7 Most Disruptive Franchises of 2018 and Beyond

By Kelly MangumDecember 31, 2018

2018 was an amazing year for the fitness franchising niche as a whole, and Orangetheory Fitness franchise was at the forefront of it all. As one of the top disruptive franchises in the fitness industry, this Boca Raton based franchise enjoyed a 751% spike in their revenue for 2018, and that’s not even the surprising part. With revenue of nearly $740 million, Orangetheory Fitness is changing the way Americans workout and stay fit.

They offer a chain of gyms that provide group-based workouts and exercising classes, including an array of state-of-the-art equipment like rowing machines, treadmills, weights, etc. The primary aim of the franchise is to help members stay in shape as well as build cardio endurance and strength with the help of heartbeat monitors and progress trackers.

2. Beef Jerky Outlet (Dried Meats)

Based out of Kodak, TN, Beef Jerky Outlet is definitely one of the disruptive franchises to watch in 2019 and beyond – and justifiably so. Despite being founded in 2010, the food franchise has consistently silenced its critics and grown by leaps and bounds. With more than 100 locations, Beef Jerky Outlet has experienced a 400%+ revenue growth for three years in a row.

What makes Beef Jerky Outlet disruptive? For starters, it’s changing the dried meat industry. More specifically, the customer base for the franchise has expanded year after year. Ultimately, it’s their low cost franchising fees and lenient terms that make starting Beef Jerky Outlet franchise so attractive.

3. Jan-Pro (Commercial Cleaning)

Did you know that Jan-Pro has been offering franchise opportunities since 1992? This commercial cleaning franchise has revamped itself, and now offers several different investment options for franchisees. It has particularly gained traction with smaller cleaning crews because of the low price tag.

For as little as $3,985, you can invest in a Jan-Pro franchise. They also offer one of the best marketing supports that include social media, SEO, regional advertising, web development, and email marketing. Be on the look out for this disruptive franchise.

4. iLoveKickboxing (Fitness)

If you are looking to open a lucrative fitness franchise, iLoveKickboxing might be your best bet. It is all the rage across the country and has locations in 3 countries. So far in 2018, it has pulled in 2000% more revenue than 2017. That’s incredible for a fitness franchise that’s based on kickboxing. With Millennial continuing to set the pace in just about any industry, iLoveKickboxing will become a role model for many companies in the future.

5. Cruise Planners (Travel)

Cruise Planners is a travel franchise that’s changing travel agency industry. It’s a group of home-based travel agents, which means that you can get in on it with a small investment that’s as little as $2,095. It was one of the cheapest franchises to open in 2018, and the perks are not too shabby.

6. Jazzercise (Fitness)

As mentioned earlier, the fitness franchise industry is enjoying a great year. Jazzercise, the third fitness franchise on this list, is primarily focused on exercising combined with fun and socialization. It is ranked by Inc. as the 63rd fastest growing franchise. For franchisees, Jazzercise is an even cheaper alternative to Orangetheory Fitness and other fitness competitors on this list, with an initial investment as little as $3,700.

7. Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids (Haircutting)

Great Clips might be the titan in the hair-cutting franchise industry, but Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids is giving them a run for their money. Although their revenue is still sub-$10 million, the franchise is certainly an industry disruptor. And with revenue growth of over 1050%, we are yet to see the best of Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids franchise.

What ultimately makes Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids stand out from the rest is their focus on cutting kids’ hair. They have cars, fire trucks, video games, and other toys to help keep children tantrums at bay. The Holland, Utah-based franchise has locations across the nation and a few in Canada.

About the Author - Kelly Mangum

Director of Marketing at Franchise.com & Franchise Solutions. Experienced at lead generation & project management. Mama of 2, wife, runner, gardener, living just outside of Portsmouth, NH.
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