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Not every franchise opportunity is a multi-million dollar one. There are plenty of franchises — in every category — that are affordable for even the tightest wallet.

1. Maid Simple House Cleaning

With a low up-front investment of $6,995 and low overhead, Maid Simple is a great option if you want a little help running your franchise. The brand does everything to get you set up: it helps get you customers, answers the phones, trains you in person...all within a few weeks.

2. Perks Nearby

Local deals and loyalty programs are hotter than ever, and Perks Nearby offers an affordable way to enter the market. With an initial investment of $3,995, you’ll quickly make back your investment, with monthly client revenue averaging $250 a month.

3. Motiply

Everyone and their dog needs a mobile app these days, and the mobile app development market isn’t slowing down anytime soon. With a super low startup fee of $200, Motiply is a no-brainer when it comes to cheap franchise opportunity. The Motiply platform allows you to quickly create high-value mobile websites and apps for businesses, entrepreneurs, and other clients.

4. Cruise Planners, an American Express Representative

Affiliate yourself with a prestigious brand name like American Express without paying top dollar to do so. Cruise Planners, an American Express Representative, has been top-ranked on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list for 12 years in a row, and with an initial outset of just $10,495, it’s one of the more affordable travel planning franchises.

5. My Nutrition Source

People are all about their health and wellness these days, which is why My Nutrition Source franchisees are so successful. For just $4,997, you’ll get access to best-selling nutritional supplements and non-toxic skin care products that are helping franchisees net six figures.

6. SocialOwl

You don’t have to be a social media expert to become a SocialOwl franchisee. After investing just $149, franchisees will be trained and presented with everything necessary to run a successful local social media business, including a branded website and a turnkey business model.

7. Get Moving Supplies

The average person moves 11 times over a lifetime. That’s a lot of opportunity for Get Moving Supplies franchisees! With an initial investment of just $80, you can work from home and earn money from your own moving supplies website, as well as advertising opportunities there.

8. National Tax Office

Did you know you don’t have to have a college degree or experience in tax preparation to become a National Tax Office franchisee? For just $799, you can launch your tax preparation company, with the assistance and training from the franchisor.

9. Urban Vendor

Change what kids (and grownups) buy from vending machines by becoming an Urban Vendor franchisee. For an outlay of $8,800, you can offer healthy snacks and beverages in earth-friendly vending machines called KarmaBoxes.

10. The BBQ Cleaner

The BBQ Cleaner provides you with the tools, training, supplies, and knowledge you need to start a successful BBQ grill cleaning business. Both single and multi-unit franchises are available, with an investment of $8,000.


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Susan Payton is the President of Egg Marketing & Communications, a marketing firm specializing in content writing and social media management. She’s written three business books, including How to Get More Customers With Press Releases, and frequently blogs about small business and marketing on sites including Forbes, AllBusiness, The Marketing Eggspert Blog, and Tweak Your Biz. Follow her on Twitter @eggmarketing.

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