8 Unusual Franchise Businesses
In today’s world, would-be entrepreneurs have thousands of opportunities thanks to the franchise market - it’s the perfect way to start your very own business if you really don’t want to start from scratch.
In the United States alone, there’s a choice of hundreds upon hundreds of franchised companies, so it’s pretty safe to say that it’s not difficult to find one that will suit your personal skills and interests.
However, when they think of franchising opportunities, a vast majority of people think of bigger franchises such as McDonald’s, 7-Eleven, or Burger King. While these can certainly be quite lucrative, sometimes it’s better to go with a niche franchise that is not as well-known but can still bring you profits.
Here’s a short list of unusual, unique franchises that will help you stand out from the crowd:
The ongoing pandemic has had little effect on bird watchers. In fact, a lot of people started watching birds and got interested in these feathery little creatures precisely because of the lockdown - people craved engagement with nature, even if it took place in their own backyards.
For folks who are interested in wildlife, one of the most lucrative franchising opportunities is undoubtedly Wild Birds Unlimited. Featuring various products designed to be enjoyable for homeowners as well as to meet the needs of birds, the company has the goal of bringing nature and people together.
2. Soccer Shots
This business was founded by three former college soccer players. The guys decided to extend their careers by forming a company that will introduce young children to some of the most basic soccer skills.
The creative program of Soccer Shots puts a focus on fun but also character development. Franchisees usually conduct curriculums at community centers, daycares, and preschools. The company’s vice president of recruitment, Justin Bredeman, claims that becoming a Soccer Shots franchisee is a particularly great opportunity for those who played soccer in the past and want to become entrepreneurs.
Yet another business that is booming due to the Covid-19 pandemic is pest control. After all, so many of us are now working from home, which allows us to notice bugs and other pests around our homes.
As one of the best companies in the business, Mosquito Mike allows would-be entrepreneurs to capitalize on this excellent opportunity by providing them with support and training. Strong branding and cutting-edge technologies are guaranteed, as well as recurring revenue. Don’t forget that the recent headlines about Zika have made a lot of people worried about mosquito-borne illnesses.
4. Rockin’ Jump
Are you all about having fun and nothing else? As the name implies, this unusual franchise puts an emphasis on providing families with fun, entertainment, and fitness. With summer being only a couple of months away, this can be a great opportunity for many fun-loving entrepreneurs.
Each of Rockin’ Jump’s parks has arenas for basketball, dodgeball, and open jumping. There is also a café, private party rooms, and a huge foam pit - sounds like fun, doesn’t it? The company’s franchise system provides the tech for smooth park management as well as marketing materials and detailed training.
5. Camp Bow Wow
Close to 50 million families in the U.S. own dogs. In other words, there are a lot of canines occupying the sofas and hearts of their owners, and these faithful animals deserve all the care they can get.
And out of all the dog daycare franchises in North America, Camp Bow Wow is the biggest. Founded more than two decades ago, the company has grown to become a huge success in every possible sense of that word - Camp Bow Wow has more than 150 franchises everywhere around the U.S. and Canada.
6. Play N Trade
Calling this an unusual franchise is admittedly a questionable move - Play N Trade operates in more than 100 locations inside and outside the United States. However, not many people think of video game stores when someone mentions franchising.
Becoming a franchisee of Play N Trade is a pretty safe move, though - video games generate sales of more than $100 billion on a yearly basis. It’s the perfect time to hop on the train and own a video game and mobile entertainment store, particularly if you’re the type of person who wants to be involved in a fun-filled environment (and make some money, of course).
How do you determine the viability of your business project? While there are dozens of different ways of researching whether your business idea will succeed or not, the safest bet is to go with...well, something safe. And there will always be folks interested in martial arts - there’s no doubt about that.
With 13 academies and affiliate clubs in two Australian States, Infinity Martial Arts is one of the country’s largest and best-known self-defense combat academy names. They offer classes that are suitable for both beginners and experts, as well as for both kids and adults.
As we said in the intro, most people think of well-known chains of fast-food restaurants such as Burger King or McDonald’s when they think of franchising opportunities. However, if you’re a gourmand who’d like to provide people from your community with new and unusual foods, HuHot Mongolian Grills is an excellent option.
Founded in Montana in 1999, this company offers customers the titular Mongolian barbecue, but also a variety of other meals - signature sauces, fresh veggies, seafood, and many different types of meats. HuHot Mongolian Grills has a presence in 16 states as of 2021.
While some of the franchises we listed above may not look as wacky as you may have expected, they are still quite unlike the regular culprits (think cafes and fast-food restaurants) and therefore offer adventurous entrepreneurs a chance to do something completely different for themselves and their communities.
Whether it’s a way to introduce children to basic soccer skills or a high-end pet resort concept, these atypical franchises can be excellent investments.
Michael has been working in marketing for almost a decade and has worked with a huge range of clients, which has made him knowledgeable on many different subjects. He has recently rediscovered a passion for writing and hopes to make it a daily habit. You can read more of Michael's work at Qeedle.