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Buying a franchise doesn’t have to break the bank. If you’re looking to start a business on a budget, check out this list of the top franchises that can be started for less than $50,000, ranked based on the scores they received in the
2020 Franchise 500.
This list is not intended as a recommendation of any particular company. To find the right opportunity for you, regardless of cost, it’s important that you do your due diligence. Carefully read the company’s franchise disclosure document, consult with a franchise attorney and an accountant, and talk to existing and former franchisees about their experiences.
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here. 1. Jan-Pro Franchising International Commercial cleaning Startup cost: $4.2K - $54.7K Total franchises/co.-owned: 9,155/0 2. Anago Cleaning Systems Commercial cleaning Startup cost: $11.3K - $68.3K Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,692/0 3. RE/MAX Real estate Startup cost: $40K - $284K Total franchises/co.-owned: 8,361/0 4. Stratus Building Solutions Environmentally friendly commercial cleaning Startup cost: $4.5K - $72.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,787/0 5. Cruise Planners Travel agencies Startup cost: $2.3K - $23.6K Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,061/1 6. Dream Vacations Travel agencies Startup cost: $1.8K - $20.3K Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,432/0 7. Rooter-Man Plumbing, drain, and sewer cleaning Startup cost: $46.8K - $137.6K Total franchises/co.-owned: 666/29 8. Realty One Group Real estate Startup cost: $49.3K - $222.5K Total franchises/co.-owned: 189/11 9. NextHome Real estate Startup cost: $14.5K - $212.6K Total franchises/co.-owned: 361/0 10. Goosehead Insurance Agency Property and casualty insurance Startup cost: $41.5K - $116.5K Total franchises/co.-owned: 535/0 11. Vanguard Cleaning Systems Commercial cleaning Startup cost: $5.5K - $36.6K Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,239/0 12. Estrella Insurance Auto, home, and business insurance Startup cost: $12.3K - $84K Total franchises/co.-owned: 152/0 13. Pillar To Post Home Inspectors Home inspections Startup cost: $37.1K - $45.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 577/0 14. Chester's Chicken Startup cost: $12.4K - $287.6K Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,286/0 15. Leadership Management International Leadership and organization training and development Startup cost: $20K - $27.5K Total franchises/co.-owned: 458/0 16. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Tax preparation Startup cost: $45.1K - $110.3K Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,922/1,857 17. My Gym Children's Fitness Center Early-learning/fitness programs Startup cost: $36.8K - $277.2K Total franchises/co.-owned: 694/0 18. Skyhawks Sports & Supertots Sports Academy Sports camps and programs Startup cost: $30K - $71.8K Total franchises/co.-owned: 102/65 19. Snapology STEAM education programs Startup cost: $40.4K - $214.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 142/2 20. American Poolplayers Association Recreational billiard leagues Startup cost: $20.5K - $28.4K Total franchises/co.-owned: 316/8 21. Jazzercise Group fitness classes, conventions, apparel, and accessories Startup cost: $2.4K - $17.2K Total franchises/co.-owned: 8,560/2 22. Soccer Shots Franchising Soccer programs for ages 2 to 8 Startup cost: $41K - $53.95K Total franchises/co.-owned: 223/9 23. Brightway Insurance Property and casualty insurance Startup cost: $42.3K - $178.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 190/1 24. Window Gang Window, gutter, roof, and dryer-vent cleaning, pressure washing, chimney sweeping Startup cost: $34.4K - $81.2K Total franchises/co.-owned: 104/117 25. Lendio Franchising Small-business financing Startup cost: $30.2K - $117.1K Total franchises/co.-owned: 69/0 26. SafeSplash/SwimLabs/Swimtastic Child and adult swimming lessons, parties, summer camps Startup cost: $44.5K - $1.8M Total franchises/co.-owned: 154/9 27. STEM For Kids Biomed, coding, business, and engineering programs for ages 4 to 14 Startup cost: $19.9K - $48.7K Total franchises/co.-owned: 97/5 28. Property Management Inc. Commercial, residential, association, and vacation property management Startup cost: $22.8K - $175.1K Total franchises/co.-owned: 247/1 29. Destination Athlete Youth athletic equipment, apparel, fundraising, and other services Startup cost: $28.3K - $120.1K Total franchises/co.-owned: 96/2 30. Drama Kids International After-school drama classes and summer camps Startup cost: $33.8K - $68K Total franchises/co.-owned: 238/0 31. H&R Block Tax preparation, electronic filing Startup cost: $31.6K - $149.4K Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,877/6,388 32. BirthdayPak Direct-mail advertising Startup cost: $29.5K - $144.7K Total franchises/co.-owned: 27/2 33. Sunbelt Business Brokers Business brokerages Startup cost: $43.5K - $104K Total franchises/co.-owned: 167/0 34. Challenge Island Educational enrichment programs Startup cost: $48.3K - $62.95K Total franchises/co.-owned: 101/3 35. ActionCoach Business coaching Startup cost: $47.9K - $189.8K Total franchises/co.-owned: 788/2 36. Aladdin Doors Franchising Garage-door installation and repairs Startup cost: $32.4K - $99.95K Total franchises/co.-owned: 43/2 37. National Property Inspections Home and commercial property inspections Startup cost: $40.7K - $43K Total franchises/co.-owned: 215/0 38. Kinderdance International Children's dance, gymnastics, fitness, and yoga programs Startup cost: $18.1K - $46.8K Total franchises/co.-owned: 161/2 39. ShelfGenie Franchise Systems Custom pull-out shelving for cabinets and pantries Startup cost: $45.1K - $95K Total franchises/co.-owned: 143/46 40. Proforma Printing and promotional products Startup cost: $5K - $59.7K Total franchises/co.-owned: 637/0 41. Sit Means Sit Dog Training Dog training Startup cost: $49.8K - $145.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 137/0 42. The Alternative Board (TAB) Peer advisory boards, business coaching Startup cost: $48.6K - $97.8K Total franchises/co.-owned: 290/25 43. Discovery Map International Visitor-information maps and guides Startup cost: $35.95K - $45.95K Total franchises/co.-owned: 131/4 44. Motto Mortgage Mortgage brokerages Startup cost: $47.8K - $68.1K Total franchises/co.-owned: 100/0 45. Parker-Anderson Enrichment Enrichment programs Startup cost: $15.98K - $81.1K Total franchises/co.-owned: 18/1 46. SuperGlass Windshield Repair Windshield repair, glass scratch removal, headlight lens repair Startup cost: $18.7K - $84.2K Total franchises/co.-owned: 332/0 47. Parisi Speed School Youth sports performance training Startup cost: $13.3K - $155.5K Total franchises/co.-owned: 95/0 48. Aire-Master of America Restroom odor-control, scent branding, and commercial hygiene services Startup cost: $40.5K - $145.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 108/7 49. Buildingstars International Commercial cleaning Startup cost: $2.2K - $53.2K Total franchises/co.-owned: 799/6 50. Foliage Design Systems Interior plant sales, leasing, and maintenance Startup cost: $44.4K - $64.4K Total franchises/co.-owned: 25/3 51. Atax Franchise Tax preparation, business services Startup cost: $17.5K - $76.7K Total franchises/co.-owned: 43/1 52. Class 101 College planning and educational services Startup cost: $45.9K - $63.3K Total franchises/co.-owned: 42/1 53. Payroll Vault Franchising Payroll and workforce management services Startup cost: $49.1K - $74.3K Total franchises/co.-owned: 43/1 54. TSS Photography Youth sports, school, and event photography Startup cost: $20.4K - $74.7K Total franchises/co.-owned: 179/0 55. Abrakadoodle Art-education programs for children Startup cost: $38K - $81.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 487/2 56. TGA Premier Sports Youth sports programs Startup cost: $18.8K - $68.3K Total franchises/co.-owned: 121/4 57. Computer Troubleshooters Technology consulting and services for small businesses Startup cost: $12.2K - $29.4K Total franchises/co.-owned: 250/3 58. Hi-Five Sports Franchising Youth sports programs Startup cost: $17.9K - $388.2K Total franchises/co.-owned: 15/3 59. Amazing Athletes Educational sports programs Startup cost: $30.7K - $61.7K Total franchises/co.-owned: 119/11 60. Synergy HomeCare Nonmedical home care Startup cost: $38.9K - $159.8K Total franchises/co.-owned: 331/0 61. Surface Specialists Bathtub repair and refinishing, tub liners, bath remodeling Startup cost: $43.2K - $56K Total franchises/co.-owned: 48/0 62. The Patch Boys Drywall repair Startup cost: $45.5K - $66K Total franchises/co.-owned: 77/0 63. Mint Condition Franchising Commercial cleaning, building maintenance Startup cost: $4.6K - $32.4K Total franchises/co.-owned: 376/0 64. ACFN Automated teller machines Startup cost: $39.1K - $64K Total franchises/co.-owned: 277/0 65. Mr. Sandless/Dr. DecknFence Interior and exterior sandless wood refinishing Startup cost: $26.8K - $87.4K Total franchises/co.-owned: 225/9 66. Acti-Kare Nonmedical home care Startup cost: $31.9K - $52.2K Total franchises/co.-owned: 132/0 67. Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services In-home tutoring Startup cost: $33.9K - $52.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 388/0 68. Coverall Commercial cleaning Startup cost: $16.5K - $51.4K Total franchises/co.-owned: 8,238/0 69. Coffee News Weekly publication distributed at restaurants and waiting areas Startup cost: $10.8K - $11.8K Total franchises/co.-owned: 685/8 70. Rhea Lana's Franchise Systems Children's consignment events Startup cost: $20.6K - $39.95K Total franchises/co.-owned: 93/3 71. Jantize America Commercial cleaning Startup cost: $8.2K - $49K Total franchises/co.-owned: 115/0 72. NZone Sports of America Sports leagues and programs for ages 2 to 15 Startup cost: $41.1K - $58.5K Total franchises/co.-owned: 47/0 73. Home Cleaning Centers of America Residential and commercial cleaning Startup cost: $43.3K - $45.3K Total franchises/co.-owned: 32/0 74. Assist-2-Sell Discount real estate Startup cost: $24K - $45.5K Total franchises/co.-owned: 140/1 75. One Sports Nation/Fun Size Sports Youth sports leagues/children's sports enrichment programs Startup cost: $16.4K - $94.5K Total franchises/co.-owned: 27/0 76. Town Money Saver Direct-mail and digital advertising Startup cost: $5.7K - $17K Total franchises/co.-owned: 50/2 77. Grout Doctor Global Franchise Grout, tile, and stone restoration and maintenance Startup cost: $20.6K - $33.6K Total franchises/co.-owned: 80/0 78. WIN Home Inspection Home inspections Startup cost: $34.7K - $49.8K Total franchises/co.-owned: 176/0 79. Hommati 3D tours, aerial videos, photography, augmented reality, and other services for real estate agents Startup cost: $42.9K - $52.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 60/0 80. Lil' Angels Photography Preschool, childcare, and family photography Startup cost: $41.3K - $45.8K Total franchises/co.-owned: 54/2 81. N2 Publishing Monthly community publications Startup cost: $975 - $5.7K Total franchises/co.-owned: 934/1 82. Young Rembrandts Franchise Drawing classes for ages 3 to 12 Startup cost: $41.3K - $48.7K Total franchises/co.-owned: 97/0 83. CleanNet USA Commercial cleaning Startup cost: $14.8K - $45.9K Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,746/0 84. Superior Mosquito Defense Outdoor pest control Startup cost: $23.8K - $38.7K Total franchises/co.-owned: 18/1 85. Complete Weddings + Events Photography, DJ, video, and photo-booth services Startup cost: $31.95K - $87.3K Total franchises/co.-owned: 186/2 86. IntegriServ Cleaning Systems Commercial cleaning Startup cost: $3.1K - $50K Total franchises/co.-owned: 63/0 87. Realty Executives Intl. Svcs. Real estate Startup cost: $23.5K - $131K Total franchises/co.-owned: 409/14 88. CodeFu Coding classes for children Startup cost: $21.7K - $33.6K Total franchises/co.-owned: 13/9 89. PatchMaster Drywall repair Startup cost: $27.95K - $49.8K Total franchises/co.-owned: 42/10 90. Cartridge World Printers, cartridges, and printer services Startup cost: $36.9K - $136.3K Total franchises/co.-owned: 558/0 91. You've Got Maids Environmentally friendly residential cleaning Startup cost: $36.4K - $107K Total franchises/co.-owned: 99/0 92. Little Kickers Preschool soccer programs Startup cost: $25.2K - $37.1K Total franchises/co.-owned: 318/2 93. Chefs For Seniors In-home meal preparation service for seniors Startup cost: $10.5K - $26.7K Total franchises/co.-owned: 39/2 94. In Home Pet Services Pet-sitting, dog-walking Startup cost: $9.2K - $35.1K Total franchises/co.-owned: 14/1 95. Just Between Friends Franchise Systems Children's and maternity consignment events Startup cost: $38.6K - $54.5K Total franchises/co.-owned: 150/7 96. Bar-B-Clean Barbecue cleaning Startup cost: $36.95K - $50.1K Total franchises/co.-owned: 32/1 97. Fit4Mom Prenatal and postpartum fitness and wellness programs Startup cost: $6.9K - $26.4K Total franchises/co.-owned: 317/1 98. Tapinto.net Local online news sites Startup cost: $10.3K - $16.5K Total franchises/co.-owned: 77/0 99. KidzArt Art-education programs, products, and services Startup cost: $21.5K - $34.1K Total franchises/co.-owned: 51/0
100. Oxi Fresh Franchising Carpet, upholstery, hardwood floor, tile, and grout cleaning, and odor control Startup cost: $44.3K - $74.3K Total franchises/co.-owned: 373/12