If you're tired of working for others but like the idea of working within an established culture of success, becoming a franchisee might be a good option.
To help you decide which franchise makes sense for you, we've been breaking down some expenses on our Franchise 500 List -- highlighting low-cost franchises you can start for less than $4,000 and tech franchises you can start for as little as $25,000.
Most of these stories have been about relatively affordable, accessible options.
This story is not one of them. While you might be able to buy a decent meal from fast-food restaurants for the change in your pocket, these chains don't come cheap: You need to be ready to pony up six or seven figures if you want to invest in a McDonald's or Taco Bell.
Check out the slideshow to see how much these fast food franchises really cost -- and why they're worth it.