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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  • By Industry


Industry: Senior Care, Services

SYNERGY HomeCare is a premier provider of non-medical home care services offering clients the highest quality of life and independence attainable. Services range from personal assistance, errands, tra…

Investment: $44,286 - $170,912 Cash Required: $50,000
Includes owner satisfaction report
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TeamLogic IT

TeamLogicIT has a sophisticated, proprietary infrastructure that lets their business offer small and mid-sized businesses what they really want – proactive service that keeps their technology up…

Investment: $111,218 - $142,309 Cash Required: $60,000
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TGI Friday's

Industry: Food, Retail

As America’s most iconic bar and grill, TGI Fridays has been delivering great experiences, food and beverages for almost 50 years.

Investment: $2,600,000 - $4,200,000 Cash Required: $500,000
Includes owner satisfaction report
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The Haagen-Dazs Shoppe

Industry: Food, Retail

The Häagen-Dazs Shoppe is a global brand that has been perfecting the art of making premium ice cream for more than 50 years. 

Investment: $214,518 - $542,768 Cash Required: $80,000
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The Human Bean

Industry: Food, Retail

The Human Bean was founded in 1998 with a commitment to developing the very best drive-thru experience for quality coffee, tea & espresso.

Investment: $386,350 - $908,770 Cash Required: $200,000
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The Wendy's Company

Industry: Food, Retail

Wendy’s serves up fresh food, even when it means going the extra mile. They are committed to making everyone feel at home because the Wendy’s family extends throughout every community.

Investment: $330,000 - $3,700,000 Cash Required: $500,000
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Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Industry: Food, Retail

Tropical Smoothie Café is a lifestyle brand for people looking for better-for-you alternatives to fast food. They serve great-tasting, nutritious food and smoothies at more than 1,100 locations in th…

Investment: $277,000 - $584,000 Cash Required: $125,000

Truly Nolen of America

Truly Nolen Pest Control is a pest and termite control service for homes or businesses. Truly Nolen’s development team created a proprietary program which proactively addresses the changes in pe…

Investment: $50,200 - $293,000 Cash Required: $50,000
Includes owner satisfaction report
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Moving specialist TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offers comprehensive home and business relocation and packing services.

Investment: $105,000 - $435,600 Cash Required: $80,000
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Unishippers was founded on the belief that small and mid-size businesses should have the advantages of savings and dedicated service normally available only for the largest shippers.

Investment: $55,000 - $150,000
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United Country Real Estate

Industry: Real Estate, Services

United Country Real Estate is the nation’s largest integrated organization of real estate and auction professionals. The company has been an innovator in lifestyle and country real estate market…

Investment: $10,875 - $50,380 Cash Required: $15,000
Includes owner satisfaction report
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Visiting Angels

Visiting Angels specializes in helping seniors stay at home by providing full residential senior care services.

Investment: $123,660 - $154,425 Cash Required: $59,950

Walk-On's Bistreaux

Industry: Food

Walk-On’s® delivers a memorable game day experience with a taste of Louisiana created by an All-American team. Craveable, Louisiana-inspired food, gameday vibes, and a passion for communities ensur…

Investment: $1,184,000 - $4,430,700 Cash Required: $5,000,001,500,000
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We Insure

We Insure is an independent insurance solution with access to multiple insurance companies so Agents can find the best fit for their customers.

Investment: $27,500 - $97,250 Cash Required: $25,000
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Weed Man

Weed Man has become North America’s fastest-growing franchise lawn care business. With over $260+ million in system sales, Weed Man is now the leading franchised lawn care company in the green indus…

Investment: $69,490 - $86,550 Cash Required: $60,000
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Weichert Real Estate

Weichert is an international company serving over 500 real estate markets in over 40 states, helping hundreds of thousands of customers a year to buy and sell homes.

Investment: $62,500 - $326,200 Cash Required: $25,000