The idea of a owning a café seems like the ideal life. Chatting to interesting people, drinking great coffee and filling your day with great food. But as any café owner will tell you, there is so much more to it than that. So, this is a guide, a list of things you should know before you dive into a café business.
1. Franchise or go it alone. There is no shortage of café related franchises that you can buy, and just as many empty shops waiting to be filled. But the decision comes down to complete control over an established bran and support. When you purchase a franchise you also purchase an established business model, suppliers and a brand name. But hey, it’s not for everyone. You may have an amazing idea or passion that you want to funnel into a café business and that is great. But going it alone means that you will have to develop your own business model, and work had to establish your brand. On the plus side you can have control over every aspect of the business. Basically, if you buy a franchise you have more security in the business and if you go out on your own you have total control but less security. Check this out if you are looking for buy a franchise.
2. Suppliers. If you go it alone and snap up that café for sale down the road then =, you have to think about product lines and suppliers. Things like developing a menu, sourcing quality produce (which is often a process of trial and error) and deciding on what brands to stock for things like coffee, drinks, milk and other various products. There is a lot to think about and it can be really confusing with a whole bunch of sales reps trying to sell you on their product. The most important thing to remember with this is to have a clear direction. Know what you want (health foods, locally sourced produced or products that are cost effective and seel well) and stick to it. Seek out the brands and suppliers that you feel fill this need and try not to differ too far from your business goal.
3. Décor. This may not seem like an important part of a café, but it is sorely underestimated in its value. The décor helps to create the atmosphere of a café and can help reflect what you are trying to achieve. If you are serving a certain type of cuisine then, elements of the culture can be included in the décor to create a cohesion throughout the café. Imagine sitting down in an Italian style café that has walls covered in palm trees and seal life from when it was a fish and chip shop. It can ruin the feel of the café and make customers feel uncomfortable. Making sure you have the cash to spend on decorating is important to think about before you buy that café for sale.
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