Forget that long commute and fuel costs. Say goodbye to mandatory staff meetings. And the structured 9-5 work day? Make it a thing of the past by starting up your own home-based business, where you can work at home and be your own boss – and where every day is Casual Friday.
It might seem like a scary proposition, but more and more people are leaving the office setting behind for the comfort of their own home. In fact, over half of all U.S. businesses are now based out of an owner’s home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Want proof that it can work? Look no further than Apple, Amazon and Google – just a few among the MANY companies that started out as home-based businesses.
While you may not be aiming to become the next Amazon, starting a home-based business could be your next career move. Need some help getting started? We’ve compiled a list of home-based franchises that might be the perfect opportunity for you.
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Min Investment: $14,950
Just Between Friends is a seasonal sales event where communities come together to buy and sell the best in gently-used children’s and maternity items at huge savings. These events are locally owned and operated and held two to three times a year. Just Between Friends has been in the Top 50 for franchisee satisfaction for six years running (Franchise Business Review).
Min Investment: $1,750
FIT4MOM is the largest fitness program for moms as well as one of the fastest-growing home-based businesses in the nation. The Franchise Support Team and Educators recognize that in life, motherhood comes first. FIT4MOM franchise owners benefit from in-person training opportunities as well as online options to give franchisees the resources needed to fit their lifestyle and business goals.
Min Investment: $149
The social media market is exploding, and the best part is you don’t need any experience to make money in this fast-growing industry. Social Owl’s turn-key program gives anyone the ability to make it big with social media. For a minimal cost, SocialOwl provides everything you will need to run a successful local social media business.
Min Investment: $2,000
Homeowner Referral Network (HRN) is a home-based business that pre-screens and refers local home improvement contractors. With HRN, you reap the benefits of an already-proven business model without paying high franchise fees or ongoing royalty payments. You can launch your own business, have a flexible work schedule and make a full time income from home with complete training and support.
Min Investment: $30
With IncomeShops, you can create your own online shop with other retailers’ products and earn up to 20% commission on every sale from your store. When you sign up to IncomeShops, you get your store within two minutes at anytime of day or night, fully loaded with products for your chosen niche. A welcome pack shows you exactly how to use the store software and how to get up and running fast.
Min Investment: $1,495
City Moms Blog connects moms to information and parenting perspectives unique to the communities in which they live through a network of Sister Sites. It’s a way or moms to be able to share local information, recommendations and build friendships. Starting a Sister Site means starting your own business and making a great impact on moms in your community all while doing what you love – being a mom.
Min Investment: $3,500
The travel industry is a low-cost, low-overhead investment opportunity that bypasses the trial and error of starting your own business by offering a turn-key solution. Cruise One, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network, is a home-based franchise offering cruise planning services, where you have the flexibility to run your travel agency business from anywhere.
Min Investment: $149
LoyalStamp is an easy-to-use system that creates custom mobile loyalty programs for businesses and connects them all with a local loyalty website. Easily create mobile punch cards, share for reward programs, loyalty web page and message business customers. LoyalStamp provides all the technology, support and training you will need for success, and only collects only a small monthly fee licensing.
Min Investment: $199
Mobile apps are the next frontier of marketing for businesses, and the industry is predicted to skyrocket over 1,000% in the next three years. Jump on board and grow your own web and design agency, creating top-quality mobile apps for clients with Motiply. Their system allows anyone to build and app that will attract and impress customers with little legwork.
Min Investment: $100,000
1-800-GOT-JUNK? is the world’s largest junk removal franchise with over 200 franchise partners. For the past 11 years the company’s franchise partners have been hugely successful in North America. By setting the mark for service standards and professionalism, an industry that once operated without set rates, price lists or receipts, now has top service standards.
Min Investment: $68,000
There are man reasons that more than 1,000 people have chosen to enhance their lives by becoming ActionCOACH business coach franchisees. All ActionCOACH franchisees work with employees and owners of small- to medium-sized businesses, offering guidance to not only improve company performance but also find the right balance between work and life.
Min Investment: $49,000
Caring Transitions is a home-based business that lets you help older adults and their families with major transitions. It’s a relocation franchise and an estate sale franchise all in one. In addition to building your Caring Transitions business, you’ll end each day with the knowledge that your efforts changed someone’s life for the better.