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12 of the world’s strangest franchises

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Franchising is once again on the rise. 

For those of you new to the term, a franchise is a right granted to an individual or group to market a company’s goods or services within a certain territory or location.
A franchise opportunity is a more relaxed way of making the transition from working for an employer to being self-employed. It is often seen as the safer option to starting your own business.

Tucked among the tried-and-true franchise opportunities – the likes of McDonalds, KFC and Subway – are some unique concepts. Everyone’s familiar with the burger shops and auto repair garages of the franchising world – but did you know that there’s a franchise for cereal?

Take a look at these 12 franchises that didn’t go with the flow.

1. 1-800-Got-Junk?

Founder Brian Scudamore started the company in 1989 after seeing a beat-up truck with a junk removal sign in a McDonald’s drive through. Although the concept of picking up junk isn’t exactly groundbreaking, they’re known for their fun-loving company culture, shiny new trucks, enhanced technology and call centres, as well as presentable staff uniforms. 

2. Batteries Plus

You would probably go to the shop you bought your mobile phone at when its battery needs to be replaced, right? According to director of franchise development, Rod Tremelling, “they will sell you a new device. Come to us and we’ll help you extend the life of your product.” Besides selling AA’s and D cells, they stock batteries for things you never even knew had batteries.

3. BedBug Chasers 

Need to get rid of pesky critters? BedBug Chasers is the place to go. Owner Dean Averna states that the new generation of bugs, after being sprayed with DDT and other powerful insecticides, are resistant to most chemicals. BedBug Chasers seeks to destroy these critters with a secret weapon: heat. The process – a four hour treatment -is more effective and less time-consuming than chemical applications.

4. Cereality

Cereality has taken the basic morning routine of eating breakfast cereal and created a new-to-the-world cereal-eating experience by becoming a fast-food franchise. The idea? Customers can choose from more than 30 different cereal varieties, over 40 different toppings and a variety of milks. Among the perks of working there, staff are expected to turn up at work in their pajamas.

5. Christmas Decor Inc 

Now more than ever, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find the time and energy to decorate your property and still have time to enjoy the holidays. That’s where Christmas Decor comes in. These holiday decorating elves provide you with designs, efficient installation, proactive in-season maintenance, and a timely post-season removal. How will the neighbours compete with that?

6. K-9 Resorts

Founders Jason and Stephan Parker began their business as a dog-walking business in 1999. By 2005, the siblings had opened a luxury hotel for dogs. People want the best for their dogs, so they developed a cage-free environment in response. Their stock currently includes plasma TVs, high-end dog food and windows in every room. 

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