The Best Franchises for the Socially Distant
When most people think of buying a franchise, they think of a store front or a restaurant. But franchising is much more than just retail, and in the age of coronavirus we thought it might make sense to explore the best franchises that can be run at a distance.
While our list includes several technology-centric franchises, there are also a number of "distant" businesses available for those entrepreneurs looking for a hands-on franchising opportunity as well.
Out of the Box Technology
This business services franchise offers support for payroll, accounting, inventory management and payment processing, with particular emphasis on QuickBooks setup, migration and data management. The majority of this work can be done remotely thanks to Out of the Box's cloud QuickBooks hosting service, although certain services like point of sale installation and inventory management implementation will likely require a trip to a customer's physical location. Out of the Box is headquartered in Michigan, and has been franchising since 2012. To learn more about purchasing a franchise with Out of the Box Technology, click here.
National cybersecurity franchise TAD Group operates in a white-hot industry in which the majority of the work is performed online. Services range from penetration testing and vulnerability assessments to digital forensics and incident response, and also include regulatory compliance in areas such as GDPR. Originally founded in Newport Beach, California, TAD Group maintains a headquarters in Bulgaria and serves mid- to large-size businesses. The company has won a number of awards and certifications, and is an ideal fit for a technically minded owner. If you're interested in TAD Group franchises for sale, click here.
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives
With a number of studies showing that working outdoors is safer than inside during the pandemic, what's better for social distancing than a franchise that keeps you outside? Outdoor Lighting Perspectives franchisees offer residential and commercial exterior lighting design, installation, service and maintenance throughout North America. And this business isn't just for the warmer months, as it offers a holiday lighting service as well. If you'd like to buy an Outdoor Lighting Perspectives franchise, click here to learn more.
A part of the Neighborly corporate umbrella, Window Genie franchisees clean and tint windows, pressure wash houses and concrete, clean gutters, and a whole lot more. Currently operating 135 franchises in 32 states, Window Genie is headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, and has been operating since 1998. This franchise is ideal for social distancing because it uses small crews who operate almost exclusively outside. To learn more about franchises available with Window Genie, visit our franchise listing.
Payroll and HR compliance service franchise Payroll Vault has been franchising for eight years, offering its clients local support that can be delivered without setting foot in a client location. Payroll Vault helps clients with time and attendance tracking, workers' compensation administration, background checks, and more. Franchisees are generally able to launch within 90 days of approval. Interested in buying a franchise with Payroll Vault? Learn more at this link.
Showhomes Home Staging
Operating as a franchise since 1994, Showhomes offers franchisees the opportunity to work on their own or with a small team in the controlled environment of an empty home being prepared for sale. Showhomes also offers design and decoration services, as well as live-in caretakers. With the real estate market showing surprising resiliency, a Showhomes franchise may be a great fit to stay socially distant while starting a new business. Click here to learn more about Showhomes Home Staging franchise listings.
Our Town America
If you've ever moved, you've likely seen Our Town America's work. This franchise helps local service providers like doctors and dentists, vets, salons, restaurants and more introduce themselves to a new resident through direct mail advertising packages. Now, more than ever, it's a service that can benefit small businesses looking to grow. To learn more about Our Town America franchises for sale, click here.
Keystone Insurers Group, Inc.
The insurance industry transitions to a virtual environment better than most, and with nearly 40 years in the market Keystone Insurers Group has developed a strong brand reputation that can help growth in our times of remote work. Keystone franchisees provide commercial property and casualty insurance, risk management services, employee benefits, and financial services. To learn more about Keystone Insurers Group franchises for sale, click here.