This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Looking for an Investment? 9 Franchises for About $100K

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Starting a business is tough enough these days, so why not choose one that doesn't clear out your savings?

It's no secret that franchise investing provides, in many cases, a proven model of business that first-time owners can rely upon. Besides a franchisee playbook, parent companies also offer ongoing support and assistance in the form of marketing, technical help and sourcing, for instance.

Yet today's franchised concepts are much different than that of even, say, five years ago. The recession put a damper -- in some cases a permanent damper -- on traditional capital access to finance business ventures. Many of today's franchisees are looking for more economical investments.

Service-based franchises require much lower investment than the large franchised names we know of today.

Also see: Franchises Take On Manhattan

Independent franchise advisor Joel Libava cautioned though that interested parties do need to do their homework. While there are plenty of decent franchise opportunities in the $100,000 range, many of them are either home-based or small-office based, meaning that the franchisee better be up on his sales skill sets to get business.

"Make sure that you are an outgoing, engaging person before you even start to look at franchises that are in the $100,000 range," Libava said. "This is not the time to see if you can become a great salesperson. It's too expensive of an experiment and if it was a failed one, it could take years to recover from, depending on your financial situation."

"But if you are a strong salesperson, and love being out of the office selling, as long as you're comfortable with rules, I recommend spending a good deal of time investigating low-investment franchises," he wrote in an email. (Libava disclosed that he recently did content marketing for Wholesome Tummies, a franchise listed in this article.)

Full Disclosure: Some of the companies listed below offer investment ranges that can go above $100,000, in some cases hundreds of thousands above that limit. We've chosen to include certain concepts because of the growth prospects for their niche industry or because the concepts have lower-end options for someone with a $100,000 investment budget.

That said, here are nine concepts to consider:
1 of 10

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
AAPL $93.24 -0.41%
FB $117.81 -0.21%
GOOG $701.43 0.82%
TSLA $211.53 -4.96%
YHOO $36.94 2.61%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,660.71 +9.45 0.05%
S&P 500 2,050.63 -0.49 -0.02%
NASDAQ 4,717.0940 -8.5450 -0.18%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs