Visiting Angels, FirstLight Among Best Franchises to Buy in 2019

Visiting Angels, FirstLight Home Care and six other home care companies have been ranked among the 200 best franchises to buy in 2019.

That’s according to a list compiled by Franchise Business Review, a market research firm that focuses on satisfaction and performance in the franchise industry. From June 2017 to November 2018, the firm surveyed more than 30,000 franchisees from more than 300 brands on qualities such as leadership, training, values and more.

Visiting Angels took the No. 1 spot when compared to other home care franchises, with franchisees responding that they were most satisfied overall. With more than 600 franchise locations throughout the U.S., the private duty home care company is the most frequently searched for home care name on Google, according to the company’s page on Franchise Business Review.

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The total startup investment for a Visiting Angels franchise location is between $84,085 and $125,885.

This recognition comes after Visiting Angels also made its way onto Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 Rankings earlier this year.

To create the list, the magazine reviewed more than 1,000 companies. For each, editors weighed “five pillars”: costs and fees; size and growth; support; brand strength; and financial strength and stability. Visiting Angels ranked No. 2 in senior care and No. 169 on the list overall.

Meanwhile, FirstLight Home Care was another strong performer on Franchise Business Review’s list.

Since its creation in 2010, the home care company has grown quickly, with a 29% increase in revenue and 24% increase in location growth in 2017 alone. Now, with about 260 franchise locations across the country, the company is also seeking franchisees to open offices in select countries.

The total startup investment for a FirstLight franchise location is between $99,681 and $152,926.

Other home care companies ranked on the list among the best franchises to invest in include:

  • Qualicare Family Homecare
  • Home Helpers Home Care
  • Homewatch CareGivers
  • Amada Senior Care
  • Care Patrol
  • Senior Care Authority

Across all categories, the top-ranked franchises are Kona Ice, Wild Birds Unlimited and MaidPro, according to Franchise Business Review.

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