The 100 Best Recession-Proof Businesses

These top franchise brands have the highest owner satisfaction and the greatest potential to perform well. This list includes award-winning franchise companies from many different industry segments, as well as a wide range of investment levels–including a number of businesses you can start with an initial investment (cash required) under $25,000.

FBR surveyed thousands of franchise owners to determine the franchises that rank highest in franchisee satisfaction. Not only do the following companies have outstanding satisfaction among their franchise owners, but they also demonstrate a strong potential to out perform their competitors during challenging economic times.

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100% Chiropractic

100% Chiropractic is a family of full-service wellness clinics offering cutting edge chiropractic care, prenatal and pediatric wellness, massage therapy, and a full line of supreme quality nutritional…

Investment: $281,124 - $409,600 Cash Required: $100,000

30 Minute Hit

30 Minute Hit is the premier women-only boxing/kickboxing circuit-based fitness program. Their results driven fitness program is targeted to the fastest growing segment of the fitness industry. It has…

Investment: $122,000 - $323,000 Cash Required: $45,000
360 clean employees
Includes owner satisfaction report
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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
Includes owner satisfaction report
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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

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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American Poolplayers Association

The American Poolplayers Association (APA) is the largest amateur pool league in the world with over 250,000 members. With leagues playing in over 13,000 venues across North America, it is the first c…

Investment: $22,936 - $29,411 Cash Required: $22,936
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Anago Cleaning Systems Master Franchise

With over 30 years of experience as a leader in the commercial cleaning franchising industry, Anago Cleaning Systems is recognized as the technology leader in the franchised commercial cleaning indust…

Investment: $219,000 - $399,000 Cash Required: $219,000
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Another Broken Egg

Industry: Food, Retail

Another Broken Egg Cafe® offers a universally appealing menu of fresh, nutritious dishes that ‘Foodies’ can indulge in every day. Driven by attention to detail – the upscale cafe of…

Investment: $811,000 - $1,203,000 Cash Required: $500,000
Includes owner satisfaction report
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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

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
ATAX Tax and Financial Franchise representative Paula Paredes
Includes owner satisfaction report
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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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AtWork Group

AtWork is a national staffing company and one of the largest providers of contingent and permanent workforce solutions in the country.

Investment: $159,000 - $236,000 Cash Required: $161,000
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Auto Appraisal Network

Industry: Automotive, Services

Auto Appraisal Network provides a centralized appraisal report process and national network of certified appraisers to ensure consistent, accurate, and professional appraisals.

Investment: $16,700 - $44,275 Cash Required: $300,010,000
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Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate

Industry: Real Estate

Whether you are buying or selling a home, you can expect a better service experience with Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate agents before, during and after the transaction.

Investment: $113,920 - $455,000 Cash Required: $50,000
Includes owner satisfaction report
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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
Includes owner satisfaction report
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Chicken Salad Chick

Industry: Food, Retail

Chicken Salad Chick serves more than a dozen scratch-made, southern-style flavors of chicken salad made daily.

Investment: $742,300 - $980,300 Cash Required: $250,000