Do you like working from home? I think we all like that idea. It’s very attractive to have a name brand supporting us as we work according to our own schedules. There’s a lot written on the internet regarding the “best” home based franchises. But the best thing for one person is NOT the best for others. One person would like to run a motivational speaking business while another would like to sell tools. Anyway, most home based franchises are limited to the cleaning industry, so I have intentionally omitted those in this article’s list of franchise opportunities.
1) Geese Police
Geese Police is a company that is selling home based franchises throughout most of the United States. They give you the power to remove geese from sensitive areas like golf courses and parks so that we can have disease free environments. The company’s tool to facilitate this eradication is an mighty army of border collies. They are the only known breed of dog that can do the job without harming the geese in the process. As a franchisee, you would receive a group of these trained dogs that would help you complete your mission without the interference of PETA or the National Humane Society. In the interview above I speak with David Marcks, the president of Geese Police. In his company’s home franchise office in New Jersey he has made over one million dollars in sales last year so it’s obvious that he’s doing things right.
2) Snap-on Tools
You’ve probably seen those Snap-on Tools trucks on the road. Inside is a franchisee driving around to different mechanic shops. The mechanics actually look forward to these visits because they need what the trucks have. The trucks are only filled with tools that are portable and most popular. But it’s interesting to know that Snap-on Tools sells over 20,000 tools… too many to show from the inside of a truck. You can be sure that if you do decide to be a Snap-on Tools franchisee, you will get a lot of business because the brand has been around since 1920. But remember that working under this respected name comes at a high cost. The price to get started as a franchisee is around $150,000.
3) Tutor Doctor
In the town where I live everyone knows that Tutor Doctor franchise is here because we always see the unusual looking cars. They are either traveling to the homes of regular students or making first time visits based on the leads that the corporate office provides. Franchise owners are very fortunate because these leads from the corporate office keeps their business afloat. For a bare minimum investment of $66,000, you too could be enriching the lives of kids under a brand name that people recognize. The tutoring industry in the US is good to get into because of how our low test scores have been in the last 30 years. And if you’re living in New York there’s an added bonus. 65% of all high school graduates there don’t have the reading level that’s required to enter into a typical community college. How strange it is that this Canadian franchise is helping a country that USED to be the most educated in the world.
4) Soccer Shots
Jason Webb and Jeremy Sorzano were two professional soccer players who wanted to make some money in their off season. So they decided to open a camp called “Soccer Shots” to teach children (2-8) soccer skills and sportsmanship. The plan went over so well that they expanded their operations through the US with the help of friends and former teammates as franchisees. The low franchise fee of $19,000 is especially appealing. Once you have paid your dues, you receive the coaching kit including manuals, soccer paraphernalia and brochures. The main office takes care of your own local website. Although there is a sales commission that you pay of 7%, this can be offset by the fact that you can conduct the once a week lessons year round (except December). The Franchise Business Review recently conducted a franchisee satisfaction report and Soccer Shots ranked #4 in 2014.
5) Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz is a franchise that engages children in Lego brick activities which were designed by engineers and architects. By going through classes after school and on weekends, kids learn problem solving skills while encountering math and science concepts. Started in 2008, Bricks 4 Kidz has quickly expanded into over 500 international franchises. Each franchisee opens a Creativity Center that offers an alternative to the boredom that kids experience during their off time at home. Instead of listening to the constant bells and whistles of video games, parents are more than willing to send their kids off to a place that is educational and engaging. In 2014 Bricks 4 Kidz was ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine as the #2 Best Franchise.
In this post I have tried to expound upon franchise opportunities that are highly relevant for today and catching on throughout the US and Canada. N-Hance is one of those select few that could dramatically increase your bottom line. I say this because they provide you with proprietary equipment that the competition doesn’t have. N-Hance deals with refinishing of hardwood floors and cabinets. The business strategy relies on the fact that people call you for your refinishing services because you only need to work 2 days instead of the typically expected 4 days. Homeowners who are trying to sell their homes need their homes looking spiffy. The amount that they pay you to refinish is ultimately repaid back to them in the form of a higher home sale price. So far over 270 franchises have been sold throughout the US and Canada.
Pop-A-Lock seems like an unlikely top 20 pick, but it is quickly gaining traction. Designed by police officers in Louisiana, this franchise fits in nicely into a society that’s becoming increasingly security conscious. This is one of the few franchises where you don’t have to be open during business hours so your life will feel more autonomous. Making visits to homes and offering roadside assistance is the bread and butter of the business model. Free publicity is garnered through a policy of responding to emergency calls at no charge when children are locked in cars.
8) Pillar to Post Home Inspections
In the real estate industry, there will always be sales no matter what the prices are. You can be part of the selling food chain by inspecting houses and determining their value. It’s important to know that whenever a home is sold, an inspection must be done to clarify any problems with a house. The documents that are produced from an inspection must be brought to the purchase table and signed by the home’s future owner. I like this franchise because it only requires only one person to run an office and I LOVE the low minimum cost of $32,000.
While I was researching to write this post I couldn’t help but notice that the number of Dale Carnegie franchises has been steadily declining for years and I think I know why. Executives don’t want just motivational speakers, they want motivational speakers that give industry related business strategies. They need answer men, short and simple. This is definitely a high calling and if you have credentials you might want to consider hooking up with ActionCOACH. This company positions itself as the turn key solution for bigger profits and you can imagine that the training would be intense after paying your $110,000 to be a franchisee. Rest assured that there will be opportunities for those who are tenacious as business coaching is the second fastest growing career niche in the US. This niche would also not be dramatically effected by a recession because businesses will always need to make extra money. The training for franchisees is amply available as evidenced by the large array of business coaching books that the company has put out. This seems like a good opportunity for the right candidate who doesn’t like glass ceilings.
10) Fresh Healthy Vending
Want a franchise that can do the community good and is very appreciated? Sign up with Fresh Healthy Vending and you’ll be part of a burgeoning new business model. Americans are more educated about eating the right foods, so you install machines in your local area and collect revenue. Each new location is garnered by headquarters. You just service and stock the machines in offices and schools. This is really the ground floor to a new and untapped health industry.