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Top 50 Franchises: 250+ locations


Home Instead Senior Care
Category: Senior Care


Kona Ice
Category: Food


Sotheby's International Realty
Category: Real Estate


Weed Man
Cash Req: $50,000    Total Inv: $40,000 - $60,000
Category: Home Services, Services

Weed Man is a network of locally owned and operated lawn care professionals providing environmentally responsible fertilization, weed control and integrated pest management services. For over 40 years, Weed Man has been committed to delivering superior lawn care services to residential customers and has grown to become the largest franchised lawn care company in North America.

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Cruise Planners
Cash Req: $10,000    Total Inv: $495 - $9,995
Category: Travel & Hospitality

Did you know you could own a franchise business you actually enjoy working? You can love what you do. Cruise Planners/American Express is a low investment business opportunity which yields high returns with no travel experience required. Our home-based business model has a family of over 900 franchise owners and is one of the largest, privately owned, nationally recognized and continually awarded cruise selling agencies in the country.

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Heaven's Best Carpet Cleaning
Cash Req: $15,000    Total Inv: $28,900 - $64,000
Category: Cleaning & Maintenance, Home Services

Heaven's Best is a worldwide leader in carpet and upholstery cleaning franchise opportunities for commercial and residential locations. Our unique "dry in one hour" process yields exceptional results. Heaven's Best cleaning experts can tackle the toughest stains and dirt leaving your carpets clean and renewed.

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Wild Birds Unlimited
Cash Req: $25,000 - $35,000    Total Inv: $104,162 - $172,511
Category: Retail

We are the original and leading franchise system specializing in the hobby of backyard bird feeding and nature related products. Wild Birds Unlimited functions as a true community resource - we provide valuable knowledge about the bird-feeding hobby and represent a unique and pleasant shopping experience. Our product mix includes a wide variety of high quality bird feeders, bird houses, bird food, bird baths, books, binoculars and nature-related products and gift items. But, the difference between what we offer and what other retailers offer goes far beyond the products we sell. It's who we are. The idea of "Bringing People and Nature Together" is at the very heart of our retail concept.

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Visiting Angels
Cash Req: $34,950 - $42,950    Total Inv: $62,935 - $84,685
Category: Senior Care

The directors of Visiting Angels have always held the philosophy that they are in business to provide the best care possible to seniors as well as others who need in home care while giving total respect to the care giving staff.

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CertaPro Painters
Cash Req: $75,000    Total Inv: $129,000 - $158,500
Category: Home Services, Cleaning & Maintenance, Services

Join the market leader, #1 in franchisees’ AND customers' satisfaction. In 2011, the average gross sales for a CertaPro Painters Business was $700,323—up from $643,577 in 2010 and $549,215 in 2009.* Leverage 20 years of experience in the $40B, commercial and residential painting industry. In business, reputation is king. Our customers and franchisees have made the CertaPro brand the most trusted, most referred and most reliable in the industry. As a CertaPro franchisee, you manage the business, while your crews do the painting. A strong fit for skilled business professionals. Transform your future with CertaPro.

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Category: Advertising & Sales


Firehouse Subs
Category: Food


Category: Food


Budget Blinds
Category: Home Services


American Poolplayers Association
Category: Sports & Recreation


Cash Req: $80,000    Total Inv: $171,197 - $276,965
Category: Advertising & Sales, Business Services

Our mission is to help our franchise owners build gross sales and profitability. We realize our franchisees are our clients and will do whatever it takes to ensure their happiness and respect.

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United Country Real Estate
Category: Real Estate


Category: Travel & Hospitality


Mathnasium Learning Centers
Cash Req: $40,000    Total Inv: $99,750 - $139,000
Category: Child Services, Education

Mathnasium is a learning center where students go year-round to boost their math skills. They are highly specialized; they teach only math. Their program is for students in pre-K through 12th grade. Like at a gym or health club, members pay a monthly membership fee, and attend at their convenience.

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Right at Home
Category: Senior Care


Stroller Strides
Category: Fitness


Checkers & Rally's
Cash Req: $250,000    Total Inv: $165,000 - $897,000
Category: Food

With nearly 800 restaurants and 25 plus years' experience, Checkers is consistently ranked highest in overall value by guests in the category - thriving in both booming and retracting economies. The company owns and operates 300 restaurants to ensure both products and initiatives are tested before rollout to the franchise community. The Company has meaningfully improved restaurant profitability by implementing a nimble, metrics-driven management style and developing efficiencies across the business. The results of this new orientation are highly tangible and include more effective food cost controls and streamlined supply chain and distribution system.

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Auntie Anne's Pretzels
Category: Food


Snap-on Tools
Cash Req: $30,164-$80,246    Total Inv: $30,164 - $318,979
Category: Automotive, Retail

Snap-on is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics and equipment solutions for professional users. Product lines include hand and power tools and are sold through its franchisees, company-direct sales and distributor channels, as well as over the internet.

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The Goddard School
Cash Req: $150,000    Total Inv: $701,400 - $721,400
Category: Child Services, Education

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is the franchisor of The Goddard School. GSI is the acknowledged leader in the childcare franchise segment, awarding franchises to qualified applicants who want to go into business for themselves, not by themselves. Goddard School franchisees benefit from the extensive support structure that Goddard Systems, Inc. has developed over nearly 25 years in franchising. Our goal as a franchisor is to provide our franchisees with an exceptional foundation to ensure consistency of programs and services for our customers as well as to provide guidance as they achieve their personal goals as business owners.

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Coldwell Banker
Category: Real Estate


Sport Clips, Inc.
Category: Health & Beauty


Signal 88 Security
Cash Req: $20,000    Total Inv: $85,000 - $105,000
Category: Services

Signal 88, founded in 2003 in Omaha, Nebraska, was named after the police code for "Situation Secure." We were founded by former law enforcement personnel with a vision to redefine and set a new standard of professionalism in the security industry. We integrate state-of-the-art technology with customized security solutions and enhance these with our expertise and unique business approach. Signal 88 is revolutionizing the security industry and looking for franchisees with our same goals.

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European Wax Center
Category: Health & Beauty


Penn Station
Category: Food


U.S. Lawns
Cash Req: $30,000    Total Inv: $48,500 - $75,300
Category: Cleaning & Maintenance, Services

Founded in 1986, U.S. Lawns services commercial landscape customers through a network of over 250 locally owned franchise locations nationwide, providing customized commercial landscape management and snow & ice management services to corporate campuses, retail centers, industrial parks, multi-family residential communities and other commercial customers. U.S. Lawns also provides multi-location property managers and owners with centralized billing and one point of contact through Strategic Accounts.

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Marco's Pizza
Category: Food


Kampgrounds of America/ KOA
Category: Sports & Recreation, Travel & Hospitality


HomeVestors of America
Cash Req: $42,300 - $346,250    Total Inv: $42,300 - $346,250
Category: Real Estate, Services

HomeVestors® is the first and largest national franchise company for the professional real estate investor. HomeVestors franchisees are professional real estate investors who specialize in buying and selling undervalued houses. Experts estimate this to be a $10 billion industry in the United States.

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Cash Req: $80,000 - $100,000    Total Inv: $165,940 - $414,685
Category: Food

Tropical Smoothie Café is a healthy, Quick casual restaurant chain with 365 locations in 38 states. Our business model is unique in that we offer boldly flavored, healthier food and all natural real fruit smoothies whose sales come to us in equal amounts, making us a very balanced business.

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Interim HealthCare
Category: Senior Care


Bruegger's Bagels
Category: Food


Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspection
Cash Req: $7,500    Total Inv: $30,900 - $36,900
Category: Home Services, Real Estate

Pillar to Post is the largest and leading home inspection company in North America. If you're ready to make your next move in life, why not consider a home-based business that allows you to make a difference in your customer's lives. Pillar to Post is a low startup cost franchise with 18 years of proven success. We provide the solid technical training and support you need to take your business to the next level.

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Cash Req: $45,000    Total Inv: $60,350 - $106,350
Category: Home Services, Real Estate

There are many home inspection companies, but only one Master. HouseMaster is the most experienced name in home inspections with over 30 years franchising and more than 2 million inspections performed.

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Cash Req: $75,000    Total Inv: $55,000 - $150,000
Category: Business Services

Unishippers was born in 1987 from the simple idea that by partnering with major shipping suppliers and reselling their services, small and medium-sized business could benefit from the negotiated discounts and increased level of customer service. Twenty-five years later, Unishippers has proven just how smart that idea really was. With more than 50,000 shipping customers, 6.5 million shipments annually, and industry leading partners including UPS® and YRC Freight® and Estes®. Unishippers has the experience and leverage franchisees need to be successful.

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Charley's Grilled Subs
Category: Food


McAlister's Deli
Category: Food


Padgett Business Services
Cash Req: $78,750    Total Inv: $99,830 - $105,955
Category: Business Services, Financial & Tax

We offer small business advice and consultation, tax preparation, government compliance, financial reporting, complete payroll services, and other services important to small businesses.

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Realty Executives International
Category: Real Estate


Category: Business Services


Liberty Tax Service
Category: Financial & Tax


Category: Business Services


Jamba Juice
Category: Food


Category: Food


Molly Maid
Category: Cleaning & Maintenance, Home Services


Village Inn
Category: Food