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Interested in Starting a Franchise? Here's a List of Smart Franchises to Invest In

Interested in Starting a Franchise? Here's a List of Smart Franchises to Invest In

If starting a franchise business sounds like an intriguing opportunity, read about the list of smart franchises to invest in.

If starting a franchise business sounds like an intriguing opportunity, now is the perfect time to find the right system to invest in. Why? Because each year the holiday season is highlighted by communities nationwide supporting their favorite small businesses by shopping locally. Researching the franchise opportunity during the holiday season may provide you with a bird’s-eye view of what you can expect should you open your own business.

Everyone knows small businesses are the heart of every community - communities who are passionate about their local businesses and who support their local business owners. They understand that local businesses provide a better level of service as well as contribute to making the community a better place to live. During the holidays, it’s the perfect time to reinforce the shop small movement. But what if you’re an entrepreneur who wants to help small businesses year-round? Well, franchising can be a perfect way to invest in a business of your own. The key is to find a franchise brand that allows you to work side-by-side with small business owners.

Things to Look for When Starting a Franchise

When looking to invest in a franchise system that supports small businesses, there are several things you need to look for to determine if the brand is right for you.

Brand Support

Whether you’re new to investing or a seasoned entrepreneur, it’s important to find a franchise system that provides its owners support like:

  • Start-up assistance such as helping owners find the right location and obtain financing.
  • Training to make sure owners are equipped to run day-to-day operations.
  • Ongoing services to help owners grow their business including marketing and advertising, technical support and a pipeline of innovative products.

Brand Services

It’s important to invest in a franchise that allows you to work in a field that matches your interests. Luckily, if you’re passionate about serving small business owners in your community, there’s no shortage of franchise brands to choose from. To find the right franchise system for you, look for business verticals and industries that provide services that align with your skill set and interests.

Brand Power

Once you’ve determined what kind of work you want to do, start looking at the brands in that business category. You’ll want to choose a proven brand with an established franchise system and a proven track record of success.

Top Franchises to Invest in By Category

One of the best ways to identify the top brands in the industries that interest you is by looking at Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. Entrepreneur’s annual ranking identifies the best franchise systems based on an array of factors to help prospective owners find the right brand to invest in.  

To help you find the best franchises for serving small business owners in your community, here’s a breakdown of the leading brands for a variety of service categories on Entrepreneur’s list.

Postal and Business Centers

The UPS Store – 2018 Franchise 500 Overall Rank: 4

As a franchise owner for The UPS Store, you’ll be able to support small businesses in your community with a variety of services including packaging, shipping, copy and print services, mailbox services and so much more. Not only was the company ranked No. 4 overall in the Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list, but they’ve also been the top brand in their category for the past 28 years. If you already own a small business, The UPS Store also offers non-traditional centers so you can open a location within your existing commercial property.

Embroidery and Screen Printing

Big Frog Custom T-Shirts – 2018 Franchise 500 Overall Rank: 225

If you want to help small businesses in your community find the right style for their brand, investing in a Big Frog Custom T-Shirts allows you to help them design and print company t-shirts.

Photography and Video Services

Multivista – 2018 Franchise 500 Overall Rank: 252

If you have a passion for construction and technology, check out Multivista. This franchise system provides construction professionals cloud-based technology solutions to monitor and document building projects.

Moving/Junk-Removal Services

Two Men and a Truck International – 2018 Franchise 500 Overall Rank: 87

Moving entire businesses can be a tricky enterprise. If you’re interested in helping small businesses move into their dream spaces, then investing in a Two Men and a Truck franchise might be the perfect opportunity for you.

Security Services

Signal 88 Security – 2018 Franchise 500 Overall Rank: 89

If you want to help keep small businesses safe, check out Signal 88 Security. This franchise system provides custom security solutions to protect small business clients’ property, personnel and other assets they hold dear.

Electronics Repairs

uBreakiFix – 2018 Franchise 500 Overall Rank: 18

Small businesses don’t always have in-house IT departments or huge technology contracts with lenient warranties. If you love technology and want to help small businesses repair their broken devices, check out investing in a uBreakiFix franchise.

Locksmith Services

Pop-A-Lock Franchise System – 2018 Franchise 500 Overall Rank: 93

Help small businesses get back to work by helping them get back into their place of work – whether that’s an office, a home or a vehicle. Pop-A-Lock offers commercial and automotive locksmith services along with high-tech security systems.

Miscellaneous Tech Services

CMIT Solutions – 2018 Franchise 500 Overall Rank: 186

If you want to put your IT skills to work helping small businesses, check out CMIT Solutions. This franchise system focuses on serving small- to medium-sized businesses with services like remote monitoring and maintenance, data backup and disaster recovery, and mobile device monitoring.

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We Proudly Support Our Veterans

Participating partners with the VetFran program, The UPS Store offers qualifying veterans $15,000 off their franchise fee to start their new business. To learn more, contact The UPS Store Franchise Development Team.

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Ranked for over 30 Consecutive Years

The UPS Store has been ranked #1 in the postal and business services category for over 30 years and remains in the top 5 overall for the seventh consecutive year according to the Franchise 500 list.

Kristin Howard

Franchisee, Michigan

The reason my husband and I decided to go into franchising and specifically with The UPS Store, is the different opportunities we're given with the business. The UPS Store has name recognition as well as opportunities to expand.

Debbie Adams

Franchisee, Kentucky

What I enjoy most about being a The UPS Store owner is working with my customers. We are the solution specialists for our customers.

Jim George

Franchisee, Illinios

My favorite part about The UPS Store network is the camaraderie with other franchisees. Everybody loves to help everybody else. You’re really part of a family.

Greg Murray

Franchisee, Florida

The interesting thing about The UPS Store is that when a customer walks through the door there's an extremely high probability that they're coming there to do something that is important to them. So at the end of the day, what we do for customers is very important and they are trusting that we are going to do it well.

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Mariana Huberman

Franchisee, Washington, D.C.

One of the things that I love about The UPS Store franchise system is that you're not ever in this by yourself. The franchisees of The UPS Store network are great.

Heidi Morris

Franchisee, Colorado

The thing I enjoy most about being a The UPS Store franchisee is I get to get up, go to work and know that I'm helping other business owners succeed in what they're doing.

Bob Brown

Franchisee, Tennessee

Owning a The UPS Store franchise has changed my life because it's finally given me the opportunity to engage my customers and my staff and be able to take real pride in what I do. As a franchisee, we get faced with solving peoples' problems every day and we do everything we possibly can to try to help.

Marie Jensen

Franchisee, Oregon

My favorite thing about The UPS Store is the variety. I love the variety of customers, I love the variety of services; getting to know the customers, meeting their needs, finding out how we can help them accomplish what they need to accomplish and seeing how happy they are. That makes me ecstatic.

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Tad Mollnhauer

Franchisee, Florida

With the products and services that The UPS Store provides we can make a difference in people's lives and that is the best reason for being a The UPS Store owner.

Joy Batchelor

Franchisee, Idaho

What makes being a The UPS Store franchisee worthwhile at the end of the day is the customers. The customers treat us like we're family.

Paul Erchinger

Franchisee, Texas

One nice benefit of owning a The UPS Store franchise for me has been that it gives me the opportunity to be more involved in the community. As I make relationships with others it seems like no matter what the environment is, in one way or another business comes out of that and that's not my objective—it's been a secondary benefit to being involved in the community.

Chris Reminder

Franchisee, Ohio

There are several things that I really enjoy about being a The UPS Store franchisee. First and foremost it allows me to get to know the people in the local community and that is a lot of fun. We get to see people on a regular basis. We get to know their life stories. That's a lot of fun.

Bruce Jones

Franchisee, Kentucky

Since we have joined The UPS Store, our life has changed by just having more time to spend together as a family. We've been very fortunate with the stores that we have and we have a great staff that looks out for our best interest and we look out for theirs.

Lonnie Williams

Franchisee, Oklahoma

What makes The UPS Store so successful is it gives each individual an opportunity to grow with the network and just meet the challenges that are brought to them on a daily basis. Every day gives us a new opportunity to help another person, to help another small business, to answer a question and to solve a problem.

Jeff Graham

Franchisee, Alabama

I love my customers. I love my employees. I love every person, every face that comes into my store. I enjoy every day going into work and I can't see doing anything else for the rest of my life.

Stacie Stigar

Franchisee, Alaska

I think that this franchise is so successful because of all of the resources that are available to us as center owners—we have marketing materials, we have so many different opportunities for help from the home office, and it just really makes for a great franchise.

Don Pollard

Franchisee, New Jersey

I think the thing that makes this franchise successful is a number of things. First of all we have an outstanding system, we have a great product, a great brand, and we're able to attract dynamic people to run these centers and run the business. So I think when you put all that together it really provides for a winning combination.

Mary Ellen Nichols

Franchisee, Tennessee

The thing I love about the franchise is that you have the UPS name backing you but yet you also have the autonomy to make your own decisions to promote.

Laura Griffin

Franchisee, Florida

In the eight short months I've owned my The UPS Store it has really changed my life. I've gone from being an employee of someone else to being an employer of my associates. It's a big responsibility but it's exciting every day.

Sandy Scandrett

Franchisee, Wisconsin

Being a The UPS Store franchisee has improved every aspect of my life. It's very rewarding financially, professionally, and emotionally. I have a large number of regular customers who are really, really appreciative of everything we do.

Kristie Robison

Franchisee, Alabama

I would say owning a The UPS Store location has changed my life to where I have more time and flexibility. In owning your own business you get your store up and running and you get employees that you can trust that are going to help keep your store running. This allows me to attend my two boys' ball games and also travel and do things with them so it has really changed my life for the better.