How to Open a Coffee Shop
As with starting any business, you need to know what to do for every process and step of your business. Do you need a loan? How much money will you need? Where will the business be? How is it going to attract customers from other businesses like yours? These are some of the considerations that should help you gather your plans and begin to firm them into a business.
Steps to Open a Coffee Shop
- Make a survey: No matter what business you’re starting, you need to have a detailed understanding of that business. What will you offer and how can you get started?
- Talk to other small businesses in the area who are in the same business and find out what they had to go through.
- Find out your local tax laws, state and sales tax and inspections, license(s) that you’ll need to do to sell something.
- Make a plan considering and deciding how you will proceed.
- Restaurants always need to find out about the state and local health departments inspections and regulations.
- You’ll need to register your business first and foremost.
- Register with the state for sales taxes.
- If you’ll need a loan, get the money by the best means you can devise.
- Research, research, research: You can never research enough about the product(s) you’ll be selling.
- Get a mentor who will show you the ropes and talk with you.
- If possible, work in a similar restaurant for up to 2 years before you start one of your own.
- You should always make sure that you want to be in the business for at least ten years and that you love doing what you do.
- Realize that as an individual proprietor you are liable (responsible) for safety and may lose all your properties and money, if people sue you for an injury due to a fall, or food poisoning, etc.and were to lose…
- Incorporating can protect your personal property and other real estate if you are sued.
- Advertising and sales are very important when you first start a business.
- Take a business class. It doesn’t have to be on the subject of whatever business you want to open.
- Make sure you’ve checked with your local court house and find out all the laws and regulations about owning your own business.
- You’re a locally-run coffee house, support local musicians. Let them sell their music/mix tapes, etc. Play the good stuff on the overhead speakers.
- Offering Wi-fi? Sell techie equipment, power cords, laptop cases, etc.
- There are tons of sites online that can help you through the steps of owning your own business.
- Offer free cell phone charge service where people who let their phones die can stop in and charge up (note the double meaning).
- Local artists — save some money on your decoration costs and help the local starving artists showcase their original work.
- “Open mic” nights! There just aren’t enough of these anymore. Who wants to listen to some canned knock-off, regurgitated song written by Whitney Houston but sung by “Jane D. Who-sung” of karaoke bar “fame?” People have fun with open mic — music, poetry, creativity — and their friends and family may come and dine to participate…
- Kids room: You probably don’t want a bunch of screaming kids running around, but it might be possible to have a separate room chock full of educational toys where parents can bring their young-uns and still maintain the decorum of your main area. Or flip it — make the “main” area the kids room with other rooms where adults can go.
- Parlay what you currently do into the shop. A web programmer could offer services, teach classes or create games for the customers to play.
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Take Over a Closed Coffee Shop, Open and Make HUGE Profits...
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Hire A Top Barista To Run Your Shop For You...
Have Your Coffee Roaster Help You Get Open...
Reality is, all have a lot of truth to them. However, when starting a coffee shop business, even having these elements in place guarantees you nothing if you do not have a foundation to build your new business upon. Just because you have excellent credit does not mean you know how to run a business. This is where some banks fail. They want a place to hang their hats. And being a top barista is a great honor but that does not mean they can run a shop. Get the picture?
Some prospective owners think they have to:
Be an expert "barista" (you will with time and practice, but it's realistic to know everything about making coffee drinks when you start!)
Know all about coffee beans and coffee bean roasting (I didn't when I first started out!)
Have a lot of experience in the coffee business and retail (Huh?...)
The Fact Is, You Can Open A Profitable Coffee Shop Without A Lot of Experience In The Industry... Once You Discover The Insider Secrets to Success included in my plan! Learn More
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