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20 Franchises You Can Start for Under $50,000


If you're thinking of starting a franchise now is a good time. Several businesses in the United States are expanding their franchises globally. You don't have to spend a million dollars to own a quality franchise. With a franchise you get help equipping, running and marketing your business and have access to training and ongoing support. Most importantly, a franchise offers a proven track record of profitability and brand name. There are several leading franchises available for purchase with thriving business and services with proven track records. If you want to invest in a business that will be provide revenue and flexibility there are several fast growing franchises available.

Here are 20 franchises you can start for under $50,000.


MaidPro was started in Boston, Massachusetts in 1991. The company was founded by Mark Kushinsky and Richard Sparacio in a 200 square foot office in Beacon Hill. The company provides residential cleaning service. The workers are professionally trained and MaidPro works with each customer to customize services. MaidPro developed its own software MaidSoft to organize customer information, scheduling, billing and payroll. MaidSoft developed into ServiceCEO and is currently used by over 5000 businesses. MaidPro began franchising in 1997. The company soon grew to 100 offices in 38 states and in 2009 went international with an office in Canada. MaidPro is a service driven company so there is good support for franchise owners and the company encourages work-life balance. Franchises cost about $45,000 to start. Average monthly revenue is $35,000.

Fresh Coat

Fresh Coat is a residential and commercial interior and exterior painting franchise. The company was founded in 2005. Its headquarters are in Cincinnati and the company has franchises in 100 major cities in the United States. Franchises hire professional screened, bonded and insured painters. There is a trained project manager for each job. The company offers free quotes and uses premium Sherwin Williams low odor, eco-friendly paint at a low cost. This painting franchise is rapidly growing and a great opportunity to invest in. Franchise owners work from home. They don't have a high overhead or a large inventory to manage. Fresh Coat offers full training and 24/7 support. The company has a marketing program to keep current customers and attract new ones. The start up cost is just $45,000.

Sit Means Sit Dog Training

If you love dogs owning a Sit Means Sit Dog Training franchise may be the perfect fit in your life. The company was founded in 1998 by professional dog trainer Fred Hassen. Hassen, the company's CEO, began to franchise the business in 2009. That year he also began releasing pet training videos on YouTube that went viral. The company teaches attention based training for pets, police and service dogs. Today there are 120 locations of Sit Means Sit Dog Training in the United States and Canada. The company is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2014 Entrepreneur named Sit Means Sit Dog Training the Top Pet Service Franchise in the United States. Pet services and products is a fast growing industry. If you want to become a dog trainer without the hassle of marketing, overhead or business headaches, Sit Means Sit is an affordable way to make money while training dogs from your home. The company has a proven track record. Franchise owners take an intensive 3 week training session at the company headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company offers ongoing support and regional seminars for franchise owners as well as marketing and business management. If you own a home, car, phone and computer, you can start a Sit Means Sit Dog Training franchise for just $45,000.

Unishippers Global Logistics, LLC

Founded in 1987 Unishippers Global Logistics is a franchised company that organizes national and international shipping. From packages to freight, Unishippers helps customers save time, trouble and money. This is one of the fastest growing businesses in the United States. The headquarters are located in Salt Lake City, Utah. For $48,000 you can own a Unishippers Global Logistics franchise. One of the company's perks is you can work anywhere and anytime and balance your work with your life. The service is proven and thriving. Unishippers offers training, support, marketing and flexibility to its franchise owners.

Amerispec Home Inspection Service

Franchising home inspection service is a quickly growing industry and Amerispec Home Inspection Service has a jump on the market. The company was created 30 years ago and in Laverne, California providing professional inspection services for real estate buyers. The company has grown to include 180 independently owned franchises throughout the United States and in Canada. The cost to start an Amerispec Home Inspection Service franchise is $44,000. Franchise owners are fully trained and provided with operational support. Amerispec offers dynamic marketing to real estate agents, property professionals and home owners in the franchise owner's community. Continued software, business support and technical support to franchise owners are all offered by Amerispec Home Inspection Service.

Young Rembrandts Franchise

Young Rembrandt's is a franchised business that teaches children ages 3 to 12 drawing skills. The a step by step method that helps develop motor skills, special reasoning, sequence and order abilities, visualization and vocabulary skills and self confidence. The company was founded in 1988 by Bette Fetter who is the CEO. Bette has degrees in fine arts education and child development. She developed a method to help children learn to draw while including tools to help with their development and social skills. Bette is a national speaker and has written the book "Being Visual". What began as teaching art to children in her home blossomed into a successful business. Many successful franchises are child based including education, dance and sports. The popularity of these activities has re-emerged in recent years as parents try to keep their children active in positive ways. The cost to purchase a franchise is $40,000. This includes training, business set up, marketing and support. If you love working with children and have an interest in art Young Rembrandt's may be the franchise for you.

Doc Popcorn

Food and gift sales is a steady success in the world of franchises. Doc Popcorn is a business that offers a fun and healthy snack in many venues. In 2003 Rob and Renée Israel began a kettle corn business in their small New York City apartment. They were inspired by kettle corn they tasted at a farmers' market. The couple created naturally flavored, whole grain popcorn that was both delicious and healthy. They began selling Doc Popcorn at shopping malls, stadiums and events centers. The couple moved to Boulder, Colorado and expanded the business throughout the state. The company soon began to sell franchises throughout the country.  A Doc Popcorn franchise costs $39,000 to start up and includes equipment, product, training, marketing and ongoing support. Franchise owners can build a business at one location or expand as they want. Doc Popcorn can be sold at almost any venue including a stand alone store, arenas, shopping malls, entertainment venues, transportation hubs, fairs, festivals, farmers' markets and even through the mail. The popcorn can also be sold for fundraisers. The Israel's emphasize a family like team, solution based training, a quality product and fun.

The Senior's Choice, Inc

The Senior's Choice is ranked as the number one non-medical home healthcare business. The company was founded in 1999 by Steven Everhart in Nevada. By 2002 there were 100 independent franchise members of the company and it continues to grow. The Senior's Choice provides a variety of services to seniors in the comfort of their own homes. This includes personal care, companionship, light housework, meal preparation, medical reminders, Alzheimers supervision and more. The company has consistently earned the "Best of Home Care" from Home Care Pulse. The cost to start a franchise for The Senior's Choice is $38,000. There are no royalties owed and no long term contracts. The Senior's Choice provides financing. In 2009 the company instituted and registered the Certified Hospice Companion Aide Program. The company provides thorough training, ongoing support, a policies and procedures manual, a business plan and marketing. Non-medical senior at home care is one of the largest growing business in the world with the baby boomer generation reaching the age where they need in home assistance and care.


RE/MAX, Real Estate Maximums, was organized by David and Gail Liniger in 1973 in Denver, Colorado and began franchising in 1975. The company's policy is for the real estate agents to receive the maximum commission on sales. In 1998 RE/MAX expanded to Canada. The company has ranked number one in the real estate market since 1999. Currently RE/MAX offices are doing business in 100 countries around the world. There are 6,800 offices and 100,000 realtors. With the real estate market booming the real estate business is growing. Franchising a RE/MAX office can be profitable and it is ranked the best real estate franchises in the world. The company offers office locations, training, business procedures, and marketing to a network of real estate offices internationally. The cost to start a RE/MAX office franchise is $37,000. Now is the time to get into the real estate market

Happy & Healthy Products, Inc

Happy Healthy Products, Inc was developed by the company's president, Linda Kerr Kamm in 1991 in Boca Raton, Florida. Kamm wanted to create a business based on a quality product and quality service. The company is primarily a wholesale business. Happy & Healthy or "H & H" distributes natural items including natural frozen fruit bars, dessert bars, fruit dips, snacks and bread. The company is certified with "Women's Business Enterprise". Healthy food and snacks are more popular than ever as people want to eat healthy and make sure their children are eating healthy too. Happy & Healthy Products makes healthy fruit treats with all natural ingredients and distributes the product mostly through the wholesale market. The cost to start up a Happy & Healthy is $37,000. The company provides training, operational support, market support and on going general support for its franchise owners.

My Gym Children's Fitness Center

The health of children is always important and franchises that promote fitness and physical and social development are more popular than ever. The first My Gym was started in 1983 by Yakov and Susi Sherman. The business held fitness classes and parties centered around fitness so children could have fun while exercising and developing social skills. The current owner of My Gym Children's Fitness Center is Cory Bertish.  The cost to start a My Gym Children's Fitness Center is $34,000. Owning a My Gym franchise helps you be your own boss. My Gym offers business training, equipment, marketing and ongoing support for its franchise owners. My Gym Children's Fitness Center offers children ages 3 weeks to 13 years old fun health and fitness activities in a safe, clean and non-competitive environment.

Complete Weddings and Events

There will always be a need for help coordinating wedding and events. Event coordinators are one of the biggest franchise opportunities. The company was founded in Omaha, Nebraska in 1974 and began franchising in 1980. The current CEO is Eric Maar. The company is owned by parent company Complete Music, Inc. Complete Weddings and Events provides wedding and event services including photographers and videographers, photo booth services and disc jockeys. Complete Weddings and Events offers quality professional services at affordable prices. The cost to start a Complete Weddings and Events franchise is $30,000. A qualified and available coaching team is available to franchisers for all aspects of coaching including business, sales and marketing. Complete Weddings and Events currently has 197 franchises in the United States and Canada. The company services an average of 300,000 events a year.

The Glass Guru

The Glass Guru is a company that restores and replaces glass in residential and commercial buildings. The company works with windows, skylights, doors, mirrors, showers, screens and more. In 2002 Dan and Joy Frey founded The Glass Guru in Granite Bay, California. The couple learned of a process that could restore fogged up double paned windows which is a common problem. The Glass Guru expanded its business and grew. They began to franchise in 2007. The Glass Guru aims to provide professional quality service at affordable prices. Glass repair and replacement is a fast growing franchise business. The Glass Guru offers neighborhood franchises that offer quality affordable service. The cost to start a franchise is $30,000. Franchise owners get training in all aspects of running The Glass Guru business. The company offers business plan, marketing tools and ongoing experienced support

H & R Block

H & R Block is one of the largest tax preparation and electronic filing services in the world. The company operates franchises in the North America, Australia and India. In 1946 Henry Bloch returned home to Kansas City from serving in World War II and wanted to start a small business. He and his older brother Leon borrowed $5000 and opened a bookkeeping office in downtown Kansas City. One of their first clients, John White who owned The Kansas City Star newspaper, suggested the brothers expand to include income tax services. They did and they found they had many more clients. Leon left the business to attend law school and his brother Richard came on board. The brothers changed the company name to H & R Block to avoid mispronunciation of their last name.  In 1956 the Block brothers opened their first franchise. They expanded their tax service company to New York City where they sold a franchise to two NYC accountants. Today there are 12,000 tax service offices in the world. The company provides personal and business tax services as well as online and electric filing and special software called TaxCut. The cost to start an H & R Block office is $31,000. H & R Block trains and supports each franchise owner. The company offers its brand name and reputation for good service for maximum profitability. H & R Block will also help you maximize the value of your office and help you sell it if you decide to retire.

Dale Carnegie Training

Dale Carnegie was born in 1888 and died in 1955. He was born on a farm in Missouri and worked as a salesman. In 1911 Dale took his savings of $500 and moved to Chautauqua, New York to lecture at its institute. Carnegie talked about how to be a better public speaker and improve a company and its employees. Carnegie developed a course for businesses and their employees to use and wrote the book "How to Win Friends and Influence People. Carnegie's methods became popular over the first half of the twentieth century and attracted many businesses. The Dale Carnegie Training franchises continue to pass along the tried and true methods of Dale Carnegie to improve businesses. The company helps other companies and organizations by teaching presentation and communication skills, leadership, management and customer service skills so their businesses will grow. Today Dale Carnegie Training centers has grown through internet courses and training programs. A franchise starts at $26,000. As a franchise owner in this leadership and training program you have the option of being a sole proprietor or the owner of a multi-brand portfolio. Dale Carnegie Training offers thorough training, marketing and business support to its franchisers.

Green Home Solutions

Environmentally safe cleaning products are more popular than ever. Plant based products protect the environment and those exposed to them. Green Home Solutions offers environmentally friendly mold cleaning, pet control and odor elimination. The products and services are safe, effective and affordable. The company was established in 2010 in Pennsylvania and offers franchise opportunities across the country. The cost to start a Green Home Solutions franchise is $21,000. The benefits include an established market, quality service, safe products and effective solutions as well as a low cost start up fee and family friendly working hours. Green Home Solutions offers its franchise owners training, ongoing support and business and marketing aid.

Computer Troubleshooters

Computer Troubleshooters is the leading IT franchise in the world. The company began in 1999 and now has hundreds of locations in North America, Europe, Asia, South Africa and Australia. The company offers local on site computer services to residences and businesses. Computer Troubleshooters promises solutions, quality products, quality customer service when troubleshooting computers, servers and networks. The appeal to customers of Computer Troubleshooters is that the franchises are local and they receive quality on site support not just talking through over the telephone. The cost to start a franchise is $17,000. As a franchise owner you get world class training, ongoing team support, financial services, marketing, technological and business support, and access to the Computer Troubleshooters resource library. If you are interested in IT services, Computer Troubleshooters will allow you to service computers locally under the name of a solid brand.

CleanNet USA, Inc

CleanNet USA, Inc. was started in 1988 by Mark Salek in Columbia, Maryland. The company was created to provide professional janitorial services commercial and industrial companies. CleanNet USA provides quality and efficient service, uses the most up to date equipment and environmentally safe cleaning solutions. CleanNet USA aims to provide the best customer service possible and will customize to the individual company's needs. Since it started the company has expanded to 35,000 locations. Owning a CleanNet USA franchise can be profitable and satisfying. You can set your own hours and be as aggressive in sales as you want. The company offers classroom training that fits your schedule, hands on training and ongoing training in all aspects of running the business. CleanNet USA has had steady growth since the company started and recently has seen increased growth in accounts. Commercial and industrial cleaning services will always be needed. With a brand name, proven track record, quality products and great customer service by a locally owAned company, it should be easy to run a profitable cleaning business.


Proforma is the top ranked international seller of printing and promotional products. The company was founded by Greg Muzzillo in 1978. The company supplies medium sized businesses and larger corporations with their printing and promotional product needs. Proforma aims to provide excellent products at affordable costs and superior customer service to its clients. Owning a Proforma franchise is a low cost way to make revenue by selling an already established brand and product. Franchise owners act as the company's sales agents by finding the products best suited to the companies promotional needs. The franchise owner then works with a network of wholesale printers and material suppliers to meet the clients needs. The cost to start a Proforma franchise is just under $5,000. The company provides business assistance, coaching, marketing and competitive prices. Proforma will assist franchise owners with tracking orders, paying vendors and invoicing items. Successful Proforma franchises have expanded by hiring their own sales representatives.


If you like to travel and are great with organization and customer service, becoming an Independent Vacation Specialist for CruiseOne may be the franchise opportunity for you. CruiseOne began 23 years ago and has grown to include over 930 independently owned franchises across the United States. It is the largest cruise agency. The company strives to offer the best customer service and travel expertise while arranging cruise vacations including transportation, tours and excursions.

Garrett Parker

Written by Garrett Parker

Garrett by trade is a personal finance freelance writer and journalist. With over 10 years experience he's covered businesses, CEOs, and investments. However he does like to take on other topics involving some of his personal interests like automobiles, future technologies, and anything else that could change the world.

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