Custom Search

Five cheap franchises to start with less than $10,000

Posted by

Franchises are so ubiquitous we often don’t realize we’re shopping at one. From McDonald’s to Hampton Inns and doggie day cares to campgrounds, they’re literally everywhere. All told, franchises account for 10.5 percent of all businesses in the U.S, and they employ 7.9 million workers in a work force of 59 million, according to Entrepreneur magazine.

Here’s a short list of five cheap franchises to start with less than $10,000:

1) Travel Leaders, $2,845. As a “direct descendant” of “Ask Mr. Foster,” founded in 1888 in St. Augustine, Florida, Travel Leaders claims to be the oldest travel agent network in the country. The agency serves two sectors: business travel and vacation travel. Counting sales volume from franchisees, the company eclipsed the $6 billion mark last year. Once a franchise has been established and demonstrated success, it can graduate to a lower-fee franchise that would be operated under the brand name Results! Travel. Franchise royalties for both brands are a flat monthly fee between $450 and $995 month.

2) Fiesta Insurance Franchise Corp., $3,400. An auto insurance and tax preparation company might not be the easiest franchise to start from scratch, but it can be lucrative – particularly if you use the franchise as a starting point for additional services the company offers such as Refund Anticipation Loans. Fiesta makes up for its low barrier to entry with an extremely high royalty fee that ranges from 15 percent to 25 percent.

3) Mojo Photo Booth, $6,495. Not a franchise, per say, but Mojo Photo Booth takes a simple idea and helps you build your own business around it. They provide you with a photo booth for use at weddings, and you do all the marketing, branding, billing and legwork.

Here’s how it works: Set up a portable enclosure where wedding guests can pose for shots with props, then print out two sets of photos: one for the bride and groom and one for the guests themselves. The bridge and groom then get a nice scrapbook filled with goofy pics of all the wedding guests they invited, and the guests get a nice memento to take home from the wedding. The average photo booth rental fee is $1,027, according to Mojo, and the industry generates some $42 billion a year by servicing more than 2.2 million weddings. The turnkey model Mojo offers is particularly appealing as it doesn’t require royalties or fees beyond your initial investment in the photo booth.

4) Vanguard Cleaning Systems, $8,200. Started in 1984, Vanguard now has more than 2,000 franchises cleaning more than 9,000 offices in the U.S. and Canada. The company’s selective in picking the right franchisees, though, with their strong emphasis on customer service and low cost (two things that rarely go hand in hand). Still, the rewards can be large if you make the grade. Vanguard’s franchising fee is just 5 percent.

5) SuperGlass Windshield Repair, $9,910. A company that focuses solely on glass repair, SuperGlass argues that too many automotive companies urge consumers to replace windshields that could otherwise be repaired. The company offers franchisees the means and training to fix scratches, cracks and chips from home or a brick-and-mortar-based retail outlet. At 4 percent, SuperGlass has the lowest percentage-based franchise royalty fee on our list.

“We still reject more (franchisees) than we accept,” one of the founders of SuperGlass, Bill Costello, tells Entrepreneur. “Not everyone is cut out to be a franchise owner. We give them the correct information, but it’s still a huge, emotional decision for them and their family.”

Want more? Check out our updated post: Five MORE cheap franchises to start with less than $10,000.




Powered by Facebook Comments

Tags: , ,

One Response to Five cheap franchises to start with less than $10,000

  1. Some great options there… I think theres been a real growth in lower cost franchises in recent times… what with the recession and all, I think its inevitable that this area will continue to grow with new options where historically franchises are most commonly thought of as the big retail franchise high cost options.


Leave a Reply

Name and Email Address are required fields. Your email will not be published or shared with third parties.

Killer Articles

Top 10 best gold and silver ETF funds

Here’s a look at the Top 10 best gold and silver ETFs that trade on major U.S. exchanges. We’ve ranked them by volume, as some of the niche ETFs in the precious metals market are so... Read on.

3 reasons NOT to invest in Groupon’s IPO

An IPO date hasn’t been set, but here are three big warning signs you might want to consider before investing in Groupon’s stock... Read on.

From start-up to titan: The unofficial tech IPO calendar for 2012

From Facebook to Twitter to Groupon, the planned tech IPOs in 2012 could be among the most exciting string of new public companies... Read on.

How to invest in water stocks

Often overlooked as a commodity, water supplies could become increasingly critical as emerging economies around the world improve their diets and demand more agricultural resources for the production of meat... Read on.

World’s largest economies in 2050 will look very different

India’s rapid ascent to economic supremacy will be driven by a surging working age population, which will grow more than 40 percent between now and 2050... Read on.

How to invest in cotton stocks

If you’d like exposure to cotton markets without delving into futures and options contracts, a handful of cotton ETNs and cotton-related stocks are available... Read on.

How to buy Chinese Yuan

The Chinese yuan or renminbi has risen about 5 percent a year over the past five years, and some investors argue that China’s currency is still undervalued by 40 percent. If the dollar suffers ... Read on.

Five cheap franchises to start with less than $10,000

Franchises are so ubiquitous we often don’t realize we’re shopping at one. From McDonald’s to Hampton Inns and doggie day cares to campgrounds, they’re literally everywhere. All told, franchises account for 10.5 percent of all businesses in the U.S, and they... Read on.

Why invest in silver?

Ask 10 people why you should invest in gold and silver, and you’ll probably get 10 different answers – many of which will be accompanied by a shrug. Most investors don’t understand the motivation for holding gold or silver bullion. Nonetheless, it’s been difficult to ignore... Read on.

How to Invest in Copper

Copper isn’t as glitzy or glamorous as gold or silver, but in many ways it feels safer. Since copper is regularly used in electronics, it’s consumption per person (particularly in the developed world) has been on the rise for decades. So how does one invest in copper? Read on.