Wild Birds Unlimited

Wild Birds Unlimited

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Franchise Fee: $18,000
Royalty: 4%
Total Investment: $95,273 – $161,837
Founded: 1981
Franchised: 1983
Can Be Home Based: No
SBA Approved: Yes

Jim Carpenter opened the first Wild Birds Unlimited store in Indianapolis in 1981. In 1983 he began franchising, and the company is now based in Carmel, Indiana. Each store sells bird-feeding and bird-watching supplies, including birdhouses, feeders, food and binoculars.

Weed Man USA

Weed Man

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Franchise Fee: $20,000 – $33,750
Royalty: 6%
Total Investment: $67,053 – $84,113
Founded: 1970
Franchised: 1976
Can Be Home Based: No
SBA Approved: Yes

Des Rice founded Weed Man in 1970 in Toronto, Ontario. The private company began franchising in 1976 and has locations throughout Canada and the United States. A master licensee of Turf Management Systems Inc., Weed Man has been franchising in the United States since 1996. Franchisees may start independent locations or convert existing operations into Weed Man franchises.

United Check Cashing

United Check Cashing

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Franchise Fee: $30,000
Royalty: Varies
Total Investment: $226,000 – $297,000
Founded: 1977
Franchised: 1991
Can Be Home Based: No
SBA Approved: Yes

United Financial Services Group was founded in 1977 and began franchising in 1991. It has more than 80 locations throughout the United States and is based in Philadelphia.

U.S. Lawns

U.S. Lawns

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Franchise Fee: $22,000 – $32,000
Royalty: 3-4%
Total Investment: $32,800 – $79,300
Founded: 1986
Franchised: 1987
Can Be Home Based: Yes
SBA Approved: Yes

U.S. Lawns was founded in 1986 and began franchising in 1987. In 1996, U.S. Lawns was acquired by Environmental Care Inc., a subsidiary of Environmental Industries Inc. U.S. Lawns is based in Orlando, Florida, and has locations throughout the United States.

Snap Fitness

Snap Fitness

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Franchise Fee: $19,500
Royalty: $449/mo
Total Investment: $108,240 – $258,140
Founded: 2003
Franchised: 2004
Can Be Home Based: No
SBA Approved: Yes

Before Peter Taunton founded Snap Fitness Inc. in 2003, he was a professional racquetball player and owned and operated five fitness centers in Minnesota. Taunton’s vision for Snap Fitness was to offer patrons a convenient and affordable place to work out 24 hours a day. The company began franchising in 2004, and is currently expanding globally.

Right at Home

Right At Home

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Franchise Fee: $45,000
Royalty: 5%
Total Investment: $76,700 – $126,100
Founded: 1995
Franchised: 2000
Can Be Home Based: No
SBA Approved: Yes

As a hospital administrator, Allen Hager saw many senior patients who could use help caring for themselves after they returned home. That inspired him to start Right at Home in 1995, in Omaha, Nebraska. The company began franchising in 2000, and franchisees work with clients to develop a custom care plan and match them with caregivers to provide in-home care services.

Rainbow Academy

Rainbow Academy

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Franchise Fee: $50,000
Royalty: 7%
Total Investment: $675,000
Founded: 1998
Franchised: 2011
Can Be Home Based: No
SBA Approved: Yes

Guy and Julia Falzarano set out to create the original Rainbow Academy with a one-of-a-kind vision to provide more than just a daycare center. In addition to their desire to create the child care experience they would want for themselves and their own family, they wanted to do something to ease the stresses of parents.

They knew the challenges of working parents well and recognized that in addition to a child’s need for quality, nurturing care, moms and dads have needs, too. This led them to develop industry-leading programs like ParentView® Internet monitoring— providing parents with a sense of connection during the day—as well as optional meal plans and extended hours to ease the stresses of demanding work schedules.

Matco Tools

Matco Tools

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Franchise Fee:
Royalty:
Total Investment: $88,879 – $243,710
Founded: 1979
Franchised: 1993
Can Be Home Based: Yes
SBA Approved: Yes

Since 1979, Matco Tools, a subsidiary of Danaher Corp., has been manufacturing, distributing and servicing automotive equipment, tools and toolboxes. Today the company’s line of products includes over 13,000 different items. Franchisees, who bring these products to their customers in trucks, number nearly 1,500, with locations in all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and Canada.

Martinizing Dry Cleaners

Martinizing Dry Cleaners

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Franchise Fee: $40,000
Royalty: 4%
Total Investment: $305,000 – $617,500
Founded: 1949
Franchised: 1949
Can Be Home Based: No
SBA Approved: Yes

Founded in 1949 by Henry Martin, Martinizing Dry Cleaning offers quick, on-premises dry cleaning services. The company, based in Loveland, Ohio, has opened franchises across the United States and worldwide.

Liberty Tax Service

Liberty Tax Service

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Franchise Fee: $40,000
Royalty: 14%
Total Investment: $59,800 – $72,900
Founded: 1997
Franchised: 1997
Can Be Home Based: No
VetFran Member: Yes
SBA Approved: Yes

Liberty Tax Service is the fastest-growing tax service within the industry. It is our goal to bring in franchisees of high caliber, who are motivated to grow with us as we set a record-breaking pace to become the industry leader. Complete with a resourceful headquarters and management staff with over 600 years in the tax industry, Liberty provides ongoing support in operations, marketing, tax and technical areas. Franchisees develop their exclusive territories by opening and operating retail store locations. Liberty Tax is an attractive franchise opportunity based on the seasonality of the business model. Two-thirds of our franchisees keep their jobs while they grow and develop their Liberty franchise. CEO John Hewitt is the only person who has founded two franchise tax companies that Entrepreneur magazine has ranked on their Franchise 500. He’s a veteran of 41 tax seasons, 12 years with H&R Block, 16 years as founder and CEO of Jackson Hewitt and the past 13 as CEO of Liberty. Named the International Franchise Association’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Hewitt is considered a tax icon and serial entrepreneur inside the tax industry and beyond.