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The Most Successful Franchises for 2021-2022
Successful franchising requires a symbiotic relationship between franchisor and their franchisees. In order for a franchisor to be successful their franchisees must be successful and for franchisees to be successful their franchisor must be successful too. You might be surprised at how often this is not the case with many franchise relationships.
While we have not compared every franchise in existence we have done extensive research and have identified some of the most successful franchises currently out there.
First let’s define our criteria for success… A franchisor that is in a strong growth mode while being able to effectively manage and support their growth. In addition the franchise offers a fast ramp-up, strong earnings and profit margins relative to its initial investment and a high level of overall satisfaction among its current franchisees.
Below are some of the franchise opportunities that are leading the way based on our criteria.
We are all familiar with the iconic Taco Bell franchise. For decades Taco Bell has been a pioneer in both food and franchising. During the explosive burger franchise boom of the 1960s and 1970s Taco Bell zagged by offering a unique choice in fast food. Taco Bell is also credited for starting the late-night war in fast food being one of the first to offer extended hours. Taco Bell was also recently noted for offering one of the fastest and most efficient drive-thru services in the fast food sector.
Total Investment: $350k (non-stand along models) – $3mil
100% Chiropractic offers a range of wellness services including cutting edge chiropractic care, prenatal and pediatric wellness, nutrition, massage therapy and more. With office rapidly expanding across the country they have received numerous awards for culture, franchisee support and women owned businesses.
Total Investment: $281k – $410k
Chick Fil A
Another pioneer in fast food, Chick Fil A leads the pack in average annual revenues which is hard not to notice when seeing their drive-thru lines at lunch. Owning a Chick Fil A is very different than most franchises in that their franchisees are more operators than investors. In addition most American’s have a better chance of getting into Harvard or working for the FBI than being selected as a Chick Fil A franchisee. Learn more about the Chick Fil A ownership model here.
Total Investment: $10,000 (based on the fact that the franchisor actually makes the investment)
Christian Brothers Automotive
More than just a great automotive franchise, Christian Brothers is built on excellent customer service, a commitment to community, faith and a super strong investment. Not only is Christian Brothers one of the most profitable franchises today is also boasts one of the strongest overall franchisee ratings among its owners.
Total Investment: $520k – $640k
Serving up healthy, super food Acai bowls, Nautical Bowls is the perfect combination of true passion for their products and franchise excellence. While only franchising since 2021 Nautical Bowls already has over 40 locations open for business with over 70 currently in development throughout the US. Super strong revenues, high margins and a fun environment make this franchise a great option for individual operators and multi-unit investors alike.
Total Investment: $250k – $350k
We all know Wendy’s, founded by the fast food icon, Dave Thomas. Not only is Wendy’s known for it’s quality fast food but also provides a great culture for its franchisees.
Total Investment: $330k – $3.7 mil
Miracle Method Surface Refinishing
While Miracle Method may not sport the household brand name of some of the others on this list, for over 30 years they have proven to be one of the best return on investments of all franchises. Rated the #1 surface refinishing company in America their franchisees restore and bring to life countertops, bath tubs, showers and other surfaces.
Total Investment: $84k – $180k
For over 30 years Molly Maid has been the leading brand in residential cleaning. Their owners do not clean houses – they serve as the CEO of their business managing a team of professional cleaners. Molly Maid offers their owners a “bankers hours”, recession resistant, recurring revenue business that can scale to a small empire. Owned by the residential services powerhouse, Neighborly Brands, Molly Maid franchisees receive some of the best operations and marketing support in the industry.
Total Investment: $110k – $160k
For over a decade now, the non-medical in home care for aging senior and others has been booming. While one of the most competitive sectors in all of franchising, Assisting Hands has established themselves as one of dominant players in the market. Offering a much needed service to its community, Assisting Hands offers franchisees a strong recurring revenue model that does not require a huge customer base. As a whole the senior care sector of franchising boasts some of the strongest profit margins in all of franchising.
Total Investment: $88k – $160k
Express Employment Professionals
For over 30 years Express Employment Professionals have been the dominant force in staffing. Their franchisees assist in the job market in every aspect including short term contract staffing to executive placement services. With over 800 franchisees Express Pros offers industry leading training, support and payroll leverage to their franchisees. Despite being a staffing business, Express franchisees have very minimal staffing requirements themselves and boast large annual revenues with fast ramp-up.
Total Investment: $150k – $250k
Another leader in the booming senior care sector Visiting Angels has set themselves apart by offering one of the strongest national advertising campaigns in their field. They have done an excellent job of establishing themselves as a leading brand on behalf of their franchisees.
Total Investment: $124k – $155k
Nothing Bundt Cakes
The recipient of numerous franchisee satisfaction awards, Nothing Bundt Cakes is a leader in the gift food niche. ( Don’t worry you can always gift yourself!) With over 400 bakeries throughout the US Nothing Bundt Cakes offers a fun and simple model in food while producing great returns for their owners.
Total Investment: $440k – $637k
The Joint Chiropractic
The Joint has brought chiropractic care to the mainstream and performs over 4 million spine adjustments a year through their over 600 locations. The model allows franchisees to serve clients in a super efficient way generating super impressive earnings with high margins. Franchisees are not required to be chiropractors themselves. Opportunities are available for single unit owners as well as empire builders looking to own several locations.
Total Investment: $203k – $378k
Pet Supplies Plus
Online has dampened countless retail sectors yet despite best efforts, local retail pet food and supplies locations still thrive and Pet Supplies Plus is one of the dominant brands. In addition to selling a massive selection of natural and non-natural food for a range of pets they also sell toys, shampoos, dog beds, leashes and so much more. In addition Pet Supplies Plus offers provides full service grooming as well as self-serve dog washing areas. Staffing tends to super easy with Pet Supplies Plus as their team tends to love pets and therefor loves their job!
Total Investment: $440k – $1.3mil
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