Owning your own business can be a risky and expensive endeavor, but one way to improve your chance of success and limit upfront spending is to purchase a low-investment franchise or business model. These businesses are proven successful and as a part of your purchase you’ll receive significant support and resources. This article highlights seven businesses that can be purchased for $10,000 or less. All franchises are not available in all states, so this list focuses on Texas business opportunities. However, if you’re not in Texas, some of these franchises may still have territory openings in your state.
Eureka Specialty Wood Products
Eureka is a company that sells wood garden furniture. As a Eureka business owner you can make money a variety of ways: manufacture, assemble, and finish furniture; sell unfinished kits over the Internet; supply retailers with finished products; work with trades and industries who purchase your products locally. You don’t need previous furniture building or business experience with this opportunity because you will receive complete how-to guides and references, template and assembly fixtures to create products, marketing and advertising support, and membership into the Eureka buyer’s group, ensuring you can buy lumber and supplies at the best prices. This is a business model not a franchise opportunity so there aren’t any royalty fees. The initial low investment for his business model opportunity in less than $8,000.
The Back Rubber
The Back Rubber is a vending business opportunity that requires no prior experience, and is without the hassle of keeping merchandise in stock and constantly refilling machines. The Back Rubber is a massage chair that can be placed in shopping malls, beauty salons, nail boutiques, casinos, country clubs, health and fitness centers, car washes, airports, hotels, hospitals — the options are endless. You will make around $20 for each hour the chair is in use, and you can, of course, own multiple chairs. The initial low investment for this opportunity in less than $8000.
National Clearance Center
The National Clearance Center is an Austin, Texas-based discount furniture business that generates customers for its franchise locations through online marketing. Phone calls resulting from their advertising are routed through their voice mail system to weed out shoppers from buyers. When you buy your franchise, NCC provides you with all of the following: a computer programmed with product pictures and an invoice system; a color printer/scanner/fax; furniture displays and mattress inventory; price comparisons from competitors; scripts for selling products; advertising and assistance with placing your ads; national web site and shopping cart orders. You also receive lease assistance, initial setup of showroom, and hands on training at home office and field visits all from a CEO. A business background would be helpful with this opportunity, but is not necessary. The initial investment for this franchise opportunity can be as low as $5,000, but maybe up to $50,000 depending on territory size.
The Drug Test Consultant
To become a Drug Test Consultant you need no prior experience in the field. Among the services a DTC offers are wipe/spray assessments to detect unseen drug residue on surfaces, and background checks. They also provide workplace, hair follicle, steroid, and DNA testing, and an in-home drug testing program. With purchase of a DTC business model, you will be provided with training and DTC Associate Certification, as well as your own website and email address, presentation materials and brochures, below wholesale pricing of all testing materials, mentoring, and support. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the DTC “Summit Marketing System” & “Platinum Hot Leads” Program for DTC Executive Associates, and have access to all DTC future technologies. There are no franchise fees for this business opportunity. The initial low investment for this business model opportunity is $7995 to $9995.
Brazilian Springs Bottled Water
Brazilian Springs touts itself as “the first eco-friendly bottled water in the world” due to its unique aquifer which doesn’t affect the water levels of the communities surrounding it, unlike the aquifers used by many other bottled water companies. Brazilian Springs bottles only 100% clear natural spring water and there are never any added elements or minerals. Moreover, 10% of every purchase goes to save the rain forest of Brazil. For this business opportunity, you’d be distributing Brazilian Springs to major retailers like Walgreen’s and Whole Foods, as well as gyms and convenience stores. The initial low investment for this business opportunity is $10,000.
As a Housewarmers franchise owner you’d greet new residents of your city by presenting them with a Housewarmers gift bag. The gift bag includes gifts and special offers from local businesses. You work with local merchants as well as your Chamber of Commerce to drive your business, while helping your community at the same time. Provided for you with a franchise purchase is in-depth training (including “live” delivery of gift bags and possibly sales calls), a full set of computerized templates, corporate support, and the advice of other Housewarmers franchise owners. Networking with other franchise owners also allows you to cross-market and have multi-city client accounts. After your first three months in business you pay a royalty fee of 12% of your billout to clients. The initial investment for this franchise opportunity is $7,000 to $15, 000 depending on your territory’s population.
Lucky Gorilla Computer Repair
As a Lucky Gorilla Computer Repair franchise owner you’ll provide on-site 7-day-a-week repair service. You can work as a repair person or, if you aren’t especially computer savvy, have employees who do the repairs for you. Lucky Gorilla’s national call center handles appointment bookings and customer service for your franchise. The initial investment for this franchise opportunity is $7,500.