Being one’s own boss is the dream of many Americans. But few have the wherewithal to come up with a viable business plan and the start-up money needed to be successful. That’s where franchises come in.
Sure, buying into a franchise with a well-known pedigree can be daunting: Many top brands require a lot of capital up front and a strong business background.
But we’ve found eight growing franchises that have relatively low start-up costs and are available to first-time business owners. All provide essential services that are likely to remain in demand through good times and bad. And most can be run from home.