Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Rank: 61
Initial investment: $89,619 to $125,023
Initial franchise fee: $37,500 to $51,500
New units in 2019: -16 units (-0.9 percent)
Founded in 1979 and franchising since 1980, Merry Maids boasts over 1,000 cleaning franchises in the U.S., relying on a two-person, home-cleaning for its franchisees. Its website lists some of the business’s biggest untapped markets, which include New York City and Cleveland.