4. BrightStar Care
Franchises open: 180; 220 franchises are expected to open in the U.S. and internationally by 2013
Revenue last year: $100 million, up 50% from the beginning of 2009
Medical care, nonmedical care and child care
J.D. and Shelly Sun founded BrightStar in 2002 after their own poor experience with caregivers. The company likely got its fame after it was featured on Undercover Boss on CBS in April.
The company provides what it calls a "full continuum of home care" that includes adult and elder care services, child care and medical staffing services for individuals, families and health care facilities, the company says.
The company provides "every service available at nursing facilities in the comfort of an elderly person's own home. They can assist with everything from companionship to toileting and hygiene assistance to in-home blood draws," according to an interview with executives on Franchise Gator, an online resource of franchises for sale.
"BrightStar is one of the most talked-about and successful franchises as far as their franchisees' satisfaction as well as units sold. They're more than just senior care," says Franchise Gator's general manager, Farrah Kennedy.
BrightStar looks for franchisees with strong management experience or marketing and sales experience. Medical expertise isn't required. Franchisees spend between $95,000 and $163,000 for startup, according to the company website.