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12 Franchises You Can Own For Less Than $100,000

Marci Martin
Marci Martin

Ready to start your own business but intimidated by everything that goes into starting up from scratch? A great way to begin in business with resources is to choose the franchise route. With franchising, established companies offer their business model for a fee, and you follow their proven processes, practices and business procedures while offering their product and service.

Considering that many franchises cost hundreds of thousands of dollars (sometimes even upwards of $1 million) to invest in, finding a lower-priced opportunity means you can join the growing ranks of successful franchisees without breaking the bank. Here are twelve great options for franchises with total investments of $100,000 or less.


Bar-B-Clean offers residential and commercial customers a convenient, low-cost grill-cleaning solution. The service includes a deep cleaning of the interior and exterior of the grill, as well as a thorough inspection of the burner and ignition systems.

Total cost: $19,500

American Business Systems, LLC

American Business Systems, LLC offers medical billing services. As one of the most in demand services in the country, medical billing services continues to grow by leaps and bounds. By franchising with American Business Systems, you can work from anywhere, even home, and set your own schedule. No special degrees or professional licenses are required to be a medical biller and the ABS system simplifies complicated medical coding.

Total cost: $30,000

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Fetch! Pet Care

Passionate about pets and want to find a way to work with them every day? Fetch! Pet Care provides pet sitting and dog-walking services nationwide. Entrepreneurs managing their independent pet-sitting and dog-walking businesses receive training in services, as well as how to run a business, and support from both the company and its network of franchisees. 

Total cost: $34,895 to $48,500

Weed Man Lawn Care

Founded in 1970 and franchised in 1976, Weed Man's network of locally owned and operated lawn-care professionals provides environmentally responsible fertilization, weed control and integrated pest-management services. In addition to ongoing brand support and special military opportunities, the company also offers financial assistance to qualified franchisees through its partnership with franchise lender

Total cost: $40,000 to $50,000

Doc Popcorn 

Doc Popcorn empowers its franchise owners to produce fresh-popped popcorn in a variety of all-natural flavors, and have fun while doing it. Co-founder Reneé Israel said the company is revolutionizing how people snack in high-traffic venues by offering a better-for-you snack option, and the business has become one of the world's largest popcorn retailers. Doc Popcorn's flexible, scalable business model has made it an appealing choice for entrepreneurs looking to get into the food-service industry.

Total cost: Starts at $46,500 (single unit)

JDog Junk Removal

Military veterans often face challenges after they leave the service. That's why former Army member Jerry Flanagan started JDog Junk Removal, a franchise opportunity offered exclusively to current or former U.S. military members and their families. This waste-removal company will sort, haul, recycle and discard junk, garbage and recyclables for its customers. Even at the lowest-priced Starter level, JDog franchisees receive 24-hour operational support, PR and marketing materials, and a full business startup kit to help them on the road to success.

Total cost: $50,000 to $75,000


Want to help other small businesses? Advicoach caters business coaching and advisory services to small and midsize businesses, helping business owners increase productivity and value of their businesses by providing  exceptional coaching methodologies. "Rapid Impact Strategies" help the business owners obtain their business goals.

Total cost: $50,000 to $74,999

Caring Senior Service

With longer life expectancies and an aging baby boomer population in the United States, Caring Senior Service meets a growing need. An in-home care franchise with more than 50 locations in 18 states, the company believes that every senior should be able to remain "happy, healthy and home." It uses its GreatCare method to offer customers quality caregivers, care solutions and active involvement. Franchisees receive all the front- and back-end support they need to be successful, including administrative programs and technology, marketing tools, and office equipment.

Total cost: $53,950 to $93,050

Kidcreate Studio

Kidcreate Studio offers children's art classes, camps and art-themed birthday parties which are made available for children ages 18 months through 12 years, providing confidence building moments surrounded by tones of fun. Started by Lara Olson as a way for her son to get more exposure to art classes, Kidcreate Studio offers attractive opportunities for business minded individuals looking to earn a successful living in an industry with strong consumer demand.

Total cost: Starts at $54,000

9Round Fitness

Fitness franchises have always been popular, and 9Round Fitness is no exception. This specialized gym, fitness center and health club is dedicated to boxing and kickboxing training, which differentiates 9Round from all-purpose gym franchises like Crunch. The company gives its worldwide franchisees access to its corporate support staff during the workweek, as well as assistance with choosing the right location and hiring the right trainers.

Total cost: $57,514 to $93,014

Handyman Matters

Handyman Matters aims to bridge the gap between skilled "technical" home-improvement workers and superior customer-service professionals. Franchisees are able to offer customers reliable, high-quality home repairs, as well as a positive, well-organized experience. Founder Andy Bell, who started the company in 1998 with a group of 50 Denver, Colorado-based craftsmen, has expanded his franchises into 34 states and three countries, and said he expects to continue growing into hundreds of other territories in the near future.

Total cost: $58,230 to $100,000

Painting with a Twist

"Paint-and-sip" entertainment franchises have popped up everywhere in recent years, but Painting with a Twist was among the first to hit it big. The company began as Corks N Canvas in 2007, aiming to make instructional art a fun group activity to be enjoyed with friends and wine. In 2009, Painting with a Twist was born, and it quickly became the largest paint-and-sip franchisor in the country. Cathy Deano, co-founder, said that franchisees love how fun the business is to run, as well as the fact that social good is built into the business model: Each franchisee is given a complete community outreach program to help support local initiatives.

Total cost: $70,000 to $80,000

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Additional reporting by Nicole Taylor. Price information may vary depending on franchising fees, location and territory size.

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Marci Martin
Marci Martin
Business News Daily Contributing Writer
With an associate's degree in business management and nearly 20 years in senior management positions, Marci brings a real-life perspective to her articles about business and leadership. She began freelancing in 2012 and became a contributing writer for Business News Daily and in 2015.