Here are some of USA Today’s Best Franchises to Own in 2012 (in no particular order):

DVD Now. This vending franchise is hitting its stride in popularity.

Subway. Sandwich and sub franchises are gaining in popularity, perhaps because of the health concern in America.

Fresh Healthy Vending. These vending machines offer healthier options to schools and other public places.

Ace Hardware. This co-op is a unique retailer and has plenty of room for expansion.

Fast-Fix Jewelry and Watch Repairs. This mall-based turn key franchise requires no experience to start.