top 10 franchises FOR VETERANS with low barriers to entry

Tracer Consulting is a veteran-owned and operated business. Listed here are our top 10 franchises with low initial investments, foolproof business models, extensive training, and veteran’s discounts. These generous discounts and a no collateral, ten-year SBA Express Loan of $150,000 make all these opportunities accessible to those who wore this nation’s cloth.

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Initial Investment: $95,000 – $208,000


College Hunks Hauling Junk is the fastest-growing junk-hauling franchise and moving franchise in America. College Hunks Hauling Junk has been named one the fastest growing companies in America by “Inc.” and has made “Entrepreneur” magazine’s list of top franchise opportunities for five years in a row and counting.

College Hunks is basically a truck platoon, with you as the platoon commander. You plan operations, and your squad executes. The atmosphere and focus on leadership will make any veteran comfortable and thriving. College Hunks Hauling Junk has been in demand – from franchisees, customers and the media. Their systems create a great experience for customers and franchise partners. Chief among those systems is their national call center, which books and schedules jobs for our franchisees seven days a week – a service that saves franchisees money and time. 

Initial Investment: $35,000 – $200,000


A home based multi-tiered business that is focused on SEO services sales with a huge potential for growth, GMP Internet Marketing offers clients guaranteed front-page search engine placement – they have a 100% success rate with 42K websites in the past two decades, generating 3-5 times the web traffic at one-third the cost of Google adwords.

With in-house financing, a quick ramp-up time, and a money-back guarantee, GMP Internet Marketing is perfect for a veteran with a sales personality that’s rearing to reach financial independence.

Most incredibly, GMP offers franchisees a money-back guarantee. They promise that if you follow their business model, you will make your initial investment back in one year, or you will receive the difference between your total revenue and your initial investment back. In 20 years, they have never had to give a refund. 

Initial Investment: $100,000 – $165,000


More than a decade ago, Co-Founders Deanna and Jackson Loychuk recognized the need for something different in the women’s-only fitness market. Fast forward ten years, and more than 70 Franchise Locations later, it’s safe to say that they were on the right track. Unlike other women’s-only circuit-based fitness centers, 30 Minute Hit appeals to a wider demographic, drawing women ages 13-65 with a wide range of fitness levels and abilities.

If you were the PT stud in your unit, or got visceral joy out of leading remedials, then you can get paid to do it – except the people at these workouts want to be there! Make a difference in the lives of clients and enjoy a veteran’s discount when you sign up. 

Initial Investment: $100,000 – $144,000


Founded in 2008 by professional kickboxer, Shannon Hudson, and his wife, Heather, 9Round is a specialized fitness center that brings kickboxing fitness training to the average person in a convenient, affordable, 30-minute, full-body circuit format. The program is developed around a proprietary and copyrighted system of nine challenging workout stations developed by Shannon himself.

Like 30 Minute Hit, 9Round is ideal for those who were PT stars in their units. 9Round offers great validation, quick ramp-up, low overhead, low labor burden, a low investment relative to competitors, and most importantly, a proven business model. 9Round has expanded to nearly 800 locations. Semi-absentee and owner-operator options available.

Initial Investment: $72,765 – $192,615


As the leader in fire and water damage restoration, PuroClean has become one of the fastest growing franchises in North America. Since 1990, they’ve been able to touch the lives of those in our communities by providing 24-hour emergency restoration services.

PuroClean offers one of the biggest veterans discounts available, then once you own the franchise, your suppliers will continue to give you a discount on the supplies you need on a day-to-day basis. You get to help people when they are at their lowest – with home damage from disasters. With almost a quarter of franchisees being veterans, this model works well with those who have a military background.

PuroClean offers low investment, a recession-proof industry, unlimited opportunities, growth potential, flexibility as either a home-based or executive business model, and the satisfaction that comes from making a positive impact in your community.

Initial Investment: $67,000 – $129,500


WOW 1 DAY PAINTING is part of the family of home service brands by powerhouse franchisor O2E Brands, the people behind 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, You Move Me and Shack Shine. With a unique combination of speed and quality, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING is reinventing the painting industry in the same way 1-800-GOT-JUNK? disrupted junk removal.

This business is all about leadership, attention to detail, and working on tight timelines. Where other people get intimidated, a veteran hears these things and think just another day at the office. But here is the secret – WOW 1 Day Painting has perfected the technique. They can paint a house in one day, are you surprised to hear that? Your customers will be too, and will love you for it.

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WaterStation offers a very special veteran’s discount that can only be discussed with a franchise consultant after confirming veteran status. For more info, contact us.


WaterStation offers the only vending machine that turns local tap water into healthful alkaline, ionized water at a fraction of the cost of bottled alkaline water. Since their machines use local water, you never have to restock them or keep an inventory of bottled water. Each WaterStation® can be remotely monitored via Wi-Fi connection. This is an excellent business to operate as a passive investor.

This is more of an investment than a business. With SBA loans, you can leverage a small amount of funds into the vending world and let WaterStation Technology’s team handle everything in the profit-sharing model. If you want to be more involved, you can buy these patented machines and recieve training to run everything yourself. Either way, WaterStation offers special programs and pricing for veterans.

Initial Investment: $91,975 – $183,770


Screenmobile is the nations largest mobile screen repair company, with almost 100 franchise owners, and growing. They specialize in window, door and patio porch screen and solar shading products. For over 30 years, with no national competitors, their franchise owners have enjoyed years of growth and success. Historically stable and consistent, the home improvement industry has unsurpassed potential, not subject to the rise and fall of economic trends.

Screenmobile is one of the few franchises where the owner is both the CEO and the laborer, ideal for veterans who just want to get out and work with their hands. They already have a low startup cost, and with a veterans discount, it gets even lower. As you grow, you can hire other people to do the screening while you focus on expanding the business.

Initial Investment: $95,500 – $140,000


Mosquito Joe provides a seasonal service that improves the quality of life for people in your community by allowing them to enjoy their yards and eliminating the worry of mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. Mosquito Joe offers a tremendous opportunity for those looking to build a successful and lasting business as a recognized leader in the booming multi-billion dollar pest control industry.

Mosquito Joe is a small investment with a veteran discount, and is one of the only franchises that strives and delivers on making a 12 month salary in only 8 months. The motivation and ability to put in work when work needed to get done makes veterans excellent candidates for this franchise.

The mosquito control industry is a high growth market, and Mosquito Joe has emerged as an industry leader with strong branding, best-in-class systems, and the ability to grow rapidly nationwide.

Initial Investment: $35,000 – $75,000


PMI is the only property management franchise system that delivers to its franchise owners the training, support and systems to manage both residential and commercial properties.  PMI’s franchisees are responsible for the day-to-day operations of its client’s properties.

A lot of veterans say what they most look forward to after transitioning out of the military is spending time with their family. This low cost property management franchise allows you to set your own schedule and manage rental properties, vacation properties, home owner associations, or commercial property.  For you hard chargers, you can do all four! They have some of the most rigorous training in the franchise industry to ensure you are an expert when you start managing, and with their proprietary software you can manage 3-4 times the number of properties compared to an independent property manager. With a very low initial investment, thorough training, and an established business model, PMI offers a strong opportunity for veterans looking to keep their initial investment low.

Initial Investment: $85,000 – $150,000


Fish focuses on low-rise commercial window cleaning, and has developed it into a much larger and more successful business than most would ever dream possible. Businesses that focus on low-rise commercial window cleaning often are unorganized and poorly managed. Fish offers a professional look and feel and combines this with an effective, straightforward sales process that has been gobbling up market share. Fish has 30 years of experience in the industry, and has been ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 500 every year since it started franchising.

Fish Window Cleaning loves veterans and is constantly trying to recruit them. Why? The perfect Fish franchisee is described as a proactive leader willing to get out from behind a desk and engage with others. These are all common traits of successful military leaders. With Fish’s daytime working hours and proven business model, it provides veterans the opportunity for a successful business with a healthy work-life balance.

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