The Best Low-Cost Franchises to Buy

These Top Low-Cost Franchises are among the best affordable business opportunities available today. Franchise Business Review surveyed over 1,100 franchisees from 135 low-cost franchise brands to identify the 50 best low-cost franchises based on ratings and reviews from the people who know best—franchise owners.

These award-winning brands all have an investment level starting under $100K, and with multiple opportunities starting under $10K, you might be surprised how achievable franchise business ownership may be. More importantly, the ​​franchises that made this year’s list of the Top Low-Cost Franchises have average owner satisfaction 15% higher than our industry benchmark.

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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
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Aire-Master of America

Aire-Master offers unique blends of essential oils and fine aromatics including exclusive Aire-Master scents plus odor neutralizers to eliminate unpleasant odors and impart a light, pleasant aroma in …

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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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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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: $3,000
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Complete Weddings and Events

Complete Weddings + Events is provides a full spectrum of services for weddings and special events, including photography, videography, lighting, DJ services, photo booth rental and more.

Investment: $67,270 - $81,250 Cash Required: $50,000
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Crestcom International

Crestcom delivers an interactive leadership development experience that produces real business results. They do this through a unique blend of video-based, live-facilitated instruction in vital leader…

Investment: $86,500 - $99,819 Cash Required: $86,500
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Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners is a travel agency specializing in booking cruises to destinations around the world.

Investment: $2,295 - $23,465 Cash Required: $10,995
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Dream Vacations-CruiseOne

Home-based Dream Vacation franchise owners sell travel packages, including travel protection, shore excursions, hotels and tours to individuals, couples, families, businesses and groups. 

Investment: $1,795 - $21,000 Cash Required: $3,500
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Dryer Vent Squad

Dryer Vent Squad cleans and services dryer vents in homes and apartment buildings to help keep homes safe from fires, providing a healthier living environment for homeowners.

Investment: $47,000 - $68,500 Cash Required: $35,000
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Fastest Labs

FastestLabs assists customers from individuals, small businesses, schools, government agencies, volunteer organizations, and others with a wide range of drug, alcohol, and DNA testing services.

Investment: $91,150 - $122,700 Cash Required: $75,000
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Fibrenew

Fibrenew is a mobile service franchise specializing in the repair, restoration and renewal of leather, plastic, vinyl, fabric and upholstery.

Investment: $87,000 - $99,000 Cash Required: $25,000

Footprints Floors

Footprints Floors is a home-based flooring installation and restoration franchise that is built on a foundation of faith, family, and providing service to the members of your community. 

Investment: $78,505 - $113,030 Cash Required: $75,000

Gotcha Covered

Gotcha Covered is a window covering franchise which provides custom window treatments to businesses and residential customers and offers virtually everything for the inside of the window including bli…

Investment: $87,560 - $116,055 Cash Required: $10,000

Financing Options for Low-Cost Franchises

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Franchise Business Review (FBR) surveys thousands of franchise owners from hundreds of leading franchise brands to gauge franchisee satisfaction and franchise performance. Our independent franchisee satisfaction surveys ask 33 benchmark questions to measure the health of franchise systems and our top franchises lists are based exclusively on the feedback from actual franchise owners.

Not all brands willingly open their doors to an independent research firm like Franchise Business Review, but those who do can offer investors, like you, a wealth of information on the system’s leadership, culture, training and support, financial outlook and franchisee community. Rest assured, the franchises on our Top Low-Cost Franchises list are among brands that have highest franchisee satisfaction ratings – and that’s a great place to start.

If you don’t have the savings to pay for a low-cost franchise out of pocket, financing options can help. There are several financing options for low-cost franchises that you’ll want to consider:

Low-Doc SBA Business Loans: An alternative for those searching for smaller amounts of capital, these loans offer you the same benefits as SBA Loans (guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and lent by banks) with a shorter turn-time.

401 (K) Business Financing: 401K Rollovers, also known as Rollovers for Business Start-ups (ROBS), is a method of financing that allows investors to use their retirement funds to purchase a franchise without taking a taxable distribution. Entrepreneurs can use up to 100 percent of funds from an existing retirement account to buy or start a small business or franchise without taking a taxable distribution or getting a loan.

Unsecured Loans: You don’t need collateral to qualify for these loans, which can happen in just three weeks. They are a great option if you need a fast funding solution. If you have a high credit score, banks and credit unions are good sources for unsecured loans. If your credit score is lower than the required range for banks and credit unions, consider a third-party lender.

Portfolio Loans: Security-backed loans allow you to take a loan using a financial portfolio, such as a mutual fund, as collateral. There are several potential advantages to doing so. First, you can leave your portfolio in place, which enables it to grow. Second, because the loan is backed by your portfolio’s value, the interest charged will be lower than for an unsecured loan. It is important to note that the risk of borrowing against the value of your securities is that if your investments fall in value, the money borrowed will emphasize your losses.

Family and Friends: For low-cost franchise loans, you may be able to turn to family and friends for assistance in getting started.

To help keep your startup costs low, talk to franchise companies about potential discounts or financing options they may provide. Some companies will let you finance a portion of the initial franchise fees over time and many offer special incentives to military veterans and other special groups such as first responders.

As you launch your franchise, it makes sense to save money where you can, without sacrificing any important business needs.  If your franchise doesn’t have equipment built-in to your agreement, you may want to explore leasing equipment versus purchasing it.

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Senior Care Authority

Industry: Senior Care, Services

Senior Care Authority helps seniors and their families find housing, receive the care they need and navigate through a complex health care system.

Investment: $71,095 - $90,395 Cash Required: $50,000
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Kona Ice

Industry: Food

Kona Ice mobile trucks specialize in serving premium, low-sugar shaved ice in a variety of flavors. 99% of Kona Ice franchise owners would recommend the franchise to others. Download the Kona Ice Fran…

Investment: $127,750 - $151,550 Cash Required: $20,000

SYNERGY HomeCare

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