How Much Money Can Multi-Unit Franchisees Make?

 “How much money can I make?,” is the number one question prospective franchisees ask Franchise Business Review’s CEO, Eric Stites. It is a difficult question to answer because there are so many factors that play a role in estimating the potential revenues and profits of any business, and ultimately what your “take-home” income might be.

There is no doubt that there are a lot of satisfied multi-unit operators.

“Multi-unit ownership is everything we thought it would be. All of our studios are very healthy and we have hit or exceeded all of our financial targets,” says Painting with a Twist franchisee, Todd Owen, who owns four locations. “Growth inherently takes a lot of time, effort, dedication, perseverance, and tenacity. If you love what you do, it’s not work. It’s more like a hobby that you make money doing. That’s a pretty good combination.”

Those who are succeeding in multi-unit franchising did a lot of research, including exploring how much money they could realistically make, prior to committing to a brand. For more multi-unit specific information, read our free 2017 Top Multi-Unit Franchises guide.

The following data regarding multi-unit franchisees’ income was obtained from Franchise Business Review’s latest multi-unit franchisee research. Please note that the numbers are for average pre-tax income, which means some franchisees we surveyed made less while others made more.


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Wild Birds Unlimited

Industry: Pet Services, Retail

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Investment: $197,919 - $325,763 Cash Required: $40,000
FirstLight Home Care senior care franchise opportunity caregiver with elderly
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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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Investment: $133,900 - $227,900 Cash Required: $90,000