Wealthy households are more likely than others to be headed by a business owner, according to the Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
A turnkey approach to ownership: Buy a franchise. These four that follow have a relatively low cost of entry and won high marks for their financial prospects and franchisee satisfaction in a 2011 Franchise Business Review survey:
HEAVEN'S BEST CARPET & UPHOLSTERY CLEANING
The business: The company is now in 1,500 towns and cities because of its popular quick-dry cleaning technique.
Investment: $29,000 to $64,000
PADGETT BUSINESS SERVICES
The business: Specializing in tax and payroll services for small businesses, this is a good fit for corporate refugees.
The business: This commercial lawn maintenance company will train those with no background in the industry.
Investment: $50,000 to $75,000
The business: Franchisees of this provider of non-medical home care to seniors and other adults average $10,000 to $50,000 in first-year revenue.
Investment: $60,000 to $80,000