Dairy Queen is one of the best franchises to buy, website says

Dilly Bars all day, every day.

A lot of Americans dream of owning their own business and working for themselves. Many choose to buy a franchise, because it's a chance to open a store that already has a proven track record.

Presuming you had the funds to open any franchise out there, what would you choose? How about a successful ice cream chain that's kind of a big dilly?

Entrepreneur Magazine has come up with a list of the top 10 franchises to buy, and No. 6 on the list is home of the Dilly Bar, Blizzards, and Treatzza Pizza – Dairy Queen.

1. Duh, ice cream.
2. Where do I sign up?

Okay, let's be honest, though – buying a franchise isn't cheap. The initial investment to secure your own DQ can cost anywhere from $361,450 to $1,835,825, Entrepreneur Magazine says.

But the company – which was founded in 1940 and has its corporate office in Minneapolis – has strong roots and continues to grow. The magazine says Dairy Queen opened 1,082 new franchises from 2007 to 2016, and 480 of those were just in the last three years – that's 7.7 percent growth.

Plus, you'd become a new business owner pretty quickly. Dairy Queen's franchise information says the process usually takes nine to 12 months from inquiry to store opening, "depending mostly on the real estate selection and the franchisee's motivation."

Yep, just a year from now you could be slinging Blizzards and sneaking cherry dipped cones, all day every day (provided you have six or seven figures to spend.)

Get more info on opening your own DQ here.

Next Up