Top Franchises You Can Buy: Here Are the Ones That Just Missed the Top 10 Ranking

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November 14, 2017

Top Franchises You Can Buy: Here Are the Ones That Just Missed the Top 10 Ranking

While these franchises didn’t make the top 10, it doesn’t mean they aren’t worth investing in.

Taco Bell | Facebook

Matthew McCreary Entrepreneur Staff

If you’re looking to start working for yourself, but you’re not sure how you want to start a business or what you want to do, investing in a franchise can be a good option. Some people might be interested in owning a business in a certain industry, liketech orfood. Others might be limited by a budget of$10,000 or$25,000.

But, if you don’t have any limitations or particular interests, you might want to take a look at the top of ourFranchise 500 listto see the businesses we think are the best investments. We’ve already broken down the top 10 franchiseshere, but we want to continue spotlighting our favorite franchises. So, start the slideshow to see the franchises that fell just outside the top 10.

Top Franchises You Can Buy: Here Are the Ones That Just Missed the Top 10 Ranking

1. Kumon Math and Reading Centers

Kumon | Facebook

Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Rank: 11

Initial investment: $69,788 to $141,445

Initial franchise fee: $1,000

New units in 2016: 455 units (+1.8 percent)

Kumonis an educational franchise, which was first founded by a father who wanted the best education for his son. Now, there are over 25,000 Kumon franchises around the world, featuring self-paced education in math and reading for children from the age of three all the way through high school.

You can learn more about Kumon and the company’s available franchises here .

Related: The 5 Best Teaching and Mentorship Franchises You Can Buy

Top Franchises You Can Buy: Here Are the Ones That Just Missed the Top 10 Ranking

2. Taco Bell

Taco Bell | Facebook

Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Rank: 12

Initial investment: $525,000+

Initial franchise fee: $15,000 to $45,000

New units in 2016: 147 units (+2.3 percent)

You know whatTaco Bell is, and that’s one of the major reasons why it’s such a good franchise investment. By paying a 4.25 percent ad royalty fee, you may reap the rewards of one of the best-known brands (and its marketing operations) in the United States.

You can learn whether Taco Bell more about investing in a Taco Bell franchise here .

Top Franchises You Can Buy: Here Are the Ones That Just Missed the Top 10 Ranking

3. Supercuts

Supercuts | Facebook

Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Rank: 13

Initial investment: $144,280 to $296,900

Initial franchise fee: $15,000 to $45,000

New units in 2016: 221 units (+8.6 percent)

Supercutswas first franchised in 1979 by Frank Emmett and Geoffrey Rappaport, and the haircutting company uses a seven-step process to turn potential investors into franchisees. Right now, Supercuts has focused most of its featured markets in the United States and Canada, but you can see the actual cities for yourself here .

Top Franchises You Can Buy: Here Are the Ones That Just Missed the Top 10 Ranking

4. Anytime Fitness

Anytime Fitness | Facebook

Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Rank: 14

Initial investment: $89,350 to $677,800

Initial franchise fee: $20,000 to $39,500

New units in 2016: 384 units (+12.6 percent)

Anytime Fitnessis one of the newest franchises in the top 20 (having only been franchising since 2002),but there are already nearly 4,000 locations across the world. That said, the gym business that prides itself on being open 24/7, 365 days a year, apparently wants to be open in a lot more places. You can find a list of available locations here .

Related: Our Top 5 Franchises You Can Run From Your Own Home

Top Franchises You Can Buy: Here Are the Ones That Just Missed the Top 10 Ranking

5. Firehouse Subs

Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Rank: 15

Initial investment: $94,783 to $1,090,366

Initial franchise fee: $20,000

New units in 2016: 105 (11.7 percent)

Firehouse Subswas famously founded by two firefighting brothers, so it makes sense the company thinks of its franchise growth as a “slow burn.” However, that means the sandwich business has plenty of franchise opportunities left — particularly in the Northeast. You can check out a map of available territories here .

Top Franchises You Can Buy: Here Are the Ones That Just Missed the Top 10 Ranking

6. Hardee’s

Hardee’s | Facebook

Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Rank: 16

Initial investment: $1,431,500 to $1,949,000

Initial franchise fee: $25,000 to $35,000

New units in 2016: 60 units (+2.9 percent)

Hardee’sis owned by CKE Restaurants, which has split its burger companies across the country. Hardee’s operates in the midwest and eastern U.S., while Carl’s Jr. takes the west. So, if you want to start a burger joint in California, Hardee’s might not be your best choice. But, Hardee’s is looking to expand in states like Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan. You can see the full map here .

Related: The 5 Best Burger Franchises You Can Buy (and How Much They Cost)

Top Franchises You Can Buy: Here Are the Ones That Just Missed the Top 10 Ranking

7. Massage Envy

Massage Envy | Facebook

Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Rank: 17

Initial investment: $434,823 to $1,030,500

Initial franchise fee: $45,000

New units in 2016: 65 units (+6.0 percent)

Franchising since 2003, the number ofMassage Envyfranchises has exploded to the point where, at the start of 2017, there were 1,187 units across the country and two outside the U.S. You can learn more about owning a Massage Envy franchise here .

Top Franchises You Can Buy: Here Are the Ones That Just Missed the Top 10 Ranking

8. Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp.

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. | Facebook

Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Rank: 18

Initial investment: $275,000 to $1,911,250

Initial franchise fee: $12,500 to $25,000

New units in 2016: 127 units (+12.2 percent)

Krispy Kremehas been around since 1937 and been franchising since 1947. Perhaps surprisingly, considering its longevity and brand, there are only 190 U.S. franchises compared to 1,172 locations overall. That leaves plenty of opportunities left for potential investors, particularly in northern states like Washington, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

You can see a map of key growth markets for the company here .

Related: Krispy Kreme Vs. Dunkin’ Donuts: Which Is the Better Franchise Investment for You?

Top Franchises You Can Buy: Here Are the Ones That Just Missed the Top 10 Ranking

9. Orangetheory Fitness

Orangetheory Fitness | Facebook

Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Rank: 19

Initial investment: $488,405 to $994,360

Initial franchise fee: $49,500

New units in 2016: 126 units (+37.3 percent)

Orangetheory Fitnessstarted franchising in 2010, and growth was relatively slow but steady for the first few years. In 2013, there were just 38 units of the exercise franchise. By 2017, though, that number had ballooned to 627. You can find the list of available franchises here .

Top Franchises You Can Buy: Here Are the Ones That Just Missed the Top 10 Ranking

10. Culver Franchising System Inc.

Culver’s | Facebook

Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Rank: 20

Initial investment: $55,000

Initial franchise fee: $1,815,000 to $4,273,000

New units in 2016: 18 units (+3.2 percent)

Culver’shad 623 franchises and eight company-owned locations at the start of 2017. While the seven-figure price tag might scare off some interested parties, the burger and ice cream restaurant is still looking to expand, particularly in midwestern states like Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. You can see the full map here .

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