California Closets creates customized storage systems based on clients’ needs and available space. The products are made and assembled in the company’s own shops and then installed by California Closets technicians. The concept was started in 1982 by a college student, after having devised his own organizational space-saving system for his dorm room. Since then, the organization and storage industry has grown, and so has California Closets. Around 100 franchised operations are open today.
Start-up Cost: $127.5K - 377K
Home Buddies provides all kinds of in-home pet care services, like pet sitting, dog walking, feeding, waste cleanup, and even webcam pet surveillance. Camp Bow Wow is a kennel service offering day camps and overnight boarding for pets. It is a high-end pet boarding facility and ensures a comfortable environment for customers’ pets with amenities like access to large play areas and comfortable sleeping quarters. Camp Bow Wow and Home Buddies (along with a third leg, Behavior Buddies) are run simultaneously as complementary companies operating from the same location.
Start-up Cost: $60K - 750K
Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop was opened by brother and sister team Lois and Alan Margolet in Wilmington, Delaware - also known as “Little Italy.” With steep competition in the area, the two knew they would have to serve up exceptional sandwiches. Up for the challenge, they proudly offered their unique sandwiches made from slow-roasted turkey. The idea caught on and the Capriotti’s franchise is now over 60 strong.
Start-up Cost: $197K - 427.5K
CareMinders is a top franchisor of home care service providers, giving seniors access to qualified caregivers who help them with errands, chores, meal preparation, and other non-medical services. They can also help with personal care services like bathing, dressing, grooming, bathroom assistance, and more in an effort to preserve dignity, independence, and quality-of-life.
Start-up Cost: $75.5K - 123.9K
Caring Senior Service was formed in 1991 to bring more care options for senior citizens in need. Caring Senior provides seniors and others with such things as meal preparation, housekeeping, running errands, and basic companionship. The name became a franchise in 2002 and now almost 40 Caring Senior Service centers exist in the U.S.
Start-up Cost: $52.45K - 93.05K
Established and franchised in 2006, Caring Transitions helps in asset liquidation for people in transitional periods of life that can be difficult to navigate. Caring Transitions helps seniors to downsize and relocate when life changes make doing so necessary, such as when moving to a care facility. The company also helps families to manage the sales of estate items when a loved one has passed away. Over 100 of these niche franchises are operating today.
Start-up Cost: $42.48K - 70.68K
Margaret and Carl Karcher started their fast food empire with a simple hot dog stand they operated in Los Angeles. After successfully running several of these stands, the couple tried their hand at something a little bigger and found continued success with their restaurant called Carl’s Drive-In Barbecue. Carl’s Jr. stores - smaller versions of the regular-sized Carl’s Drive In - were first opened by the Karchers in the 1950’s and the rest is history. Carl’s Jr. is now one of the most popular fast food chains with nearly 1,500 locations worldwide.
Start-up Cost: $690K - 1.53M
Nick Sheehan and Ken Blum started Cartridge Depot in 2004 in Boca Raton, Florida. The name was franchised that same year, and the two business partners set to work perfecting their model and methods. Cartridge Depot refills ink and toner cartridges, offering this service for a price lower than that of purchasing new cartridges. The company also cleans the cartridges and performs any necessary repairs before refilling them.
Start-up Cost: $78.33K - 191.27K
Cartridge World was founded in 1988 in Adelaide, Australia. It became a franchise in 1992, but the first unit wasn’t sold until 1997. Despite the slow start, Cartridge World locations now number over 1,600 and span 60 countries. The company provides products and services for printers and fax machines for individuals and companies.
Start-up Cost: $120.1K - 194.6K
Founder Tom Carvel opened the first Carvel ice cream store in 1934. As the years went by, Tom never stopped developing and improving upon his already successful model. He created his own specialized equipment and invented fun new flavors. He decided to take his business into franchising in 1947 and the Carvel name continues to grow. The brand has its own line of ice cream and ice cream cakes, which are sold widely.
Start-up Cost: $243.38K - 354.55K
CEO Focus facilitates consulting and advisory communications between small-business owners and executives. The company operates based on a model of sharing knowledge and experience and a belief that the right peer-based resources can help propel a company’s success in a positive direction. Business leaders attend regular meetings with their contemporaries, gaining valuable insight into potential problems and pitfalls facing them in the corporate world.
Start-up Cost: $41.5K - 63K
A part of The Franchise Company group of brands, which includes Paul Davis Restoration and California Closet Company, CertaPro specializes in interior and exterior painting for residential and commercial customers. They practice a customer service oriented business model, even maintaining a fully functional call center. More than 300 CertaPro Painters franchises are open across the United States and Canada.
Start-up Cost: $129K - 158K
Pioneers in their self-created industry, Certified Restoration provides a unique service that has continued to grow in demand. Working primarily with victims of disasters like flood and fire, the company cleans, sanitizes, and restores upholstery, rugs, carpets, curtains and other textile items. Over 140 Certified Restoration franchises currently exist.
Start-up Cost: $43.05K - 233K
Charley Shin opened the first Charley’s Grilled Subs shop on campus at Ohio State University. He had stumbled upon the concept on a family vacation to Philadelphia, during which he mistakenly found himself in South Philly where he fatefully stopped for some lunch. After sinking his teeth into his first authentic Philly cheesesteak sandwich, he began recreating the local favorite for his friends back at college in Ohio. Once perfected, he turned his recipe for creating the perfect cheesesteak sandwich into that first sub shop. Customers loved Charley’s Philly fare and Shin franchised Charley’s in 1991.
Start-up Cost: $103.03K - 445.3K
Since 1986, when it first opened its doors (and its drive-thru) in Mobile, Alabama. The establishment had a simple but noble aim: to provide customers with a better, more flavorful burger than what typical fast food restaurants had to offer. Between Checker’s and its partner brand Rally’s - which it merged with in 1999 - there are 800 franchises under this concept.
Start-up Cost: $453K - 627.2K
Working his way through law school cleaning carpets, Robert Harris probably didn’t imagine that he’d stay in the cleaning business for the rest of his life. He made a fateful decision, however, to see if he could improve upon the mediocre formulas used by the companies he had worked for. Harris’ method worked beautifully, and his services were soon in high demand. He started Chem-Dry in 1977 and was franchising the following year. There are more than 3,600 Chem-Dry outfits in the U.S. and internationally today. Since 2006, Chem-Dry has operated under The Home Depot brand.
Start-up Cost: $27.85K - 122.65K
Chemstation franchises provide detergent maintenance services for their industrial customers. The company provides containers free of charge, which clients pay to have filled and maintained on a regular basis. The company was founded in 1965, as an independent distribution company. In the 1980s the then-owner restructured the company as a detergent manufacturer and supplier in order to remain viable in tough economic times. This was apparently a smart move, as the company has become a flourishing group of franchised operations.
Start-up Cost: $212.45K - 305.45K
Chester’s started frying in 1952, first serving doughnuts and then expanding to the chicken that it is most known for today. Founder W.O. Giles built and patented his own fryers, and people loved the crunchy deep fried fare he made with them. Chester’s continued to grow and diversify, selling frying equipment as well as continuing to build a name for fast fried chicken. The double battered recipe along with clever marketing and brand-building has earned Chester’s a lofty place among successful franchises.
Start-up Cost: $6.14K - 344.5K
In 1939, a group of hotel owners joined efforts and created an industry standard in an effort to improve public perception of hotels. This unofficial alliance held themselves to certain principles of cleanliness, upkeep, and service. In 1941, the partners made it official and formed the United States’ first hotel chain, which they called Quality Courts, United Int’l. They began franchising in 1962, changed their name to Choice Hotels Int’l in 1990, and have expanded to include the Quality, Comfort, Clarion, Sleep, Roadway, and Econolodge names in their chain. Over 6,000 Choice brand hotels are in operation around the globe.
Start-up Cost: $1.27M - 14.64M
Christian Brothers Automotive was started in 1982, with a goal of providing quality automotive service that was affordable and honest. Building on this foundation of integrity, the company grew through the years and eventually started franchising in 1996. Christian Brothers locations in the United States now number over 85.
Start-up Cost: $362.6K - 419.6K