Our Top Personal-Service Franchises

    By Tracy Stapp Herold | Small Business

    Searching for a business that will enable you to help others? The numbers say you're not alone. Personal-service businesses like children's enrichment, fitness, spa services and senior care are among the fastest-growing categories in the franchise world. You'll find 114 such companies here on our list of the top personal-service franchises.

    These companies are listed based on their ranking in Entrepreneur's 2014 Franchise 500®, which is determined by objective, quantifiable criteria, including system size, growth and financial strength and stability. The rankings are not intended as an endorsement of any particular company but merely as a starting point in your search for the right franchise for you. Before investing in any opportunity, always read the company's legal documents carefully, consult with an attorney and an accountant and talk to other franchisees about their experiences.

    Child Care

    Goddard Systems
    Preschool/educational child care
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 113
    Startup cost: $704.7K-$880.2K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 410/0

    Primrose School Franchising
    Educational child care
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 147
    Startup cost: $663.6K-$4.6M
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 282/1

    Kiddie Academy Child Care Learning Centers
    Educational child care
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 290
    Startup cost: $372.7K-$702K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 118/2

    The Learning Experience Academy of Early Education
    Preschool/educational child care
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 324
    Startup cost: $495.3K-$3.6M
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 110/20

    Childrens Lighthouse Franchise
    Child care
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 409
    Startup cost: $558.5K-$3.9M
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 31/8

    Children's Enrichment Programs

    Bricks 4 Kidz
    Lego-engineering classes, camps, parties
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 111
    Startup cost: $33.8K-$51.1K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 557/2

    High Touch-High Tech
    Science activities for schools/parties
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 196
    Startup cost: $59.9K-$63.6K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 168/28

    School of Rock
    Music education
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 216
    Startup cost: $147.9K-$334.6K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 118/16

    Gymboree Play & Music
    Parent/child play and learning programs
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 254
    Startup cost: $108.3K-$275K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 715/6

    LearningRx
    Personal training for memory, executive function, IQ
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 263
    Startup cost: $109K-$209K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 90/2

    Engineering for Kids
    Math, science, technology and engineering activities
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 295
    Startup cost: $35.1K-$90.6K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 92/1

    Young Rembrandts Franchise
    Art classes for ages 3 to 12
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 334
    Startup cost: $40.4K-$48.7K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 100/0

    KidzArt
    Art-education programs, products and services
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 347
    Startup cost: $46.1K-$52.8K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 96/0

    Drama Kids International
    After-school drama classes and summer camps
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 498
    Startup cost: $37.8K-$45K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 173/0

    Children's Fitness

    My Gym Children's Fitness Center
    Early-learning/fitness programs
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 182
    Startup cost: $36K-$281.1K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 327/0

    Soccer Shots Franchising
    Soccer programs for ages 2 to 8
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 187
    Startup cost: $18.7K-$25.5K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 145/8

    HappyFeet Legends International
    Soccer programs for ages 2 to 18
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 199
    Startup cost: $19.8K-$23.7K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 125/4

    Athletic Revolution
    Youth fitness and athletic training
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 296
    Startup cost: $18.9K-$116.95K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 72/0

    Amazing Athletes
    Developmental sports and physical fitness
    programs for ages 12 and younger
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 335
    Startup cost: $38.95K-$48.95K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 77/0

    The Little Gym
    Development/fitness programs
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 366
    Startup cost: $157.5K-$394K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 292/0

    TGA Premier Youth Tennis
    Tennis programs
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 424
    Startup cost: $16.2K-$62.2K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 25/2

    NZone Sports of America
    Sports leagues and camps for ages 3 to 18
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 430
    Startup cost: $33.2K-$46.6K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 30/0

    British Swim School USA
    Swimming lessons for ages 3 months and up
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 434
    Startup cost: $46.9K-$71.3K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 20/3

    Tippi Toes Dance
    Children's dance classes
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 438
    Startup cost: $52K-$62.5K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 17/2

    Great Play Children's Gyms
    Children's gym
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 441
    Startup cost: $205K-$425K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 12/1

    Imagination Yoga
    Children's yoga programs
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 444
    Startup cost: $7K-$13.4K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 8/4

    i9 Sports
    Youth sports leagues, camps and clinics
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 461
    Startup cost: $44.9K-$69.9K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 125/5

    Parisi Speed School
    Youth performance training
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 469
    Startup cost: $79K-$171.3K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 82/0

    Miscellaneous Children's Businesses

    TSS Photography
    Youth sports, school and event photography
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 169
    Startup cost: $42.2K-$77.1K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 240/1

    Guard-A-Kid
    Children's identification and safety products and services
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 246
    Startup cost: $21.4K-$38.7K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 180/1

    GameTruck Licensing
    Mobile video game theaters
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 260
    Startup cost: $122.5K-$310.5K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 71/0

    Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
    Trampoline playing court
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 397
    Startup cost: $850.99K-$2.5M
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 62/2

    Pump It Up
    Children's entertainment centers
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 454
    Startup cost: $301.3K-$895K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 134/2

    Ident-A-Kid Franchise
    Children's safety products and services
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 490
    Startup cost: $34.1K-$44.3K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 148/0

    Fitness Businesses

    Anytime Fitness
    Fitness center
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 1
    Startup cost: $56.3K-$353.9K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 2,511/28

    Jazzercise
    Dance-fitness classes, conventions, apparel and accessories
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 42
    Startup cost: $4.3K-$76.5K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 8,540/3

    Snap Fitness
    24-hour fitness center
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 44
    Startup cost: $108.2K-$258.1K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,281/124

    Fitness Revolution
    Personal and group fitness training
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 193
    Startup cost: $12.5K-$121.9K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 172/0

    Gold's Gym
    Gym and fitness center
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 210
    Startup cost: $1M-$3.96M
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 559/101

    Title Boxing Club
    Boxing and kickboxing fitness classes,personal training, apparel
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 235
    Startup cost: $157.4K-$378.4K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 141/2

    Get In Shape For Women
    Small-group personal training for women
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 279
    Startup cost: $51.3K-$200.6K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 95/1

    Retro Fitness
    Fitness club
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 289
    Startup cost: $1M-$2.1M
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 110/1

    iLoveKickboxing.com
    Kickboxing fitness classes
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 291
    Startup cost: $110K-$299.9K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 81/4

    9Round
    Kickboxing fitness programs
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 302
    Startup cost: $53K-$90K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 120/3

    UFC Gym
    Fitness, boxing, kickboxing and MMA classes
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 319
    Startup cost: $244.3K-$594.5K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 101/9

    Brickhouse Cardio Club
    Fitness studio
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 361
    Startup cost: $18.8K-$31.3K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 61/1

    Kosama
    Group fitness
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 382
    Startup cost: $67.3K-$229.2K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 27/6

    Crunch Franchising
    Fitness center
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 400
    Startup cost: $304.5K-$1.4M
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 56/3

    Orangetheory Fitness
    Group personal training
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 403
    Startup cost: $327.6K-$634.1K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 110/0

    Pro Martial Arts Franchise
    Martial-arts instruction, fitness
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 405
    Startup cost: $132.9K-$168.3K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 78/1

    The Exercise Coach
    Personal training, nutritional guidance
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 435
    Startup cost: $95.6K-$235.8K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 21/2

    Baby Boot Camp/Karna Fitness
    Prenatal and postnatal fitness; women's private and small-group training
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 442
    Startup cost: $4.7K-$10.4K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 132/1

    Tiger-Rock Martial Arts
    Martial arts and fitness programs
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 480
    Startup cost: $40.6K-$127.2K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 155/0

    Koko FitClub
    Fitness studio
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 487
    Startup cost: $203K-$343K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 119/4

    Hair Care

    Supercuts
    Hair salon
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 4
    Startup cost: $113.8K-$233.6K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,214/1,176

    Great Clips
    Hair salon
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 33
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    Startup cost: $109.2K-$208.3K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,520/0

    Sport Clips
    Men's sports-theme hair salon
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 38
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    Startup cost: $158.3K-$316.5K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,206/31

    Fantastic Sams Hair Salons
    Family hair salon
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 47
    Startup cost: $136.1K-$246.1K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,150/17

    Cost Cutters Family Hair Care
    Family hair salon
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 125
    Startup cost: $88.5K-$182.1K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 413/291

    First Choice Haircutters
    Family hair salon
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 140
    Startup cost: $182K-$274K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 196/249

    Roosters Men's Grooming Centers
    Men's grooming services and products
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 249
    Startup cost: $181.3K-$255.4K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 76/0

    Phenix Salon Suites Franchising
    Salon suites
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 352
    Startup cost: $276.95K-$923.7K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 65/6

    Pro-Cuts Sport
    Hair salon
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 367
    Startup cost: $168.3K-$258.9K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 12/16

    Pro-Cuts Classic
    Hair salon
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 473
    Startup cost: $94.5K-$185.1K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 133/0

    Health Services

    HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab
    Chiropractic, rehab, nutrition and weight-loss services
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 107
    Startup cost: $52.7K-$249.1K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 389/0

    The Joint
    Chiropractic services
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 183
    Startup cost: $110.2K-$271K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 218/0

    Doctors Express
    Urgent-care services
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 264
    Startup cost: $807.5K-$1.2M
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 75/52

    Paint-and-Sip Studios

    Painting with a Twist
    Paint-and-sip studio
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 276
    Startup cost: $93.5K-$131.5K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 112/4

    Pinot's Palette
    Paint-and-sip studio
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 423
    Startup cost: $74.7K-$172K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 81/4

    Senior Care

    Comfort Keepers
    Home care
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 59
    Startup cost: $77.6K-$109.96K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 782/0

    Home Instead Senior Care
    Nonmedical senior care
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 63
    Startup cost: $100K-$115K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,008/2

    Visiting Angels
    Nonmedical home care
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 94
    Startup cost: $60.8K-$98.5K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 485/0

    Home Helpers/Direct Link
    Medical/nonmedical personal care
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 101
    Startup cost: $64.5K-$104.9K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 672/0

    Right at Home
    Home care, medical staffing
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 130
    Startup cost: $76.7K-$126.1K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 391/1

    Griswold Home Care
    Nonmedical home care
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 145
    Startup cost: $95.8K-$121.2K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 248/10

    BrightStar Care
    Medical/nonmedical home care, medical staffing
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 160
    Startup cost: $93.3K-$172.5K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 269/2

    Homewatch CareGivers
    Home care, nursing-care coordination, memory care
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 165
    Startup cost: $83.3K-$136K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 221/3

    Seniors Helping Seniors
    Nonmedical home care
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 174
    Startup cost: $86.8K-$123.9K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 249/2

    ComForcare Senior Services
    Nonmedical home care
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 190
    Startup cost: $77.8K-$141.8K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 197/1

    Acti-Kare
    Nonmedical home care
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 253
    Startup cost: $27.7K-$46.6K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 78/0

    Synergy HomeCare
    Nonmedical home care
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 258
    Startup cost: $56.1K-$135.9K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 270/0

    CarePatrol Franchise Systems
    Assisted-living referral and placement
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 288
    Startup cost: $55.9K-$69.5K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 71/1

    FirstLight HomeCare
    Nonmedical home care
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 301
    Startup cost: $85K-$129K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 78/0

    Interim Healthcare
    Home care, medical staffing
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 309
    Startup cost: $115.5K-$188.5K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 527/1

    Senior Helpers
    Personal, companion and Alzheimer's home care
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 326
    Startup cost: $79.8K-$103.8K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 257/0

    Hallmark Homecare
    Caregiver search, recruitment and placement
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 337
    Startup cost: $13.9K-$26.9K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 69/0

    Nurse Next Door
    Home Care Services
    Medical/nonmedical home care
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 348
    Startup cost: $134.6K-$180.4K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 74/1

    Caring Senior Service
    Home care
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 378
    Startup cost: $58K-$98.8K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 52/4

    The Senior's Choice
    Nonmedical home care
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 404
    Startup cost: $34K-$51K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 175/2

    Granny Nannies Licensing Group
    Home care
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 414
    Startup cost: $59.6K-$99.8K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 26/3

    Spa Services

    Massage Envy Spa
    Therapeutic massage and facial services
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 54
    Startup cost: $331.5K-$825.6K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 957/1

    Palm Beach Tan
    Tanning
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 159
    Startup cost: $554.8K-$821.5K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 225/173

    Elements Massage
    Therapeutic massage services
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 212
    Startup cost: $233.3K-$399.5K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 172/0

    Massage Heights
    Therapeutic massage services and products
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 259
    Startup cost: $235.1K-$595.9K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 106/2

    LaVida Massage
    Massage and spa services
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 330
    Startup cost: $160.3K-$290K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 50/1

    Seva Beauty
    Threading, eyelash extensions, waxing,
    spa services, products
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 354
    Startup cost: $141K-$206K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 75/5

    MassageLuXe
    Therapeutic massage, facial and waxing services
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 37
    Startup cost: $195.5K-$371.8K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 16/7

    The Woodhouse Day Spa
    Spa services, bath and body products
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 407
    Startup cost: $420.3K-$552.2K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 40/2

    Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa
    Massage and spa services
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 411
    Startup cost: $393.5K-$488.6K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 154/2

    Travel Agencies

    Cruise Planners-American Express Travel
    Cruise and tour travel agency
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 19
    Startup cost: $2.1K-$21.99K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,733/1

    Results! Travel
    Travel agency
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 70
    Startup cost: $25-$8.9K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 655/0

    CruiseOne
    Travel agency
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 133
    Startup cost: $4.6K-$26.3K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 903/0

    Expedia CruiseShipCenters
    Cruise and vacation travel agency
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 200
    Startup cost: $79.5K-$149.5K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 181/1

    Travel Leaders
    Travel agency
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 207
    Startup cost: $3.6K-$15.4K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 340/17

    Cruise Holidays
    Cruise travel agency
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 451
    Startup cost: $10.4K-$160.4K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 207/4

    Tutoring

    Kumon Math & Reading Centers
    Supplemental education
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 18
    Startup cost: $72.2K-$149.3K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 25,410/27

    Eye Level Learning Centers
    Supplemental education
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 69
    Startup cost: $68.1K-$135.1K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 538/635

    Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services
    In-home tutoring
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 114
    Startup cost: $27.7K-$51.6K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 405/0

    Sylvan Learning
    Supplemental education
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 117
    Startup cost: $151.2K-$267.3K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 683/44

    Tutor Doctor
    Tutoring
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 141
    Startup cost: $65.5K-$168.7K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 393/1

    JEI Learning Centers
    Individualized supplemental education
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 191
    Startup cost: $54K-$93K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 199/242

    Huntington Learning Centers
    Tutoring and exam prep
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 311
    Startup cost: $98.3K-$198.2K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 225/34

    The Tutoring Center
    Tutoring
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 351
    Startup cost: $89K-$130.6K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 56/0

    Above Grade Level
    In-Home Tutoring
    Tutoring
    2014 Franchise 500 rank: 422
    Startup cost: $51.5K-$76.6K
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 21/1

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