The Franchise 500's Top 10 New Franchises

If you're looking to start a hip, new franchise, here's where to start. Check out Entrepreneur's top 10 picks for the best new franchises.

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Franchisor is a privately-held company with 9 employee(s); 1 employee(s) in franchise department.
Number of franchises: 177
Franchising since: 2007
Startup costs: $51,000 - $71,000
2009 rank: #248
Franchisor has 42 employee(s)
Number of franchises: 165
Franchising since: 2006
Startup costs: $27,900 - $32,375
2009 rank: #308
Number of franchises: 120
Franchising since: 2006
Startup costs: $61,500 - $128,700
2009 rank: #210

No. 7: Fresh Coat
Fresh Coat franchises offer high-volume, interior residential and commercial painting services, which include vaulted ceiling projects, wallpaper removal, plaster and dry wall patching, and staining. Fresh Coat will paint a whole house or just one room, is referral-based, eco-friendly, and offers a "Paint Now, Pay Later" program. Franchisees don't need painting experience; instead, they hire and manage experienced painters.
Number of franchises: 57
Franchising since: 2005
Startup costs: $36,400 - $58,900
2009 rank: #324

No. 6: Guard-A-Kid
Franchisor is a privately-held company with 6 employee(s); 2 employee(s) in franchise department.
Number of franchises: 152
Franchising since: 2005
Startup costs: $19,900 - $20,900
2009 rank: #239
Franchisor is a privately-held company with 550 employee(s); 35 employee(s) in franchise department.
Number of franchises: 346
Franchising since: 2006
Startup costs: $148,800 - $221,000
2009 rank: #169
Franchisor is a privately-held company with 7 employee(s); 3 employee(s) in franchise department.
Number of franchises: 229
Franchising since: 2006
Startup costs: $52,950 - $249,795
2009 rank: #109
Franchisor has 12 employee(s); 6 employee(s) in franchise department.
Number of franchises: 153
Franchising since: 2005
Startup costs: $26,800 - $55,050
2009 rank: #227
Franchisor is a privately-held company with 33 employee(s); 25 employee(s) in franchise department.
Number of franchises: 244
Franchising since: 2005
Startup costs: $69,800 - $96,300
2009 rank: #128
Utilizing their combined experience of over 20 years as executives in the commercial cleaning industry, Dennis Jarrett and Pete Frese founded Stratus Building Solutions in 2004. Franchisees offer cleaning services--including the company's environmentally-friendly Stratus GreenClean program--for office buildings, retail properties, medical facilities, schools and more.
Number of franchises: 2,148
Franchising since: 2005
Startup costs: $3,450 - $57,750
2009 rank: #38

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