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Author Notes: You have a passion for cooking and have always dreamed of opening a small family restaurant, bistro or café. It isn’t really going to be as hard to do if you are willing to put a little time and effort into the project. These five easy steps can help you understand how to set up that café you’ve been dreaming of. Turn that passion to profit right before your eyes.
1. Research Your Local Market Area
While you have a great idea for your café, the first thing you need to do is research your local market area. What are the demographics of the area? Are there any particular types of restaurants that seem to be more popular than others? One thing you really need to know when opening a restaurant is what people in the area are likely to want.
2. Write Your Business Plan
While funding may be an issue, a great business plan can lay the groundwork for getting the financial help you might need. One thing lenders and investors will want to see is how you expect to make a profit. If you need assistance with writing a business plan, get professional help prior to applying for small business loans. Your plan can make or break your attempts to find funding.
3. Location Is Everything
You have heard the old real estate mantra, “Location. Location. Location.” This is also true of the restaurant industry. Consider such things as accessibility and parking. It will do you no good to open a café that no one can get to because there is no place close enough to park or it is tucked in a corner they can’t see from the road. Location really is everything.
4. Locate Equipment and Vendors
Another very important step in opening a café is in finding the equipment you need to make your establishment run efficiently. Of course, you know what kinds of stoves, ovens, and grills you’ll need, along with dishwashers, refrigerators, ice machines and so forth, but have you considered streamlining operations with a good POS system? From front to back-end management, a system like Sysco’s Cake can help you streamline operations so that customers get better service and your daily records are reliable.
5. Hire and Train Staff
The very last step will be to hire and train staff. This is one step you want to take your time with. They are the face that customers will remember and if you have poorly trained servers, cashiers, and hostesses, the initial reviews will not be good. Take the time to find exactly what you are looking for in both the front and back of the house and you will find it smooth going once those doors are open for business.
These five easy steps can have you up and running in no time at all. Turn your passion to profit when opening a small local café and who knows, before you know it that small café can become a major success!
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