Most Popular Franchises

There are thousands of franchise opportunities available to business owners today. Many companies claim to be the “best franchise”, but our research delivers the most comprehensive list of today’s top franchise opportunities based on actual reviews from over 30,000+ franchise owners across more than 300 of today’s leading franchise companies.

These are some of the most popular and highly-rated franchise opportunities available. Sort, explore, and click on brands that interest you most to see more detailed information and request more information.

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360clean

360clean is a health-focused office cleaning service for businesses throughout the United States.

Investment: $20,800 - $29,000 Cash Required: $20,000
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A Place at Home

A Place At Home franchise provides senior-focused care that is comprehensive, consistent, and continuous. 

Investment: $84,185 - $148,517 Cash Required: $50,000
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ActionCOACH

ActionCOACH is a global business coaching franchise that offers aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals personalized one-on-one mentorship from a team of skilled business coaches. 

Investment: $52,000 - $150,000 Cash Required: $75,000

Aire Serv

Aire Serv is a HVAC franchise specializing in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning installation, repair and replacement. Aire Serv offers a franchise opportunity that provides exceptional servic…

Investment: $54,984 - $160,900 Cash Required: $50,000

Amazing Athletes

Amazing Athletes uses a multi-sport program designed to benefit children aged 18 mos. to 6 years physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. Their program introduces the fundamentals of 10 differ…

Investment: $33,100 - $64,950 Cash Required: $30,000
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Any Lab Test Now

Any Lab Test Now provides direct access to clinical, DNA and drug and alcohol lab testing services, as well as phlebotomy and other specimen collection services, through a retail storefront business m…

Investment: $133,900 - $227,900 Cash Required: $90,000

Industry: Food, Retail

Aroma Joe’s built success by aligning the spirit of the community’s favorite coffee shop with a mind for business and an eye on the planet. With a keen focus on customer experience and the com…

Investment: $296,000 - $1,046,500 Cash Required: $150,000

Assisting Hands

Assisting Hands Home Care grew out of a desire to provide seniors, and others needing non-medical assistance at home to help clients remain independent, safe and comfortable in their own homes. Assist…

Investment: $87,700 - $159,650 Cash Required: $100,000
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ATAX Franchise

ATAX is a full-service national tax and business services franchise.

Investment: $62,500 - $79,000 Cash Required: $27,500
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Bahama Buck's

Industry: Food, Retail

Bahama Buck’s is a tropical themed dessert franchise.

Investment: $309,000 - $966,000 Cash Required: $100,000

BIGGBY COFFEE

Industry: Food, Retail

Biggby Coffee is a neighborhood cafe with offerings that include espresso-based beverages, coffee, tea, other beverages, sandwiches, baked goods, and other food products as well as whole bean coffee, …

Investment: $276,000 - $439,000

British Swim School

British Swim School is a franchise dedicated to providing an opportunity for children to learn how to swim, no matter what age.Their classes have been proven to prevent child drownings by utilizing on…

Investment: $93,700 - $125,850 Cash Required: $75,000

Capriotti's

Industry: Food, Retail

Capriotti’s is a fast-casual restaurant chain whose franchises earn exceptional returns by selling the best tasting, highest quality food in an attractive setting. Their Butterball turkeys, hand-rol…

Investment: $413,000 - $739,000 Cash Required: $150,000
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CarePatrol

Industry: Senior Care, Services

CarePatrol is a free senior living placement service. 

Investment: $43,620 - $103,620 Cash Required: $50,000
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Caring Senior Service

Industry: Senior Care, Services

Caring Senior Service provides non-medical home care services to seniors who need assistance with daily living activities allowing them to remain in their own home. 

Investment: $110,000 - $170,000 Cash Required: $150,000
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Checkers & Rally's

Industry: Food, Retail

Checkers & Rally’s drive-thru restaurants specialize in hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and milkshakes. 

Investment: $790,797 - $2,368,316 Cash Required: $250,000

What are the Most Common Franchise Costs and Fees?

Like any new business, there are one-time startup costs and ongoing recurring costs that you’ll need to cover as you launch and grow your new franchise business. Having a good understanding of “the numbers” will help you determine what types of business you can potentially afford. In this article we’ll break down the typical costs required to buy and operate a franchise business, and help you understand how to best invest your money. 

The Big 3 Franchise Costs

For those considering investing in a franchise business, there are three main categories of costs you need to understand. These include:

1) The Franchise Fee: This is the upfront fee charged by franchise companies to grant you a license to operate their business for a defined period of time. This is simply “the cost of admission” to use the franchise company’s brand and business systems. Franchise fees are typically between $25,000 to $50,000 on average.

2) Startup Costs: These are the expenses you’ll incur to get your new business open and operating. Initial investment costs vary widely from franchise to franchise. There are some low-cost franchise businesses you can launch for under $20,000, and others that cost several million dollars to open. Generally, service businesses will cost far less compared to retail or food businesses due to real estate and buildout costs. The average franchise business will cost $150,000, according to Franchise Business Review data.  

3) Recurring Fees: In addition the franchise fee and your initial startup costs, all franchise companies charge ongoing fees in exchange for a host of benefits you’ll receive as a franchisee. These typically include royalty fees, advertising & marketing fees, technology fees, and more. We’ll break down many of these recurring fees later in the article. 

Candidate Financial Requirements

Most franchisors require that franchise candidates meet certain fiscal requirements. Typically, they set liquidity and net worth minimums, which will vary from brand to brand. 

Liquidity: Since it’ll take time to begin turning a profit, most franchisors require that you have a minimum amount of liquid assets (an asset that can easily be converted into cash in a short amount of time) on hand to cover costs that may occur in your first year.

Net Worth: Franchisors want to ensure you’re financially stable enough to take on the risk of entrepreneurship. Just as you’re investing in the brand, the brand is investing in you and needs assurance that you’re a strong candidate for business ownership.

Franchise Preparation Costs

A franchise lawyer and a business accountant are two critical partners you’ll need as you embark on your franchise journey. 

Franchise Attorney: Legally binding franchising documents are chock full of important details that you may miss without an experienced franchise attorney by your side. A franchise lawyer will help you review the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) and the Franchise Agreement before signing.

Business Accountant: Every business owner should hire a trusted accountant who can offer guidance on setting up your books and records, preparing for taxes, determining working capital requirement, and much more. 

Building and Construction Costs: These costs may include real estate fees, zoning, contractor, construction, and furnishing fees. Many franchise brands will work with the franchisee to identify the best location for the new franchise. There may also be an option to lease a location, if that is preferred.

Equipment Costs: Equipment costs will vary significantly depending on the concept you invest in. A Kona Ice franchise, for instance, will require that you purchase a Kona Entertainment Vehicle (K.E.V). The 2021 FDD states that the “truck and installed equipment” is $124,500. Office based concepts may require that you purchase printers, desks, and office supplies while the equipment needed to run a restaurant could come at a significant cost. That’s why some brands like Subway, offer equipment leasing options. 

Material Costs: If you’re opening a retail concept, you’ll likely need to purchase your materials to sell. Many brands will offer approved vendors and have bulk purchasing contracts in place. 

Additional Franchise Costs

In addition to the costs and fees outlined above, there are additional costs that you may need to consider depending on your franchise investment. You can review all costs and fees in the FDD, in item 21. Although costs and fees may at first feel like a deterrent, it’s important to remember that these are all costs you’ll need to pay if you are starting a business on your own. The difference is that when you invest in a franchise you have the full support and guidance of the franchisor and the franchisee community, plus the brand recognition of an established business. 

Royalties: Royalties are an ongoing fee and are typically charged as a percentage of your gross revenue. They can be paid weekly or monthly depending on the franchise agreement. Royalty fees usually range from 4% to 12% of revenue, although some companies charge a flat monthly royalty fee.

Advertising & Marketing Fees: One of the great allures of a franchise is the brand recognition. Franchise companies spend a lot of time and money marketing their brand to potential customers, which of course should help you as the franchisee. In exchange for this marketing support, you’ll typically pay monthly marketing and advertising fees, which are usually a percentage of your revenue. Common marketing fees range from 2% to 5% of gross revenue.

Other Fees: It’s more and more common for franchise companies to charge monthly fees for things like technology, software, insurance, additional training, etc. All detailed list of any additional fees charged by the franchise company will be outlined in Item 6 of the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).

It’s important to understand that each franchisor sets its own fee structure which will be clearly defined in Item 5 of a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). Item 7 of the FDD will include detailed initial investment costs of any franchise. Be sure to read the fine print.

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Wild Birds Unlimited

Industry: Pet Services, Retail

Wild Birds Unlimited provides a comprehensive array of bird feeding products, as well as local nature information.

Investment: $197,919 - $325,763 Cash Required: $40,000
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FirstLight Home Care

FirstLight Home Care provides home care services, helping seniors and people recovering from illness, injury or surgery, adults with disabilities, veterans and anyone 18 and older who need in-home sup…

Investment: $113,300 - $197,900 Cash Required: $100,000
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Any Lab Test Now

Any Lab Test Now provides direct access to clinical, DNA and drug and alcohol lab testing services, as well as phlebotomy and other specimen collection services, through a retail storefront business m…

Investment: $133,900 - $227,900 Cash Required: $90,000