Check out some possible franchise opportunities that are doing well and not so hard on the pockets as some of the franchise fees and costs you think of when you the word franchise comes to mind. It’s all about a system someone created that is proven to work. Do some homework and if the numbers work, you can hit the start button on one of these “business systems” and start cashing in sooner than you expected.
Top Franchise Deals
|Company||Lowest Starting Cost|
|Candy Bouquet Int’l||$10,220|
|Christmas Decor Inc.||$16,650|
|Computer Medics of America Inc.||$10,300|
|Disaster Kleenup Int’l (DKI)||$17,895|
|Fiesta Insurance Franchise Corp.||$3,400|
|SuperGlass Windshield Repair||$9,910|
|TGA Premier Junior Golf||$13,150|
|Vanguard Cleaning Systems||$8,200|
Buying into a franchise has always been difficult, but the credit freeze has made it almost impossible for the average would-be small-business owner to get in the game the past three years. Without a fat savings account or 401(k) worth cashing in, the traditional first-time owner-operator who used to define the franchise world has become an endangered species.
But opportunities are still out there for franchisees, and many of them are with strong, time-tested companies. All of the franchisors on our list of $20,000-or-less startups improved their rankings on this year’s Franchise 500®, and one,Vanguard Cleaning Systems, even made it in the Top 10overall.
Running one of these franchises might not be as ambitious as owning a few McDonald’s, but they offer flexibility and scalability. Most can be run out of the home or out of a van by a single owner-operator. Or they can have multiple employees and their own offices. It all depends on the franchisee’s ambition.