Another company started by brothers, H & R Block was founded as a small bookkeeping outfit in 1955 by Harold and Richard Bloch. The company has since maintained a long run as one of the top tax preparation services in the United States. They have continued to adapt to the technological advances of the times, and offer online services as well as tax preparation software. The firm processes hundreds of millions of tax returns every year.
Start-up Cost: $35.51K - 136.2K
The Hampton Hotels franchise began in 1984 in Memphis, Tennessee. Hampton set itself apart from other hotels by offering free cable TV and complimentary continental breakfast. Eleven years later the brand expanded with its concept, Hampton Inns & Suites, which offered condominium-like accommodations such as kitchens, living rooms, and separate bedrooms. Shortly after introducing Hampton Inns and Suites, the Hampton Hotels franchise was purchased by Hilton Worldwide whose other brands include Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Grand Vacations, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts.
Start-up Cost: $3.75M - 13.11M
The first Handle With Care store was opened in Denver, Colorado in 1980. The store has evolved from its initial services offered like private mailboxes and packing/shipping services. In addition to those original features, Handle With Care also offers customers retail sales of boxes and packaging supplies. Handle With Care entered the franchise market in 1984 and there are over 50 stores currently open in the United States.
Start-up Cost: $96K - 165.55K
Marvin Belkin and Arthur Neuman started Handyman Connection in 1990. Neuman had served as the head of a maintenance committee for a homeowners association and had seen that good servicemen were hard to find. The two men partnered to form Handyman Connection, providing a wide variety of basic residential repairs and services. Soon after opening, Handyman Connection became a franchised company and has grown to include around 100 U.S. locations.
Start-up Cost: $99.85K - 157.1K
Happy Feet/Legends offers soccer programs for kids and teens. Happy Feet is a mobile program that focuses on younger children, ages 2-6. Legends is for older kids, teaching them valuable life skills through soccer-based activities and drills. Founded in 1989 and franchised in 2007, the HappyFeet/Legends soccer programs are now taught via more than 51 operations worldwide.
Start-up Cost: $18.3K - 23.2K
It was 1960 when Wilber Hardee opened his first hamburger shop in Greenville, North Carolina. In less than a year, he had sold his first franchise. Ten years later, Hardee’s added freshly made biscuits to its menu. This somewhat unusual move proved to be a smart one, and Hardee’s is still known for its “Made from Scratch” biscuits. The Hardee’s brand was acquired by CKE Restaurants, Inc. (their other brands include Carl’s Jr.) and has continued to operate successfully throughout the United States and abroad.
Start-up Cost: $1.09M - 1.58M
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham operates under the U.S. Franchise Systems name (which also includes Best Inns & Suites and Microtel). Hawthorn was first opened as a subsidiary of Hyatt Hotels in 1986. The concept is an extended-stay home-like lodging environment with extra amenities geared toward the modern business traveler. There are currently 74 hotels in the Hawthorn Suites chain of franchises.
Start-up Cost: $208.12K - 10.55M
Hayes Handpiece was founded by John Hayes in 1989. Hayes had previously run a dental supply company and noticed that handheld dental tools were by far the most lucrative portion of his business. Acting on this knowledge, Hayes started the niche company Hayes Handpiece, providing repair and replacement for dental drills and other handheld tools. In 1995, the company began franchising and now has over 80 service and repair centers.
Start-up Cost: $38.75K - 58.35K
HealthSource was developed by Dr. Chris Tomshack, a former chiropractor. Founded in Vermillion, Ohio in 1998. After growing his business for several years, Dr. Tomshack franchised his unique model for a successful chiropractic practice. Tomshack’s decision to go big has taken the chiropractic world by storm and there are over 300 Health Source practices in the United States.
Start-up Cost: $52.75K - 254.1K
Heaven’s Best, which operates out of Rexburg, Idaho provides a semi-dry carpet cleaning method to residential and business clients. The practice of using minimal water allows Heaven’s Best to promise dry carpets just one hour after cleaning. The concept and company was originated by founder Cody Howard in 1983 and now more than 1,200 Heaven’s Best operations provide the company’s signature services.
Start-up Cost: $44.9K - 65.9K
Hilton Garden Inn is a part of the Hilton Worldwide family of hotels. The chain started in the 1980s and despite slow growth in those early days, the Hilton Garden Inn has become a leader in the upscale mid-priced hotel niche. Over 500 of these popular hotels exist today.
Start-up Cost: $11.35M - 20.68M
More than 500 Hilton brand hotels and resorts operate in almost 80 countries around the world. Offering upscale lodging with amenities galore, including gourmet restaurants, fitness centers, spas, and luxury pools, the Hilton hotels provide a luxury experience for travelers. The Hilton service model focuses on sincere hospitality, stat-of-the-art design principles, and its high-end list of features.
Start-up Cost: $53.49M - 90.17M
Thomas Walla and Merlin P. Hayes opened the first HobbyTown store in 1980. Hayes had previously run another hobby shop with his wife. By 1986, the company became HobbyTown USA, offering franchises to U.S. investors. HobbyTown USA has grown to include nearly 150 independently owned and operated shops throughout the United States, along with a website for internet sales of its products. HobbyTown sells everything hobby-related including model car kits, games, train sets, remote control toys, and more.
Start-up Cost: $150K - 335K
Home Care Assistance was started by Kathy Johnson after disappointing experiences with in-home caregivers in her own life. She decided to create a model for senior care services using a balanced approach to ensure optimal health, dignity, and positive social interaction for homebound and semi-active senior citizens. There are almost 70 Home Care Assistance franchises today.
Start-up Cost: $61K - 170.5K
After their own experience with an elderly relative, Paul and Lori Hogan saw an unfulfilled need for non-medical in-home care services. In 1994, they founded Home Instead and began providing unique services - such as household help, transportation assistance, and companionship to senior citizens in the Omaha, Nebraska area. Their efforts to help bring more independence to seniors were well-received, and the couple began selling franchises in 1995. Now, Home Instead is an international force, employing around 65,000 care specialists trained out of nearly 900 locations around the globe.
Start-up Cost: $53.33K - 69.47K
Founded in 1991, Home Video Studio was started by film industry veteran Robert Hanley. Hanley found a niche for editing, duplication, and other simple but necessary video production services. He used this to create his own home-based studio, which he grew into a franchise offering the same business opportunities to entrepreneurs in the United States and Canada.
Start-up Cost: $69.05K - 97.3K
Homes & Land Magazine is a publication offering real estate ad space to its customers. Featured homes and properties are showcased through photos and informative text blurbs. The company was founded in 1973 and franchised in 1984 and there are now 250 units publishing Homes & Land Magazines for their respective areas.
Start-up Cost: $52.1K - 133K
Founder Paul Sauer created Homewatch CareGivers. He wanted to serve the elderly by connecting them with caregivers who would help them to retain freedom, dignity, and independence. Sauer franchised his successful home care business in 1996, and the Homewatch CareGivers name can be seen on over 200 centers across the U.S. and elsewhere.
Start-up Cost: $73.5K - 125K
HomeWell Senior Care was started in 2002 and ventured into franchising in 2003. Joshua Hoffman, the company’s founder, had worked in home care himself before starting the business. HomeWell franchises employ caregivers who provide seniors with all kinds of non-medical care to help them retain their independence and confidence.
Start-up Cost: $53.55K - 85.4K