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Build a rewarding business doing what you love

Help kids in your community
Get The Best Education Possible

Despite heroic efforts all around, experts predict kids will experience learning loss of up to 70% this year. Whether you’re a teacher or a parent with no teaching experience, as a Kumon Franchisee, you’ll help kids in your community overcome the disruption in education through virtual or in-person* academic enrichment with your own Kumon Math and Reading Center.


Your influential connection to parents in your community will allow you to easily build a successful network—and a rewarding business that will help kids succeed.

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What’s the best thing about being a Kumon franchisee?

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I love it when a student shares that they received the best score on the test, or when they were the only one who knew how to solve that math problem, or when they helped the friend who always used to help them or when they can calculate faster in their head than their parents!

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Being a Kumon Franchisee has given me flexibility in my life as a mother of three boys, helped my passion for education grow and given my day-to-day life joy and excitement for my students.

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I have seen tremendous change in the students' attitudes as well as the love and passion in learning that Kumon has given them. Kumon has given them a second chance in becoming better learners and building their confidence.

What you need to know to become a Kumon franchisee

Ensure our basic requirements
are a good fit:

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Are you a U.S. citizen or do you hold a green card?

Do you have a bachelor's degree?

Are you able to pull together $70,000 in liquid capital, and do you have $150,000 in net worth?

Do I need to have a background in education?

While that can prove quite valuable, it is certainly not a requirement to becoming a Kumon Franchise owner (though you must have a bachelor’s degree). What is very important is that you have a passion for working with children and believe in our mission of helping them become independent, self-assured and confident leaders of tomorrow.

How much money do I need to open a Kumon Center?

As stated in our Franchise Disclosure Document, the investment ranges from $74,428 to $156,590, with the actual amount needed depending heavily on your geographic location. We do require that you have a net worth of $150,000 (all of your assets including home, car, jewelry, investments, etc.) and liquid capital of $70,000 (money that is easily accessible) to qualify as a potential Kumon Franchise owner. To help you get started, we offer up to $36,000 in incentives and your Franchise Recruiter will gladly assist you in estimating your potential expenses.

Will I primarily be serving as a tutor?

No. You will be both the owner and Instructor, but our success is built on a proven concept of helping students from age 3 through high school to actively build self-learning skills. Your students will work at their own pace, moving through individualized worksheets on a daily basis. You'll be there to help assess their starting point, answer their questions and guide their ongoing progress by helping them if they struggle grasping a particular worksheet concept. Some of your younger students will require a bit more one-on-one attention as they complete their early worksheets. You and your assistants will grade students' worksheets and ensure they are progressing in their learning.

What sets Kumon instruction apart from every other learning program?

While Kumon can and does help students who have fallen a bit behind in school to catch up and even surpass their peers, the greatest value of our unique approach is the impact it can make on a child's success over time. Parents who view Kumon as a valuable, ongoing extracurricular activity-such as guitar lessons or sports, for example-often watch their child build an academic and confidence edge that helps them achieve more, year after year in school. It's an advantage that propels many Kumon students into the colleges and careers of their choice. As a franchisee, your ability to convey this valuable advantage to parents of current students, as well as potential Kumon parents you encounter outside your Center will help you build the type of student population that can prove highly rewarding for you each day and profitable for your business over time.

What are the qualifications I need to meet to become a Kumon Franchisee?

If you have a bachelor's degree, enjoy working with children and have some prior business experience, you're off to a very good start!

Here are our preferences and the requirements you must meet to be considered for a franchise opportunity:

  • A passion for and dedication to education and working with children
    • A teaching or education background is helpful, but not required
    • A bachelor's degree is required
    • You must be proficient in math and reading
  • The capital needed to establish and aggressively develop your Kumon Math and Reading Center:
    • $70,000 liquid capital
    • $150,000 net worth
  • The ability to create and manage a Center that effectively motivates children in the Kumon Learning Method, and an interest in and commitment to helping children in your community
  • The ability to deliver an excellent customer experience while maintaining dedication to Kumon’s core values
  • A good understanding of the area, and strong ties to the community
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • A full-time commitment to Kumon—typically, an average of 6-8 hours per business day
  • U.S. citizen or green card (permanent legal resident)

What kind of training will I receive?

Once you qualify as a potential Kumon Franchise owner, you'll participate in our Kumon Instructor Development Program, currently being held virtually. We'll train you in the Kumon Curriculum and the Kumon Learning Method, as well as business strategies for owning and operating a Kumon Center. While training is virtual, you'll save time and travel expenses and train for just the cost of the $500 Training Kit. If you decide not to continue, simply return the Kit for a full refund.

As a Kumon Center owner, you'll also take part in our continuing education programs to refine your skills and further enhance your success.

What kind of support can I expect?

For over 19 years Entrepreneur magazine has rated us the #1 tutoring service franchise, and one of the world's top global franchises, because we're committed to providing our owners with the training, resources and support to help them thrive. For example, through our Kumon branch offices, our staff takes an active role in supporting you in both the administration of your programs and the growth and development of your Center. The materials your students use are continually reviewed, updated and supplied to you. Both internal communications and customer communications are produced and disseminated regularly. You'll also have the opportunity to attend continuing training, meetings and seminars, which are widely attended by other franchisees who can share their insights and experiences.

How much can I earn as the owner of a Kumon Franchise?

Since each Kumon Franchise is independently owned and does not report its total income to us, we cannot provide a hard number. As part of your franchisee training, you'll develop a business plan that can assist you in projecting your revenues and expenses.

The success you can achieve as a Kumon Franchisee is virtually limitless—especially if you have local connections and a strong comfort level with marketing to your area. As the administrator of your own Center, you will determine how many students you'd like to enroll and how often your Center is open.

How can I get more detailed information?

We encourage you to attend our free Kumon Franchise Webinar or give us a call at 1-844-209-3952. If you think you would make a good Kumon Franchisee based on your interest, background and qualifications, we would love to hear from you!

Frequently Asked Questions

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Receive up to $36,000 in incentives

Noted as a top low-cost franchise by Entrepreneur for its investment range of between $74,428 and $156,590, Kumon also helps you get started by covering the cost of items needed for your Center, like tables and chairs, paint, carpet and primary signage.

Explore Kumon with no risk! After you attend the free webinar, if you’d like to move forward, you’ll be able to start training with just a $500 Training Kit. Training is being held virtually and if you decide not to continue, just return the Kit for a full refund.

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Build a strong, stable business

Kumon is unique among education franchises because it's not tutoring (despite being awarded the #1 in Tutoring Category ranking from Entrepreneur magazine for the past 19 years!)

Instead, you’ll guide kids through an enrichment program that complements school work while ensuring nothing is missed in math, reading and writing. Kids can stay for years as they work through the levels of the program and parents often enroll all their kids, offering you financial stability.

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Build a strong, stable business

Kumon is unique among education franchises because it's not tutoring.

Instead, you’ll guide kids through an enrichment program that complements schoolwork while ensuring nothing is missed in math, reading and writing. Kids can stay for years as they work through the levels of the program and parents often enroll all their kids, offering you financial stability.

Watch how Kumon works!

Note: At this time, you'll decide to hold classes virtually or in-Center, depending on the safety needs of your area.

Help kids become exceptional

With Kumon, you can offer parents a long-term solution to help their kids excel academically in ways they never thought possible. Kumon helps all kids develop critical thinking, increase focus, improve study habits, become more organized and learn to be problem-solvers.

"Parents tell me about their kids’ getting admitted to gifted programs and getting accepted to prestigious colleges. They thank me for getting them into those programs!"

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Support your community

Offering Kumon to teachers and parents to help kids overcome learning loss will benefit the entire community. The study habits they learn will help them with online classes, and the extra enrichment will help them catch up and even get ahead.

“Many of our students have grown into successful young people now in college, grad students or even medical students.”

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Attend a free Kumon Franchise seminar

Learn how the Kumon Method helps kids achieve lifelong success and what to expect in the franchise process, including incentives, training and support.

What to expect when you start a kumon center

With Kumon, you'll build a rewarding business that will have an amazing impact on the kids in your community.

Attend a free Kumon Franchise seminar

Learn how the Kumon Method helps kids achieve lifelong success and what to expect in the franchise process, including incentives, training and support.

Attend a free Kumon Franchise webinar

Learn how the Kumon Method helps kids achieve lifelong success and what to expect in the franchise process, including incentives, training and support.

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