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How Low Can You Go?

With all the franchises in our low-cost listing, you'd be surprised.

This story appears in the October 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Times are tough for bargain-seekers, as we're forced to pay record-level prices for everything from gas to housing. But ironically, while the cost of living creeps up, the cost of making a living is still fairly reasonable. provides a bit of a low-cost oasis in the madness, with a number of offering you a way to get into for less than $5000-not a bad price for a proven business concept, training and ongoing support.

Our Low-Cost Franchise listing reveals that your selection isn't limited, even if your budget is. Low-cost franchises are available in nearly every category, from drop-off stores to children's fitness centers to computer consulting, and they range in cost from just under $50,000 to as little as $500.

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