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

Check out the top franchises that can be started for less than $100,000, 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 $100,000, 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. Kumon Math & Reading CentersSupplemental education

Startup cost: $73.4K - $154.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 26,256/22

2. Baskin-RobbinsIce cream, frozen yogurt, frozen beverages

Startup cost: $93.6K - $401.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 8,072/0

3. HomeVestors of America Home buying, repair, and selling

Startup cost: $56K - $426.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,102/0

4. Matco ToolsMechanics' tools and equipment

Startup cost: $93.4K - $272.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,812/2

5. 911 RestorationResidential and commercial property restoration

Startup cost: $70.1K - $226.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 204/0

6. CPR Cell Phone RepairElectronics repairs and sales

Startup cost: $55.7K - $170.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 565/6

7. Merry MaidsResidential cleaning

Startup cost: $89.6K - $125K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,705/3

8. Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery CleaningCarpet and upholstery cleaning, tile and stone care, granite countertop renewal

Startup cost: $67.6K - $178.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,576/0

9. ServiceMaster Clean/ServiceMaster RestoreCommercial/residential cleaning, disaster restoration

Startup cost: $93.7K - $294.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 4,919/10Note: ServiceMaster's commercial/residential cleaning business models can be started for less than $100,000, but its disaster restoration model cannot.

10. Weed ManLawn care

Startup cost: $69.8K - $86.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 303/41

11. MaidProResidential cleaning

Startup cost: $57.6K - $222.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 267/1

12. Novus GlassAuto glass repair and replacement

Startup cost: $54.5K - $258.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 2,014/30

13. Transworld Business AdvisorsBusiness brokerages; franchise consulting

Startup cost: $74.9K - $97.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 294/1

14. PuroCleanProperty damage restoration and remediation

Startup cost: $72.8K - $192.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 285/0

15. Patrice & AssociatesHospitality, retail, and sales recruiting

Startup cost: $90.6K - $108K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 157/0

16. Bloomin' BlindsWindow covering sales, installation, and repairs

Startup cost: $62.6K - $137.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 64/0

17. The ScreenmobileMobile window and door screening

Startup cost: $91.8K - $180.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 121/1

18. Tutor DoctorTutoring

Startup cost: $73.3K - $100.99K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 662/0

19. Restoration 1Water, fire, smoke, and mold restoration

Startup cost: $79.1K - $183.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 201/0

20. Maid BrigadeResidential cleaning

Startup cost: $94.7K - $116.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 449/1

21. Eye Level Learning CentersSupplemental education

Startup cost: $59.3K - $126.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 813/808

22. Amada Senior CareHome care and assisted-living placement

Startup cost: $87K - $237.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 98/1

23. Two Maids & A MopResidential cleaning

Startup cost: $60.9K - $144.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 77/1

24. The Cleaning AuthorityEnvironmentally friendly residential cleaning

Startup cost: $71.5K - $167.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 223/3

25. Orion Food Systems Fast-food systems for nontraditional markets

Startup cost: $59.5K - $140K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,032/0

26. Made in the Shade Blinds and MoreWindow coverings

Startup cost: $53.4K - $61K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 102/1

27. GarageExpertsGarage cabinets, floor coatings, organization products

Startup cost: $51.5K - $146K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 90/0

28. Jet-Black/Yellow Dawg StripingAsphalt maintenance

Startup cost: $55.1K - $125.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 112/8

29. Bio-One Crime-scene and trauma-scene cleaning

Startup cost: $80.98K - $127.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 88/0

30. Sylvan Learning Individualized supplemental education

Startup cost: $68.7K - $159.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 575/8

31. 360 PaintingResidential and commercial painting

Startup cost: $90.5K - $132.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 133/0

32. Fish Window Cleaning Services Window cleaning

Startup cost: $87.3K - $150.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 278/1

33. N-Hance Wood RefinishingWood cabinet and floor refinishing

Startup cost: $51.97K - $167K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 590/0

34. Totally NutzCinnamon-glazed almonds, pecans, and cashews

Startup cost: $59.9K - $216K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 77/13

35. GYMGUYZMobile personal training

Startup cost: $56.1K - $121.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 218/22

36. FibrenewLeather, plastic, and vinyl restoration and repair

Startup cost: $87.8K - $99.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 249/0

37. The Tutoring Center Franchise Tutoring

Startup cost: $99.5K - $148.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 100/0

38. Mosquito HuntersMosquito, tick, and flea control

Startup cost: $70.1K - $85.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 53/10

39. Color Glo InternationalLeather, vinyl, fabric, carpet, and surface repair and restoration

Startup cost: $56.3K - $61.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 139/0

40. U.S. LawnsCommercial grounds care

Startup cost: $39.8K - $81.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 260/0Note: The low end of U.S. Lawns' investment range applies only to the conversion of an existing business. Franchisees starting a new business will invest more than $50,000.

41. Conserva IrrigationIrrigation repair, maintenance, and efficiency upgrades

Startup cost: $29K - $87.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 81/4Note: The low end of Conserva Irrigation's investment range applies only to the conversion of an existing business. Franchisees starting a new business will invest more than $50,000.

42. Kitchen Tune-UpResidential and commercial kitchen and bath remodeling

Startup cost: $94.97K - $129.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 198/0

43. BrightStar CareMedical/nonmedical home care, medical staffing

Startup cost: $93K - $154.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 322/12

44. Shine Window Care and Holiday LightingWindow cleaning, pressure washing, holiday lighting installation

Startup cost: $96.1K - $141.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 34/0

45. HouseMaster Home InspectionsHome inspections and related services

Startup cost: $61.1K - $106.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 313/0

46. Signal 88 SecurityPrivate security guard and patrol services

Startup cost: $61.95K - $218.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 430/0

47. Pinot's PalettePaint-and-sip studios

Startup cost: $96.8K - $246.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 131/3

48. Gotcha CoveredWindow treatments

Startup cost: $75.7K - $93.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 93/0

49. RSVPAdvertising

Startup cost: $96.4K - $265.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 67/0

50. Fiesta Auto Insurance and TaxInsurance and tax-preparation services

Startup cost: $67.1K - $120.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 207/0

51. Right at Home Home care, medical staffing

Startup cost: $80.2K - $147.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 591/1

52. Sandler TrainingSales and sales-management training

Startup cost: $97.5K - $114.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 263/0

53. ComForCare Home CareNonmedical and skilled home care

Startup cost: $96.2K - $208.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 203/0

54. Liberty Tax ServiceTax preparation, electronic filing

Startup cost: $58.7K - $71.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 2,922/84

55. Office Pride Commercial Cleaning ServicesCommercial cleaning

Startup cost: $65K - $107.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 144/0

56. Merle Norman Cosmetics Cosmetics and skin-care products

Startup cost: $39.5K - $180.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,115/2Note: The low end of Merle Norman Cosmetic's investment range applies only to opening a studio within an existing business. Franchisees starting a new stand-alone studio will invest more than $50,000.

57. Furniture MedicFurniture and wood restoration, repair, and refinishing

Startup cost: $80.8K - $90.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 338/0

58. JEI Learning CenterIndividualized supplemental education

Startup cost: $69.5K - $115K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 269/276

59. Pet WantsNatural pet-food stores/delivery

Startup cost: $59.8K - $202K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 124/0

60. Board & Brush Creative StudioDIY wood-sign workshops

Startup cost: $62.3K - $89.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 231/6

61. Sir Grout FranchisingGrout, tile, stone, concrete, and wood restoration

Startup cost: $78.8K - $131.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 39/2

62. InXpressShipping services

Startup cost: $85.6K - $169.99K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 355/0

63. Zerorez Franchising Systems Carpet and surface cleaning

Startup cost: $76.7K - $182.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 56/0

64. GoliathTech Foundation systems for the construction industry

Startup cost: $72.9K - $176K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 202/0

65. LapelsDry cleaning and laundry services

Startup cost: $86.5K - $710.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 99/0

66. Fresh CoatResidential and commercial painting

Startup cost: $53.9K - $76.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 162/0

67. GradePower LearningSupplemental education

Startup cost: $99.8K - $270.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 154/3

68. HomeTeam Inspection ServiceHome inspections

Startup cost: $50.1K - $76.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 174/0

69. Creative Colors International Upholstery repair and replacement

Startup cost: $95.1K - $122.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 76/3

70. Assisted Living LocatorsSenior-care referrals and senior-living placement

Startup cost: $68.5K - $78.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 113/2

71. DuracleanCarpet and upholstery cleaning, disaster restoration, mold remediation

Startup cost: $79.6K - $129.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 262/9

72. AmeriSpec Inspection ServicesHome and commercial inspections, ancillary services

Startup cost: $53.6K - $72.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 272/0

73. Pronto InsuranceInsurance

Startup cost: $52.9K - $120.95K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 60/217

74. Assisting Hands Home CareHome health care, respite care

Startup cost: $80.1K - $152K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 117/4

75. Caring TransitionsSenior relocation, online auctions, and estate management

Startup cost: $58.9K - $82.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 223/0

76. Precision Door ServiceResidential garage door repair, installation, and service

Startup cost: $67.4K - $306.96K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 96/0

77. Padgett Business ServicesFinancial, payroll, consulting, and tax services

Startup cost: $20.2K - $99.98K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 331/0Note: The low end of Padgett Business Services' investment range applies only to the conversion of an existing business. Franchisees starting a new business will invest more than $50,000.

78. All County Property Management Franchise Property management

Startup cost: $66.95K - $98.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 51/1

79. Executive Home CareHome healthcare

Startup cost: $99.7K - $169.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 24/1

80. i9 SportsYouth sports leagues, camps, and clinics

Startup cost: $59.9K - $69.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 146/1

81. Five Star Bath SolutionsBathroom remodeling

Startup cost: $75.5K - $141.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 39/1

82. Touching Hearts At HomeNonmedical home care for seniors and people with disabilities

Startup cost: $52.9K - $75.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 70/0

83. Fully PromotedBranded products and marketing services

Startup cost: $71.9K - $240.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 280/0

84. Mosquito SquadOutdoor pest control

Startup cost: $65.8K - $86.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 243/0

85. PoolwerxPool and spa maintenance, service, remodeling, and supplies

Startup cost: $93K - $309.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 145/16

86. AR WorkshopDIY workshops

Startup cost: $62.9K - $116.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 115/4

87. Wine & DesignPaint-and-sip studios

Startup cost: $69.95K - $221.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 74/1

88. Fosters FreezeSoft-serve ice cream, burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, fries

Startup cost: $64K - $587.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 70/0

89. Crestcom InternationalLeadership development

Startup cost: $85.2K - $99.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 180/0

90. Robin AutopilotRobotic lawn care

Startup cost: $60.3K - $134.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 15/1

91. Pro-Lift Garage DoorsGarage-door installation and repairs

Startup cost: $90.6K - $138K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 23/0

92. Cold Stone CreameryIce cream, sorbet

Startup cost: $53.2K - $468.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,204/4

93. Money Mailer Franchise Direct-mail, online, and mobile marketing services

Startup cost: $65.2K - $77K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 149/80

94. TruBlue Total House CareHome repair services, lawn care, and house cleaning

Startup cost: $61.9K - $81K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 40/0

95. Expense Reduction AnalystsBusiness financial consulting

Startup cost: $66K - $85.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 697/0

96. Dryer Vent Wizard International Dryer-vent cleaning, replacement

Startup cost: $59.7K - $136.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 95/0

97. QualicareMedical/nonmedical home care, patient advocacy

Startup cost: $84.6K - $194.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 51/3

98. the Coder SchoolCoding education for ages 7 to 18

Startup cost: $65.3K - $150.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 26/3

99. 1-800-PackoutsBuilding-contents packing, cleaning, storage, and restoration

Startup cost: $69.5K - $234K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 84/1

100. Mad Science Group Science education and entertainment programs

Startup cost: $74.1K - $110.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 138/1

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