The decision to franchise opens up many additional questions for business owners already bogged down with a myriad of responsibilities. Where do we want to expand? What makes a good potential business location? And whom can we trust to gain intimate access to our business?
Many of the businesses that snagged a spot on the 2015 Inc. 5000 list have not only managed to grow at an exceptional rate but have also found a way to succeed in the cutthroat world of franchising. Below are the top 10 fastest-growing franchisor businesses on this year's Inc. 5000:
10. Renters Warehouse
With 27 locations, this real estate management company hit No. 1227 on Inc.'s 2015 list. Renters Warehouse has a three-year growth rate of 342 percent and 2014 revenue of $13.4 million. Founded in 2007, the company is led by CEO Kevin Ortner.
9. Two Maids & a Mop
No. 782 Two Maids & a Mop provides residential house cleaning services in 17 locations, with a special emphasis on customer feedback, which the company uses to determine employee wages. Founded in 2003, Two Maids & a Mop has a three-year growth rate of 571 percent and 2014 revenue of $4.7 million. Its CEO is Ron Holt.
8. Enviro-Master International Franchise
With a three-year growth rate of 771 percent, Enviro-Master International Franchise, a provider of cleaning services and products for public restrooms, grabbed the No. 597 spot on this year's Inc. 5000. The five-year-old company, led by CEO and founder Pat Swisher, booked $4.2 million in 2014 revenue and currently has 35 open locations.
7. HandyPro International
No. 490, HandyPro International, offers home improvement services through its 39 locations in 22 states. The seven-year old company, led by CEO Keith Paul, reeled in $2.1 million in 2014 revenue for a three-year growth rate of 941 percent.
A provider of boxing and kickboxing circuit training, No. 471, 9Round Franchising, booked $3.2 million in 2014 revenue for a three-year growth rate of 988 percent. Under the leadership of CEO Shannon Hudson, the company has opened 446 locations total in its seven-year history, and hopes to open 1,000 locations total by the end of 2018, according to a spokesperson.
5. Zippy Shell
Zippy Shell's three-year growth rate of 988 percent helped the moving and storage company land at No. 470 on this year's Inc. 5000. The eight-year-old company, led by CEO Rick Del Sontro, currently has more than 40 locations, and booked $7.4 million in revenue in 2014.
4. Orangetheory Fitness
Orangetheory Fitness's group exercise classes, which incorporate interval fitness training, have garnered a popular following at the chain's more than 300 locations across 32 states. The six-year-old company, with a three-year growth rate of 1,147 percent and 2014 revenue of $10.4 million, is led by CEO Dave Long. It landed at No. 415 on this year's list.
3. Splash and Dash for Dogs International
Going to the dogs has proved profitable for No. 296, Splash and Dash for Dogs International. The company, founded in 2009 and led by CEO Dan J. Barton, sells memberships for unlimited dog washing and brushing services through 31 U.S. locations. Splash and Dash for Dogs International has a three-year growth rate of 1,550 percent and 2014 revenue of $2.4 million.
2. Sky Zone
Indoor trampoline park Sky Zone soared to No. 273 on this year's Inc. 5000 with a three-year growth rate of 1,674 percent and a 2014 revenue of $24.4 million. Jeff Platt is the CEO of the 11-year-old company, which currently has more than 100 locations in four countries.
1. TITLE Boxing Club
TITLE Boxing Club's three-year growth rate of 1,774 is good enough to knock out much of the competition and grab the No. 250 spot on the Inc. 5000. Founded in 2008, TITLE Boxing Club currently has more than 150 locations across the nation, which helped the fitness franchise book $46.2 million in revenue in 2014. Its CEO is Tom Lyons.