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The Top Mobile Franchises to Watch in 2023

Take franchising on the road with these 15 brands.

By Victoria CampisiStaff Writer
Updated 3:15PM 03/13/23

Buying a franchise doesn’t always mean being tethered to a brick-and-mortar location. Today, there are plenty of brands that are entirely on the go. 

Mobile franchises can be easy to operate, affordable to buy and provide more flexibility for franchise owners looking to increase their quality of life. And with a range of opportunities in the space, there’s something for everyone. 

If this sounds like something you’re looking for, here is a list of the top mobile franchises to watch in 2023.

Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning

Investment Range: $69,000–$205,000

Startup Costs: $69,000–$205,000

Unit Count: 2,500+

Chem-Dry offers a safe and healthy carpet cleaning experience for clients and a proven business model for franchisees. The brand also provides commercial and residential upholstery, tile, stone, grout, air duct, wood floor and pet urine and odor cleaning services. This allows franchisees to tap into multiple revenue streams without the need for high start-up costs and complicated operations.

Mosquito Joe*

Investment Range: $109,700148,700 

Startup Costs: $109,700148,700

Unit Count: 420+

Mosquito Joe provides mosquito control treatment to residential and commercial customers nationwide. This low-investment mobile concept offers rapid expansion and has created an unparalleled opportunity for franchisees looking to own their own business. 

The Grounds Guys

Investment Range: $83,000–$202,000

Startup Costs: $83,000–$202,000

Unit Count: 250+

The Grounds Guys maintains, enhances, and creates great-looking lawns and landscapes in communities across North America year-round. Where many home services require infrequent visits, quality lawn care and landscaping services are performed weekly, giving franchisees the chance to capitalize on repeat business.

Pool Scouts*

Investment Range: $70,950–$88,350

Startup Costs: $70,950–$88,350

Unit Count: 60+

Pool Scouts is a premier pool service franchise part of the Buzz Franchise Brands family. It is focused on delivering a quality, consistent brand experience while providing pool cleaning, maintenance and minor repair services at residential properties. Its costs are significantly less than most franchises, particularly due to low initial staffing needs and the ability to operate as a home-based business. 

Glass Doctor

Investment Range: $158,000–$300,000

Startup Costs: $158,000–$300,000

Unit Count: 189

Glass Doctor offers complete glass repair, replacement and services to residential, automotive and commercial markets with more than 270 locations in the United States and Canada. Because Glass Doctor specializes in mobile service, its skilled specialists can provide service almost anywhere. 

Home Clean Heroes*

Investment Range: $76,902–$100,851

Startup Costs: $76,902–$100,851

Unit Count: 11

Home Clean Heroes is a fast-growing residential cleaning franchise under the Buzz Franchise Brands umbrella that supports local first responders with every house it cleans. The mobile brand offers franchisees a frequently recurring revenue model in a time-proven and booming industry with exclusive territories in a year-round business. 

Aussie Pet Mobile

Investment Range: $180,000–$199,000 

Startup Costs: $180,000–$199,000 

Unit Count: 78

Founded in Australia in 1996, Aussie Pet Mobile offers contact-free mobile grooming for cats and dogs. In 1999, the franchise established its global headquarters in the U.S. and now boasts the number-one brand in mobile pet grooming worldwide. 

Men in Kilts

Investment Range: $157,290$191,950

Startup Costs: $157,290191,950

Unit Count: 45+

Backed by Threshold BrandsMen In Kilts is a fast-growing exterior home cleaning franchise that leverages eye-catching branding to stand out in a lucrative and fragmented industry. Thanks to low overhead and a streamlined operational model, even franchisees with little prior experience in the industry can quickly achieve a strong return on their investment.

Fleet Clean

Investment Range: $164,000–$720,000

Startup Costs: $164,000–$720,000

Unit Count: 53

Fleet Clean is an expert in mobile, efficient and effective car washing. With no need for a brick-and-mortar location, franchisees have the flexibility to build the lifestyle they desire. 

Footprints Floors*

Investment Range: $78,505–$113,030

Startup Costs: $78,505–$113,030

Unit Count: 50+

Footprints Floors specializes in installing hardwood floors, carpets, tile floors, backsplashes and laminates. Given the optimized business model and leading training program, franchisees can ramp up quickly. Typically, Footprints Floors owners are up and running between three to four weeks from completing the discovery process. 

TruBlue Total House Care

Investment Range: $65,000–$91,000

Startup Costs: $65,000–$91,000

Unit Count: 50+

TruBlue Total House Care is the only franchise system focused on home maintenance and handyman services for seniors as well as busy families. As an entirely mobile franchise opportunity, new franchise owners can dive directly into business following training rather than dealing with the setbacks and slowdowns that come with brick-and-mortar locations.

Restoration 1

Investment Range: $95,000–$226,000

Startup Costs: $95,000–$226,000

Unit Count: 280+

Restoration 1 is a top-rated restoration franchise network that gives franchisees the flexibility to improve the quality of their lives. The franchise provides restoration and remediation services for water, fire and mold. It is ramping up a nationwide expansion with the goal of 500 franchise locations open in the coming years.

Kona Ice

Investment Range: $150,000–$189,000

Startup Costs: $150,000–$189,000

Unit Count: 1,480

Kona Ice says its Kona Entertainment Vehicle is the ultimate salesperson. The brand has been building these trucks since 2007 and have worked with several engineers to evolve the truck into what it is today – a shaved ice experience on four wheels.

The Maids

Investment Range: $58,000–$156,000

Startup Costs: $58,000–$156,000

Unit Count: 1,500+

The Maids is a cleaning franchise that is more than just a business for its hundreds of franchisees. The business model is designed to give owners a proven path to financial security with a successful cleaning business that also gives back to the communities in which it serves.

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