economy to this mix, and one could make the case that now is the time to be your own boss. Among the businesses here, 147 are franchises that can be launched for less than $50,000, and 468 offer qualified candidates financing through in-house or third-party programs. With this many options, there's bound to be a franchise or business opportunity that suits most anyone.

This list is not intended to endorse, advertise or recommend any particular company. Be sure to do your own research: Consult with a lawyer and accountant, read the company's legal documents and talk to franchisees, licensees or dealers who are already in business with the company you are interested in.

All information was obtained from the companies themselves and has not been verified for accuracy. We simply present this listing as a service to our readers. For more information on buying a franchise or business opportunity, visit Entrepreneur's Franchises page at Entrepreneur.com/franchise and Entrepreneur's Business Opportunities page at Entrepreneur.com/bizopp.