Have you always cherished a dream to have your own small Café? Do you want it to be the perfect getaway from the humdrum life and hectic routines where customers can unwind as they order their favorite coffee and confectionery? Will it be a small cozy nook just the way you wanted it?
It is not difficult to start one; all it requires is a little bit of planning, some financial aid and mouth watering food served at the place.
The first thing to do while wanting to open a cafe is to sit down and make a detailed plan as to what kind of cafe you want, the setting, the contents, the financial aspects, the budgeting, the management, the legalities, etc. After making a detailed plan, get familiar with the legal process required for you to start the cafe. The next step involves securing finance and funding for the business, followed by creating a brand identity for your café, the kind of menu you wish to serve and image you wish to create for the cafe.
Development and construction phase
Once the planning stage is complete, the next step involves scanning for the perfect and suitable location for the café and going ahead with the construction and purchases. A cafe requires cooking equipment too and it is better to buy from reliable sources such as Hosbay. Important equipment for a cafe includes an espresso machine, a used commercial deep fryer for sale and a display refrigerator for the desserts. Ovens for large-scale baking and blenders and even crockery and cutlery are even required. While overseeing the construction and setup of the café, make sure that it remains true to the theme and kind of café you had envisaged, whether it is laid back ‘Central Perk’ ala “Friends” or an alfresco place or a Mediterranean feel or an Italian joint, etc. After setting up the place, you need to simultaneously get in touch with distributors and suppliers who will supply food resources to you for the most reasonable price and even provide fresh items.
Running and operations of the cafe
Once the basics regarding the starting of a cafe are covered, the next step involves the actual operation and management of the place.
For this you need to hire or employ staff, such as a manager (or you can carry out that duty yourself), waiting staff and kitchen staff including a chef. The staff needs to be trained to be courteous. Also, look for individuals who are responsible, have a right temperament and attitude since they will be the face of the café, especially at times when you are not there. Give each one clear duty that they adhere to.
The initial response to the cafe will hopefully be good, given it’s a new place. The trick is, however, to get them to come back (often). This will happen if the food is different from the usual fare available and is lip-smackingly delicious. Also, a good ambience and clean environment, courteous and friendly staff, fast and prompt service along with reasonable prices make customers want to visit the place repeatedly. Additionally, it helps to provide some attractive deals or offer loyalty programs to the customers which will lure them in further. Running a café can be a lot of hard work which will never cease but the satisfaction of seeing it operate successfully is beyond words.