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Types of franchises and categories in South Africa

We have put together all the potential franchise opportunities available for you. Take a look through them and find the one that suits you the most. There are thousands of options, so we have organised the options into categories.

Consider your skills and passions and get to know which franchisors you would have the best relationship with. Spend time researching the best options and find the perfect one for you. No matter what your future goals are, there is a franchise for you.

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It can be a lot easier to run a business in this sector if you have the support from a franchisor. Depending on the franchise, you will also receive training before embarking on your journey. If you are passionate about this industry, there is a wide range of options.


The advantage of being part of a large and recognised brand can have a few different advantages. For example, you will be able to buy into a recognised brand that people know and trust. You will also be able to buy stock at lower costs due to the economy of scale a larger outfit affords you.

Building Maintenance

This is a growing sector and so it’s an ideal time to jump into it by buying a franchise. You will be able to get the training and support that you need from the franchisor whether you are planning on doing the work yourself or managing a team.


Depending on your skills and passions, you will have a few different niches to choose between. Take your time to narrow down your search and find the right opportunity for you. There is a lot of room to grow in this industry and so choose wisely and you will be on your way to success.


Of course, you need to love working with children to go into this industry. Whether this is giving lessons and tutoring children or entertaining kids on the weekends or after school, there are plenty of opportunities for passionate people who are looking to have a trusted brand name behind them. This brand name is important so that you can gain the trust of parents.


The franchising model works well in this industry and it’s a great route to take. You can find plenty of options that will give you the chance to manage a team from home, if that is what will suit your lifestyle.


Its undeniable that online businesses are an increasingly attractive choice and are growing in success. So, you have probably thought about buying an online business so that you can take advantage of this. Well, becoming a franchisee in this sector is a great route to take in order to achieve your goals.


Investing in an education franchise comes with a lot of possibilities for anyone looking for flexible working hours. An important part of success in this industry will be choosing a franchisor that has a recognisable and trusted brand name.


When it comes to franchising there isn’t a more successful sector than food. It’s an exciting industry for entrepreneurs to go into and there are a lot of popular options that have a lot of different price tags attached to them. Consider the position that you are in and what the best decision for you is.


Going into this field, you will not have to have specific experience, but you will need to choose to invest in a franchise that will offer extensive training beforehand. Of course, what you will need, though, are business skills and passion.

Home Based

Many people go into franchising for the freedom that it can offer you as a business owner. One of these freedoms is being able to work from home and that is why we have put together all the work from home options in one place.

Home Improvement

There are a lot of different niches that you can go into in this industry. No matter which one you choose, though, you will have to have good people skills that will allow you to manage a team and interact with your clients well so that people call you back again and again.

Legal & Finance

Third party business that can provide financial and legal services for people and businesses are in more and more demand. You may need specific expertise or qualifications for some franchises in this sector but not for all of them. So, take a look through your options and find the one that is best for you.


If you are looking for a lifestyle business, this is the right sector for you. Find a lot of success running a business that allows you to spend time outside. You will need to carefully assess the type of business that is right for you, though, as there are many options.

Media & Marketing

This sector has grown a lot in the last few years and with this growth has come more competition. That is why franchising can be a great option as it will come with a brand name and the support of a larger parent company.


This sector often requires a lot of capital so take a look at the available franchises and check the requirements for franchisees carefully. Having the support of a parent company can be a real benefit in this industry.

Signs & Printing

This is a business that requires the ability to interact well with clients and customers so you will need to be good at dealing with people. You should also be comfortable with using technology, but most franchisors will also offer you training and support throughout your business journey.

Top Franchises

Within the franchises that we offer there are some standout opportunities and we have put these together in one place so that you can find a lucrative option that you can be passionate about.


If you are looking to run a franchise that is designed to fit the needs of women or is aimed at attracting women customers and clients, this is the right sector for you. Find a franchise that is catered to your needs.

Business format
This type of franchise is one that allows you to buy into an established brand name and will let you become a business owner that gets the backing and support of a parent company. You will pay royalties and a franchisor fee in return for this support.
This type of franchise is one that will require your investment and the ability to run a franchise but will not require that you are involved in the day to day running of the business. Consider your skillset when deciding on the right type of franchise to invest in.
Conversion franchising lets franchisors increase the locations that they have and the reach of their business by switching multiple locations to franchises. Another type of conversion franchising is when similar independent businesses become franchise units.
If you are looking to manufacture and sell the goods of a franchisor, you will be looking to enter into a manufacturing franchise agreement. The product that you sell will have the name and trademark of the franchisor and be made to the specifications of the franchisor.
Job Franchising
If you are looking to be responsible for the day to day running of the business and providing the services or product, you should be looking to invest in a job franchise. This will also include work from home or van-based franchises.