Low Cost Franchise Opportunities

Browse the latest low cost franchises for sale and franchise opportunities. All of our low cost franchises are under £15,000 and with some franchises able to assist with finance, you may not even need to have the full franchise fee! Discover low cost franchises below to learn more.

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No Water Just Shine Franchise


A unique new car valeting business model that requires no water! Discover t...

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Iprosurv Franchise


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Spitting Pig Franchise


Join the UK's leading hog roast franchise with over 28 franchisees already ...

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Mucky Ducks Baby Sensory Franchise


Run your own baby sensory classes under an established brand and business m...

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Ovenu Franchise


Discover the Ovenu oven cleaning business opportunity - Enjoy flexibility r...

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Red Air is a highly experienced drone operations company based in the South...

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Run your own scalable business with the UK's fastest growing permanent recr...

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What Are Low Cost Franchise Opportunities?

Many people will have their own definition of what a low cost franchise is, and what franchises constitute as being an affordable, low cost franchise. However on Franchise Planet, we consider anything with a full investment of £15,000 or less, to be a low cost franchise. This being the maximum you need in order to get the business off the ground and start trading.

Many people might assume that a low cost franchise isn't very profitable, but that's truly not the case. As with all franchises, what you earn depends a lot on the structure of the business and how much work you put in. A lot of low cost franchises might have low overheads. This means that ongoing, there aren't a lot of expenses whilst running the business and this is often the case with home based franchises which are businesses you can run from home.

What types of low cost franchises are for sale in the UK?

Many of the low cost franchise opportunities for sale in the UK tend to be home based, but that's not always the case. Home based franchises tend to only require a computer and internet connection so therefore have low overheads and potentially high profit potential.

Not all low cost franchises are home based though, because many are van based franchises as well. With some mobile franchises, a van may be included in with the franchise investment, or the franchisor might be able to recommend a vehicle leasing supplier where you pay a small rental fee for the van each month. In the van based franchise scenario, the franchise fee would usually cover the vehicle livery, required equipment and launch marketing, but each franchise will vary in their investment and offering.

You can find a wide range of medium and small sized franchises above that are low cost and are priced under £15,000 investment.

Investment levels will vary by franchise, but some typical low cost franchises include:

  • Oven cleaning - ongoing you might pay for the van and cleaning chemicals, but the investment will usually include the starter kit, equipment and sufficient marketing to get your franchise running.
  • Cleaning franchises - all you really need is a duster, cleaning chemicals and flyers. Cleaning franchises can often be run as a management operation, where you'll hire staff but never actually do any cleaning yourself (unless you wanted to). Management franchisees typically oversee the day to day running of the business and its staff.
  • Computer franchises - this might include web design franchises, children's coding franchises and mobile computer repair franchises (as opposed to running one from a shop).
  • Mobile Coffee Franchises - van based operations where you run a coffee shop from a kitted out van. Day to day, you might find yourself travelling between events, workplaces and busy town centres providing the public with their caffeine fix. The van might be a one-off purchase from the franchisor (who may cover the fitting of the in-van equipment) or this might be an ongoing cost whilst keeping the initial investment relatively low.

Many of these franchises are considered small franchises because they either have low investment, are owner operated, or are home / van based.

Benefits of low cost franchises

The benefits are rather obvious for low cost franchises, namely the fact that they're low cost. As a result, these are one of the most popular types of franchise businesses because they can be afforded by the majority of people. Coincidentally you may just find that your perfect franchise just so happens to be low cost, whilst others intentionally search for an affordable franchise business with intentions to work from home and be their own boss, or even to run a business on the side.

Franchises such as oven cleaning and window cleaning services can often be run part time, which means they can be fit around your social life, family commitments or even another job! If you're running a low cost franchise alongside another job though, you need to make sure that you're still profiting. You'll need to ensure that you make enough money from your franchise work, to pay your Management Service Fee (if there is one), and any other recurring fees such as a vehicle hire or marketing expenses and overheads. You don't want to end up paying for your franchise with your other job!

Overall the benefits of a low cost franchise are that you can be your own boss, work your own hours and maybe even work from home, with a proven business backed by the support of a franchisor.

How to invest in a low cost franchise?

The first step to investing in a franchise is through expressing interest to the franchisor. You'll need to complete the enquiry form on one of the franchises above that you're interest in, or if they have a phone number then give them a call. Usually after you express your interest, they'll send you their franchise brochure which includes more information about the opportunity, such as earning potential, profits and losses, and maybe some case studies and testimonials from existing franchises as well. Afterwards if the opportunity still appeals to you, the franchisor might invite you to a discovery day or meeting at their head office so you can learn more about the low cost franchise and get to know the franchisor.

Zero Cost Franchises

Some franchises might expect £15,000 initial investment, others six figures, but some are advertised as £0 investment. Referred to as "zero cost franchises", these businesses give you the tools to start trading and usually rely on ongoing royalty fees as a means to recoup on the franchisor's own costs. Zero cost franchises are attractive but looks can sometimes be deceiving because with any type of franchise, trusted bank funding up to 70% is available anyway. Therefore care is needed before committing to a zero-cost franchise. Especially, take a look at how the franchise royalty fees pay out - especially if they're variable percentage.

Many zero cost franchises are sustainable and simply a way of helping entrepreneurs with little cash get involved. But they may also depend on the entrepreneur having a strong amount of working capital to market and get the business trading.

Discover The Best Low Cost Franchises at Franchise Planet

WorkSpace Recruitment Franchise

With over 668 profile views and 9 enquiries in the last 24 hours, franchise territories are selling fast with this franchise.

WorkSpace Recruitment Franchiseis a flexible franchise opportunity which can either be run from home, or out in the field. You may need a premises or van for this franchise, so be sure to make an enquiry to check with the franchisor. Conveniently for many, the WorkSpace Recruitment Franchise can be run either full or part-time. Therefore the more work you put in, the more you're likely to get out.

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Mucky Ducks Baby Sensory Franchise

Could this be the perfect franchise for you?

Mucky Ducks Baby Sensory Franchiseis a flexible franchise opportunity which can either be run from home, or out in the field. You may need a premises or van for this franchise, so be sure to make an enquiry to check with the franchisor. Conveniently for many, the Mucky Ducks Baby Sensory Franchise can be run either full or part-time. Therefore the more work you put in, the more you're likely to get out. The Mucky Ducks Baby Sensory Franchise business has been established since 2024 so franchisees will have peace of mind that the business model has plenty of experience under its belt. Mistakes will have been made by the franchisor, but they'll have been learnt from, and perfected by other franchisees. Mucky Ducks Baby Sensory Franchise already has 2 franchisees, so opportunities are selling very quickly. You should get in touch with the franchisor to check whether your territory is still available to trade in. Territories are usually broken down by postcodes.

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No Water Just Shine Franchise

Ready to dive into the world of business ownership?

No Water Just Shine Franchiseis a flexible franchise opportunity which can either be run from home, or out in the field. You may need a premises or van for this franchise, so be sure to make an enquiry to check with the franchisor. Conveniently for many, the No Water Just Shine Franchise can be run either full or part-time. Therefore the more work you put in, the more you're likely to get out.

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Active Future Franchise

Could this be the perfect franchise for you?

Active Future Franchise enables franchisees to run their own business from home. Enjoying the luuries of business ownership, Active Future Franchise franchisees can benefit from low overheads, and a flexible lifestyle. Conveniently for many, the Active Future Franchise can be run either full or part-time. Therefore the more work you put in, the more you're likely to get out. The Active Future Franchise business has been established since 2020 so franchisees will have peace of mind that the business model has plenty of experience under its belt. Mistakes will have been made by the franchisor, but they'll have been learnt from, and perfected by other franchisees.

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Ovenu Franchise

Will you be a business owner this time next year?

Ovenu Franchiseis a flexible franchise opportunity which can either be run from home, or out in the field. You may need a premises or van for this franchise, so be sure to make an enquiry to check with the franchisor. Conveniently for many, the Ovenu Franchise can be run either full or part-time. Therefore the more work you put in, the more you're likely to get out. The Ovenu Franchise business has been established since 1994 so franchisees will have peace of mind that the business model has plenty of experience under its belt. Mistakes will have been made by the franchisor, but they'll have been learnt from, and perfected by other franchisees.

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