The Most Affordable Home-Based Franchises for Helping Your Neighbors

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The Most Affordable Home-Based Franchises for Helping Your Neighbors

Many people are looking for a new job or career change thanks to COVID-19. Starting a business in this type of economic climate might appear to be a significant risk at first glance, but the opportunity to purchase an affordable, home-based franchise business that can keep costs low while still helping neighbors might be exactly what the economy needs.

Below, we've listed 31 of the most affordable franchises that you can start and run from home. Each one of these franchises requires US$55,000 or less in upfront investment, and represent a great opportunity to help your local community. You can view the full list on the International Franchise Association's franchise search page


Affordable Painting and Home Renovation Franchises


Color World House Painting

Powell, OH-based Color World House Painting provides residential and commercial paint services, and has operated as a franchise since 2015. The franchise's start-up cost is $40,000, and you can learn more about purchasing a Color World franchise at this link.



Decor & You's decorator and designer franchisees provide interior decorating services through a proprietary system that includes significant training and education. Decor & You has been listed as a top franchise influencer, and has been frachising since 1998. To review franchise requirements for Decor&You, click here.


Fresh Coat

Ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine in the Top 75 Low-Cost Franchises, Fresh Coat franchisees provide high-volume residential and commercial painting services. The franchise is headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, and began franchising in 2005. Initial investment is $15,000. Learn more about Fresh Coat franchising opportunities here


Garage Experts

Garage Experts franchises deliver garage renovations for residential, commercial and industrial customers. The company was founded in Anaheim, California and has been franchising since 2008. If you're looking for a Garage Experts franchise for sale, click here


Garage Kings

Garage Kings franchisee install custom garage flooring in the United States and Canada, offering concrete and epoxy floor installation as well as resurfacing. To view franchise requirements for Garage Kings, click here


Sears Garage Solutions

Sears Garage Solutions franchisees install and repair garage doors and openers as well as other related products and services. The initial start-up cost is $11,000, and the franchisor has been operating since 2008. For more information about purchasing a Sears Garage Solutions franchise, click here.


Inexpensive Outdoor and Lawn Care Franchises

Lawn Army

Lawn Army franchisees provide residential and commercial landscaping, mowing and edging worldwide after first starting its franchise model in the spring of 2014. You can inquire about purchasing a Lawn Army franchise here.


Lawn Doctor

Holmdel, NJ is one of the longest-standing franchisors on our list, with franchises in operation since 1967. Lawn Doctor provides lawn care, tree and shrub care, and pest control throughout the country. You can learn more about Lawn Doctor franchises for sale at this link.


Mosquito Joe

Mosquito Joe has been operating mosquito control services to residential and commercial customers since 2013. The Virginia-beach headquartered franchise requires an initial investment of $45,000. You can read more information about Mosquito Joe franchise opportunities here.


Mosquito Hunters

Mosquito Hunters' seasonal pest-control franchise can be run from any home or office. The company is headquartered in Northbrook, IL and has been franchising since 2016. Start-up costs are $42,000. Click here to learn more about buying a Mosquito Hunters franchise.


Mosquito Squad

Richmond-based Mosquito Squad has been franchising its mosquito and tick control business since 2005. Franchise start-up costs begin at $66,000, and you can learn more about purchasing a Mosquito Squad franchise here.


Pacific Lawn Sprinklers

Pacific Lawn Sprinklers installs residential and commercial exterior watering, irrigation, drainage and lighting systems. The franchisor has been operating from College Point, New York since 2004 and requires an initial franchise investment of $22,000. For more information about purchasing a Pacific Lawn Sprinklers franchise, click here


Pest Authority LLC

Pest Authority LLC is the parent brand of national mosquito franchise Mosquito Authority. The Hickory, NC-based franchise has been operating for 13 years, and began franchising in 2018. Interested in purchasing a Mosquito Authority franchise? Click here for more.



Reno-based Pestmaster franchisees provide a diverse set of residential and commercial services, including control of termites, weeds, rodents, birds, wildlife, bed bugs, and more. The company has been franchising since 1992. To research opportunities to purchase a Pestmaster franchise, click here.


Shneider Shrub and Tree Care

If you're in the Carolinas, you're probably familiar with Schneider Shrub and Tree Care, which delivers landscaping and pest control for a wide variety of outdoor lawns, shrubs and plants.The company recently started franchising, and has affordable franchise opportunities for sale.


Low-Cost Cleaning Franchises


Color-Glo International

Color-Glo franchises use the Minneapolis-based company's proprietary eco-friendly chemical cleaners to restore Leather, Cloth, Vinyl, and plastics. These services are often used for when cleaning cars and trucks, boats, and furniture. The franchise has been in business since 1981 and currently operates in 51 countries. A start-up cost of $60,000 is required. Learn more about purchasing a Color-Glo franchise here.


Duct Doctor USA

Dust Doctor franchisees deliver residential and commercial air duct cleaning throughout the midwest. The company has been franchising since 2000, and you can inquire about open franchise opportunities at this link.



Colorado-based Oxi-Fresh offers franchises for sale at an initial investment of $39,000. Oxi Fresh franchisees deliver carpet, tile and hardwood cleaning services on all manner of residential and commercial floors. To read more about Oxi-Fresh franchises available, click here.


Renew Crew

Renew Crew franchisees provide commercial and residential exterior cleaning and power-washing along with staining and sealing services. Required start-up costs are $30,000, and the franchisor is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. To inquire about purchasing a Renew Crew Franchise, click here.


Sears Maid Services

Sears Maid Services provides residential and light commercial cleaning services through its franchisees. The familiar brand offers a series of other home care services such as handyman and duct cleaning as well, which can help a business owner to diversify. Review requirements to purchase a Sears Maid Service franchise here


Affordable In-Home and Pet Care Franchises

Acasa Senior Care

Family-owned Acasa started when its founder faced the difficulty of taking care of his father and grandfather in quick succession. Acasa provides non-medical in-home care for the elderly, with start-up costs of $51,000. To learn more about franchise opportunities with Acasa Senior Care, click here


Fetch Pet Care

Fetch! Pet Care offers pet sitting and dog walking services with a low start-up cost of $8,000. The Ohio-based company has been franchising since 2004. Click here to inquire about Fetch Pet Care franchises for sale


Pet Butler

Plainfield, Illinois franchisor Pet Butler has been franchising its pet care services since 2005. Franchisees offer pet sitting, transportation and waste removal throughout the country. Start-up costs required to purchase a Pet Butler franchise are $69,000, and you can learn more about franchisee requirements here


Low-Cost Home Maintenance and Repair Franchises

Aire Serv Heating and Air Conditioning

Aire Serv franchisees provide residential and commercial installation, maintenance and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and indoor air quality systems worldwide. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its “Franchise 500”, Aire Serv has more more than 200 locations worldwide and was established in 1992. Learn about Aire Serv franchises for sale at this link.


Green Home Solutions

Green Home Solutions delivers indoor environmental improvements such as mold remediation and odor removal. The Pennsylvania-based company prides itself on its environmentally friendly approach and works directly with groups like Habitat for Humanity. Click here to learn more about purchasing a Green Home Solutions franchise.


JDog Junk Removal

JDog is a national franchise organization dedicated to providing business ownership opportunities to veterans and their families. JDog delivers junk removal and haul-away services, as well as labor, for residential and commercial customers throughout the United States. To review information about franchising with JDog, click here.


Sears Handyman Solutions

Sears Handyman Solutions has been franchising since 2014, repairing issues in most homes such as plumbing, electrical, painting, general maintenance and more. The franchise startup cost is $13,000, and more information on purchasing a franchise can be found at this link.