9 Franchises You Can Start in 6 Weeks or Less

6 weeks or less

With These Quick-Start Franchises, You can be in Business in No Time

According to estimates from the U.S. Small Business Administration, more than 625,000 new businesses open annually. But how long does it take them to get up and running? With all the time and money that goes into starting a business, an important question for franchise investors to consider is how long it takes to open a location. Some franchise businesses can take longer than a full year to open, but some can be up and running in as little as six weeks or less. Quick-start franchises are typically home-based, which means business owners do not need to hire many employees or worry about the expense of a brick-and-mortar storefront. Additionally, there’s greater schedule flexibility and lower startup costs.

From tutoring services and sports to cleaning services and personal fitness, franchise opportunities in many industries are affordable and can be open for business in no time. Here are nine franchises you can start in six weeks or less.

Child Related Franchise

Soccer Shots, home-based franchises
At Soccer Shots, children build character while learning the fundamentals of soccer.

Children’s franchises are fun to own and offer a ton of options and flexibility. Children have many interests, which lends itself to a variety of franchise business opportunities. You can open a cooking franchise, theater franchise, or an arts and crafts franchise for kids. Another popular way to own a child related franchise is to open a sports business. Many kid sports franchises can be opened in six weeks or less, including Soccer Shots. The rewarding business allows children to learn the fundamentals of soccer and build character for 30-40 minutes a week. As the owner/operator of the business, your daily tasks include scheduling sessions for the kids and the coaches that you hire, as well as handling the finances and HR functions. In order to attract business find children who would be interested in going to your sports franchise, Soccer Shots offers materials to bring awareness to local elementary schools, public places, and childcare centers. Franchise owners host a free soccer day at an interested location and enroll children online. 

Tutoring and Enrichment Franchises

Tutoring and enrichment franchises often have quick starts and offer the added benefit of helping children learn and develop character. A child enrichment franchise with a quick startup time is Bricks 4 Kidz. Students ages 3-12 who attend Bricks 4 Kidz programs use LEGO toys to learn STEM concepts. As a franchise owner, you work with kids at special events, after-school programs, and birthday parties. There’s lots of opportunity for quick startups with tutoring franchises. Club Z!, for example, can be opened in six weeks or less. Franchise owners manage a team of tutors and don’t need prior educational experience. Benefits include a home-based model, lower overhead costs, and added revenue streams through in-home tutoring and ACT and SAT prep. As an owner of a tutoring franchise, you benefit from the support and training the franchisor provides you. This means that you don’t need to have a tutoring background to run the business well. While you can have a brick-and-mortar tutoring center, you can also run the business from home and hire tutors to work with students. The educational franchise’s curriculum can span from primary to secondary levels. Franchise owners feel good about positively impacting children, without needing an educational background.

Mobile Franchises

Frios Gourmet Pops, mobile franchise
Frios Gourmet Pops is a mobile franchise that sells popsicles.

With a mobile franchise, you can be on the road to business ownership in no time. For example, with Frios Gourmet Pops, franchise owners sell popsicles from the company’s “Sweet Ride,” which includes external Bluetooth speakers and a customizable menu board. As one of Frios’ “Happiness Hustlers,” you enjoy a fun culture that values the community and customer service. Another example is Kona Ice, which allows you to be in business in 30-60 days. With this business on wheels, franchise owners don’t have to wait for customers to come to them; they go to customers at sporting events, parties, and more. In addition to a mobile unit, Kona Ice franchisees can serve shaved ice from kiosks, carts, and trailers. As a franchisee, you will benefit from Kona Ice’s amazing culture.

Commercial Cleaning Franchises

360clean, franchises in 6 weeks
The 360clean franchise is a commercial cleaning business.

With a commercial cleaning franchise, you have the opportunity to ensure that businesses are clean, sanitized, and disinfected to create healthy, safe environments for all. Since most cleaning jobs are done on-site, you have the opportunity to run a successful cleaning business from home. A commercial cleaning franchise that you can open in 6 weeks or less is 360clean. As a franchise owner with 360clean, you will benefit from recurring streams of revenue from companies that have facilities that need to be cleaned daily, weekly, or monthly. 360clean franchise owners benefit from the cleaning business’ B2B model, which makes any company a potential customer. Clients include medical buildings, commercial offices, educational facilities, and more. Image One Facility Solutions also offers quick startups. As a franchisee with this commercial cleaning franchise, you use environmentally-safe methods and products to disinfect offices, financial institutions, and more. Image One offers veterans and first responders a discount on the franchise fee.

Fitness Franchises 

GYMGUYZ, franchises in 6 weeks or less
GYMGUYZ is an in-home, mobile personal training franchise.

GYMGUYZ has the distinction as the first in-home, mobile personal training franchise. GYMGUYZ franchise owners offer convenient and customized fitness training services for individuals, corporate offices, groups, and more. Your training services include virtual personal training, strength training, kickboxing, and nutritional counseling. GYMGUYZ has classes for all: athletes, seniors, young people, pregnant women, and everyone in-between. Franchise owners do the administrative tasks from home and go to customers where they are with a mobile unit. This semi-absentee fitness franchise opportunity incentivizes veteran-ownership with a discount on the franchise fee. GYMGUYZ also works with E-2 Visa holders.

Another niche fitness brand with a home-based option is Special Strong. Clients who have special needs are trained at affiliate gym locations or at home. As a franchisee, you can own multiple territories, have limited competition and recurring revenue, and enjoy low overhead since there is no need to buy expensive gym equipment. Daniel and Trinity Stein launched the Special Strong franchise in 2016 to ensure individuals with mental disabilities have a fitness program that is adaptive and inclusive. Franchisees are part of a faith-based culture that values stewardship, generosity, and transparency.

Quick-Start Franchises

As you can see, there are many franchises that you can start in 6 weeks or less. These quick-start franchises are typically home-based, offer great flexibility, and have lower overhead. So if you want to get into business quickly, all you need to figure out is which one is best for you!

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Haley Cafarella is a passionate journalist and writer for IFPG. In her role as content and marketing specialist, she creates original articles for FranchiseWire and Franchise Consultant Magazine. Her specialties include educational articles about buying a franchise and franchise consulting. She also reports on franchise professionals who were recently promoted or hired through FranchiseWire’s popular HireWire series.

Haley has contributed to a variety of regional publications, including Quo Vadis, New Brunswick Today, and the Trenton Monitor. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Rutgers University.
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