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2013 Home-Based Franchises

Want to run a thriving business without stepping outside your door? Here’s our list of the top franchises that can be run from home, listed in order of their ranking in Entrepreneur ‘s Franchise 500®.

1.Jan-Pro Franchising Int’l. Inc.

About Jan-Pro Franchising Int’l. Inc.

Jacques Lapointe founded Jan-Pro in Providence, Rhode Island in 1991. Jan-Pro began franchising the following year, offering both master and single-unit franchises, and has since grown to over 10,000 units throughout the United States and Canada.

Jan-Pro franchisees offer commercial cleaning services to businesses such as car dealerships, gyms, banks, churches, schools and offices. The company’s “Cleaning Greener" initiative emphasizes the use of cleaning products that require fewer chemicals to clean more.


About System4

Co-founders Phil Kubec and Edward Hammer started System4 based on their combined business experience. Kubec had been both a franchisee and the CEO of a large commercial cleaning franchise; he also became one of System4’s first master franchisees. Hammer was involved in multiple entrepreneurial ventures prior to System4, including the startup of a vehicle rental company. System4 has a partnership with the Cleaning Management Institute that allows franchise owners to be certified as custodial technicians.

3.Vanguard Cleaning Systems

About Vanguard Cleaning Systems

Vanguard Cleaning Systems was founded in 1984 and began franchising the same year. The private company is based in San Mateo, California. Its franchisees serve more than 10,000 commercial cleaning accounts. Vanguard offers a master franchise program for experienced businesspeople and a unit franchise program for beginning entrepreneurs.

4.Snap-on Tools

About Snap-on Tools

In 1920, a particular wrench could only do one particular job, but Joseph Johnson had an idea to change that. Along with William Seidemann, he began manufacturing ten different sockets that would “snap on" to five interchangeable wrench handles, so that one tool could do the work of five. The Snap-on Wrench Company’s representatives sold these new products by taking them to the customers at their places of business and demonstrating their use.

Today, Snap-on Tools franchisees sell far more than just wrenches. They offer over 22,000 products, including hand tools, power tools, diagnostic tools, tool storage and shop equipment, but the way they sell is much the same. Once a week they bring their “mobile stores"–trucks filled with their products–directly to their customers, which include car dealerships, mechanics, marinas and airports.

5.Jazzercise Inc.

About Jazzercise Inc.

While teaching traditional jazz dance classes in Evanston, Illinois, in 1969, Judi Sheppard Missett turned her students away from the mirrors and started a “just for fun" class that incorporated dance moves to provide aerobic exercise. After moving to Southern California, she started training other instructors in the Jazzercise program in 1977. Six years later, the company began franchising. Now Jazzercise’s CEO, she continues to teach weekly Jazzercise classes and choreograph new dance routines. Based in Carlsbad, California, Jazzercise’s instructors teach its total-body conditioning program to almost half a million participants each year in the United States and more than 30 other countries. Jazzercise instructors are trained and certified before becoming franchised.

6.Cruise Planners-American Express Travel

About Cruise Planners-American Express Travel

Since 1994, agents for Coral Springs, Florida-based Cruise Planners/American Express Travel Service have been connecting business and leisure travelers with the ideal cruise. Franchisees work from their homes, selling cruises full or part time.

7.Anago Cleaning Systems

About Anago Cleaning Systems

David Povlitz first began offering cleaning services to commercial customers under the Anago name in 1989. The company, which began franchising in 1991, offers its services to customers throughout the United States. Franchises provide regularly scheduled office cleanings as well as periodic maintenance, such as carpet shampooing and window powerwashing.

8.Matco Tools

About Matco Tools

Since 1979, Matco Tools, a subsidiary of Danaher Corp., has been manufacturing, distributing and servicing automotive equipment, tools and toolboxes. Today the company’s line of products includes over 13,000 different items. Franchisees, who bring these products to their customers in trucks, number nearly 1,500, with locations in all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and Canada.

9.Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

About Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Robert Harris worked as a carpet cleaner to pay for his law school tuition. He found the cleaning methods being used were not getting the job done and set about developing new solutions to get carpets cleaner. Harris started using his new solution to clean carpets for family and friends, and demand for his services quickly grew. In 1977, Harris founded Chem-Dry to bring his new cleaning methods to more customers.

Chem-Dry began franchising in 1978 and now has locations in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom. In 2006, Chem-Dry was acquired by The Home Depot.


About CruiseOne

Franchising since 1993, CruiseOne agents sell cruise and travel packages, including travel protection, shore excursions, hotels and tours to individuals, couples, families, businesses and groups.



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