2010 Low-Cost Franchises
Top 10 Low Cost Franchises for 2010
$39,000 - $89,000
Ranked #1 in 20097
Instant Tax Service
Retail tax preparation & electronic filing
$20,926 - $132,623
Ranked #5 in 20099
Comm'l./residential cleaning & disaster restoration
Inside the 2010 Franchise 500®Franchise of the Year
Subway grabs the No. 1 spot, but this year's Franchise 500® is a big one for sandwiches across the board.
A Room at the Top
How Hampton Inn broke into the Top 10 during one of the hotel industry's toughest years.
Where to Go When You Can't Find the Dough
Where to find financing in the no-loan era. First hint: Start with your franchisor.
The Outlook for 2010
The worst is over, analysts say. But the best companies emerged very different from what they were before.
The Next Big Thing or Next Big Flop?
New franchisors are risky propositions, and there are more of them than ever. Here's how to put them to the test.
Franchises That Went Boom or Bust
A look back at the wacky concepts that exploded (and imploded) in an instant.
Twittering with the Top 10
Can your franchise benefit from social media? Find out how the best franchises used this medium to their advantage.
How I Did It
5 franchisees share their stories of perseverance and innovation.
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Special ListingsCompiled by the editors of Entrepreneur magazine
Franchises For Sale
Should 'Franchisee' Be Your Next Job Title?
If you're looking for work in this market, buying a franchise might be a better option.
Franchising ROI: What's Reasonable?
How to determine whether a franchise investment makes financial sense
Finance Your Franchise With Retirement Funds
If you're having trouble getting franchise financing from the traditional sources, consider this alternative.
Losing the Dream, but Saving the Store
The recession is driving mom-and-pop businesses to transform into franchises.
The Big Time
Multiple-unit ownership has taken over the franchise world.