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The Top 10 Franchises You Can Buy for $25,000 or Less

Franchising might be more in reach than you think.

There’s no doubt that franchising can be financially daunting. However, there are plenty of franchises with price tags starting at under $25,000, with some starting as low as $1,200. 

If you’re looking for a franchise option that doesn’t break the bank, look no further. Here are 10 options under $25,000. 

Jan-Pro Cleaning and Disinfecting

Investment Range: $1,250–$50,000
Unit Count: 10,000+

JAN-PRO Franchise Development has a number of plans designed to fit a range of needs and goals, starting as low as $1,250 and going up to $50,000. At a minimum, you’ll need $1,250 for the down payment and $900 for JAN-PRO Franchise Development’s starter kit. 

Dream Vacations

Investment Range: $3,500–$10,500
Unit Count: 1,600+

Because Dream Vacations, a home-based travel agency franchise, can be run out of a franchisee’s own home and requires no inventory, it is able to maintain low overhead. Certain owners can take even more off of the standard travel agency franchise cost of $10,500 with the franchise offering discounts for military members and community heroes.

Jantize America

Investment Range: $5,000–$49,000
Unit Count: 150+

Jantize America is a low-cost franchise concept that allows entrepreneurs to capitalize on the booming commercial cleaning industry. A unique business model allows owners to exercise different strengths and choose a level of investment, starting at just $5,000. 

Christmas Decor*

Investment Range: $9,000 + territory fee 
Unit Count: 300

Christmas Decor, the leading holiday decorating brand in the U.S. and Canada, has perfected the craft of making properties beautiful for the holidays. And franchisees, it's easier than ever to enjoy the profitable world of holiday decorating with its newest program allowing franchisees to join its network for a low cost of $9,900, plus a territory fee. 

Cruise Planners

Investment Range: $2,000–$23,000 
Unit Count: 2,500+

Cruise Planners is one of the largest franchised travel agencies in the world. With a home-based model, it is also one of the more flexible and low-cost options. Services include more than just cruise planning, from land vacations to travel insurance, car rentals, hotels and more. 


Investment Range: $2,000–$22,000
Unit Count: 8,000+

Jazzercise is one of the most well-known fitness franchises today. The brand has one of the biggest, loyal customer bases across the globe and requires a low investment for franchisees. Costs are kept down largely due to the fact that classes can be held in affordable spaces such as at a school, church or community center. 

American Poolplayers Association

Investment Range: $23,000–$29,000
Unit Count: 330+

The American Poolplayers Association (APA) operates franchise leagues across the United States and Canada. Members pay a yearly membership fee to the APA and pay a weekly fee to the franchisee each time they play. Franchisees host team games each week, and winners compete in division and national tournaments.

Brightway Insurance

Investment Range: $23,100–$173,000
Unit Count: 300+

Brightway franchises offer home, auto, life and business insurance services through a centralized service center and accounting office. Franchisees have the option of several different models, with the Office Agency Standard starting at $23,100. 

Stratus Building Solutions

Investment Range: $4,000–$80,000
Unit Count: 2,900+

Stratus Building Solutions offers unit franchises and regional master offices nationwide. Stratus Green Clean services use proprietary chemicals and equipment to clean office buildings, shopping centers, restaurants, medical offices and more. 

Card My Yard

Investment Range: $10,000–$18,000
Unit Count: 450+

Card My Yard specializes in celebrating big moments with a customized yard greeting service.  A fully integrated e-commerce website allows customers to place their order anytime. Since launching in 2014, over 450 franchise locations are in operation across the United States.

*This brand is a paid partner of 1851 Franchise. For more information on paid partnerships please click here.