Franchises You Can Start for Less Than $50,000 (Infographic)

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Think you can’t afford to be your own boss? Think again. On the following pages, you’ll find our list of top franchises that can be started for less than $50,000. Some can even be started for less than $5,000. And with 87 companies listed, from pet-sitting and property management services to popcorn carts, you’re sure to find an affordable franchise opportunity that sparks your passion.

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These businesses are listed based on their ranking in Entrepreneur’s 2015 Franchise 500®, which is determined using objective, quantifiable criteria such as system size, growth and financial strength and stability. The listing is not intended as a recommendation of any particular business. Always conduct your own research, including reading a company’s legal documents, consulting with an attorney and an accountant and talking to experienced franchisees to get the lowdown on any low-cost franchise you might be considering.

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1. Jan-Pro Franchising International

Commercial cleaning

jan-pro.com

Startup cost: $3.1K-$50.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 11,676/0

2. H&R Block

Tax preparation, electronic filing

hrblock.com/franchise

Startup cost: $31.5K-$148.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 4,846/6,165

3. Cruise Planners

Travel agency

cruiseplannersfranchise.com

Startup cost: $2.1K-$22.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,757/1

4. Vanguard Cleaning Systems

Commercial cleaning

vanguardcleaning.com

Startup cost: $10.9K-$35.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,113/0

5. Jazzercise

Dance-fitness classes, conventions, apparel and accessories

jazzercise.com

Startup cost: $3.5K-$75.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 8,370/3

6. CleanNet USA

Commercial cleaning

cleannetusa.com

Startup cost: $9.8K-$97.95K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 2,951/14

7. Coverall Health-Based Cleaning System

Commercial cleaning

coverall.com

Startup cost: $14.1K-$47.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 7,996/0

8. Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Carpet, drapery and upholstery cleaning; tile and stone care

chemdryfranchise.com

Startup cost: $40K-$140K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,565/0

9. RE/MAX

Real estate

remax.com

Startup cost: $37.5K-$279.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 6,751/21

10. Cellairis Franchise

Cell-phone and wireless-device accessories and repairs

cellairis.com

Startup cost: $43.1K-$397K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 577/51

11. Anago Cleaning Systems

Commercial cleaning

anagocleaning.com

Startup cost: $10.5K-$65.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 2,456/0

12. Proforma

Printing and promotional products

onlyproforma.com

Startup cost: $4.7K-$50.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 703/0

13. Heaven’s Best Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Carpet and upholstery cleaning

heavensbest.com

Startup cost: $44.9K-$65.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,259/0

14. Rooter-Man

Plumbing, drain and sewer cleaning

rooterman.com

Startup cost: $46.8K-$137.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 497/17

15. Buildingstars International

Commercial cleaning

buildingstars.com

Startup cost: $2.2K-$52.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 566/0

16. Bricks 4 Kidz

Lego-engineering classes, camps, parties

bricks4kidz.com

Startup cost: $33.8K-$51.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 649/1

17. Pillar To Post Home Inspectors

Home inspections

pillartopost.com

Startup cost: $33.2K-$42.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 460/0

18. Novus Glass

Auto glass repair and replacement

novusfranchising.com

Startup cost: $46.8K-$229.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,627/17

19. Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services

In-home tutoring

clubztutoring.com

Startup cost: $32.6K-$56.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 390/0

20. Sculpture Hospitality

Liquor inventory-control services

sculpturehospitality.com

Startup cost: $43.4K-$57.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 376/5

21. N-Hance

Wood floor and cabinet refinishing

nhancefranchise.com

Startup cost: $24.3K-$131.98K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 347/0

22. HomeVestors of America

Home buying, repair and selling

homevestors.com

Startup cost: $42K-$347.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 587/0

23. Coffee News

Weekly newspaper distributed at restaurants

coffeenews.com

Startup cost: $9.3K-$10.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 785/5

24. CruiseOne

Travel agency

cruiseonefranchise.com

Startup cost: $3.2K-$21.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,000/0

25. Mint Condition Franchising

Commercial cleaning, building maintenance

mintconditioninc.com

Startup cost: $4.9K-$45.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 306/0

26. MaidPro

Residential cleaning

maidpro.com

Startup cost: $45.9K-$202.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 187/1

27. CPR-Cell Phone Repair

Electronics repairs and sales

cellphonerepair.com

Startup cost: $24.6K-$228.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 198/5

28. Soccer Shots Franchising

Soccer programs for ages 2 to 8

soccershotsfranchising.com

Startup cost: $31.7K-$38.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 156/10

29. My Gym Children’s Fitness Center

Early-learning/fitness programs

mygym.com

Startup cost: $34.3K-$247.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 329/0

30. HappyFeet Legends International

Soccer programs for ages 2 to 18

happysoccerfeet.com

Startup cost: $21.3K-$25.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 171/4

31. WIN Home Inspection

Home inspections

winfranchising.com

Startup cost: $33.9K-$54.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 182/0

32. Mr. Sandless/Dr. DecknFence

Interior and exterior sandless wood refinishing

mrsandless.com

Startup cost: $26.8K-$87.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 258/11

33. Kitchen Tune-Up

Residential and commercial kitchen and bath remodeling

kitchentuneup.com

Startup cost: $45.8K-$55.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 173/0

34. Fresh Coat

Residential and commercial painting

freshcoatpaintersfranchise.com

Startup cost: $49.4K-$76.95K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 112/0

35. Just Between Friends Franchise Systems

Children’s and maternity consignment events

jbfsale.com

Startup cost: $26.97K-$39.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 145/1

36. Estrella Insurance

Auto, home and business insurance

estrellainsurance.com

Startup cost: $49.95K-$84K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 93/0

37. Dale Carnegie Training

Workplace training and development

dalecarnegie.com

Startup cost: $26K-$182.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 202/2

38. The Glass Guru

Window and glass restoration and replacement

theglassguru.com

Startup cost: $30.2K-$119.99K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 92/0

39. Doc Popcorn

Kettle-cooked popcorn

docpopcorn.com

Startup cost: $39K-$355.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 94/2

40. Acti-Kare

Nonmedical home care

actikare.com

Startup cost: $32.6K-$51.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 90/0

41. Certified Restoration DryCleaning Network

Textile restoration

crdn.com

Startup cost: $45.6K-$235.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 156/0

42. Plan Ahead Events

Corporate event planning

discoverplanaheadevents.com

Startup cost: $45.9K-$71.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 129/0

43. Jet-Black Franchise Group

Asphalt maintenance

jet-black.com

Startup cost: $46.5K-$113.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 86/10

44. Aire-Master of America

Restroom deodorizing and maintenance

airemaster.com

Startup cost: $36.1K-$124.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 102/4

45. American Poolplayers Association

Recreational billiard league

poolplayers.com

Startup cost: $16.7K-$19.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 307/6

46. Sit Means Sit Dog Training

Dog training

sitmeanssit.com

Startup cost: $45K-$123.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 82/1

47. Young Rembrandts Franchise

Art classes for ages 3 to 12

youngrembrandtsfranchise.com

Startup cost: $40.2K-$48.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 107/0

48. Amazing Athletes

Educational sports programs

amazingathletes.com

Startup cost: $34.2K-$55.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 85/0

49. KidzArt

Art-education programs, products and services

kidzart.com

Startup cost: $46.1K-$52.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 107/0

50. AmeriSpec Home Inspection Services

Home inspections

amerispec.com

Startup cost: $44.3K-$75.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 290/0

51. TSS Photography

Youth sports, school and event photography

tssphotography.com

Startup cost: $42.3K-$77.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 229/0

52. Unishippers Global Logistics

Shipping services

unishippers.com

Startup cost: $48.2K-$2.2M

Total franchises/co.-owned: 222/92

53. Heits Building Services

Commercial cleaning and maintenance

heits.com

Startup cost: $9K-$71.95K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 201/0

54. Hallmark Homecare

Caregiver search, recruitment and placement

hallmarkhomecare.com

Startup cost: $13.9K-$26.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 75/0

55. Homes & Land

Real-estate advertising magazine

homesandland.com

Startup cost: $47.1K-$127K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 224/18

56. Happy & Healthy Products

Frozen fruit bars

happyandhealthy.com

Startup cost: $37.2K-$113.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 63/0

57. Jantize America

Commercial cleaning

jantize.com

Startup cost: $49.7K-$253.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 236/0

58. National Property Inspections

Home and commercial property inspections

npifranchise.com

Startup cost: $38.7K-$42.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 216/0

59. Techna Glass International

Windshield repair and replacement

technaglass.com

Startup cost: $41.6K-$175.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 30/22

60. Green Home Solutions

Environmentally friendly mold cleaning, pest control and odor elimination

greenhomesolutions.com

Startup cost: $21.1K-$72.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 102/1

61. DKI

Insurance/disaster restoration

dkiservices.com

Startup cost: $47.1K-$164.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 347/0

62. The Decor Group

Holiday and event lighting

thedecorgroup.com

Startup cost: $18.1K-$40.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 242/0

63. CEO Focus

Peer consulting groups

for small-business owners

ceofocus.com

Startup cost: $41.5K-$63K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 27/5

64. Snaggle Foot Dog Walks & Pet Care

Pet-sitting, dog-walking

snagglefoot.com

Startup cost: $12.2K-$21.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 26/5

65. The Senior’s Choice

Nonmedical home care

theseniorschoice.com

Startup cost: $38K-$55K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 170/1

66. Duct Doctor USA

Residential and commercial air-duct cleaning

ductdoctor.com

Startup cost: $41K-$136.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 25/0

67. Colors On Parade

Mobile auto paint and dent repair

colorsonparade.com

Startup cost: $39.7K-$525K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 266/8

68. Flower Tent

Flower store

flowertent.com

Startup cost: $28.2K-$82.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 83/10

69. Engineering for Kids

Math, science, technology and engineering activities

engineeringforkids.com

Startup cost: $33.1K-$88.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 126/2

70. 360clean

Commercial cleaning

360clean.com

Startup cost: $13.9K-$21.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 82/0

71. Window Gang

Window, exterior, dryer-vent and chimney cleaning; deck and fence sealing

windowgang.com

Startup cost: $34.4K-$81.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 151/36

72. Computer Troubleshooters

Technology consulting for small businesses

comptroub.com

Startup cost: $17.2K-$82.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 344/0

73. Baby Boot Camp/Karna Fitness

Prenatal and postnatal fitness; women’s private and small-group training

babybootcamp.com

Startup cost: $4.8K-$10.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 128/1

74. Sunbelt Business Brokers

Business brokerage

sunbeltnetwork.com

Startup cost: $41.7K-$96.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 200/1

75. i9 Sports

Youth sports leagues, camps and clinics

i9sportsfranchise.com

Startup cost: $44.9K-$69.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 123/16

76. Brickhouse Cardio Club

Fitness studio

brickhousecardio.com

Startup cost: $18.95K-$31.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 53/1

77. MindsAhead Academy

Enrichment and tutoring programs

mindsahead.com

Startup cost: $8.7K-$75.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 611/1

78. You’ve Got Maids

Environmentally friendly cleaning

youvegotmaids.com

Startup cost: $34.9K-$108.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 47/0

79. Critter Control

Wildlife management, pest control

crittercontrol.com

Startup cost: $25.1K-$85.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 110/0

80. Pet Butler

Pet-waste cleanup and removal

petbutler.com

Startup cost: $30K-$42K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 101/0

81. Oxi Fresh Franchising

Carpet cleaning

oxifreshfranchise.com

Startup cost: $37.7K-$65.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 268/6

82. Drama Kids International

After-school drama classes and summer camps

dramakidsfranchises.com

Startup cost: $28.5K-$46.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 193/0

83. Ident-A-Kid Franchise

Children’s safety products and services

identakid.com

Startup cost: $34.1K-$44.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 132/0

84. ACFN-The ATMFranchise Business

Automated teller machines

acfnfranchised.com

Startup cost: $40.4K-$67.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 238/0

85. Complete Weddings and Events

Photography, DJ, video and photo-booth services

completewedo.com

Startup cost: $30.4K-$48.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 200/2

86. Property Management Inc.

Commercial and residential property management

propertymanagementinc.com

Startup cost: $20.3K-$61K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 93/2

87. Abrakadoodle

Art-education programs

abrakadoodle.com

Startup cost: $37.8K-$80.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 170/2

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