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Business opportunities offer tools or training to help you start your own business, but usually at a lower cost and with fewer restrictions than a franchise. You’ll find business opportunities in a variety of industries listed here, divided into three main categories: Dealerships and Licensing Opportunities, Network Marketing/Direct Sales, and Vending Machines.

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AUTOMOTIVE

Auto Repair & Maintenance Services

Crack Eraser

Colorado Springs, Colo.
Windshield Repair

NO. OF LICENSEES: 150
COST: $1K-$4K
FINANCING: NO

LocationLube

East Sandwich, Mass.
Mobile oil-change services

NO. OF LICENSEES: 704
COST: $10K
FINANCING: YES

The Paint Bull

Saginaw, Mich.
Auto restoration

NO. OF LICENSEES: 500
COST: $5K
FINANCING: YES

Premier Paint 2000

Spring Hill, Kan.
Auto chip and scratch repair

NO. OF LICENSEES: 250
COST: $6.99K-$49K
FINANCING: NO

 

Auto Sales/Marketing

OnSight Solutions

Albany, N.Y.
Graphic and mobile marketing for auto dealers

NO. OF LICENSEES: 12
COST: $10k-$20k
FINANCING: NO

 

Truck-Bed Liners

Scorpion Truck Bed Linings

Cloverdale, Ind.
Spray-on truck-bed liners, window film

NO. OF LICENSEES: 2,500+
COST: $199+
FINANCING: YES

 

BUSINESS SERVICES

Advertising/Marketing Services

Best Loyalty Plans

Oak Forest, Ill.
Discount-program stickers for business cards

NO. OF LICENSEES: 0
COST: $0
FINANCING: NO

Birthdays Direct

Lake St. Louis, Mo.
Birthday direct-mail advertising

NO. OF DEALERS: 2
COST: $25K-$40K
FINANCING: YES

Fun News Franchise

Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Newspaper/magazine publishing

NO. OF LICENSEES: 18
COST: $1K
FINANCING: NO

GenoroCity.com

Wilmington, Del.
Digital coupons

NO. OF LICENSEES:
COST: $25K
FINANCING: YES

Perks Nearby

Huntington, N.Y.
Daily-deal websites

NO. OF LICENSEES: 150
COST: $3.99K
FINANCING: YES

Signature Greetings

Raleigh, N.C.
Direct-mail advertising, greeting-card mailings

NO. OF LICENSEES: 80
COST: $5.99K
FINANCING: YES

YourCityGuide.net

Louisville, Ky.
Local city directories

NO. OF LICENSEES: 75
COST: $140
FINANCING: NO

 

Miscellaneous Business Services

Employer’s Edge

Parker, Colo.
Employee assessment, training and performance management

NO. OF LICENSEES: 8
COST: $7K-$19K
FINANCING: YES

Shred-Tech

Cambridge, Ontario
Mobile document destruction

NO. OF LICENSEES:
COST: $75K
FINANCING: YES

Sign Biz

Dana Point, Calif.
Signs

NO. OF LICENSEES: 204
COST: $45K-$195K
FINANCING: YES

360 Solutions

Waco, Texas
Business consulting and training

NO. OF LICENSEES: 500
COST: $2.5K-57.5K
FINANCING: YES

 

CHILDREN’S BUSINESSES

Personalized Children’s Products

Jiff-e-Books

Austin
Personalized children’s books

NO. OF LICENSEES: 500+
COST: $495
FINANCING: NO

Patty-Cakes International

Montgomery, Ala.
Baby handprint/footprint bronzed keepsakes

NO. OF LICENSEES: 85
COST: $499
FINANCING: NO

Pawprints

Morro Bay, Calif.
Ceramic impressions of children’s handprints and footprints

NO. OF LICENSEES: 142
COST: $4K
FINANCING: NO

 

Miscellaneous Children’s Businesses

Child Shield U.S.A.

Arlington, Va.
Children’s safety products and services

NO. OF LICENSEES: 2,000
COST: $349-$1.7K
FINANCING: NO

Healthy Hands Cooking

Irmo, S.C.
Children’s cooking classes, parties, camps

NO. OF LICENSEES: 185
COST: $500-$1K
FINANCING: NO

Kid-Fit

Monrovia, Calif.
Preschool fitness programs

NO. OF LICENSEES: 40
COST: $9.99K-$19.99K
FINANCING: YES

Little Scientists

Milford, Conn.
Science education products and services

NO. OF LICENSEES: 5
COST: $25K
FINANCING: YES

Preschoolgym

Alpharetta, Ga.
Children’s fitness programs

NO. OF LICENSEES: 8
COST: $3K
FINANCING: YES

Rhythm & Rhyme Tyme

Windsor, Colo.
Children’s music education

NO. OF LICENSEES: 0
COST: $10K
FINANCING: YES

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Tax Preparation

Los Taxes

Brooklyn, N.Y.
Tax preparation

NO. OF DEALERS: 50
COST: $20K
FINANCING: YES

Tax In The Box

Cincinnati
Tax preparation

NO. OF LICENSEES: 1
COST: $5K
FINANCING: YES

1040TaxBiz

Indianapolis
Tax preparation

NO. OF LICENSEES:
COST: $500-$5K
FINANCING: YES

 

Miscellaneous Financial Services

Blue Coast Savings

Key West, Fla.
Business financial services

NO. OF DEALERS: 252
COST: $21.9K
FINANCING: NO

ClaimTek Systems

Irvine, Calif.
Medical-claims processing, medical billing

NO. OF DEALERS: 810
COST: $15K-$35K
FINANCING: YES

Loan Consultants

Los Angeles
Loan brokerage

NO. OF DEALERS: 1,200
COST: $13.8K
FINANCING: YES

 

FOOD

Delivery Services

Dine-In Delivery

Denver
Restaurant meal-delivery service

NO. OF LICENSEES: 105
COST: $17.5K
FINANCING: YES

Food Dudes Delivery

St. Cloud, Minn.
Restaurant delivery and marketing

NO. OF DEALERS: 5
COST: $0
FINANCING: NO

 

Restaurants

CafeBellas

Winnetka, Ill.
Pop-up cafes

NO. OF LICENSEES: 0
COST: $100K-$150K
FINANCING: YES

Modular Diners

Atlanta
Stainless steel diners

NO. OF LICENSEES:
COST: $395K-$1M+
FINANCING: NO

 

Miscellaneous Food Businesses

AmeriCandy

Louisville, Ky.
Chocolate and confections

NO. OF LICENSEES: 0
COST: $50K
FINANCING: YES

Calico Cottage

Amityville, N.Y.
Fudge

NO. OF DEALERS: 5,000
COST: to $10K
FINANCING: YES

Frozen Functions

Cumming, Ga.
Ice-cream-machine event catering

NO. OF DEALERS: 0
COST: $3K
FINANCING: NO

Lil’ Orbits

Champlin, Minn.
Doughnuts, fast food

NO. OF LICENSEES: 15,000
COST: $5.5K
FINANCING: NO

Occasionography

Spring Hill, Fla.
Personalized candy bars, bottled water, mints, invitations

NO. OF DEALERS: 6,000
COST: $495
FINANCING: YES

Peggy Lawton Kitchens

East Walpole, Mass.
Business snack route

NO. OF DEALERS: 3
COST: $70K
FINANCING: NO

 

GIFTS & NOVELTIES

 

Candlefun

Indianapolis
Specialty carved candles

NO. OF DEALERS: 100
COST: $433
FINANCING: NO

Faces ‘N Cups

Las Vegas
Personalized photo products

NO. OF DEALERS: 745
COST: $1.99K
FINANCING: YES

Fine Art Impressions

Palm Springs, Calif.
Art imaging services

NO. OF LICENSEES: 7
COST: $220K
FINANCING: NO

 

HOME IMPROVEMENT

Home Staging

Staging Diva

Toronto
Home staging

NO. OF LICENSEES: 10,000
COST: $1K
FINANCING: NO

 

Miscellaneous Home-Improvement Businesses

Bio Green USA

Greensboro, Ga.
Environmentally friendly fertilization

NO. OF LICENSEES: 60
COST: $50K
FINANCING: NO

Blind Brokers Network

Mission Viejo, Calif.
Blinds and shutters

NO. OF LICENSEES: 300
COST: $399
FINANCING: NO

DogWatch

Natick, Mass.
Hidden-fence pet-containment system

NO. OF DEALERS: 200
COST: $20K-$30K
FINANCING: NO

Engrave-A-Crete

Mansfield, Mo.
Decorative concrete engraving

NO. OF DEALERS: 200+
COST: $5K-$56K
FINANCING: NO

Gold Cast Products

Smackover, Ark.
Stone-veneer products

NO. OF DEALERS: 130
COST: $12K-$20K
FINANCING: NO

Organizers Direct

Scottsdale, Ariz.
Garage and closet organizing system

NO. OF DEALERS: 250
COST: $1K
FINANCING: NO

Rollerwall

Rockville, Md.
Pattern-painting system

NO. OF DEALERS: 500
COST: 100
FINANCING: NO

The Window Source

Gettysburg, Pa.
Replacement windows and doors

NO. OF DEALERS: 39
COST: $40K-$50K
FINANCING: NO

Wizard Industries

Burnaby, British Columbia
Retractable door and window screens

NO. OF DEALERS 30
COST: $18K
FINANCING: NO

 

MAINTENANCE

Blinds Cleaning

Blind Butler

Mission Viejo, Calif.
Blinds, shades and shutters cleaning, repairs and sales

NO. OF LICENSEES: 1,500
COST: $2.99K
FINANCING: NO

Dirtyblinds.com

Lancaster, N.Y.
Ultrasonic blind cleaning

NO. OF LICENSEES: 350
COST: $16K-$68K
FINANCING: YES

Morantz Ultrasonics

Philadelphia
Ultrasonic blind cleaning and fire restoration

NO. OF LICENSEES: 4,000+
COST: $8K-$70K
FINANCING: YES

 

Carpet Cleaning

Purent

Ash Flat, Ark.
Carpet-cleaning-machine rental and delivery

NO. OF DEALERS:
COST: $1.99K
FINANCING: NO

Rotovac

Redmond, Wash.
Carpet cleaning

NO. OF LICENSEES:
COST: $2.99K
FINANCING: YES

Von Schrader

Racine, Wis.
Carpet, upholstery, wall and ceiling cleaning

NO. OF LICENSEES:
COST: $900
FINANCING: YES

 

Miscellaneous Maintenance Businesses

The BBQ Cleaner

Hackensack, N.J.
Barbecue-grill cleaning

NO. OF LICENSEES: 113
COST: $20K
FINANCING: YES

Caltex International Ltd.

Syracuse, N.Y.
Interior and exterior surface cleaning, mold remediation

NO. OF LICENSEES: 1,025
COST: $15K-$20K
FINANCING: YES

Eco Green Auto Clean

Redwood City, Calif.
Waterless car wash

NO. OF LICENSEES: 0
COST: $1K
FINANCING: NO

National Pro Clean

Colorado Springs, Colo.
Commercial cleaning

NO. OF LICENSEES: 1,100
COST: $379
FINANCING: NO

This Old Grout & Stone

Chandler, Ariz.
Stone, tile and grout cleaning, restoration and protection

NO. OF LICENSEES: 150
COST: $1.5K
FINANCING: NO

Winch Enterprises

Calgary, Alberta
Parking-lot cleanup

NO. OF LICENSEES:
COST: $500
FINANCING: NO

 

PERSONAL CARE

Fitness Businesses

Geri-Fit

Temecula, Calif.
Strength-training fitness programs for seniors

NO. OF LICENSEES: 39
COST: $2.5K
FINANCING: YES

Slender You

Crossville, Tenn.
Fitness salon

NO. OF LICENSEES: 2,000
COST: $4K
FINANCING: YES

Vanguard Key Clubs

Hampton Falls, N.H.
24-hour fitness centers

NO. OF LICENSEES: 5
COST: $300K-$500K
FINANCING: NO

 

Senior Services

Active Minds

Denver
Learning programs for seniors

NO. OF LICENSEES: 1
COST: Varies
FINANCING: YES

Ageless Checkers

Seminole, Fla.
Safeguard visits to seniors

NO. OF LICENSEES: 642
COST: $159
FINANCING: NO

AHI Group

Irvine, Calif.
Nonmedical home care

NO. OF LICENSEES: 230
COST: $17.5K
FINANCING: YES

 

Miscellaneous Personal-Care Products/Services

The Blending Bar

Mississauga, Ontario
Customized body, bath and skincare products

NO. OF LICENSEES: 250
COST: $5K-$10K
FINANCING: NO

BodyTime Wellness

Chester, N.J.
Spa and wellness products

NO. OF DEALERS: 500
COST: $1K
FINANCING: NO

bozoomer

Clarkston, Mich.
Nutritional supplements

NO. OF LICENSEES: 6
COST: $1.3K-$3.8K
FINANCING: NO

Nail Taxi

Woodbridge, Va.
Mobile nail boutique

NO. OF LICENSEES:
COST: $2K-$8K
FINANCING: NO

 

RECREATION

Travel Agencies

Oasis/New2Travel

Boca Raton, Fla.
Travel agency

NO. OF DEALERS: 600+
COST: $2.99K
FINANCING: YES

Tix Travel & Ticket Agency

Oldsmar, Fla.
Travel agency; concert, sports and theater tickets

NO. OF DEALERS: 500
COST: $3.5K
FINANCING: YES

 

Miscellaneous Recreation Businesses

5Kevents.org

Racine, Wis.
Racing events

NO. OF LICENSEES: 9
COST: $1K
FINANCING: YES

Mini-Golf

Jessup, Pa.
Miniature-golf courses

NO. OF LICENSEES: 3,330
COST: $6.9K
FINANCING: NO

 

RETAIL

 

Game Start Stores

Elgin, S.C.
Video game stores

NO. OF LICENSEES: 14
COST: $90K
FINANCING: NO

Laga Handbags

Long Beach, Calif.
Embroidered handbags and accessories

NO. OF DEALERS: 100
COST: $499
FINANCING: NO

Liberty Opportunities

Conway, Ark.
Dollar, party and fashion-accessory stores

NO. OF LICENSEES: 2,870
COST: $54.9K
FINANCING: YES

Teen Store Developers

Las Vegas
Retail stores aimed at teens

NO. OF LICENSEES: 3,500
COST: $20K
FINANCING: YES

 

SERVICES

Dental-Handpiece Repairs

Handpiece Express

Novato, Calif.
Dental-drill repair

NO. OF LICENSEES: 30
COST: $35K
FINANCING: NO

Orion Repair

Kissimmee, Fla.
Dental-handpiece repairs

NO. OF LICENSEES: 275
COST: $500-$19K
FINANCING: YES

 

Laundromats

 

Miscellaneous Services

Birdseye Global Tracking

Tarpon Springs, Fla.
GPS tracking products and services

NO. OF DEALERS: 4
COST: $59.9K
FINANCING: YES

The Christmas Lady

San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Christmas decoration rentals

NO. OF LICENSEES: 810
COST: $1.5K
FINANCING: YES

Home Video Studio

Indianapolis
Video production

NO. OF LICENSEES: 10
COST: $75K
FINANCING: YES

My-Alarm

Lutz, Fla.
Text-alert security-alarm systems

NO. OF DEALERS: 50
COST: $1K
FINANCING: YES

The Plant Lady

San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Interior-plant rentals

NO. OF LICENSEES: 810
COST: $1.5K
FINANCING: YES

Spectrum Unlimited

San Francisco
Personalized birthday greetings

NO. OF LICENSEES: 10,000
COST: $200
FINANCING: NO

Storkdelivery.com

River Vale, N.J.
Yard-sign rentals

NO. OF LICENSEES: 72
COST: $999
FINANCING: YES

Thorvie International

Green Bay, Wis.
Saw and tool sharpening

NO. OF LICENSEES: 650+
COST: $6.99K
FINANCING: NO

 

NETWORK MARKETING/DIRECT SALES

 

AMSOIL

Superior, Wis.
Synthetic lubricants

NO. OF ASSOCIATES:
COST: $30-$75
FINANCING: NO

 

VENDING MACHINES

 

HealthyYou Vending

Kaysville, Utah
Healthful snack, beverage and entree vending machines

NO. OF DEALERS: 5,600
COST: $25K-$200K
FINANCING: NO

Red Hot Vend

San Francisco
Adult novelty and convenience-item vending machines

NO. OF DEALERS: 1
COST: $20K+
FINANCING: YES

U-Turn Vending

Idaho Falls, Idaho
Bulk candy vending machines

NO. OF DEALERS:
COST: $7.9K
FINANCING: YES

Vending Machine Sales

Des Moines, Iowa
Soda and snack vending machines

NO. OF DEALERS: 500
COST: Varies
FINANCING: YES

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