The Top 10 Franchises for 2016

By Suzanne Musial

Posted: April 12th, 2016

Category: Editorial

Deciding on which franchise to buy can seem like a daunting task. It can take hours upon hours of research to narrow down the right opportunity, which is why we do the legwork for you with our annual Top 100 List where we identify franchises with strong growth potential and proven track records that are also affordable investments for the average franchise buyer.

Top 10 franchises

This year’s Top 10 franchises are at the forefront for financial stability, profitability, franchisee satisfaction, growth, and long-term sustainability. Learn more about owning one of these Top 10 franchise opportunities for 2016:

10. 101 Mobility

Liquid Capital Required: $100,000

Total Investment: $108,660 - $198,420

101 Mobility is one of the largest dealers of mobility solutions with a sales force covering multiple states across the country. Headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina, 101 Mobility provides and installs a wide range of high-quality mobility equipment including stair lifts, auto lifts, wheelchair ramps, porch lifts, power wheelchairs, and more. 101 Mobility is seeking entrepreneurs with a desire to create something bigger than themselves in an industry that is both rewarding and profitable. Owners must be able to excel in building and managing teams, problem solving, customer service, and relationship building. 

9. Color Glo International

Liquid Capital Required: $44,500

Total Investment: $49,500

Color Glo International is the world leader in restoration and repair of leather, vinyl, velour, cloth and hard plastics commonly found in the automotive, aircraft, marine and furniture markets. Skilled technicians worldwide renew and extend the service life of any fabric indefinitely, using Color Glo’s proprietary environmentally-safe, water-based restoration system. Buying a Color Glo franchise eliminates all the hard work: finding a location, negotiating a lease, hiring reliable contractors and doing all this on-time and within budget. When you buy a Color Glo franchise you are buying a complete turnkey business.

8. Wild Birds Unlimited

Liquid Capital Required: $40,000 - $50,000

Total Investment: $125,978 - $199,172

Wild Birds Unlimited offers products designed by experts to meet the needs of birds and to be enjoyable for the people who use them. A common theme among franchisees is a real interest and love of birds and nature. Wild Birds Unlimited is looking for new franchise store owners who are committed to fulfilling their dream of opening and developing a business enterprise that allows them to share their love and passion for birds and nature with their local community. 

7. Real Property Management

Liquid Capital Required: $75,000

Total Investment: $75,000 - $100,000

Real Property Management franchisees provide services for property owners and investors including screening tenants, processing rental payments, property inspections, maintenance and repairs, and processing evictions. Real Property Management is looking for franchise owners who want to build an ever-growing business and who enjoy networking and know how to sell, or are willing to hire someone who does. Franchisees come from all walks of life and do not need previous real estate or property management experience.

6. Tropical Smoothie Café

Liquid Capital Required: $100,000

Total Investment: $300,000

Tropical Smoothie Café is a quick-casual concept focused on healthier food options including delicious, in-demand smoothies, sandwiches, flatbreads, wraps, and salads. Franchisees understand the importance of incredible customer service and community outreach, and value innovation, creativity, and a competitive mindset. Tropical Smoothie Café is looking for franchisees who believe in “Eat Better-Feel Better” and in providing a great product delivered with exceptional customer service. 

5. Kiddie Academy

Liquid Capital Required: $200,000

Total Investment: $413,700 - $673,000

Kiddie Academy® offers educational, center-based child care for busy working families. The proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum provides franchisees and their teaching staff with the tools and expertise needed to deliver a quality educational experience. You do not need a background in education or child care in order to be considered for a Kiddie Academy franchise opportunity.

4. Sport Clips

Liquid Capital Required: $200,000

Total Investment: $168,300 - $326,500

Sport Clips’ fun, sports-themed, men's and boys' haircutting concept is so unique it's made them the fastest-growing haircutting franchise in the country. Sport Clips offers a tried-and-true model and uses proven training programs and advanced support tools to ensure that franchisees have every chance of success. Franchisees do not need hair care experience and come from many industries. 


Liquid Capital Required: $150,000

Total Investment: $178,000 - $550,000

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offers an opportunity to drive success both in the moving and franchise industries as the nation’s largest franchised local moving company. Franchisees come from diverse educational and professional backgrounds but should be capable of working within systems, possess excellent communications skills, enjoy working with people, and hold a strong desire to grow a business to its full potential. 

2. College Hunks Hauling Junk

Liquid Capital Required: $100,000

Total Investment: $100,000 - $200,000

College Hunks Hauling Junk is the fastest-growing junk-hauling franchise and moving franchise in America. College Hunks Hauling Junk has been in demand - from franchisees, customers and the media - because the business is fun and rewarding, and the systems create a great experience for both customers and franchise partners. Franchise owners are from many different age ranges and backgrounds. 


Liquid Capital Required: $150,000

Total Investment: $168,812 - $308,830

FASTSIGNS is the most recognized brand in the industry, combining Visibility Strategies with Project Services to create custom solutions. Strong strategic direction, proven processes, and a leadership team dedicated to pushing franchise partners to profitability is all part of the FASTSIGNS experience. Ideal candidates and existing franchisees come from all walks of life, however those with strong senior or executive level experience in Sales, Project Management, Technology, or overall Management often do best as this business is about managing relationships and people. 

Get more information on some of the opportunities mentioned in this post:

College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving is more than a franchise opportunity with a huge financial upside (our item 19 is amazing). Year after year our company-wide revenues grow by leaps and bounds. This year we’ve seen...

70k Minimum Cash Required

FASTSIGNS is the leader and ranked # 1 by number of units in North America, verified by third party sources such as Entrepreneur, Franchise Business Review and Franchise Research Institute. This provides us great buying...

100k Minimum Cash Required

Sport Clips Haircuts offers owners a way to transition from their day job and pave a path to greater financial and personal freedom through investment in a simple, multi-unit, semi-absentee business model. Our sports-themed...

200k Minimum Cash Required

Want to be a part of a 15.5 billion dollar industry with a market leader that has experienced 57 months of consecutive revenue growth and a 96% customer referral rating? Join the Two Men And A Truck team, the nation's...

80k Minimum Cash Required

Success Is More Likely In A Growing Industry - America is a Renter Nation. Over a third of the nation’s households now rent, while home ownership continues to decline. With monthly rent rates increasing, vacancy rates...

50k Minimum Cash Required

The Nations Leader in Independence.101 Mobility is one of the largest providers of mobility and accessibility solutions throughout the U.S.Focusing on quality and customer service, 101 Mobility is here to provide seniors and...

50k Minimum Cash Required

Experience the joy of a Winning Culture! Ranked #1 in Owner Satisfaction by Franchise Business Review 2014,2015,2016,and 2017 in the Retail category. When our franchise store owners are happy, we know we are doing...

40k Minimum Cash Required

Consider a business with no seasonal or economic swing compared to conventional markets. Imagine for a moment where you find cloth / velour, leather, plastic and vinyl upholstery and you would discover the unlimited...

40k Minimum Cash Required

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is two businesses in one, with a balanced business mix of food and smoothies. This allows us to service all day parts and drive higher gross sales. Combine this with our simple business model, lower...

150k Minimum Cash Required