The fast food industry is a multi-billion dollar business that is responsible for countless jobs. Celebrities have even cashed in on the fast food craze, like NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal, who nows owns Big Chicken franchises. While it would be wonderful to own and operate one or more Big Chicken restaurant franchises, you need to make sure owning a food-service establishment is right for you. For instance, have you ever worked in and/or managed a restaurant?Are you in good shape? I hope so, because operating a restaurant is hard work, with 12-hour days being the norm. Especially at the beginning. That said, in a perfect world, you’ll eventually be able to back off and take on the role of “managing the managers.” Next, it’s important to have the money needed to open and operate your Big Chicken franchise. That includes having enough working capital on hand for inventory, payroll, taxes, and repayment of your small business loan. Finally, it’s not very often that a big celebrity gets behind a franchise. Especially someone like Shaq. A guy who knows business. With that in mind, maybe you can hitch a ride on his brand and become the owner of Shaq’s Big Chicken restaurant in your hometown. It just began franchising this year. The brand is looking for multi-unit franchisees.The initial investment for one franchise ranges from $450,000 to $1.4 million. Shaq opened a Big Chicken restaurant at the UBS Arena on November 20, 2021. Additionally, there are locations at the Climate Pledge Arena, home of the Kraken and the WNBA’s Seattle Storm.