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Think you can’t afford to be your own boss? Think again. On the following pages, you’ll find our list of top franchises that can be started for less than $50,000. Some can even be started for less than $5,000. And with 87 companies listed, from pet-sitting and property management services to popcorn carts, you’re sure to find an affordable franchise opportunity that sparks your passion.
These businesses are listed based on their ranking in
Entrepreneur’s 2015 Franchise 500®, which is determined using objective, quantifiable criteria such as system size, growth and financial strength and stability. The listing is not intended as a recommendation of any particular business. Always conduct your own research, including reading a company’s legal documents, consulting with an attorney and an accountant and talking to experienced franchisees to get the lowdown on any low-cost franchise you might be considering.
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1. Jan-Pro Franchising International Commercial cleaning jan-pro.com Startup cost: $3.1K-$50.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 11,676/0 2. H&R Block Tax preparation, electronic filing hrblock.com/franchise Startup cost: $31.5K-$148.7K Total franchises/co.-owned: 4,846/6,165 3. Cruise Planners Travel agency cruiseplannersfranchise.com Startup cost: $2.1K-$22.7K Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,757/1 4. Vanguard Cleaning Systems Commercial cleaning vanguardcleaning.com Startup cost: $10.9K-$35.8K Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,113/0 5. Jazzercise Dance-fitness classes, conventions, apparel and accessories jazzercise.com Startup cost: $3.5K-$75.8K Total franchises/co.-owned: 8,370/3 6. CleanNet USA Commercial cleaning cleannetusa.com Startup cost: $9.8K-$97.95K Total franchises/co.-owned: 2,951/14 7. Coverall Health-Based Cleaning System Commercial cleaning coverall.com Startup cost: $14.1K-$47.7K Total franchises/co.-owned: 7,996/0 8. Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Carpet, drapery and upholstery cleaning; tile and stone care chemdryfranchise.com Startup cost: $40K-$140K Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,565/0 9. RE/MAX Real estate remax.com Startup cost: $37.5K-$279.5K Total franchises/co.-owned: 6,751/21 10. Cellairis Franchise Cell-phone and wireless-device accessories and repairs cellairis.com Startup cost: $43.1K-$397K Total franchises/co.-owned: 577/51 11. Anago Cleaning Systems Commercial cleaning anagocleaning.com Startup cost: $10.5K-$65.6K Total franchises/co.-owned: 2,456/0 12. Proforma Printing and promotional products onlyproforma.com Startup cost: $4.7K-$50.2K Total franchises/co.-owned: 703/0 13. Heaven’s Best Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Carpet and upholstery cleaning heavensbest.com Startup cost: $44.9K-$65.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,259/0 14. Rooter-Man Plumbing, drain and sewer cleaning rooterman.com Startup cost: $46.8K-$137.6K Total franchises/co.-owned: 497/17 15. Buildingstars International Commercial cleaning buildingstars.com Startup cost: $2.2K-$52.4K Total franchises/co.-owned: 566/0 16. Bricks 4 Kidz Lego-engineering classes, camps, parties bricks4kidz.com Startup cost: $33.8K-$51.1K Total franchises/co.-owned: 649/1 17. Pillar To Post Home Inspectors Home inspections pillartopost.com Startup cost: $33.2K-$42.6K Total franchises/co.-owned: 460/0 18. Novus Glass Auto glass repair and replacement novusfranchising.com Startup cost: $46.8K-$229.5K Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,627/17 19. Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services In-home tutoring clubztutoring.com Startup cost: $32.6K-$56.6K Total franchises/co.-owned: 390/0 20. Sculpture Hospitality Liquor inventory-control services sculpturehospitality.com Startup cost: $43.4K-$57.1K Total franchises/co.-owned: 376/5 21. N-Hance Wood floor and cabinet refinishing nhancefranchise.com Startup cost: $24.3K-$131.98K Total franchises/co.-owned: 347/0 22. HomeVestors of America Home buying, repair and selling homevestors.com Startup cost: $42K-$347.3K Total franchises/co.-owned: 587/0 23. Coffee News Weekly newspaper distributed at restaurants coffeenews.com Startup cost: $9.3K-$10.3K Total franchises/co.-owned: 785/5 24. CruiseOne Travel agency cruiseonefranchise.com Startup cost: $3.2K-$21.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,000/0 25. Mint Condition Franchising Commercial cleaning, building maintenance mintconditioninc.com Startup cost: $4.9K-$45.4K Total franchises/co.-owned: 306/0 26. MaidPro Residential cleaning maidpro.com Startup cost: $45.9K-$202.8K Total franchises/co.-owned: 187/1 27. CPR-Cell Phone Repair Electronics repairs and sales cellphonerepair.com Startup cost: $24.6K-$228.5K Total franchises/co.-owned: 198/5 28. Soccer Shots Franchising Soccer programs for ages 2 to 8 soccershotsfranchising.com Startup cost: $31.7K-$38.5K Total franchises/co.-owned: 156/10 29. My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Early-learning/fitness programs mygym.com Startup cost: $34.3K-$247.2K Total franchises/co.-owned: 329/0 30. HappyFeet Legends International Soccer programs for ages 2 to 18 happysoccerfeet.com Startup cost: $21.3K-$25.2K Total franchises/co.-owned: 171/4 31. WIN Home Inspection Home inspections winfranchising.com Startup cost: $33.9K-$54.5K Total franchises/co.-owned: 182/0 32. Mr. Sandless/Dr. DecknFence Interior and exterior sandless wood refinishing mrsandless.com Startup cost: $26.8K-$87.7K Total franchises/co.-owned: 258/11 33. Kitchen Tune-Up Residential and commercial kitchen and bath remodeling kitchentuneup.com Startup cost: $45.8K-$55.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 173/0 34. Fresh Coat Residential and commercial painting freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com Startup cost: $49.4K-$76.95K Total franchises/co.-owned: 112/0 35. Just Between Friends Franchise Systems Children’s and maternity consignment events jbfsale.com Startup cost: $26.97K-$39.2K Total franchises/co.-owned: 145/1 36. Estrella Insurance Auto, home and business insurance estrellainsurance.com Startup cost: $49.95K-$84K Total franchises/co.-owned: 93/0 37. Dale Carnegie Training Workplace training and development dalecarnegie.com Startup cost: $26K-$182.5K Total franchises/co.-owned: 202/2 38. The Glass Guru Window and glass restoration and replacement theglassguru.com Startup cost: $30.2K-$119.99K Total franchises/co.-owned: 92/0 39. Doc Popcorn Kettle-cooked popcorn docpopcorn.com Startup cost: $39K-$355.1K Total franchises/co.-owned: 94/2 40. Acti-Kare Nonmedical home care actikare.com Startup cost: $32.6K-$51.6K Total franchises/co.-owned: 90/0 41. Certified Restoration DryCleaning Network Textile restoration crdn.com Startup cost: $45.6K-$235.5K Total franchises/co.-owned: 156/0 42. Plan Ahead Events Corporate event planning discoverplanaheadevents.com Startup cost: $45.9K-$71.2K Total franchises/co.-owned: 129/0 43. Jet-Black Franchise Group Asphalt maintenance jet-black.com Startup cost: $46.5K-$113.7K Total franchises/co.-owned: 86/10 44. Aire-Master of America Restroom deodorizing and maintenance airemaster.com Startup cost: $36.1K-$124.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 102/4 45. American Poolplayers Association Recreational billiard league poolplayers.com Startup cost: $16.7K-$19.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 307/6 46. Sit Means Sit Dog Training Dog training sitmeanssit.com Startup cost: $45K-$123.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 82/1 47. Young Rembrandts Franchise Art classes for ages 3 to 12 youngrembrandtsfranchise.com Startup cost: $40.2K-$48.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 107/0 48. Amazing Athletes Educational sports programs amazingathletes.com Startup cost: $34.2K-$55.7K Total franchises/co.-owned: 85/0 49. KidzArt Art-education programs, products and services kidzart.com Startup cost: $46.1K-$52.8K Total franchises/co.-owned: 107/0 50. AmeriSpec Home Inspection Services Home inspections amerispec.com Startup cost: $44.3K-$75.5K Total franchises/co.-owned: 290/0 51. TSS Photography Youth sports, school and event photography tssphotography.com Startup cost: $42.3K-$77.2K Total franchises/co.-owned: 229/0 52. Unishippers Global Logistics Shipping services unishippers.com Startup cost: $48.2K-$2.2M Total franchises/co.-owned: 222/92 53. Heits Building Services Commercial cleaning and maintenance heits.com Startup cost: $9K-$71.95K Total franchises/co.-owned: 201/0 54. Hallmark Homecare Caregiver search, recruitment and placement hallmarkhomecare.com Startup cost: $13.9K-$26.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 75/0 55. Homes & Land Real-estate advertising magazine homesandland.com Startup cost: $47.1K-$127K Total franchises/co.-owned: 224/18 56. Happy & Healthy Products Frozen fruit bars happyandhealthy.com Startup cost: $37.2K-$113.1K Total franchises/co.-owned: 63/0 57. Jantize America Commercial cleaning jantize.com Startup cost: $49.7K-$253.5K Total franchises/co.-owned: 236/0 58. National Property Inspections Home and commercial property inspections npifranchise.com Startup cost: $38.7K-$42.1K Total franchises/co.-owned: 216/0 59. Techna Glass International Windshield repair and replacement technaglass.com Startup cost: $41.6K-$175.7K Total franchises/co.-owned: 30/22 60. Green Home Solutions Environmentally friendly mold cleaning, pest control and odor elimination greenhomesolutions.com Startup cost: $21.1K-$72.7K Total franchises/co.-owned: 102/1 61. DKI Insurance/disaster restoration dkiservices.com Startup cost: $47.1K-$164.8K Total franchises/co.-owned: 347/0 62. The Decor Group Holiday and event lighting thedecorgroup.com Startup cost: $18.1K-$40.3K Total franchises/co.-owned: 242/0 63. CEO Focus Peer consulting groups for small-business owners ceofocus.com Startup cost: $41.5K-$63K Total franchises/co.-owned: 27/5 64. Snaggle Foot Dog Walks & Pet Care Pet-sitting, dog-walking snagglefoot.com Startup cost: $12.2K-$21.8K Total franchises/co.-owned: 26/5 65. The Senior’s Choice Nonmedical home care theseniorschoice.com Startup cost: $38K-$55K Total franchises/co.-owned: 170/1 66. Duct Doctor USA Residential and commercial air-duct cleaning ductdoctor.com Startup cost: $41K-$136.5K Total franchises/co.-owned: 25/0 67. Colors On Parade Mobile auto paint and dent repair colorsonparade.com Startup cost: $39.7K-$525K Total franchises/co.-owned: 266/8 68. Flower Tent Flower store flowertent.com Startup cost: $28.2K-$82.2K Total franchises/co.-owned: 83/10 69. Engineering for Kids Math, science, technology and engineering activities engineeringforkids.com Startup cost: $33.1K-$88.6K Total franchises/co.-owned: 126/2 70. 360clean Commercial cleaning 360clean.com Startup cost: $13.9K-$21.4K Total franchises/co.-owned: 82/0 71. Window Gang Window, exterior, dryer-vent and chimney cleaning; deck and fence sealing windowgang.com Startup cost: $34.4K-$81.1K Total franchises/co.-owned: 151/36 72. Computer Troubleshooters Technology consulting for small businesses comptroub.com Startup cost: $17.2K-$82.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 344/0 73. Baby Boot Camp/Karna Fitness Prenatal and postnatal fitness; women’s private and small-group training babybootcamp.com Startup cost: $4.8K-$10.2K Total franchises/co.-owned: 128/1 74. Sunbelt Business Brokers Business brokerage sunbeltnetwork.com Startup cost: $41.7K-$96.5K Total franchises/co.-owned: 200/1 75. i9 Sports Youth sports leagues, camps and clinics i9sportsfranchise.com Startup cost: $44.9K-$69.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 123/16 76. Brickhouse Cardio Club Fitness studio brickhousecardio.com Startup cost: $18.95K-$31.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 53/1 77. MindsAhead Academy Enrichment and tutoring programs mindsahead.com Startup cost: $8.7K-$75.2K Total franchises/co.-owned: 611/1 78. You’ve Got Maids Environmentally friendly cleaning youvegotmaids.com Startup cost: $34.9K-$108.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 47/0 79. Critter Control Wildlife management, pest control crittercontrol.com Startup cost: $25.1K-$85.4K Total franchises/co.-owned: 110/0 80. Pet Butler Pet-waste cleanup and removal petbutler.com Startup cost: $30K-$42K Total franchises/co.-owned: 101/0 81. Oxi Fresh Franchising Carpet cleaning oxifreshfranchise.com Startup cost: $37.7K-$65.6K Total franchises/co.-owned: 268/6 82. Drama Kids International After-school drama classes and summer camps dramakidsfranchises.com Startup cost: $28.5K-$46.5K Total franchises/co.-owned: 193/0 83. Ident-A-Kid Franchise Children’s safety products and services identakid.com Startup cost: $34.1K-$44.3K Total franchises/co.-owned: 132/0 84. ACFN-The ATMFranchise Business Automated teller machines acfnfranchised.com Startup cost: $40.4K-$67.8K Total franchises/co.-owned: 238/0 85. Complete Weddings and Events Photography, DJ, video and photo-booth services completewedo.com Startup cost: $30.4K-$48.7K Total franchises/co.-owned: 200/2 86. Property Management Inc. Commercial and residential property management propertymanagementinc.com Startup cost: $20.3K-$61K Total franchises/co.-owned: 93/2
87. Abrakadoodle Art-education programs abrakadoodle.com Startup cost: $37.8K-$80.5K Total franchises/co.-owned: 170/2