The franchise industry has not only survived the recession but has registered steady growth during the period. Low investment business opportunities have a substantial contribution toward it.
Low cost business opportunities that are the top picks across the sectors as well as markets. Indian economy is driven by SMEs which constitutes 33 percent of manufacturing and 67 percent of service and retail. The service and retail segment is expected to be 80 percent by the time it is 2020. And it is this segment particularly, where the low cost business opportunities come into play.
The franchise industry has not only survived the recession but has registered steady growth during the period. Low investment business opportunities have a substantial contribution toward it. It helps to attract investors as well as first time business buyers. From an investor’s point of view, franchise businesses mainly attract people who want a safe and assured way to roll their money. They want to get a plug and play model, where they get to run a business. Such investors get associated with an established brand and invest their money in their businesses. Low investment business opportunities do not necessarily invite people with low investment appetite. Rather they are equally lucrative to people who have high investment capacities.
Lowest of the low < 10 Lakh
1.Onexsolutions – A bulk SMS service provider, Onexsolutions has just embarked on the franchise journey. With just one operational centre at present, Onexsolutions charges just a handshake amount of Rs.60000-5Lakh. No area is required for this business. The brand promises 15-20% ROI with a quick breakeven of 3-8 months.
2.Amul Scoop Parlors – Investment required to open an Amul Scoop Parlor is between Rs.3-5 lakh and an area of 300 sq.ft. It has a quick breakeven and a net monthly profit of Rs.40000.
3.Nishchals - Nishchals provides laboratories solution for science and mathematical labs to the schools and is present at 5 locations at present. The basic requirements to own a franchisee include an investment of Rs.4Lakh with an area of 1200-1400 sq.ft. The brand promises a quick breakeven of 6 months.
4.Kwality Wall's Parlours – With over 300 Kwality Wall's Parlours in India, the brand offers franchise opportunity for two of its formats. The Kiosk or the SIS format invites an investment of Rs. 2-2.5 Lakh with an area requisite for 8ft by 6 ft. The exclusive Showroom requires an investment of Rs.2.5 to 3.5 Lakh in an area of150 sq.ft with 10 ft frontage.
5.Kwality Swirls Parlors – Kwality Swirls Parlors offer two formats for the franchisees, namely, Kiosk and Exclusive Shop. The Kiosk franchise requires a 8ftX8ft area with Rs.6 lakh investment. The Exclusive Shop requires Rs.7 lakh as investment with 100 sq.ft carpet area and 12ft frontage.
6.Starex – The investment required to own a Starex franchise is less than Rs.5Lakhs with an area of above 100 sq.ft. Breakeven for this business is less than one year and RoI is 45%. The brand plans to open 250 outlets with in Delhi NCR in 2 years.
7.Scoopy Scrub – Operationalthrough 30 stores, the brand plans to add 35-45 stores by 2017. It invites an investment of Rs.3-4 lakh and an area of 200-400 sq.ft. The breakeven for this business is 6-12 months with a RoI of 25-35%.
8.Little Florist – Little florist is an online florist that offers a franchise opportunity that involves an investment of Rs. 3.6 - 5.6 lacs in an area of 50-300 Sq.ft .
9.Farm2kitchen – Farm2kitchen is an organic food store which is offering an investment of Rs.4.5-5 lakh with an area of 200 sq.ft. It promises a very high ROI of 150% with a breakeven of 12-18 months.
10.Gelato Vinto – Investment required for a Gelato Vinto franchise is between Rs.5-10 lakh depending on the format and area is between 50-150 sq.ft. The RoI is as high as 20-30%.
11.Just Flowers - Already present in 14 locations, the brand has plans afoot to open doors at 25 locations very soon. The area required for a Just Flower showroom is 200 - 300 Sq. Ft with an investment of Rs5-7 lakhs.
12.Wow Foods –A potential franchisee requires a 200 sq.ft area at a high footfall location with an investment of Rs.5-8 lakh. A good power back up and 2-3 employees is a required for smooth operations.
13.Floralis - The brand offers franchise opportunity for people with an investment capacity of Rs.6-7 lakh in an area of 250 - 350 sq.ft. The expected breakeven for this business is 6-12 lakh after which the franchisee can earn upto Rs.100000 per month.
14.Brew Bakes Hospitality – The coffee chain brand has three formats. Brew Xpress is designed as plug and play Kiosks. It requires an investment of Rs.6-7 lakh on an area of 100-300 sq.ft.
15.Shoe Laundry – An incredibly fresh concept in the service industry, Shoe Laundry currently has seven stores.With a modest investment of Rs.7 lakh and an area of 250-400 sq.ft, the brand promised a prompt breakeven of 6-10 months with a 100% ROI.
16.Frontier – Investment criteria to own a Frontier franchise is Rs. 6-8 lakh with an area requisite of 150-300 sq.ft. The estimated RoI is 20%.
17.Crosswords Book Store – Crossword, a lifestyle book store has 94 stores, (50 0wn stores and 44 franchised stores) across India. Acclaimed with many awards as a credible book retailer, the brand is equally dependable for the book lovers as well franchise partners.
18.Carz SPA – Carzspais aprofessional car detailing centre which offers a franchise opportunity to investors who can provide a modest size commercial shop space with 750 - 1000 sq.ft with minimum 2 cars front parking space and reasonable investment up to Rs.9-10 lacs. The brand promises a 100% ROI and a quick breakeven.
19.HomeShine – Optimizing the rising demands for home cleaning services, HomeShine offers a franchise opportunity with an investment of Rs.8-10 Lakh in an area of 100 sq.ft. The investor can expect a 30-35% ROI and a quick breakeven of 15-18 months.
20.Magical Education – A Gujarat bases aided education brand requires an investment of Rs.8-10 lakh and area of 400-800 sq.ft. With a quick breakeven of 3-6 months, the brand promises a 100% ROI.
21.Mother’s Pride – A very well known brand in the pre-school segment, Mother’s pride has a wide network of franchise pre-schools. Investors who can align themselves with the ideologies of the brand are sure to reap high profit.
22.Auto Krom – The car washing and detailing brand sells its franchise at an investment of Rs.10 lakh and an area between 1800-2500 sq.ft.
23.Chai Wai – This franchise opportunity is available for investors who can invest Rs.10 lakh on an area of 300 sq.ft.
24.Nail Lounge - The brand offers franchise opportunity for its kiosk model at an investment of Rs.10-11 lakh and an area of 150 sq.ft
Mid Low < 20 Lakh
1.Brew Bakes Hospitality - The outlet is designed to create the most comfortable environment where customers can relax and hang out with their loved ones. It requires an area 400 -1000 sq.ft with an investment of Rs.10-20 lakh depending on the location.
2.Chai Wai – Catering to the tea drinking nation, Chai Wai offers a franchise opportunity with an investment between Rs.10-20 lakh. With a high ROI and quick breakeven, Chai Wai promises to be a profitable venture for potential franchisees.
3.Catridge World – With a wide network of 1600 franchisees, Cartridge World provides an franchise business opportunity at an investment of Rs.12-15 Lakh.
4.Right Moo – Selling organic milk and milk product, Right Moo has just embarked on the franchise journey. The brand offers a business opportunity with an investment of Rs.10-20 lakh and an area of 250 to 350 sq.ft area.
5.Baskin Robins – Spread over 95 cities all over the world, Baskin and Robins offers its Indian franchisees an opportunity with an investment between Rs.10-20 lakh and area of 400 sq.ft.
6.Guavaz – Guavazis an ice cream brand that offers franchise opportunity for its three formats – kiosk, parlour and lounge. With a modest initial investment of about Rs.10 to 15 lakh, the brandpromises 51% ROI.
7.Salad Chef – Riding high on the demands for healthy food, Salad chef is looking for potential franchise partners with an investment capacity between Rs.10-20 lakh.
8.Joost – Joost offers franchisee for two of its formats namely, the kiosk and the presser cafe model. The area requisite is 150-250 and 300-700 sq.ft respectively. The investment varies from Rs.8-12 lakh. The expected breakeven is 10-15 month with a ROI of 24%.
9.Has Juice Bar – Has Juice Bar offers a franchise opportunity which demands an investment of Rs.14-15 Lakh and area of 75-150 sq.ft. With an expected breakeven of one month, the brand promises a ROI of above 50%.
10.Kathi Junction – The requirement for owning a Kathi Junction franchise involves an investment of Rs.6-18 lakh with an area between 200-600 sq.ft. It promises a 50% ROI with a breakeven of 6-9 months.
11. Sweet Chariot – It is a Bangalore based bakery and confectionery brand that operates out of two formats, namely, Café set-up that requires area between 1000-1500 sq ft and Cake with area of 200-300 sq.ft. The investment required is between Rs. 10-20 lakh.
12.Meat & Eat – The brand franchises its two formats – Take Away and Dine In. The investment involves Rs.11-12 lakh for Take Away and Rs.14-16 Lakh for Dine In with an area requisite of 300-600 sq.ft and 100-200 sq. Ft respectively. Investors can expect a 45-100% ROI.
13.Cozy Cars – One of the upcoming brands in car washing and detailing segment offers a franchise opportunity with aninvestment of 10-12 lakh with an estimated ROI of more than 100%.
14. Rosemoore – UK based home fragrance brand Rosemoore is offering a opportunity with investment between Rs.10-20 Lakh and area of 100-300 sq.ft. Investors can expect a quick breakeven within a year with ROI anywhere between 30-50%.
15.Florista – Florista offers an opportunity to own a flower shop with an investment of Rs.12 lakh on an area of 300 sq.ft. The business breaks even in 10 months with an ROI of over 30%.
16.Sesame School House – The pre-school brand runs 36 centres at present and is looking t expand in all the metros and state capitals. It requires an investment of Rs.12 lakh and above on an area of 200 sq.ft. The expected breakeven is between 1-2 years.
17.Mr. Pronto – Taking the roadside cobbler to an organised level, Mr. Pronto requires an investment between Rs.5-15 lakh and an area of 120-400 sq.ft. The estimated breakeven and RoI is 2-3years and 20-24% respectively.
18.Vidyalankar – Operating out of 31 centres, aided education institute Vidyalankar invites an investment of Rs.15-20 lakh on an area of 670-1000 sq.ft. The estimated RoI is 30%.
19. Satvik Speciality Organic Food - The organic food brand requires an investment of Rs.15-20 lakh and a minimum area of 700 sq.ft. The break even is 18 months and RoI is 60%.
20.Sporty Beans - The investment for owning a Sporty Beans franchise is Rs.10-20 lakh and area required is 1200-1500 sq.ft. The brand is looking for a pan India expansion. The breakeven and RoI varies from with location.
21.TIMTS – Operational through 42 centres, TIMTS invites an investment of Rs.8-12 lakh on an area of over 1500 sq.ft. It promises a quick breakeven of 6 month and a high RoI of 180%.
22.Eden Castle - Eden Castle is a play school and day care brand that requires an investment of Rs.12-15 lakh on an area of 2000 sq.ft.
23.Goosebumps - Owning a Goosebumps franchisee requires an investment of Rs.18-20 lakh and an area of 500 sq.ft.
24.Cafe Wink - Café Wink franchise opportunity is available at an investment of Rs.12-19 lakh with an area of 200-500 sq.ft.
25.Jack Potato - Jack Potato offers franchise opportunity at an investment of Rs.14-15 lakh with an area of 80-150 sq.ft.
26.Shan-e-Awadh – The brand offers franchisees with an investment of Rs.12-15 lakh and an area of 400-600 sq.ft.
27.Dance 2 Fitness - This franchise opportunity demands an investment of Rs.10-15 lakh on an area of 1000 sq.ft.
28.Chai Garam – The brand offers franchise opportunity with an investment of Rs.8-15 lakh on an area of 80-250 sq.ft.
29.Shawarma House - Franchise opportunity for this brand is available at an investment between Rs.12-14 lakh and an area of 150-200 sq.ft.
30.Auto 7 - The car services brand sells franchise at an investment between Rs.8-15 lakh and an area between 300-500 sq.ft.
31.My Glamm – With an investment starting from Rs.10 lakh, My Glamm, the doorstep beauty service provider, does not have any area requirement. The brand is looking for franchise partners across the country.
Low < 30 Lakh
1.Mamamia- With 15 operational stores at present, Mamamia, a gelato and patisserie brand is looking for partners all across the country. Potential franchisees should have an investment budget of Rs.15-25 lakh and an area of 100-500 sq.ft. The expected break even for this business would be 1.5 to 2 years with a high ROI of 60-80%.
2.Gianis - Gianis is oldest home grown ice cream brand in India. The brand offers an opportunity to own ice cream and gelato franchisee for three formats that include kiosk, small outlet and large outlet with an area requisite of less than 150 sq.ft., over 150 sq.ft and over 250 sq.ft respectively. The investment is between Rs.5-25 lakh depending on the format.
3.Just Dogs – Riding high on the growing humanisation of the pets and domesticated animals, JustDogs, a leading pet store and SPA offers lucrative franchise opportunity with an investment between Rs.20-25 lakh with an area of 800-1000 sq.ft.
4.Dhobi Mart – Dhobi Mart is a laundry brand which is operational through its 5 centres at present. It seeks an investment of 25 lakh in an area of 300-750 sq.ft.
5.Nutrience – Kids fitness studio Nutrience requires an investment of Rs.20-30 lakh in an area of 1000-1200 aq.ft.
6.Pranros Crisp Chicken – The investment for owning a franchise is between Rs.25-30 lakh in a 500 sq.ft area. The RoI is 40% with a breakeven of 3 months.
7.The Laundry Basket – The investment for owning a franchise of The Laundry Basket is Rs.24 lakh and area required is 600 sq.ft. The breakeven for this business is less than 2 years.
8.Dhobi Mart – Laundry brand Dhobi Mart is operational out of 5 centres. It invites an investment of Rs.25 lakh.
9.Washing Guns Cleaning Laundry - Operational through two laundries at present, the brand is looking for expansion in Delhi NCR, Mumbai and Bangalore. Investment required is Rs.25-27 lakh and area of 1500-2000 sq.ft.
10.Würfel Küche – Operational through 11 franchised stores, the brand invites an investment of Rs.25-30 lakh on an area of 1200-1500 sq.ft. An expected breakeven for this business is 8-12 months.
11.The Original Shawarma – The brand operates out of two models namely the Quick Service Restaurant model and the Casual Dining Restaurant. The investments for both are Rs.15 lakh and Rs. 24 lakh respectively. The area requisite is 400-650 sq.ft and 750-2000 sq.ft respectively. The breakeven for both the models is 1 year 8 month and ROI is 76%-156%.
12.Beijing Bites Pvt. Ltd – Operating through 26 company owned and 2 franchised outlets, it is planning to expand in West and South India in Chennai, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Tier II cities. The brand offers franchise opportunity for its QSR and Fine Dining formats. The investment criteria is between Rs.15-25 lakh and area requisite is 200-1000 sq.ft.
13.Bike Studio - Ludhiana based Bike Retailing brand, Bike Studio seeks an investment of Rs.26-27 lakh and an area of 1000-1200 sq.ft.
14.VHCA Hair - VHCA Hair offers franchise opportunity with an investment between Rs.25-28 lakh and an area of 500-600 sq.ft.
15.Allen Solly Kids – Allen Solly has launched exclusive apparel store for kids. The franchise opportunity is available with an investment of Rs.20 lakh.
16.Tanz Performers - Taanz Performers offers unit franchise opportunity with an investment between Rs.20-30 lakh and an area of 2000 - 2500 sq.ft.
17.Falafal - This franchise opportunity is available for an investment between Rs.15-30 lakh on an area of 70-200 sq.ft.
Disclaimer: At the low end up to Rs 30 lakhs this may often be the total entry cost and everything supplied by the franchisor to get you started will be included. This will not take into consideration working capital and location investment which you will need whilst getting the business established in the first few months.