Have you ever wanted to start your own business?

You don't need a ton of money in the bank or a miracle investor to make that dream come true. You can start a business that already has a built-in reputation and a proven business model for very little upfront cost. Franchises offer all the perks of business ownership without the same level of risk.

There are a lot of great franchise opportunities out there. Here are some with start-up costs of $10,000 or less.

PosiGrip. This franchise is a home-based business that provides floor and shower treatments to reduce slip and falls when a surface becomes wet. These treatments help businesses reduce the risk of injuries and costly litigation. There is very little competition in this industry, and start-up costs are only $8,000 to $10,000. The PosiGrip franchise provides marketing and advertising, and no franchise fee or royalty fees are charged.

U-Turn Vending. Vending machines are one of the easiest franchise opportunities. U-Turn Vending franchises specialize in bulk candy vending from innovative equipment. These machines start making money as soon as they are placed in their location. The total investment to start your own U-Turn Vending franchise is just more than $7,000.

Cruise Planners/American Express. This home-based travel franchise focuses on selling cruises directly to consumers. The business is perfect for one or two people and does not require additional employees. The large majority of franchise owners are owner/operators. The total investment to start a Cruise Planners/American Express franchise is $10,000 (Stock Quote: AXP).

The Back Rubber. This franchise business uses a typical vending business model but features massage chairs. These pay-per-massage chairs are placed in high traffic areas like malls, airports, casinos, hotels and hospitals. Income begins as soon as the chairs are placed. The initial investment for this franchise begins at $7,495.

Return-A-Pet. Return-A-Pet is a pet registry that helps return lost pets. Similar to pet microchips but non-invasive, owners provide a service that maintains the vital information of a pet. Pet owners receive custom Return-A-Pet identification tags printed with a 24/7 toll-free number to call if a pet is found. Start up costs for this franchise are $5,000 and include a one-time licensing fee. No royalties are charged.

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