- 2023 Franchise 500 Rank
#438 Ranked #436 last year
- Initial investment
$91K - $123K
- Units as of 2022
75 87.5% over 3 years
Fastest Labs opened in 2000 as a drug, alcohol, and DNA lab collection company that gives its customers timely, accurate, and reliable solutions. In 2010, Fastest Labs became a franchise and expanded its reach across the United States, opening more than 45 units in multiple territories. The fast growth is attributed to Fastest Labs' commitment to excellence and providing customers accurate results–fast.
In its nationwide expansion, Fastest Labs seeks to grow its franchise team to reach new markets in Texas, the Great Plains, the South, and Southwest regions, where demand is peaking.
For potential franchisees, Fastest Labs welcomes individuals with sales, customer service, and marketing experience to run daily full-time operations at franchise locations. Potential franchisees don't need any medical expertise to run a Fastest Labs franchise—they'll provide the training.
Why You May Want to Start a Fastest Labs Franchise
Fastest Labs has built its reputation as a reliable provider of drug, alcohol, and DNA testing services with affordability and timeliness to both individual and business customers. Starting a Fastest Labs franchise may offer growth, independence, and local ownership opportunities.
One factor that differentiates Fastest Labs from its competition is its ability to uphold professionalism, reliability, and confidentiality in its operations. To franchisees, Fastest Labs guarantees a brand that is marketable and reputable in the market.
Fastest Labs' mission is to deliver unrivaled customer care and premier services. For customers, Fastest Labs is a reliable provider that provides services ASAP. Upon each visit, the company strives to allow customers to receive service less than 5 minutes after walking through the door. Running a Fastest Labs franchise is a chance to address critical community needs.
What Might Make a Fastest Labs Franchise a Good Choice?
To be part of the Fastest Labs team, you should make sure you're financially ready for an initial investment and potential setup fees. Franchisees will need to pay an initial franchise fee. Additionally, franchisees will need to meet a company's set net worth and liquid capital threshold. Franchisees may need to pay ongoing royalty fees, usually due on a percentage of gross income. Fastest Labs offers an option to renew a franchise after a term of seven years if both the company and franchisee are content with their progress.
How Do You Open a Fastest Labs Franchise?
As a potential franchisee, those interested should submit an inquiry. A franchise representative may contact you if you appear to be a good fit. As you make your decision regarding whether to open a Fastest Labs franchise, make sure you take time to explore the opportunity. Research the brand and your local area to see if a franchise would do well in your community. While competition is healthy, too much of it will not allow for possible growth.
After passing the first franchise steps, you may receive the territory demographic review. You may travel to San Antonio, Texas, to meet the organization and complete the territory approval process. On this trip, new franchisees attend dozens of hours of classroom training and later receive on-the-job training.
Beyond the initial training, the Fastest Labs team will be with you throughout the process, as ongoing guidance and marketing are offered as you operate your franchise.
About Fastest Labs
|Related Categories||Laboratory Services, Miscellaneous Business Services, Miscellaneous Services, Health & Wellness|
|Parent Company||Fas-Tes Franchise Systems LLC|
|Leadership||David Claflin, CEO|
5718 University Heights, #105
San Antonio, TX 78249
|Social||Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube|
|Franchising Since||2010 (2023-2010 years)|
|# of employees at HQ||7|
This company is offering new franchisees in the following US states: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming
|# of Units||75 (as of 2022)|
Information for Franchisees
Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a Fastest Labs franchise.
Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees
Here's what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.
Initial Franchise Fee
Definition: The initial fee paid to a franchisor to join their system
What you need to know: Found in Item 5 of the FDD, this may be a flat fee, or may vary based on territory size, experience, or other factors.The franchise fee is an up-front (one-time) cost that a new franchisee pays to the franchisor. This fee is usually due at the signing of the franchise agreement and covers the right to use the franchisor's trademarks, name, and related business systems.
Definition: The total amount necessary to begin operation of the franchise
What you need to know: The initial investment includes the franchise fee, along with other startup expenses such as real estate, equipment, supplies, business licenses, and working capital. This is outlined in a chart in Item 7 of the FDD, showing a range of possible costs from low to high.
|$91,150 - $122,700|
Net Worth Requirement
Definition: The minimum net worth you must have in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company
What you need to know: Net worth is the value of a person's assets minus liabilities. Assets include cash, stocks, retirement accounts, and real estate. Liabilities include items like mortgages, car payments, and credit card debt.
|$150,000 - $200,000|
Definition: The minimum liquid capital you must have available in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company.
|$50,000 - $75,000|
Definition: A discount or other incentive offered to military veterans who buy a franchise with this company.
|Territory size doubled|
Definition: A ongoing fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis.
What you need to know: Most franchisors require franchisees to pay an ongoing royalty fee, which is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD. This fee is typically a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales, but may also be a flat weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
Term of Agreement
Definition: The length of time your franchise agreement will last.
What you need to know: Franchise terms are typically anywhere from 5 to 20 years in length, but are sometimes instead dependent on factors such as the term of your lease. Once your term is up, you may have the option to renew your agreement, typically for a smaller fee than the original franchise fee.
|Is franchise term renewable?||Yes|
Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.
|Third Party Financing||Fastest Labs has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll|
Training & Support Offered
Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.
|On-The-Job Training||5 hours|
|Classroom Training||52.5 hours|
Meetings & Conventions
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Additional details about running this franchise.
|Is absentee ownership allowed?||No|
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Definition: The business can be run from your home and/or a vehicle, and it is not necessary to have a retail facility, office space, or warehouse.
Can this franchise be run part time?
Definition: This business can be run by the owner on a part-time basis (less than 40 hours per week) and/or as a side business; it is not necessary for the business to be open/run full-time.
|# of employees required to run||1-3|
Are exclusive territories available?
Definition: An exclusive territory is a fixed area in which you are given the right to operate and in which no other units of the same franchise may be opened.
What you need to know: Territory size may be based on factors such as radius, population size, zip codes, and more. Details can be found in Item 12 of the FDD.
Interested in ownership opportunities like Fastest Labs? Request a free consultation with a Franchise Advisor now.
Franchise 500 Ranking History
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