The Best Of Home-Based Franchises

For many individuals the option to work from home is not a choice they have in their work places. However, if you invest in a home-based franchise, you can cut out the time consuming commute to work, office politics and rigid working hours, and can enjoy the benefits of creating a successful business from the comfort of you own home.

Not only do home-based franchises keep your overheads and start-up costs low by avoiding costly premises, products and additional utilities, it also gives individuals – parents in particular – the unique opportunity to make their work fit around their commitments and busy schedules.

Home-based franchises cover a range of sectors, the most popular including cleaning services, online businesses, garden services and children’s activities and education.

It’s difficult to identify the ultimate franchise in the home-based sector as individuals skills, requirements and budgets differ, which is why we take a look at the some of the most attractive offerings from the popular sectors.

Cleaning Services

When running a cleaning service, you’ll most often be managing a team rather than doing the cleaning yourself. This is ideal for the home-based entrepreneur, because all you need is a small office space.

As with all businesses, you'll need to be familiar with basic business skills such as bookkeeping, but most franchisor will offer training in these areas.

ServiceMaster Clean

Established in 1959, ServiceMaster Clean has steadily developed into one of the UK’s leading commercial cleaning franchises, which can boast a network of over 80 franchise owners and full bfa membership.

Following the initial two-week training Academy, you continue to be supported. This is as well as having the backing of your Network Manager who will provide you with Business Development support.

Gardening Services

Gardening services is becoming increasingly popular for home-based businesses. They’re particularly good if you’re short of space or like getting out and about. Administration can be done at home, but all other work involves travelling to your client.

Gardening isn’t all about small paid by the hour jobs. You can get sizeable contracts with councils and other large organisations involving spaces. With an estimated 18,000,000 lawns in the UK at present and growing, there is more than enough opportunity to establish a successful franchise in this sector.


Lawnscience provides a high quality lawn care service for domestic customers. As a Lawnscience franchise owner, you will be equipped with the knowledge and expertise to create and maintain quality lawns for your customers. Lawnscience has the most extensive lawn care treatment program in the UK.


A full member of the bfa and servicing the lawns of Britain since 1986, Greenthumb is one of the lawncare market leaders with 200 franchise branches and over 330,000 satisfied customers. A management franchise providing customers with an all-year-round, repeat business service.

Online Business

A business that thrives in a home environment, internet-based business requires very little equipment and after you have paid the initial investment all you need is a computer and desk. There’s no rush to hire staff, as you can complete most of the work alone.


WSI is the world's leading Internet franchise offering digital marketing services to suit the needs of multiple industries. WSI Digital Marketing Consultants have helped thousands of small and medium-sized businesses realise their online marketing potential.


CityLocal offer an opportunity to own a great franchise business with its cutting edge network of local sites that span every village, town and city in the UK and Ireland. The focus of this franchise is to help promote local businesses using its new Web 2.0 platform and targeted marketing materials.

Children’s Activities And Education

If you have young children, but are hoping to start a business, running a children's activities or education franchise is one of the best solutions – allowing a balance between your work and personal life.


ComputerXplorers teaches computer skills to children aged three to 13. ComputerXplorers' goal is to help children discover their own technology and computer skills through exploration. Full business support is provided including planning, sales development, marketing planning and financial management.

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