Top Franchises for Veterans 2017

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Veterans Are a Different Breed

Most veterans are men and women who proudly served their country, hung up their uniform, and quietly blended back into their local communities. They are all around us, but we seldom know who they are. They don’t see themselves as heroes and they don’t want any special treatment. But whether they realize it or not, veterans are a different breed.

They are different because they volunteered—and they continue to volunteer and lend a helping hand in their communities each and every day. They are different because they know the meaning of hard work, and how to stay focused on a goal much bigger than themselves. They are different because they understand what it means to be a team player. And they are different because they have tenacity and grit, and no matter how difficult the challenge, they stick around until the job is done.

Franchise Business Review has spent the last 12 years researching franchisee satisfaction and performance. What we’ve found is that the most successful franchisees have these same qualities. They are team players, they work hard, they have grit, and they are always looking for ways to give back to their local communities—just like all the veterans we know.

For this year’s Veterans in Franchising report, we surveyed thousands of veteran franchise owners, and we asked them about their franchise experience. No surprise—not all franchise businesses are created equal. Many companies were eliminated from our ranking because they “talk the talk,” but they don’t always “walk the walk” when it comes to delivering on promises to their franchisees. The Top 100 Franchises for Veterans featured in the list below received very high marks in owner satisfaction, and were highly rated by the vets that own them.

 

What You Need to Know to Succeed as a Franchisee

Whether you are new to franchising or in one system and ready to expand into another brand, our Top Innovative franchises report above is an ideal jumping off point for your franchising research.

 

The List: Top 100 Franchises for Veterans in 2017

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Franchisee Q&A sheds light on the franchise lifestyle and experience.


Logo Franchisor
Investment Range
Liquid Capital Required
Total Units
A All Animal Control
Startup Investment
$10,750 – $50,000
Cash Requirement
$5,000
Total Units
44
ActionCOACH
Startup Investment
$61,250 – $108,441
Cash Requirement
$40,000
Total Units
240
Aire-Master of America
Startup Investment
$39,584 – $142,400
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
109
Amada Senior Care
Startup Investment
$92,210 – $171,654
Cash Requirementxf
$90,000
Total Units
75
American Poolplayers Association
Startup Investment
$20,070 – $28,090
Cash Requirement
$20,070
Total Units
324
Anago Cleaning Systems Master Franchise
Startup Investment
$154,000 – $257,000
Cash Requirement
$154,000 – $257,000
Total Units
37
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate
Startup Investment
$65,170 – $540,000
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
293
Big Frog Custom T-Shirts
Startup Investment
$189,200 – $239,200
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
81
Biggby Coffee
Startup Investment
$220,000
Cash Requirement
$70,000
Total Units
254
Bin There Dump That
Startup Investment
$150,000 – $225,000
Cash Requirement
$150,000 – $225,000
Total Units
106
Bloomin’ Blinds
Startup Investment
$35,000 – $85,000
Cash Requirement
$40,000
Total Units
40
Brightway Insurance
Startup Investment
$107,700 – $160,325
Cash Requirement
$75,000
Total Units
141
Budget Blinds
Startup Investment
$99,240 – $202,070
Cash Requirement
$59,950
Total Units
1,077
Captain D’s
Startup Investment
$771,000 – $1,003,000
Cash Requirement
$350,000
Total Units
523
CarePatrol
Startup Investment
$64,649
Cash Requirement
$75,000
Total Units
150
CertaPro Painters
Startup Investment
$134,750 – $169,500
Cash Requirement
$85,000
Total Units
479
Checkers & Rally’s
Startup Investment
$96,414 – $1,501,265
Cash Requirement
$250,000
Total Units
855
Christian Brothers Automotive
Startup Investment
$403,200 – $474,600
Cash Requirement
$75,000
Total Units
159
Coldwell Banker Commercial
Startup Investment
$37,450 – $781,000
Cash Requirement
$175,000
Total Units
170
Complete Weddings and Events
Startup Investment
$30,350 – $48,650
Cash Requirement
$10,000
Total Units
200
Creative Colors International
Startup Investment
$83,600 – $112,250
Cash Requirement
$83,600 – $112,250
Total Units
73
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative
Startup Investment
$10,495 -$22,667
Cash Requirement
$10,495
Total Units
2,433
CruiseOne/Dream Vacations
Startup Investment
$3,245 – $21,850
Cash Requirement
$3,500
Total Units
1,159
Culver’s
Startup Investment
$1,845,000 – $4,155,000
Cash Requirement
$350,000 – $600,000
Total Units
610
Dale Carnegie
Startup Investment
$19,700 – $174,500
Cash Requirement
$50,000 – $200,000
Total Units
227
Expedia CruiseShipCenters
Startup Investment
$150,000 – $250,000
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
225
FASTSIGNS
Startup Investment
$182,329 – $267,520
Cash Requirement
$80,000
Total Units
746
Fibrenew
Startup Investment
$75,000 – $101,800
Cash Requirement
$20,000 – $100,000
Total Units
250
FirstLight Home Care
Startup Investment
$97,681 – $141,726
Cash Requirement
$65,000
Total Units
245
Five Star Painting
Startup Investment
$61,600 – $136,150
Cash Requirement
$24,450
Total Units
170
Home Care Assistance
Startup Investment
$199,000 – $223,950
Cash Requirement
$125,000
Total Units
153
Home Instead Senior Care
Startup Investment
$115,000 – $125,000
Cash Requirement
$55,000
Total Units
1,017
HomeVestors of America
Startup Investment
$50,000 – $385,000
Cash Requirement
$18,000 – $55,000
Total Units
820
Honest-1 Auto Care
Startup Investment
$169,975 – $457,975
Cash Requirement
$150,000
Total Units
60
HouseMaster
Startup Investment
$61,100 – $106,500
Cash Requirement
$42,500
Total Units
309
Hungry Howie’s Pizza
Startup Investment
$251,375 – $495,850
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
548
Huntington Learning Center
Startup Investment
$110,070 – $225,650
Cash Requirement
$60,000
Total Units
299
ILOVEKICKBOXING.COM
Startup Investment
$206,500 – $301,500
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
214
InXpress
Startup Investment
$55,300 – $160,200
Cash Requirement
$25,000
Total Units
393
Jamba Juice
Startup Investment
$201,000 – $619,300
Cash Requirement
$350,000
Total Units
953
Jan-Pro (master franchisors)
Startup Investment
$3,952 – $51,105
Cash Requirement
$1,000
Total Units
9,000
Kampgrounds of America
Startup Investment
$27,500 – $4,462,925
Cash Requirement
$7,500
Total Units
481
Keller Williams
Startup Investment
$183,947 – $336,995
Cash Requirement
$183,947
Total Units
730
Kona Ice
Startup Investment
$120,225 – $143,025
Cash Requirement
$20,000
Total Units
944
LaRosa’s Pizzeria
Startup Investment
$800,000 – $1,000,000
Cash Requirement
$500,000
Total Units
65
Lenny’s Sub Shops
Startup Investment
$188,216 – $396,146
Cash Requirementxf
$75,000
Total Units
96
MaidPro
Startup Investment
$74,560 – $204,450
Cash Requirement
$75,000
Total Units
221
MarbleLife
Startup Investment
$50,000 – $65,000
Cash Requirement
$30,000
Total Units
40
Mathnasium Learning Centers
Startup Investment
$102,750 – $143,610
Cash Requirement
$102,750
Total Units
750
Minuteman Press
Startup Investment
$62,207 – $161,865
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
965
Miracle Method Surface Refinishing
Startup Investment
$75,000 – $138,000
Cash Requirement
$55,000 – $120,000
Total Units
138
Mosquito Joe
Startup Investment
$66,600 – $127,500
Cash Requirement
$30,000
Total Units
280
Murphy Business & Financial
Startup Investment
$57,525 – $116,650
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
190
MY SALON Suite
Startup Investment
$395,000 – $955,000
Cash Requirement
$150,000
Total Units
68
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Startup Investment
$392,875 – $545,475
Cash Requirement
$150,000
Total Units
168
Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services
Startup Investment
$59,500 – $107,200
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
135
Orangetheory Fitness
Startup Investment
$327,600 – $634,100
Cash Requirement
$150,000
Total Units
722
Our Town America
Startup Investment
$63,300 – $86,250
Cash Requirement
$70,000
Total Units
61
Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning
Startup Investment
$40,000 – $60,000
Cash Requirement
$35,900
Total Units
309
Pinch A Penny
Startup Investment
$230,000 – $300,000
Cash Requirement
$230,000 – $300,000
Total Units
238
Pinot’s Palette
Startup Investment
$63,400 – $204,200
Cash Requirement
$80,000
Total Units
188
Pizza Factory
Startup Investment
$156,000 – $643,500
Cash Requirement
$90,000
Total Units
108
PortraitEFX
Startup Investment
$9,995 – $25,000
Cash Requirement
$9,995 – $25,000
Total Units
55
Precision Concrete Cutting
Startup Investment
$135,000 – $176,500
Cash Requirement
$135,000 – $176,500
Total Units
40
Precision Door Service
Startup Investment
$56,960 – $510,789
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
77
Proforma
Startup Investment
$4,730 – $50,195
Cash Requirement
$29,500
Total Units
700
Property Damage Appraisers
Startup Investment
$20,300 – $41,950
Cash Requirement
$20,300 – $41,950
Total Units
264
Real Property Management
Startup Investment
$86,795 – $113,795
Cash Requirement
$75,000
Total Units
295
Right at Home
Startup Investment
$78,250 – $137,900
Cash Requirement
$150,000
Total Units
558
Sandler Training
Startup Investment
$88,150 – $105,750
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
263
Sanford Rose Associates
Startup Investment
$108,250 – $143,580
Cash Requirement
$108,250
Total Units
82
ShelfGenie
Startup Investment
$70,100 – $125,250
Cash Requirement
$70,100 – $125,250
Total Units
172
Signal 88 Security
Startup Investment
$85,350 – $135,650
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
262
Sir Speedy Printing & Marketing Services
Startup Investment
$275,000 – $350,000
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
249
Snap-on Tools
Startup Investment
$169,503 – $350,000
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
5,053
Soccer Shots
Startup Investment
$36,000 – $42,000
Cash Requirement
38,000
Total Units
197
Sotheby’s International Realty
Startup Investment
$194,650 – $627,000
Cash Requirement
$63,650 – $206,000
Total Units
607
Sport Clips, Inc.
Startup Investment
$189,300 – $354,500
Cash Requirement
$200,000
Total Units
1,715
Surface Specialists Systems
Startup Investment
$43,200 – $56,000
Cash Requirement
$25,000
Total Units
45
Tailored Living
Startup Investment
$131,130 – $269,950
Cash Requirement
$124,950
Total Units
195
TeamLogic IT
Startup Investment
$137,250 – $160,000
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
115
The @WORK Group
Startup Investment
$99,500 – $174,500
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
115
The Alternative Board
Startup Investment
$47,385 – $111,375
Cash Requirement
$20,000 – $111,375
Total Units
191
The Glass Guru
Startup Investment
$64,150 – $183,000
Cash Requirement
$64,150
Total Units
89
The Goddard School
Startup Investment
$706,700 – $750,000
Cash Requirement
$150,000
Total Units
434
The Grout Doctor
Startup Investment
$12,000 – $40,000
Cash Requirement
$10,000
Total Units
77
The Learning Experience
Startup Investment
$199,875 – $384,150
Cash Requirement
$125,000
Total Units
191
Town Money Saver
Startup Investment
$5,700 – $17,000
Cash Requirement
$5,000 – $12,500
Total Units
47
TSS Photography
Startup Investment
$20,400 – $74,000
Cash Requirement
$10,500
Total Units
169
Two Men And A Truck
Startup Investment
$95,000 – $666,000
Cash Requirement
$80,000 – $190,000
Total Units
389
U.S. Lawns
Startup Investment
$53,500 – $81,300
Cash Requirement
$30,000
Total Units
267
Visiting Angels
Startup Investment
$77,985 – $102,285
Cash Requirement
$43,950 – $51,950
Total Units
548
Weed Man
Startup Investment
$68,453 – $85,513
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
656
Weichert Real Estate
Startup Investment
$50,000 – $364,700
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
454
Wild Birds Unlimited
Startup Investment
$146,693 – $228,406
Cash Requirement
$40,000
Total Units
323
Window Genie
Startup Investment
$90,800 – $140,000
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
121
WOW 1 DAY PAINTING
Startup Investment
$90,000 – $130,000
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
41
You’ve Got MAIDS
Startup Investment
$40,379 – $118,772
Cash Requirement
$40,379
Total Units
78
Young Rembrandts
Startup Investment
$41,250 – $48,120
Cash Requirement
$40,000
Total Units
104
Zaxby’s
Startup Investment
$352,000 – $664,300
Cash Requirement
$300,000
Total Units
946
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