According to Entrepreneur magazine, these are the Top 25 Franchise Business Opportunities in 2009. The dollar figures are estimates of startup costs.
Submarine sandwiches & salads $78.6K-238.3K
Hamburgers, chicken, salads $950.2K-1.8M
3 Liberty Tax Service
Income-tax preparation $56.8K-69.9K
4 Sonic Drive In Restaurants
Drive-in restaurant $1.2M-3.2M
5 InterContinental Hotels Group
6 Ace Hardware Corp.
Hardware & home improvement store $400K-1.1M
7 Pizza Hut
Pizza, pasta, wings $317K-2.97M
8 The UPS Store/Mail Boxes Etc.
Postal, business & communications services $154.95K-293.5K
9 Circle K
Convenience store $161K-1.4M
10 Papa John's Int'l. Inc.
11 Jiffy Lube Int'l. Inc.
Fast oil change $214K-273K
12 Instant Tax Service
Retail tax preparation & electronic filing $39K-89K
13 Baskin-Robbins USA Co.
Ice cream, frozen yogurt, frozen beverages $121.3K-419.6K
14 KFC Corp.
Commercial cleaning $11.4K-35.1K+
16 Dairy Queen
Soft-serve dairy products & sandwiches $700K-1.3M
17 Super 8 Worldwide
Sandwiches, chicken, salads $336.5K-2.4M
19 Jan-Pro Franchising Int'l. Inc.
Commercial cleaning $3.3K-54.3K
20 Taco Bell Corp.
Quick-service Mexican restaurant $1.3M-2.5M
21 Hampton Inn/Hampton Inn & Suites
Midprice hotels $3.7M-13.1M
22 Days Inns Worldwide
23 GNC Franchising
Vitamin & nutrition store $165K-205K
24 Snap Fitness Inc.
24-hour fitness center $77.4K-272.8K
25 Denny's Inc.
Full-service family restaurant $1.2M-2.6M