The Top 100 Franchises for Less Than $50,000 in 2020

Check out the top franchises that can be started for less than $50,000, ranked based on scores they received in Entrepreneur's 2020 Franchise 500 ranking.

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Buying a franchise doesn’t have to break the bank. If you’re looking to start a business on a budget, check out this list of the top franchises that can be started for less than $50,000, ranked based on the scores they received in the 2020 Franchise 500.

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This list is not intended as a recommendation of any particular company. To find the right opportunity for you, regardless of cost, it’s important that you do your due diligence. Carefully read the company’s franchise disclosure document, consult with a franchise attorney and an accountant, and talk to existing and former franchisees about their experiences.

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1. Jan-Pro Franchising International Commercial cleaning

Startup cost: $4.2K - $54.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 9,155/0

2. Anago Cleaning SystemsCommercial cleaning

Startup cost: $11.3K - $68.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,692/0

3. RE/MAX Real estate

Startup cost: $40K - $284K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 8,361/0

4. Stratus Building SolutionsEnvironmentally friendly commercial cleaning

Startup cost: $4.5K - $72.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,787/0

5. Cruise PlannersTravel agencies

Startup cost: $2.3K - $23.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,061/1

6. Dream VacationsTravel agencies

Startup cost: $1.8K - $20.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,432/0

7. Rooter-ManPlumbing, drain, and sewer cleaning

Startup cost: $46.8K - $137.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 666/29

8. Realty One GroupReal estate

Startup cost: $49.3K - $222.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 189/11

9. NextHome Real estate

Startup cost: $14.5K - $212.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 361/0

10. Goosehead Insurance Agency Property and casualty insurance

Startup cost: $41.5K - $116.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 535/0

11. Vanguard Cleaning SystemsCommercial cleaning

Startup cost: $5.5K - $36.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,239/0

12. Estrella InsuranceAuto, home, and business insurance

Startup cost: $12.3K - $84K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 152/0

13. Pillar To Post Home InspectorsHome inspections

Startup cost: $37.1K - $45.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 577/0

14. Chester'sChicken

Startup cost: $12.4K - $287.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,286/0

15. Leadership Management International Leadership and organization training and development

Startup cost: $20K - $27.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 458/0

16. Jackson Hewitt Tax ServiceTax preparation

Startup cost: $45.1K - $110.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,922/1,857

17. My Gym Children's Fitness CenterEarly-learning/fitness programs

Startup cost: $36.8K - $277.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 694/0

18. Skyhawks Sports & Supertots Sports AcademySports camps and programs

Startup cost: $30K - $71.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 102/65

19. SnapologySTEAM education programs

Startup cost: $40.4K - $214.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 142/2

20. American Poolplayers AssociationRecreational billiard leagues

Startup cost: $20.5K - $28.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 316/8

21. Jazzercise Group fitness classes, conventions, apparel, and accessories

Startup cost: $2.4K - $17.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 8,560/2

22. Soccer Shots Franchising Soccer programs for ages 2 to 8

Startup cost: $41K - $53.95K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 223/9

23. Brightway InsuranceProperty and casualty insurance

Startup cost: $42.3K - $178.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 190/1

24. Window GangWindow, gutter, roof, and dryer-vent cleaning, pressure washing, chimney sweeping

Startup cost: $34.4K - $81.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 104/117

25. Lendio FranchisingSmall-business financing

Startup cost: $30.2K - $117.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 69/0

26. SafeSplash/SwimLabs/SwimtasticChild and adult swimming lessons, parties, summer camps

Startup cost: $44.5K - $1.8M

Total franchises/co.-owned: 154/9

27. STEM For KidsBiomed, coding, business, and engineering programs for ages 4 to 14

Startup cost: $19.9K - $48.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 97/5

28. Property Management Inc.Commercial, residential, association, and vacation property management

Startup cost: $22.8K - $175.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 247/1

29. Destination Athlete Youth athletic equipment, apparel, fundraising, and other services

Startup cost: $28.3K - $120.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 96/2

30. Drama Kids InternationalAfter-school drama classes and summer camps

Startup cost: $33.8K - $68K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 238/0

31. H&R BlockTax preparation, electronic filing

Startup cost: $31.6K - $149.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,877/6,388

32. BirthdayPakDirect-mail advertising

Startup cost: $29.5K - $144.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 27/2

33. Sunbelt Business BrokersBusiness brokerages

Startup cost: $43.5K - $104K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 167/0

34. Challenge IslandEducational enrichment programs

Startup cost: $48.3K - $62.95K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 101/3

35. ActionCoachBusiness coaching

Startup cost: $47.9K - $189.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 788/2

36. Aladdin Doors Franchising Garage-door installation and repairs

Startup cost: $32.4K - $99.95K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 43/2

37. National Property Inspections Home and commercial property inspections

Startup cost: $40.7K - $43K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 215/0

38. Kinderdance International Children's dance, gymnastics, fitness, and yoga programs

Startup cost: $18.1K - $46.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 161/2

39. ShelfGenie Franchise Systems Custom pull-out shelving for cabinets and pantries

Startup cost: $45.1K - $95K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 143/46

40. ProformaPrinting and promotional products

Startup cost: $5K - $59.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 637/0

41. Sit Means Sit Dog TrainingDog training

Startup cost: $49.8K - $145.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 137/0

42. The Alternative Board (TAB)Peer advisory boards, business coaching

Startup cost: $48.6K - $97.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 290/25

43. Discovery Map International Visitor-information maps and guides

Startup cost: $35.95K - $45.95K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 131/4

44. Motto MortgageMortgage brokerages

Startup cost: $47.8K - $68.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 100/0

45. Parker-Anderson EnrichmentEnrichment programs

Startup cost: $15.98K - $81.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 18/1

46. SuperGlass Windshield RepairWindshield repair, glass scratch removal, headlight lens repair

Startup cost: $18.7K - $84.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 332/0

47. Parisi Speed SchoolYouth sports performance training

Startup cost: $13.3K - $155.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 95/0

48. Aire-Master of America Restroom odor-control, scent branding, and commercial hygiene services

Startup cost: $40.5K - $145.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 108/7

49. Buildingstars International Commercial cleaning

Startup cost: $2.2K - $53.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 799/6

50. Foliage Design SystemsInterior plant sales, leasing, and maintenance

Startup cost: $44.4K - $64.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 25/3

51. Atax Franchise Tax preparation, business services

Startup cost: $17.5K - $76.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 43/1

52. Class 101College planning and educational services

Startup cost: $45.9K - $63.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 42/1

53. Payroll Vault Franchising Payroll and workforce management services

Startup cost: $49.1K - $74.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 43/1

54. TSS PhotographyYouth sports, school, and event photography

Startup cost: $20.4K - $74.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 179/0

55. AbrakadoodleArt-education programs for children

Startup cost: $38K - $81.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 487/2

56. TGA Premier SportsYouth sports programs

Startup cost: $18.8K - $68.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 121/4

57. Computer TroubleshootersTechnology consulting and services for small businesses

Startup cost: $12.2K - $29.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 250/3

58. Hi-Five Sports FranchisingYouth sports programs

Startup cost: $17.9K - $388.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 15/3

59. Amazing AthletesEducational sports programs

Startup cost: $30.7K - $61.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 119/11

60. Synergy HomeCareNonmedical home care

Startup cost: $38.9K - $159.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 331/0

61. Surface SpecialistsBathtub repair and refinishing, tub liners, bath remodeling

Startup cost: $43.2K - $56K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 48/0

62. The Patch BoysDrywall repair

Startup cost: $45.5K - $66K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 77/0

63. Mint Condition Franchising Commercial cleaning, building maintenance

Startup cost: $4.6K - $32.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 376/0

64. ACFNAutomated teller machines

Startup cost: $39.1K - $64K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 277/0

65. Mr. Sandless/Dr. DecknFenceInterior and exterior sandless wood refinishing

Startup cost: $26.8K - $87.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 225/9

66. Acti-Kare Nonmedical home care

Startup cost: $31.9K - $52.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 132/0

67. Club Z! In-Home Tutoring ServicesIn-home tutoring

Startup cost: $33.9K - $52.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 388/0

68. CoverallCommercial cleaning

Startup cost: $16.5K - $51.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 8,238/0

69. Coffee NewsWeekly publication distributed at restaurants and waiting areas

Startup cost: $10.8K - $11.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 685/8

70. Rhea Lana's Franchise Systems Children's consignment events

Startup cost: $20.6K - $39.95K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 93/3

71. Jantize AmericaCommercial cleaning

Startup cost: $8.2K - $49K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 115/0

72. NZone Sports of America Sports leagues and programs for ages 2 to 15

Startup cost: $41.1K - $58.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 47/0

73. Home Cleaning Centers of AmericaResidential and commercial cleaning

Startup cost: $43.3K - $45.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 32/0

74. Assist-2-SellDiscount real estate

Startup cost: $24K - $45.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 140/1

75. One Sports Nation/Fun Size SportsYouth sports leagues/children's sports enrichment programs

Startup cost: $16.4K - $94.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 27/0

76. Town Money SaverDirect-mail and digital advertising

Startup cost: $5.7K - $17K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 50/2

77. Grout Doctor Global Franchise Grout, tile, and stone restoration and maintenance

Startup cost: $20.6K - $33.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 80/0

78. WIN Home InspectionHome inspections

Startup cost: $34.7K - $49.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 176/0

79. Hommati3D tours, aerial videos, photography, augmented reality, and other services for real estate agents

Startup cost: $42.9K - $52.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 60/0

80. Lil' Angels PhotographyPreschool, childcare, and family photography

Startup cost: $41.3K - $45.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 54/2

81. N2 PublishingMonthly community publications

Startup cost: $975 - $5.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 934/1

82. Young Rembrandts Franchise Drawing classes for ages 3 to 12

Startup cost: $41.3K - $48.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 97/0

83. CleanNet USA Commercial cleaning

Startup cost: $14.8K - $45.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,746/0

84. Superior Mosquito DefenseOutdoor pest control

Startup cost: $23.8K - $38.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 18/1

85. Complete Weddings + EventsPhotography, DJ, video, and photo-booth services

Startup cost: $31.95K - $87.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 186/2

86. IntegriServ Cleaning SystemsCommercial cleaning

Startup cost: $3.1K - $50K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 63/0

87. Realty Executives Intl. Svcs. Real estate

Startup cost: $23.5K - $131K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 409/14

88. CodeFuCoding classes for children

Startup cost: $21.7K - $33.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 13/9

89. PatchMasterDrywall repair

Startup cost: $27.95K - $49.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 42/10

90. Cartridge WorldPrinters, cartridges, and printer services

Startup cost: $36.9K - $136.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 558/0

91. You've Got MaidsEnvironmentally friendly residential cleaning

Startup cost: $36.4K - $107K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 99/0

92. Little KickersPreschool soccer programs

Startup cost: $25.2K - $37.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 318/2

93. Chefs For SeniorsIn-home meal preparation service for seniors

Startup cost: $10.5K - $26.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 39/2

94. In Home Pet Services Pet-sitting, dog-walking

Startup cost: $9.2K - $35.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 14/1

95. Just Between Friends Franchise Systems Children's and maternity consignment events

Startup cost: $38.6K - $54.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 150/7

96. Bar-B-CleanBarbecue cleaning

Startup cost: $36.95K - $50.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 32/1

97. Fit4MomPrenatal and postpartum fitness and wellness programs

Startup cost: $6.9K - $26.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 317/1

98. Tapinto.netLocal online news sites

Startup cost: $10.3K - $16.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 77/0

99. KidzArtArt-education programs, products, and services

Startup cost: $21.5K - $34.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 51/0

100. Oxi Fresh Franchising Carpet, upholstery, hardwood floor, tile, and grout cleaning, and odor control

Startup cost: $44.3K - $74.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 373/12

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