Franchise businesses anticipate healthy growth during the
coming year, as a stable economy and continued good profts
encourage investor interest in franchise opportunities.
Cruise Planners already has franchisees of its home-based
travel franchise in all 50 states and anticipates further growth
nationally in 2018, according to CEO Michelle Fee. The Coral
Springs, Florida-based company ofers a low-cost, no-inventory business opportunity that franchisees can work at
full-time or part-time.
“People are always traveling, and Cruise Planners trains
franchisees with no travel industry experience and turns them
into travel professionals who can book all types of vacations,
not just cruises,” Fee says. The concept attracts both
Millennials, who appreciate being able to work on the go with
Cruiser Planners mobile apps, and retirees who are looking for
an encore career that ofers a fexible schedule, she adds.
Cruise Planners also recently announced its frst artifcial
intelligence initiative. The program will help its network of
home-based travel advisors with voice-activated, virtual
personal assistants compatible with Amazon Alexa devices.
Another AI initiative is designed for consumers to help
generate leads. “Additionally, we have the support team in our
business development department to hold franchisees’ hands
every step of the way,” Fee says.
Snap Fitness is a ftness club franchise business that
features a simple, turnkey system, low startup costs, and
comprehensive support from the corporate ofce. “We
have a proven concept that makes it easy for franchisees
to succeed,” says Peter Taunton, CEO and founder of the
Chanhassen, Minnesota-based franchiser.
By the start of 2018, Snap Fitness anticipates having
approximately 3,000 locations open or in development in at
least 26 countries. “We’re all over the world, with plans to
continue expanding into new markets in 2018,” Taunton says.
Mosquito Joe has 128 franchisees operating in 234 territories
in 32 states and will expand to 33 states in 2018, according to
Chief Operating Ofcer Lou Schager. The low-cost, scalable
businesses service a high-growth market providing mosquito
control to homes and businesses.
Franchisees of Virginia Beach-based Mosquito Joe receive
full training and support that allows them to succeed without
previous pest control experience. “We feel operating as a
seasonal business is of tremendous value since it provides a
great quality of life, earning in seven to nine months an amount
of revenue that would normally take 12 months,” Schager says.
Dream Vacations has more than 1, 100 travel agency
franchise locations across the U.S. and anticipates adding
100 more locations to that total, says Janet Harris, senior
franchise development specialist with the Fort Lauderdale,
Franchisees, who can also opt instead to do business under
the CruiseOne banner, enjoy low startup costs, fexibility, a
complete training program, and discounts on their own travel.
“Being home-based also enables Dream Vacations franchise
owners to set their own hours and create the ideal work/life
balance that suits their lifestyle,” says Harris. The company
ofers special deals for military veterans, she adds.
Discovery Map has 132 locations, mostly in the East and
West coast and Rocky Mountain regions, and President Peter
Hans expects to add 8 to 10 more in 2018. Franchisees of
the Waitsfeld, Vermont-based company publish hand-drawn
maps that direct visitors to local attractions. Discovery Map is
a home-based business requiring a modest time commitment.
“It’s very much a lifestyle business,” Hans says.
Franchise Outlook 2018