If The Price is Right

By Business Franchise Magazine

50 Franchises You Can AFFORD

The team at Business Franchise magazine deal with hundreds of different franchise systems on a daily basis. From highly-successful established systems to the new kids on the block, excitement is often generated when a passionate franchisor extols the virtues of his or her system. A hot topic of conversation around the water cooler is often 'if I had the money I would buy ???".

So what is your price range? Some potential franchisees know exactly how much they have to spend: they may have received redundancy packages, or superannuation payouts from former employees, or have sold businesses or other assets. But the majority will have to rely on banks or other financial institutions to fund their dream.

Fortunately, at Business Franchise magazine, we also have a stable of financial experts who are on hand to offer sound advice to our readers, to make sure you are aware of your borrowing capabilities. 

So, before you decide on your price range, it is important you are aware of any 'hidden costs' involved, and make sure your borrowing limit is within the range you can actually afford.

Business Franchise magazine contacted the Top 10 franchises on our 'wish list' in each price bracket and asked them the question:  "If I had $ to spend on a franchise in your system's price range – why should I choose yours?"  Listed below are the answers we received.

Under $25,000

Chemdry

Chem-Dry commenced in Australia in 1986 and is now the largest carpet cleaning franchise in the world, with a network of over 4,000 franchisees. Chem-Dry cleaned carpets dry in two hours – not two days and they remain cleaner longer. The US patent office has recently renewed our cleaning method for another 20 years. No other operator can use it. No percentage of profits taken – the more you earn the more you keep. Full training & support provided.

Dubli

How would you like to own a business that works when you don't?

DubLi is like e-Bay , Google and Amazon all rolled into one, It is the next evolution. DubLi provides huge savings on brand new goods and all brand name items. Save money on school fees, medical bills, phone bills, gym membership and general insurance. DubLi offers: Unlimited income potential True residual and passive income 7 days a week and 24hrs a Day Al need is a phone and a computer, no rent, no staff or utilities.

dvdzone24

dvdzone24 is providing new business seekers a turn key operation including terminal and location in their local area. dvdzone24 plans to roll out more than 1200 vending terminals nationwide by the end of 2011. With hundreds of researched locations available, the advantage to our simple business model is that our dvdzone24 terminals are fully automated with no staff required. dvdzone24 invites you to be a part of the automated DVD rental industry.

EcoSmart

EcoSmart specialises in sales, supply and installation of award winning, energy efficient Solar Hot Water Systems. Solar Hot Water is one of Australia's fastest growing industries with significant government support. EcoSmart is Australia wide and provides ongoing support with marketing, lead generation, national and state based conferences and extensive training for all sectors of the business. There is NO need to be a plumber to join EcoSmart, No marketing fees, royalties or large start up capital.

Jani King

Jani-King is the most professional and admired commercial cleaning franchise on the market with more than 1,200 franchisees cleaning up right now across Australia and New Zealand. As a Jani-King franchisee you'll receive full training and have an administration team to manage invoicing and debt collection and be there for you 24/7. So all you have to do is clean, and clean up - with guaranteed income ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 per month based on the contracts you acquire.

Jim's Car Cleaning

If you like the idea of dealing with people, working with cars and independent, flexible work, Jim's Car Cleaning could be for you.

As Australia's largest mobile car cleaning and detailing professionals, Jim's Car Cleaning is typical of new millennium businesses seizing opportunities and turning what may seem as a negative, such as water restrictions, into a lucrative positive. Turn your passion into profits with a Jim's Car Cleaning franchise.

Mastercare

Buying into a franchise is a major investment. Ultimately, you want to work for yourself, not by yourself - and that's what Mastercare franchising is all about. We offer exceptional support, training and business advice, access to a national client base, and the security of a trusted brand. You don't have to pay big money to earn great returns. Hard work, a terrific attitude, and good customer service will always be rewarded.

RP Vending

Work the hours you want, generate high returns and receive ongoing support from RP. Sites for your machines will be provided as will training and access to their exclusive buying network, saving you thousands. After your initial investment to RP you are not tied to them in any way. You own the equipment and they will simply be there to support you if you need it resulting in a fantastic lifestyle opportunity.

Spraypave

For this price, where else can you learn a new trade and earn up to $3,000 per week based around your home and lifestyle? The demand for decorating concrete inside and outside keeps growing. Our non-franchise license means no restrictions or extra fees, yet all the benefits of an established name, team support, guaranteed work option, customer leads, contracts, finance and security with Australia's largest network.

V.I.P. Home Services

V.I.P. is a professional, multi-service franchise network offering support and Award winning systems while constantly evolving with market trends. Exclusive territories and four weeks paid training which provides high level practical and business knowledge with immediate income opportunity.  Provide customers with a range of services, while tailoring the business to suit your lifestyle and financial requirements.

Monthly meetings allow franchisees to meet, socialise and discuss ongoing business issues to ensure they grow and develop a successful business. Franchisees said "we love our franchise and would choose V.I.P. a second time round!

$25,000 - $100,000

Appliance Tagging Services

ATS are committed to helping its franchisees grow profitable and successful Electrical safety test and tag businesses. ATS provide expert technical, admin, business and sales support, freeing its franchisees up to focus on providing exceptional customer service to existing ATS clients and growing their direct client base. ATS franchisees also have access to the existing ATS national client base. Full training is provided, and there is no requirement for franchisees to have an electrical background.

B&S Sharpening

Why would I buy a B&S Mobile franchise? The answer is simple, because there is nothing else like it out there. Where else do you get the daily, if not hourly support from a franchisor? Where else do you get treated like family instead of a number? and if that's not enough, how about great working hours fantastic return on investment, 12 week income guarantee, marketing support 'and your own dedicated website'. B&S Mobile Sharpening are the leaders in their business with little opposition, they are expanding at a rate of one franchise a month, they have areas available in all states at the moment, but they are going fast, so if you are interested in becoming involved in one of the best franchises around contact B&S soon!.

Fastway Couriers

Whether you crave a better lifestyle, control over your income or a more rewarding career, a Fastway courier franchise can help you take control of your future. Established in 1983 and currently operating in nine countries, Fastway is a market leader in the provision of nationwide courier services. Best of all, Fastway's multi-award winning franchisees enjoy low start up costs, no weekend work and unparalleled business support.

Jumping JJs

You have saved enough money and worked hard to get into your first franchises, so congratulations. Operating a successful business is hard work and can take two years to make real money. Be more financially secure by investing in a Jumping J-Jays franchise that allows you the flexibility to continue in your day job (either full time or part time) which allows you to keep receiving the household income while still building the business in your region.

Nanotek by ecowash mobile

Nanotek (by ecowash mobile) is the global leader in mobile car cleaning - a multi-award winning Australian franchise system with operations in over 16 countries. This scale and experience offers franchisees technologies, expertise and systems beyond the reach of purely domestic franchise systems. Nanotek's exclusive product range utilises liquid polymer nano-technology - the eco-friendly and totally waterless process means that a Nanotek treatment can be done anywhere – in a car park, on the street or even on the showroom floor.

Poolwerx

PoolWerx has a strong history of innovation both in franchising and its own business sector – the swimming pool and spa aftermarket – in which it is multi-awarded. PoolWerx is especially well known for its creation of the world's first structured 'Career Path in Franchising' enabling franchisees the opportunity to start affordably and build multi-million dollar business empires: retail hubs anchoring satellite stores and fleets of service units.

Snap-on Tools

A Snap-on franchisee does not pay royalties or advertising levies. The $40,000 franchise fee covers the licence fee, 6 day training course at the Snap-on Training Centre in Dallas, Texas, lap top computer and printer, uniforms, software licence. Franchisees receive at least 5 weeks training in their territory with their sales development manager. By operating from a high-tech mobile store there are no commercial leases for retail space. A protected, surveyed territory means the franchisee knows know where the customers are and takes the store to them.

The Real Learning Experience

If success and the pursuit of excellence are important to you, The Real Learning Experience offers you five big benefits in a corporate training franchise: 1. New challenges, stimulating and exciting work; 2. High income potential; 3.Good life balance, flexible hours; 4. Greater personal satisfaction; 5. Established, trusted brand. You don't need training experience - you'll be trained by one of Australia's best. Franchises are available in all state capitals and major regional centres.

Wet-seal

Wet-seal is the largest waterproofing company in Australia and New Zealand, and nowoffers two franchises for the price of one, with the inclusion of underfloor and slab heating systems to their business model. Wet-seal provides five weeks' comprehensive training and an outstanding level of assistance and support to franchisees, including tools, initial stock, business and administration equipment, uniforms and sign-writing and they even pay your travel and accommodation costs during training. Join more than 60 franchisees in this proven system, for a low-cost entry, with the confidence of being backed by a National, fast-moving business.

Xpresso Delight

Xpresso Delight transplants the café experience right into the workplace. The system works by franchisees installing Swiss made, fully automatic coffee machines in businesses free of charge, with clients simply charged a 'per cup' rate to enjoy 100 per cent gourmet Arabica coffee conveniently at work.  Franchises start at just $64,400 and because of Xpresso Delight's unique passive income system, franchisees can earn a full week's wage while only working one day per week!

$100,000 $200,000

Anytime Fitness

Anytime Fitness is the world's first 24-hour fitness franchise. Members can work out any time of the day or night, they use a security-access card to enter the club, even when it is not staffed. Anytime Fitness is the #1 co-ed fitness franchise in the USA, with over 1,300 clubs open and 3000 territories sold. Now franchising in Australia over 30 territories have been sold in just 12 months. 55% of Anytime Fitness franchisees own more than one club. A new club opens every business day, and a new member joins every 3 minutes

Baker's Delight

An Australian owned company, Bakers Delight has over 700 bakeries employing more than 15,000 people, serving 2.5 million regular customers per week throughout Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

Bakers Delight enjoys steady growth achieving global turnover of $581M in 08/09 and with over six per cent growth in Australia alone. In 09/10 global turnover is expected to reach $608M. The market for fresh bread continues to grow in line with the trend towards healthy eating at home.

Cafe2U

Cafe2U provides a new business owner with an opportunity to be part of the growing coffee industry, without the hassles or rents or landlords. The unique 'acceleration package' ensures new business owners are fast-tracked with the assistance of their personal franchisee coach. Australian owned Cafe2U was lauded by BRW's Smart Investor survey December 2009 as one of two best value franchise systems in its price bracket out of more than 1000 contenders. With over 150 franchises in Australia and the UK, results are proven and experience shines.

Contours

Contours is one of Australia's fastest growing companies in women's fitness. Our award winning business is the only express workout group to have the endorsement of Fitness Australia. Contours franchisees benefit from ongoing sales, business and customer service training, an annual marketing and promotions calendar, a tailored computer system to assist your daily business activities, localised support from your development manager and so much more. So if you are ready for a fit and fabulous future, contact us today.

Healthy Inspirations

Healthy Inspirations is all about systemised, healthy, weight loss for women aged 35+. The system offers franchisees: a complete brand manual, backed up with additional operating manuals; a marketing model based on 6-7 solid pillars and each pillar is backed up with resources and a complete marketing manual; full training (start up and on-going); demographic mapping and site selection processes; tried and tested business plan and operating systems.

Pack & Send

Established in 1993, Pack & Send is a recognised and award-winning Australian owned and operated international franchise system. Pack & Send offers businesses and individuals a unique one-stop packing and freighting service, with a 'no limits' approach to customer service. Through a network of over 100 stores, franchisees are able to sub-contract parts of larger jobs, ensuring they deliver anything, anywhere. Benefits for franchisee include high profit margins, high quality business systems, low staffing levels and business trading hours.

Pretzos

Pretzos sells a great range of yummy baked snack sensations plus a range of pizza, hot dogs and other baked treats. The food model and business mantra is a 'Baked not Fried' proposition to market and the majority of the food is prepared daily and fresh at each store.

With 13 stores already established in WA, Pretzos is currently expanding to the eastern states, where there are some fantastic site opportunities available for consideration.

RAMS Home Loans

Become a RAMS Franchisee and benefit from: a head office and credit team structure that gives franchisees easy access to decision makers; a remuneration structure designed to reward your efforts; training to help you develop your skills and your business; advertising designed to promote the RAMS brand and generate leads; marketing support to assist you to develop a strong local presence; and local leads. Field support that is with you every step of the way

Sleepy's

Sleepy's offers the opportunity to work for yourself, driving your own business and realising the rewards. We are looking for franchisees who wish to be part of a secure, stable and growing group, and who have the determination to succeed. Sleepy's Mattress Experts are great people, with great skills who are dedicated to helping customers make the mattress buying process as easy as possible. We currently have 38 stores nationally and plan to have 50 stores by the end of 2010.

Snap Fitness

Snap Fitness offer franchisees a proven, affordable business model that enables absentee ownership, providing members with a fast, convenient and affordable workout alternative to oversized, overpriced and overcrowded health clubs.

Facilities feature 24/7 access, cardio and strength-training equipment that set industry standards, value-add fitness services not available at comparable clubs and a safe, secure environment.

In 2009, Entrepreneur magazine ranked Snap Fitness as the 'Best in Category' for fitness franchises.

$200,000-$375,000

All Safe Energy Efficient Products

Owning an Allsafe franchise is unique. Having a successful business is of course paramount but it's also the feeling of doing the right thing for both the customer and the environment that comes along with this success. It's hard to explain - you just feel good! In a fragmented industry, Allsafe pulls together six businesses in one place to give the impression of a 'one stop' energy efficiency store. It's a very popular concept - people want to know how they can save on energy costs and also reduce their impact on the environment.

Battery World

Battery World is a Queensland based national franchise business, experienced in meeting the needs and demands of Australia's ever-growing replacement battery market.  In just nine years, Battery World has grown to be one of the largest and most comprehensive retail battery chains. Owning a Battery World franchise includes an exclusive territory, store planning and fit-out design, four week intensive training program, national priority telephone number, advertising, marketing, operational and promotions support, and much more.

Gloria Jeans

Australian-owned Gloria Jean's Coffees is one of the most loved specialty coffee retailers, with approximately 460 coffee houses serving an estimated 5 million guests each month. The success of the company's franchise system has earned it a place in BRW's top 30 fastest growing franchises in Australia for six consecutive years. 

Gloria Jean's Coffees secret is a strong vision, leading-edge systems and training, and a supportive team who work collaboratively with franchise partners.

Goodyear

Goodyear is one of the world's largest tyre companies with outstanding credentials as a reputable and well-regarded brand that has strong consumer awareness and recall. Goodyear Autocare is built on this foundation with franchisees having the sense of security and certainty about their future by knowing that their newly established store has the total support of Goodyear and forms part of a multi-award winning and growing network of approximately 130 outlets nationwide.

Grill'd

The Grill'd concept delivers a healthy burger experience unlike any other. The Grill'd franchise opportunity is one of a proven business model with a real competitive advantage and strong consumer appeal. The Grill'd senior management and ownership team is professional and reputable, with extensive marketing, retail and sales experience across small, medium and large sized businesses. Great importance is placed on branding, teamwork, customer service and a strong culture that sets Grill'd apart from competitors.

Mr Rental

Mr Rental is an international franchise, specialising in the rental of white goods and appliances. While many other businesses suffered due to a struggling economy, we went from strength to strength, and our franchisees reaped the rewards of a financially rewarding business with an equally attractive lifestyle. As a previous Emerging Franchisor of the Year winner, Mr Rental has proven to offer a unique system, tools and support that bring real opportunity for franchisees to succeed.

Muzz Buzz

Muzz Buzz drive thru coffee is one of Australia's fastest growing retail franchising brands. We have a proven and successful business model and we are rapidly expanding our brand across Australia and internationally. Our franchisees enjoy the lifestyle and financial benefits of running their own businesses while retaining the option to operate stores under staff management if they choose. Franchisees also have the option to acquire multiple franchises and become a multi-site operator. Muzz Buzz is the market leader in the Australian drive thru coffee industry.

Outback Jacks

Outback Jacks Bar & Grill is an exciting fully licensed, family style restaurant franchise, specialising in relaxed, casual dining and premium quality steaks. With the largest selection of steaks on a menu anywhere in the world, our concept provides wide market appeal.

Our first store opened only 4 years ago and with proven systems Outback Jacks has rapidly expanded to 20 stores in prime locations throughout Australia and are expecting to double in 2010.

Shingle Inn

Shingle Inn is unsurpassed in today's café culture for the following reasons: our iconic brand is unique within the café market; our long history is evidence of our established systems and support of individual cafes; our superior quality products and delicious coffee made by trained baristas is unrivalled; and our ongoing commitment to family culture extends from exceeding customers expectations in-store to the relationships we like to cultivate with all our stakeholders.

Trios

Trios has positioned itself as the 'people's brand'. Extensive customer research has shown that Trios' customers are looking for fast, casual dining, catering for the after 5pm market and providing value-packed meals that are full of flavour. Trios provides franchisees with a strong brand name, international growth, a unique 'eating out of home' consumer offering and strong operational support. We're young, we're stylish and we're serious about great tastes that make you feel good.

$375,000 plus

Angus & Robertson

Established in 1886 Angus & Robertson has the distinction of being Australia's largest bookseller. Joining Angus & Robertson as a Franchise Partner and a business owner makes you a destination for book lovers all over Australia. We have a proud tradition in providing the very best in range and customer service, which sets us apart from our competitors. Our comprehensive training program provides ongoing training and support, and offer assistance in finding locations and negotiation of lease agreements.

Clark Rubber

Clark Rubber Franchising has more than 75 stores throughout Australia. Our high quality support services from our Franchise Support Office are constantly being refined and improved, with an intranet system making access to up to date information a breeze.

Clark Rubber recognise that the success of any franchise system very much depends on the success of its franchisees and is full of praise for the enthusiasm, commitment and contribution made by the Clark Rubber Franchisees.

Hairhouse Warehouse

Over the past 17 years, Hairhouse Warehouse has grown to over 118 stores Australia wide and has been listed for the last 5 years in BRW as one of the fastest growing hair & beauty franchises in Australia.

The combination of the largest range of hair & beauty products along with professional salons and beauty services has proven highly successful. Hairhouse Warehouse is embarking on an aggressive expansion plan to lead the industry in product, store locations and services.

Howards Storage World

With over 60 stores in 6 states and plans for 130 stores nationwide, our products, customer service and value have proven to be a winning combination. Our ideal candidates have a passion for what we sell and what we do. So, if you enjoy helping people to solve their storage needs throughout the home in a stimulating work environment contact us to find out more about our exciting opportunities. Howards has opportunities to join our winning team around the country.

La Porchetta

When you choose a La Porchetta franchise, you're buying into an established national brand with a strong market presence for 20 years. You have the backing of our national support office every step of the way, from setting up your business, to initial and ongoing training, local and national marketing and networking meetings. Most important, there is a flat fee system, so the more you earn, the more you keep.

Nandos

The Nando's fast-casual dining concept is unique and creates an equally distinctive customer experience. The experience as a franchisee is also characteristic of our family-like spirit. The Nando's team helps choose and negotiate site locations and rental deals to get restaurants up and running. Franchisees are provided with training that covers human resources, operations, administration and marketing, and receive ongoing guidance and feedback on growing their business. Nando's franchisees are part of a brand with a fun and irreverent personality, with advertising and PR campaigns that stand out from the crowd.

Price Attack

Price Attack offers franchisees the opportunity to become a part of one of the most dynamic, exciting and recession-resistant industries in Australia. When it comes to hair, Price Attack is a one-stop shop, providing customers with a full service salon and a large range of professional haircare products. Franchisees receive support in every aspect of business including extensive national advertising campaigns, comprehensive initial and ongoing training and the industry's best product deals, discounts and rebates.

Salsa's

Salsa's Fresh Mex Grill offers a fresh take on traditional Mexican food. Salsa's and is backed by one of Australia's best-known and respected fast food franchises – Boost Juice Bars. Through this partnership, Salsa's has access to Boost's amazing growth platform and administrational and support services. This has enabled Salsa's to grow by 300 per cent in a mere six months. Currently there are 12 stores across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, with ambitious plans to have another 20 stores by the end of 2010.

Snooze

By investing in a Snooze franchise, you join a team which has been providing the best in bedding since 1974. From humble beginnings as Capt'n Snooze, Snooze grew rapidly into six specialty stores and expanded to open franchises in Victoria and New South Wales in 1976, pioneering new standards of service, expertise and range. Today Snooze proudly boasts a network of more than 70 stores nationwide, with more than half in operation for 10 years and some as long as 20 years.

Supanews

Supanews franchisees receive the benefit of a full business model franchise, with the backing of a comprehensive support structure and a strong and recognised brand. Supanews' 5-star training and mentoring program prepares you to 'hit the ground running' on day 1 in our turn-key businesses. Further, the Supanews brand encompasses a superior corporate image and best-in-class store design. Supanews franchisees can purchase existing Supanews businesses with proven turnover, or greenfield businesses with exciting growth potential"