Best Franchises for Moms who Want to Have it all

These Franchise Opportunities Offer The Flexibility Moms Need

One of the greatest struggles for moms is juggling family and work. Thankfully, franchising offers the best of both worlds. Through franchise ownership, mothers can be their own bosses and have a desirable work-life balance. From senior care and retail to publishing and home services, mothers can find opportunities in many business sectors through franchising. Investing in brands with home-based options increases flexibility and offers a great work-life balance. Here are some of the best franchises for moms who want to have it all. 

Just Between Friends

Just Between Friends, best franchises for moms

Moms will find this children’s pop-up resale franchise attractive because of its low startup costs. The franchise’s flexible work structure allows parents to care for children while working the business. Franchise owners have at least two major sales a year: the spring and fall. The franchise was founded by Shannon Wilburn and Daven Tackett in 1997. The idea behind the business is to give other parents the opportunity to save money on clothes, books, shoes, toys, and more. The initial investment is between $38,544-$54,509 with a franchise fee of $17,900.

Kona Ice

Kona Ice, best franchises for moms

Kona Ice is a fun, feel-good mobile business that allows franchise owners to go where the customers are. For example, you can sell shaved ice at lacrosse games, festivals, and more, right from your mobile unit. Moms will enjoy that the Kona Ice franchise gives back to the community. The franchise’s giveback programs and community-oriented feel all contribute to the franchise’s amazing culture.

Supporting Strategies

The Supporting Strategies franchise offers a great way for moms to get into the in-demand financial services industry. The franchise offers a scalable business model, lower overhead, and highly-automated systems. Since this is a home-based opportunity, franchisees have the flexibility to make their own schedule. Bookkeeping and controller services are in high demand, so moms can run a successful business that has high recurring revenue and earnings potential. Prospective candidates can expect an initial investment between $77,930 – $103,190. 

Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners, best franchises for moms

As a franchisee with Cruise Planners, you are an independent travel advisor who helps clients plan resort vacations, cruises, land tours, and more. The Cruise Planners franchise allows you to operate a business from the comfort of your home. Other benefits include discounts and perks on inaugural cruises and familiarization trips, which are exclusively for travel agents and are provided by travel operators.

Our Town America

With an Our Town America franchise, moms can help new residents in a community find local businesses and assist companies in reaching new customers through a two-part new mover marketing program. The first mailing is a welcome package with a gift certificate to the client’s business. The second mailing is a “thank you” postcard, which is optional. All businesses are potential clients with this B2B franchise. Additionally, franchisees will enjoy the flexibility of a home-based business. Our Town America is looking for candidates with sales and marketing experience and a community-oriented mindset. Moms who are veterans can also benefit from a reduction in the initial franchise fee. The brand is a proud member of the International Franchise Association’s VetFran Program. 

Visiting Angels

Visiting angels, best franchises for moms

A great way to get a piece of the booming senior care industry is to invest in a Visiting Angels franchise. Visiting Angels has been providing seniors with quality nonmedical care services since 1998. This senior care franchise offers a feel-good, in-demand business that allows you to care for some of the most vulnerable members of the community. Franchisees can also expect a royalty fee of 3.5%, which is lower than many home care franchises. 

Payroll Vault 

Payroll Vault, best franchises for moms

Payroll Vault is a boutique full-service payroll company. Founded in 2008, the company helps small business owners run more efficiently by providing them the tools to handle PR tasks so they can focus on building community relationships and managing their workforce. Since beginning to franchise in 2012, Payroll Vault owners have helped support small businesses across the country. Franchisees enjoy the B2B model and the flexibility of running the business from home. They can own the business with a low investment of $48,875 – $64,269 and have recurring streams of revenue.


The MaidPro home cleaning franchise provides homeowners with a customizable 49-point checklist to ensure that homes will be cleaned from top to bottom. Moms will enjoy the flexibility that comes with operating a mobile business. Your customers will appreciate that the brand’s products are eco-friendly, which is good if they have children and pets. No prior experience is required, and you can own the business with an investment of $94,560 – $119,800.


ShelfGenie, best franchises for moms

As a franchisee with ShelfGenie, you will help customers organize their kitchens, bathrooms, pantries, closets, and more, with custom-made shelving. You meet with customers to discuss what shelving they are looking for. A U.S. -based manufacturing team then builds the shelving, and you will install it when it is ready. ShelfGenie franchisees enjoy a scalable business model and the flexibility of operating the business from home. Since ShelfGenie is part of the Neighborly umbrella, franchisees benefit from preferred vendor relationships, business consultation and mentorship, and support and training. 

Natural Awakenings 

With the Natural Awakenings franchise, moms create a local magazine and sell advertising to wellness businesses. Founded by Sharon Bruckman in 1994, the franchise has educated and inspired millions of readers about health and wellness. Every month, readers can enjoy articles about leaders in the health food industry, yoga experts, and more. Franchise owners are welcomed into the system every quarter and are granted the right to publish the magazine format in their market. The company offers assistance for the first three issues with layout, editing and publishing. Moms with dedication and a strong work ethic make great candidates for this publishing franchise. Veterans are also incentivized to invest in the franchise with a discount on the franchise fee. 

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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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