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Franchises Go Way Beyond Fast Food. Here Are Some Options to Consider.

One of the biggest misconceptions people have is that franchises are only fast-food restaurants. But franchising isn’t just food. From educational services to fitness studios and weight-loss centers, franchises are ingrained in industries that provide many day-to-day services. As long as there’s an in-demand product or service and a market that wants it, there’s a franchise opportunity to go along with it.

Here are some franchise opportunities beyond fast food worth checking out.

Mobile Franchises

With a mobile franchise, you don't have to wait for customers to come to you; you can go where the customers are. Whether your mobile franchise goes to parties or other special events, you will have access to a large customer base. Additionally, owning a mobile franchise gives you the opportunity to have flexible work hours, low overhead, and a fun business. You can find a mobile franchise for just about any service, including mobile dog grooming, mobile gaming services for kids, and mobile lawn care services. 

Child-Related Services

Parents are always willing to spend money on their children, so a child-related franchise is a great option. You can invest in a child-related hair cutting service, an acting franchise, a sports franchise, or an arts and crafts franchise that will be popular with kids in your area.  With a children’s franchise, not only are you potentially shaping a child’s future, but you are also investing in an in-demand business. 

Home Services

If you own a house, you know how much work goes into making it a home. This area includes gutter cleaning services, lawn maintenance services, glass cleaning services, plumbing and electrical services, and junk removal. Not only can you make a nice income with these businesses, but you can also help customers feel better in the environment they call home. Additionally, home services franchises typically have low overhead and can be home-based. Home services will always be in demand, making the industry recession-proof.

Educational Services

An essential part of a child’s upbringing is their education. By opening an educational services franchise, you offer students of all ages services that can provide them with the technology and individualized curriculum needed to succeed academically. You don’t have to be an educator to open this kind of franchise. But if you are an educator, you can open a franchise based on your area of interest, including a math-focused franchise, a language-focused franchise, or a general tutoring service that can provide students with the extra instruction they need.

Seasonal Franchises

An advantage of a seasonal franchise is that you can run it part-time and only during specific seasons. For example, if you operate a pool cleaning business, you are only busy during the summer. If you own a tax service franchise, tax season is the peak of your business. Seasonal franchises are great for those looking to have an income stream with special services that aren’t required year-long. 

Eco-Friendly Franchises

With an eco-friendly franchise, you can make a difference and make a living at the same time. These diverse franchises run the gamut of home-related cleaning services, waste management, and water conservation services. Additionally, the non-toxic beauty industry is worth $532 billion and can provide services without all of the toxins, fumes, and other harmful chemicals found in typical beauty establishments. There is also a market for eco-friendly maid services that clean homes with non-toxic cleaning products that are better for the customers and their pets.

Fitness Franchises

Your health and wellness are the most critical aspects of your life. By opening a fitness franchise, you can help customers achieve their fitness goals and change their lives for the better. These franchises offer access to exercise equipment, fun exercise classes, merchandise that advertises your business, and spa and sauna services for those looking to recover after a long workout. These businesses can lead to good habit formation that keeps customers coming back for more. You can invest in a big box gym, which allows you to have 10 times the equipment as your smaller counterparts. On the other hand, small niche boutique studio fitness franchises allow franchise owners to form a connection with the community, which leads to higher retention rates.

Dry Cleaning and Laundry Franchises

Dry cleaning and laundry franchises will always be in demand. Even during a global pandemic, the industry is expected to grow to $180 billion, according to a report published by Research And Markets, With a dry cleaning and laundry franchise, you can offer the skilled work of cleaning delicate garments and efficiently cleaning clothes with stubborn stains that are hard to get out otherwise. These franchises deal with all clothing from wedding dresses, dress suits, and any other item of clothing that needs to be cleaned, pressed, steamed, or tailored.

B2B Franchises

As the name suggests, business-to-business refers to business conducted between companies rather than between a company and individual consumers. Business to business transactions are usually more profitable than selling directly to consumers because companies buy in bulk, which increases sales. With a B2B franchise, you can provide an array of services that allow other businesses to optimize their costs and find innovative solutions to their needs, as well as helping companies create engaging marketing visuals. 

Vending Franchises

We’ve all been there. You’re at work and begin craving an afternoon snack. The first place you look to is a vending machine. Vending machines are found in many locations, such as gyms, hotels, and car dealerships. Owning a vending machine business is a great way to get your piece of this booming industry that allows you to quickly set up machines and have a part-time, low-cost business. Ensuring the food is always fresh and not expired is crucial to a vending machine franchise. 

Pet Franchises

If there’s one thing people love, it's their pets. Annually, Americans spend billions on pet care and other related products and services. This will continue as more and more Americans own pets. Entrepreneurs who want to open a franchise in this booming industry have options. Pet-related franchising opportunities include pet boarding franchises, mobile grooming franchises, pet cremation franchises, pet food franchises, and more. Not only can you enjoy working with pet parents and their furry family members, but pet franchise businesses are usually low-cost and have flexible home-based or mobile business models.

Automotive Franchises

An important aspect of the U.S. economy is the automotive sector. Cars aren’t just a way for people to get from one place to another; they are an extension of who we are. There isn’t just one way to own a franchise business in the automotive sector. As a franchise owner, you can open a car wash franchise, an automotive aftermarket franchise, an oil change franchise, or a car rental franchise. The franchising opportunities are endless in the automotive industry. Not only can you cash in on a booming industry, but you can provide recession-proof, feel-good services.

Travel Franchises

Working hard is important, but sometimes you need to take a load off and take some time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Many people feel this way, which is why the travel and tourism industry generates $1.9 trillion and supports almost 10 million jobs, according to the International Trade Administration. With a travel franchise business, you can run it remotely and receive special travel perks including discounts on cruises and other trips. On top of flexibility and low costs, investing in franchise business opportunities in the tourism sector allow you to help others plan their dream vacation. As a franchise owner, you provide recession-proof, feel-good services.

As you can see, there are many franchising opportunities beyond fast food. No matter your skills or interests, all you need is a bit of hard work, determination, and an in-demand product or service to run a successful franchise business. 

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