10 Top Franchises You Can Run From Home
Have you had it with the weak job market?
Have you had it with the weak job market? Tired of working for someone else? Want to start your own business but you're low on cash?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you’re not alone. The number of people starting businesses at home -- “homepreneurs” -- is rising steadily. In fact, more than half of all small businesses are now run from owners’ homes.
It's tough out there. But here are ten reputable franchisors that have either grown their businesses or held their own in one of the worst economies in decades. Profits vary depending on the number of clients, hours of service and variety of services offered. See if one of these franchises might be right for you.
By Neema P. Roshania
Product/Service: Dance fitness classesHeadquarters: Carlsbad, Calif.Franchises in the U.S.: 6,627Growth in Franchises (2006-2010): 16%Net Worth Requirement: $0Royalty: 20%Franchise Fee: $1,000
Jazzercise’s innovative and affordable workouts make it a popular exercise option for many clients even during difficult economic times. Running the business end from the home is fairly straightforward, but operators typically rent space at a church, meeting hall or other nearby location for the dance classes.
Product/Service: Business consulting and coachingHeadquarters: Las Vegas, Nev.Franchises in the U.S.: 445Growth in Franchises (2006-2010): 66%Net Worth Requirement: $100,000Royalty: $1,800/monthFranchise Fee: Varies
Business training and consulting are the hallmarks of this franchise, which is seeing a robust business as many firms struggle to stay afloat.
Product/Service: Commercial cleaningHeadquarters: Addison, TexasFranchises in the U.S.: 9,375Growth in Franchises (2006-2010): -6%%Net Worth Requirement: $0Royalty: 10%Franchise Fee: $10,000 minimum
Jani-King’s commercial cleaning franchises provide janitorial services for office buildings, hotels, stadiums and retail buildings. Such operations can be easily run from home.
Product/Service: Shrub and lawn care, pest controlHeadquarters: Holmdel, N.J.Franchises in the U.S.: 465Growth in Franchises (2006-2010): -5%Cash Liquidity Requirement: $40,000Royalty: 10%Franchise Fee: $25,000
The company offers lawn care and pest control for commercial and residential properties -- a popular service with people too busy or too tired to devote hours taking care of their yards. An aging U.S. population should buoy this service, particularly as more and more older folks opt to stay in homes where they have lived for decades.
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Product/Service: Nonmedical in-home careHeadquarters: Cincinnati, OhioFranchises in the U.S.: 650Growth in Franchises (2006-2010): 8%Cash Liquidity Requirement: $30,000Royalty: 4%-6%Franchise Fee: $35,000
Aging baby boomers are creating a growing market for such care. Franchises like this one offer in-home care for the elderly and disabled as well.
Product/Service: Disaster insurance/restorationHeadquarters: Gallatin, Tenn.Franchises in the U.S.: 1, 521Growth in Franchises (2006-2010): 16%Net Worth Requirement: $100,000Royalty: 3%-10%Franchise Fee: $41,000
Servpro works with insurance companies to clean up and restore properties in the wake of a fire, flood, severe weather or biohazard damage. Their services are offered to both residential and commercial clients.
Product/Service: Professional tools and equipmentHeadquarters: Kenosha, Wis.Franchises in the U.S.: 3,262Growth in Franchises (2006-2010): 6%Net Worth Requirement: $30,000Royalty: $102/monthFranchise Fee: $5,000 minimum
Franchisees offer a variety of tools for uses in the home as well as on the job. The business can be run from home, and includes use of a Snap-on Tools truck to offer its products to customers.
Product/Service: Printing and promotional materialsHeadquarters: Cleveland, OhioFranchises in the U.S.: 700Growth in Franchises (2006-2010): 23%Net Worth Requirement: $100,000Royalty: 6%-8%Franchise Fee: Varies
Proforma makes a business out of other businesses. It supplies print and promotional materials that help clients publicize their brands and increase sales.
Product/Service: Plumbing and drainingHeadquarters: North Billerica, Mass.Franchises in the U.S.: 480Growth in Franchises (2006-2010): 47%Net Worth Requirement: $25,000 Royalty: Flat fee per month based on population servedFranchise Fee: $4,000 minimum
Recession or no recession, homes everywhere will always have plumbing and drainage problems, leaving franchises such as Rooter-Man with lots of prospective customers.
Vanguard Cleaning Systems
Product/Service: Commercial cleaningHeadquarters: San Mateo, Calif.Franchises in the U.S.: 1,734Growth in Franchises (2006-2010): 300%Cash Liquidity Requirement: $2,800-$9,000Royalty: 5%Franchise Fee: $7,650-$37,000
Vanguard Cleaning Systems provides janitorial and commercial cleaning services for offices, daycare facilities, gyms, etc.