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Simply the Best: the Top Franchises in 110 Categories

May 07, 2018

With more than 1,000 companies applying for the 2018 Entrepreneur Franchise 500, just getting on our list was an achievement. But some companies rose even higher above the rest, claiming the highest ranking in their category. These 110 franchises range from one of the newest (Lendio) to one of the oldest (Baskin-Robbins), but whatever their age, they all found a way to be at the peak of their industry in the present day. We’ve highlighted what just a few of these companies have done to get to the top, and how they plan to stay there.

The 2018 Franchise 500 rankings, from which this list is derived, are determined by an evaluation of more than 150 data points in the areas of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength and financial strength and stability. But this list is not intended as an endorsement of any particular company. Always do your own research to find what franchise is truly the best for you. Read the company’s legal documents, consult with an attorney and an accountant and talk to current and former franchisees.


Dry Cleaning and Delivery Services ZIPS Dry Cleaners 2018 Franchise 500 Rank: 135 Startup cost: $855.4K – $1.1M Total franchises/co.-owned: 51/2

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