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Top Franchises for Veterans 2017

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Veterans Are a Different Breed

Most veterans are men and women who proudly served their country, hung up their uniform, and quietly blended back into their local communities. They are all around us, but we seldom know who they are. They don’t see themselves as heroes and they don’t want any special treatment. But whether they realize it or not, veterans are a different breed.

They are different because they volunteered—and they continue to volunteer and lend a helping hand in their communities each and every day. They are different because they know the meaning of hard work, and how to stay focused on a goal much bigger than themselves. They are different because they understand what it means to be a team player. And they are different because they have tenacity and grit, and no matter how difficult the challenge, they stick around until the job is done.

Franchise Business Review has spent the last 12 years researching franchisee satisfaction and performance. What we’ve found is that the most successful franchisees have these same qualities. They are team players, they work hard, they have grit, and they are always looking for ways to give back to their local communities—just like all the veterans we know.

For this year’s Veterans in Franchising report, we surveyed thousands of veteran franchise owners, and we asked them about their franchise experience. No surprise—not all franchise businesses are created equal. Many companies were eliminated from our ranking because they “talk the talk,” but they don’t always “walk the walk” when it comes to delivering on promises to their franchisees. The Top 100 Franchises for Veterans featured in the list below received very high marks in owner satisfaction, and were highly rated by the vets that own them.

 

What You Need to Know to Succeed as a Franchisee

Whether you are new to franchising or in one system and ready to expand into another brand, our Top Innovative franchises report above is an ideal jumping off point for your franchising research.

 

The List: Top 100 Franchises for Veterans in 2017

Look for these icons: Brand's franchisee satisfaction report offers insight into its leadership, financial opportunity and much more. Franchisee Q&A sheds light on the franchise lifestyle and experience.


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Logo Franchisor Investment Range Liquid Capital Required Total Units
A All Animal Control Startup Investment $10,750 - $50,000 Cash Requirement $5,000 Total Units 44
ActionCOACH Startup Investment $61,250 - $108,441 Cash Requirement $40,000 Total Units 240
Aire-Master of America Startup Investment $39,584 - $142,400 Cash Requirement $50,000 Total Units 109
Amada Senior Care Startup Investment $92,210 - $171,654 Cash Requirementxf $90,000 Total Units 75
American Poolplayers Association Startup Investment $20,070 - $28,090 Cash Requirement $20,070 Total Units 324
Anago Cleaning Systems Master Franchise Startup Investment $154,000 - $257,000 Cash Requirement $154,000 - $257,000 Total Units 37
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Startup Investment $65,170 - $540,000 Cash Requirement $100,000 Total Units 293
Big Frog Custom T-Shirts Startup Investment $189,200 - $239,200 Cash Requirement $50,000 Total Units 81
Biggby Coffee Startup Investment $220,000 Cash Requirement $70,000 Total Units 254
Bin There Dump That Startup Investment $150,000 - $225,000 Cash Requirement $150,000 - $225,000 Total Units 106
Bloomin' Blinds Startup Investment $35,000 - $85,000 Cash Requirement $40,000 Total Units 40
Brightway Insurance Startup Investment $107,700 - $160,325 Cash Requirement $75,000 Total Units 141
Budget Blinds Startup Investment $99,240 - $202,070 Cash Requirement $59,950 Total Units 1,077
Captain D's Startup Investment $771,000 - $1,003,000 Cash Requirement $350,000 Total Units 523
CarePatrol Startup Investment $64,649 Cash Requirement $75,000 Total Units 150
CertaPro Painters Startup Investment $134,750 - $169,500 Cash Requirement $85,000 Total Units 479
Checkers & Rally's Startup Investment $96,414 - $1,501,265 Cash Requirement $250,000 Total Units 855
Christian Brothers Automotive Startup Investment $403,200 - $474,600 Cash Requirement $75,000 Total Units 159
Coldwell Banker Commercial Startup Investment $37,450 - $781,000 Cash Requirement $175,000 Total Units 170
Complete Weddings and Events Startup Investment $30,350 - $48,650 Cash Requirement $10,000 Total Units 200
Creative Colors International Startup Investment $83,600 - $112,250 Cash Requirement $83,600 - $112,250 Total Units 73
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative Startup Investment $10,495 -$22,667 Cash Requirement $10,495 Total Units 2,433
CruiseOne/Dream Vacations Startup Investment $3,245 - $21,850 Cash Requirement $3,500 Total Units 1,159
Culver's Startup Investment $1,845,000 - $4,155,000 Cash Requirement $350,000 - $600,000 Total Units 610
Dale Carnegie Startup Investment $19,700 - $174,500 Cash Requirement $50,000 - $200,000 Total Units 227
Expedia CruiseShipCenters Startup Investment $150,000 - $250,000 Cash Requirement $100,000 Total Units 225
FASTSIGNS Startup Investment $182,329 - $267,520 Cash Requirement $80,000 Total Units 746
Fibrenew Startup Investment $75,000 - $101,800 Cash Requirement $20,000 - $100,000 Total Units 250
FirstLight Home Care Startup Investment $97,681 - $141,726 Cash Requirement $65,000 Total Units 245
Five Star Painting Startup Investment $61,600 - $136,150 Cash Requirement $24,450 Total Units 170
Home Care Assistance Startup Investment $199,000 - $223,950 Cash Requirement $125,000 Total Units 153
Home Instead Senior Care Startup Investment $115,000 - $125,000 Cash Requirement $55,000 Total Units 1,017
HomeVestors of America Startup Investment $50,000 - $385,000 Cash Requirement $18,000 - $55,000 Total Units 820
Honest-1 Auto Care Startup Investment $169,975 - $457,975 Cash Requirement $150,000 Total Units 60
HouseMaster Startup Investment $61,100 - $106,500 Cash Requirement $42,500 Total Units 309
Hungry Howie's Pizza Startup Investment $251,375 - $495,850 Cash Requirement $100,000 Total Units 548
Huntington Learning Center Startup Investment $110,070 - $225,650 Cash Requirement $60,000 Total Units 299
ILOVEKICKBOXING.COM Startup Investment $206,500 - $301,500 Cash Requirement $50,000 Total Units 214
InXpress Startup Investment $55,300 - $160,200 Cash Requirement $25,000 Total Units 393
Jamba Juice Startup Investment $201,000 - $619,300 Cash Requirement $350,000 Total Units 953
Jan-Pro (master franchisors) Startup Investment $3,952 - $51,105 Cash Requirement $1,000 Total Units 9,000
Kampgrounds of America Startup Investment $27,500 - $4,462,925 Cash Requirement $7,500 Total Units 481
Keller Williams Startup Investment $183,947 - $336,995 Cash Requirement $183,947 Total Units 730
Kona Ice Startup Investment $120,225 - $143,025 Cash Requirement $20,000 Total Units 944
LaRosa's Pizzeria Startup Investment $800,000 - $1,000,000 Cash Requirement $500,000 Total Units 65
Lenny's Sub Shops Startup Investment $188,216 - $396,146 Cash Requirementxf $75,000 Total Units 96
MaidPro Startup Investment $74,560 - $204,450 Cash Requirement $75,000 Total Units 221
MarbleLife Startup Investment $50,000 - $65,000 Cash Requirement $30,000 Total Units 40
Mathnasium Learning Centers Startup Investment $102,750 - $143,610 Cash Requirement $102,750 Total Units 750
Minuteman Press Startup Investment $62,207 - $161,865 Cash Requirement $50,000 Total Units 965
Miracle Method Surface Refinishing Startup Investment $75,000 - $138,000 Cash Requirement $55,000 - $120,000 Total Units 138
Mosquito Joe Startup Investment $66,600 - $127,500 Cash Requirement $30,000 Total Units 280
Murphy Business & Financial Startup Investment $57,525 - $116,650 Cash Requirement $50,000 Total Units 190
MY SALON Suite Startup Investment $395,000 - $955,000 Cash Requirement $150,000 Total Units 68
Nothing Bundt Cakes Startup Investment $392,875 - $545,475 Cash Requirement $150,000 Total Units 168
Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services Startup Investment $59,500 - $107,200 Cash Requirement $100,000 Total Units 135
Orangetheory Fitness Startup Investment $327,600 - $634,100 Cash Requirement $150,000 Total Units 722
Our Town America Startup Investment $63,300 - $86,250 Cash Requirement $70,000 Total Units 61
Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning Startup Investment $40,000 - $60,000 Cash Requirement $35,900 Total Units 309
Pinch A Penny Startup Investment $230,000 - $300,000 Cash Requirement $230,000 - $300,000 Total Units 238
Pinot's Palette Startup Investment $63,400 - $204,200 Cash Requirement $80,000 Total Units 188
Pizza Factory Startup Investment $156,000 - $643,500 Cash Requirement $90,000 Total Units 108
PortraitEFX Startup Investment $9,995 - $25,000 Cash Requirement $9,995 - $25,000 Total Units 55
Precision Concrete Cutting Startup Investment $135,000 - $176,500 Cash Requirement $135,000 - $176,500 Total Units 40
Precision Door Service Startup Investment $56,960 - $510,789 Cash Requirement $50,000 Total Units 77
Proforma Startup Investment $4,730 - $50,195 Cash Requirement $29,500 Total Units 700
Property Damage Appraisers Startup Investment $20,300 - $41,950 Cash Requirement $20,300 - $41,950 Total Units 264
Real Property Management Startup Investment $86,795 - $113,795 Cash Requirement $75,000 Total Units 295
Right at Home Startup Investment $78,250 - $137,900 Cash Requirement $150,000 Total Units 558
Sandler Training Startup Investment $88,150 - $105,750 Cash Requirement $100,000 Total Units 263
Sanford Rose Associates Startup Investment $108,250 - $143,580 Cash Requirement $108,250 Total Units 82
ShelfGenie Startup Investment $70,100 - $125,250 Cash Requirement $70,100 - $125,250 Total Units 172
Signal 88 Security Startup Investment $85,350 - $135,650 Cash Requirement $100,000 Total Units 262
Sir Speedy Printing & Marketing Services Startup Investment $275,000 - $350,000 Cash Requirement $100,000 Total Units 249
Snap-on Tools Startup Investment $169,503 - $350,000 Cash Requirement $100,000 Total Units 5,053
Soccer Shots Startup Investment $36,000 - $42,000 Cash Requirement 38,000 Total Units 197
Sotheby's International Realty Startup Investment $194,650 - $627,000 Cash Requirement $63,650 - $206,000 Total Units 607
Sport Clips, Inc. Startup Investment $189,300 - $354,500 Cash Requirement $200,000 Total Units 1,715
Surface Specialists Systems Startup Investment $43,200 - $56,000 Cash Requirement $25,000 Total Units 45
Tailored Living Startup Investment $131,130 - $269,950 Cash Requirement $124,950 Total Units 195
TeamLogic IT Startup Investment $137,250 - $160,000 Cash Requirement $50,000 Total Units 115
The @WORK Group Startup Investment $99,500 - $174,500 Cash Requirement $100,000 Total Units 115
The Alternative Board Startup Investment $47,385 - $111,375 Cash Requirement $20,000 - $111,375 Total Units 191
The Glass Guru Startup Investment $64,150 - $183,000 Cash Requirement $64,150 Total Units 89
The Goddard School Startup Investment $706,700 - $750,000 Cash Requirement $150,000 Total Units 434
The Grout Doctor Startup Investment $12,000 - $40,000 Cash Requirement $10,000 Total Units 77
The Learning Experience Startup Investment $199,875 - $384,150 Cash Requirement $125,000 Total Units 191
Town Money Saver Startup Investment $5,700 - $17,000 Cash Requirement $5,000 - $12,500 Total Units 47
TSS Photography Startup Investment $20,400 - $74,000 Cash Requirement $10,500 Total Units 169
Two Men And A Truck Startup Investment $95,000 - $666,000 Cash Requirement $80,000 - $190,000 Total Units 389
U.S. Lawns Startup Investment $53,500 - $81,300 Cash Requirement $30,000 Total Units 267
Visiting Angels Startup Investment $77,985 - $102,285 Cash Requirement $43,950 - $51,950 Total Units 548
Weed Man Startup Investment $68,453 - $85,513 Cash Requirement $50,000 Total Units 656
Weichert Real Estate Startup Investment $50,000 - $364,700 Cash Requirement $50,000 Total Units 454
Wild Birds Unlimited Startup Investment $146,693 - $228,406 Cash Requirement $40,000 Total Units 323
Window Genie Startup Investment $90,800 - $140,000 Cash Requirement $50,000 Total Units 121
WOW 1 DAY PAINTING Startup Investment $90,000 - $130,000 Cash Requirement $50,000 Total Units 41
You've Got MAIDS Startup Investment $40,379 - $118,772 Cash Requirement $40,379 Total Units 78
Young Rembrandts Startup Investment $41,250 - $48,120 Cash Requirement $40,000 Total Units 104
Zaxby's Startup Investment $352,000 - $664,300 Cash Requirement $300,000 Total Units 946