2022 Franchise 500 Rank
#6 Ranked #6 last year
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Initial investment
$67K - $146K
Units as of 2021
26,365 1.9% over 3 years

Company Overview

About Kumon

Founded
1954
Leadership
Mino Tanabe, CEO
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What is Kumon?

Kumon is the after-school learning center where kids can start as young as three and stay through completion of the program at calculus and Shakespeare. Kumon kids stand out because they not only master math and reading, they develop skills for success such as focus, confidence and grit.

When you open a Kumon Center, you aren’t tutoring kids through a short-term struggle, you are following a unique and proven method of learning that instills self-learning and develops top-notch students ready for lifelong success. Here’s what makes Kumon different:

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  • We cover up to $36,400 in start-up costs.
  • Our franchise fee is only $2,000.
  • For two decades, we’ve been ranked as Entrepreneur magazine’s #1 education franchise, earning us the “Best of the Best” ranking.

We’re here to support you from your very first request for information, offering a system of success supported by training, materials and marketing to drive your business.

What We Look For in Franchise Candidates

All applicants need a bachelor’s degree and either U.S. citizenship or a green card, in addition to meeting the liquidity requirements of $70,000 and net worth requirements of $150,000.

Beyond that, we look for people who will make a full-time commitment to their business and who have a desire to develop relationships with families in their community and to see kids succeed, not just in math and reading, but in life.

If you value academic excellence, find satisfaction in helping kids long term, and enjoy being part of a community, you’ll find everything you’re looking for when you open a Kumon Center.

Kumon Franchisees Find Support and Success

“There’s a true value in the Kumon Method and I witnessed that first-hand with all three of my children. By instilling strong study habits and improving focus in students at an early age, they will be able to flourish and succeed in their academic careers.” - Haneesha Desai, West Covina, CA

“When I took the leap of faith to make a career change, it was a no-brainer for me to go with the program that gave my own kids such an academic advantage. I wanted to help other kids within my community.” – Henry W., Chamblee, Ga.

“I distinctly remember watching my niece go through the Kumon Math and Reading Program, and seeing that it not only made an improvement on her academics but also instilled a sense of routine, allowing her to become a self-starter with her work. She was able to grasp concepts independently and knew what she needed to do to succeed. I look forward to making that same impact on children in my local community.” - Greg Derick, Dallas, TX

Facts and Figures

Liquid Capital Required: $70,000
Net Worth Required: $150,000
Investment: $73,373 – $154,825
Subsidies Offered: up to $34,000 + additional $10K Veterans incentive

In addition to the above, candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree and either U.S. citizenship or a green card.

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Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1958 (64 years)
# of employees at HQ
390
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.

This company is seeking new franchisees worldwide.

# of Units
26,365 (as of 2021)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
55 Challenger Rd., #300
Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Kumon 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
$2,000
Initial Investment
$67,428 - $145,640
Net Worth Requirement
$150,000
Cash Requirement
$70,000
Veteran Incentives
$10,000 toward build-out/grand-opening costs
Royalty Fee
$34-$38/student/mo.
Term of Agreement
5 years
Is franchise term renewable?
Yes

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
120 hours
Classroom Training
227 hours
Additional Training
At regional offices
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed?
No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
No
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
# of employees required to run
2-3
Are exclusive territories available?
No

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Updated: February 8th, 2021