Top Low-Cost Franchises of 2017

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High Quality Franchise Brands You Can Afford

When you think of franchises, what brands come to mind? McDonald’s, The UPS Store, Subway, Planet Fitness? These omnipresent franchises require a high investment, but thankfully there are hundreds of concepts that cost far less to get started.

The 80 brands that made our Top Low-Cost Franchises list all have a minimum investment of under $100,000. To identify them, we looked at franchisee satisfaction survey data from 13,000 franchisees representing 123 brands that we collected between October 2015 and April 2017. Only brands whose franchisees ranked them highly made the cut.

Starting your franchise research with franchisee approved brands, helps to increase your chance of success. You’ll notice as you review the list of Top Low-Cost Franchises that there is one for every budget and interest.

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The List: Top 80 Low-Cost Franchises of 2017!

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Logo Zor minInvestment – maxInvestment reqLiquidCapital Total Units
9Round Kickboxing
Startup Investment
$66,600 – $102,700
Cash Requirement
$24,000
Total Units
441
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
754
Aire-Master of America
Startup Investment
$39,584 – $142,400
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
101
Amazing Athletes
Startup Investment
$25,000 – $55,650
Cash Requirement
$17,500
Total Units
95
American Poolplayers Association
Startup Investment
$16,704 – $19,874
Cash Requirement
$16,704 – $19,874
Total Units
322
APEX Fun Run
Startup Investment
$65,500 – $98,200
Cash Requirement
$20,000
Total Units
78
Assisting Hands
Startup Investment
$70,550 – $147,500
Cash Requirement
$38,500
Total Units
117
Auto Appraisal Network
Startup Investment
$12,000 – $30,000
Cash Requirement
$3,000-$10,000
Total Units
25
Baby Boot Camp
Startup Investment
$4,570 – $10,800
Cash Requirement
$4,000 – $6,000
Total Units
107
CarePatrol
Startup Investment
$64,649 – $84,699
Cash Requirement
$75,000
Total Units
150
College Hunks Hauling Junk
Startup Investment
$105,000 – $282,000
Cash Requirement
$40,000
Total Units
98
Complete Weddings and Events
Startup Investment
$30,350 – $48,650
Cash Requirement
$10,000
Total Units
200
Cruise Planners
Startup Investment
$10,495

Cash Requirement
$10,495
Total Units
2,432
CruiseOne/ Dream Vacations
Startup Investment
$3,245 – $21,850
Cash Requirement
$9,800
Total Units
1,090
Dale Carnegie
Startup Investment
$26,000 – $182,440

Cash Requirement Total Units
360
ERA
Startup Investment
$48,000 – $221,900
Cash Requirement
$48,000 – $221,900
Total Units
2,355
Estrella Insurance
Startup Investment
$49,950 – $84,000
Cash Requirement
$20,000 – $50,000
Total Units
120
Executive Image Building Services
Startup Investment
$12,000 – $73,000
Cash Requirement
$8,500
Total Units
27
Fastest Labs
Startup Investment
$66,505 – $82,875
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
22
Fibrenew
Startup Investment
$75,000 – $101,800

Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
253
FirstLight HomeCare
Startup Investment
$95,156 – $140,734
Cash Requirement
$65,000
Total Units
200
Fish Window Cleaning Services
Startup Investment
$83,225 – $146,200
Cash Requirement
$83,225 – $146,200
Total Units
270
Happy and Healthy Products, Inc.
Startup Investment
$45,000 – $90,000
Cash Requirement
$45,000 – $89,045
Total Units
65
Help-U-Sell Real Estate
Startup Investment
$43,750 – $136,750
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
102
HomeVestors of America
Startup Investment
$44,000 – $347,250
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
771
HouseMaster

Startup Investment
$61,100 – $106,500
Cash Requirement
$42,500
Total Units
309

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Startup Investment
$29,750 – $103,208
Cash Requirement
$15,000
Total Units
78
In Home Pet Services
Startup Investment
$9,100 – $31,200
Total Units
13
JumpBunch
Startup Investment
$40,300 – $73,500
Cash Requirement
$42,000
Total Units
57
Just Between Friends
Startup Investment
$32,774 – $45,449
Cash Requirement
$16,694
Total Units
152
Leather Medic
Startup Investment
$49,500 – $59,500
Cash Requirement
$25,000 – $59,500
Total Units
24
MaidPro
Startup Investment
$58,960 – $203,770
Cash Requirement
$60,000
Total Units
225
Mainstream Boutique
Startup Investment
$43,650
Cash Requirement
$129,500
Total Units
73
Minuteman Press
Startup Investment
$62,207 – $161,865
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
952
Miracle Method Surface Refinishing
Startup Investment
$75,000 – $138,000
Cash Requirement
$55,000 – $120,000
Total Units
138
Mosquito Joe
Startup Investment
$69,600 – $122,500
Cash Requirement
$30,000
Total Units
278
Murphy Business & Financial
Startup Investment
$57,525 – $116,650
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
189
Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services
Startup Investment
$59,500 – $107,200
Cash Requirement
$60,000
Total Units
134
Our Town America
Startup Investment
$74,800 – $105,450
Cash Requirement
$75,000
Total Units
62
Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning
Startup Investment
$40,000 – $60,000
Cash Requirement
$33,900
Total Units
247
Painting with a Twist
Startup Investment
$89,300 – $188,300
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
350
Payroll Vault
Startup Investment
$19,000 – $35,000
Cash Requirement
$31,950 – $74,150
Total Units
30
Pinot’s Palette
Startup Investment
$76,600 – 196,600
Cash Requirement
$80,000
Total Units
188
PortraitEFX
Startup Investment
$19,995 – $39,995
Cash Requirement
$10,000
Total Units
55
Proforma
Startup Investment
$4,730 – $50,195
Cash Requirement
$29,500
Total Units
700
PropertyGuys.com
Startup Investment
$45,000 – $92,000
Cash Requirement
$55,000
Total Units
118
Rhea Lana’s
Startup Investment
$18,050 – $36,050
Cash Requirement
$10,000 – $13,500
Total Units
90
Rooterman
Startup Investment
$46,750 – $137,600
Cash Requirement
$18,000
Total Units
583
Sandler Training
Startup Investment
$88,150 – $105,750
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
259
Senior Care Authority
Startup Investment
$52,350 – $78,150
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
38
Service Team of Professionals
Startup Investment
$78,600 – $138,500
Cash Requirement
$56,000
Total Units
33
ShelfGenie
Startup Investment
$70,100 – $125,250
Cash Requirement
$70,100 – $125,250
Total Units
172

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Showhomes Home Staging
Startup Investment
$45,300 – $78,000
Cash Requirement
$10,000
Total Units
55
Sit Means Sit
Startup Investment
$45,000 – $93,850
Cash Requirement
$45,000
Total Units
81
Snapology
Startup Investment
$34,500 – $70,000
Cash Requirement
$24,000
Total Units
38
Soccer Shots
Startup Investment
$31,742 – $38,500
Cash Requirement
$29,500
Total Units
183
Supporting Strategies
Startup Investment
$77,130 – $102,390
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
58
Surface Specialists Systems
Startup Investment
$43,200 – $56,000
Cash Requirement
$25,000
Total Units
45
TGA Premier Golf & Tennis
Startup Investment
$16,300 – $67,350
Total Units
92
The Dog Wizard
Startup Investment
$47,400 – $59,850
Cash Requirement
$30,000
Total Units
18
The Grout Doctor
Startup Investment
$12,000 – $40,000
Cash Requirement
$20,000
Total Units
74
The Maids
Startup Investment
$76,100 – $164,650
Cash Requirement
$60,000
Total Units
1,208
THE MAX Challenge
Startup Investment
$89,925 – $190,000
Cash Requirement
$25,000
Total Units
55
THE TUTORING CENTER
Startup Investment
$90,000 – $130,000
Cash Requirement
$39,000
Total Units
64
Town Money Saver
Startup Investment
$5,700 – $17,000
Cash Requirement
$5,000 – $12,500
Total Units
44
Truly Nolen of America
Startup Investment
$50,200 – $293,000
Cash Requirement
$35,000
Total Units
106
TSS Photography
Startup Investment
$10,500 – $74,000
Cash Requirement
$10,500
Total Units
185
Two Maids & A Mop
Startup Investment
$47,200 – $127,950
Cash Requirement
$30,000
Total Units
30
U.S. Lawns Startup Investment
$53,500 – $81,300
Cash Requirement
$30,000
Total Units
267
United Country Real Estate
Startup Investment
$16,690 – $44,435
Cash Requirement
$15,000
Total Units
420
Visiting Angels
Startup Investment
$67,935 – $92,685
Cash Requirement
$40,950 – $48,950
Total Units
546
Weed Man
Startup Investment
$68,453 – $85,513
Cash Requirement
$60,000
Total Units
550
Welcomemat Services
Startup Investment
$58,830 – $87,180
Cash Requirement
$75,000
Total Units
66
Window Genie
Startup Investment
$90,800 – $140,000
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
241
Wine and Design
Startup Investment
$46,160 – $0,000
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
76
WOW 1 DAY PAINTING
Startup Investment
$90,000 – $130,000
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
40
YESCO
Startup Investment
$64,300 – $350,000
Cash Requirement
$60,000
Total Units
89
You’ve Got MAIDS
Startup Investment
$34,282 – $108,899
Cash Requirement
$34,282 – $108,899
Total Units
63
Young Rembrandts
Startup Investment
$41,250 – $48,120
Cash Requirement
$40,000
Total Units
100
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