Sick of sitting at your desk all day? Think you would do much better on your feet running your very own cafe? Working in the catering industry is a very profitable business right now, especially artisan coffee shops and cafes. There is currently a big trend for coffee at the minute, and lots of aficionados are now setting up their own little cafes to cash in on this trend. So, do you think moving into this industry is the right one for you to make right now? If so, here is my ultimate guide to setting up your own cafe, which will, hopefully, help you on your way.
Find a Good Venue
First of all, you will need to find a suitable location for your coffee shop. You have two options. Firstly, you could either look at taking over an existing cafe. One of the main advantages of this is that it will come with all the required equipment, and will also be well known to a few customers. If you would rather start from scratch and find a venue to convert into a cafe, you will need to make sure that it will get lots of passing trade. Anywhere in a city center where people pass by all the time is a good location. However, if there isn’t much passing trade by your cafe, you will have to work hard on your marketing so that people learn about your cafe.
Next, you will need to renovate the space so that it meets your design ideas and tastes. For this, it is often a good idea to hire some professional carpenters and decorators to help you out. Doing all the work yourself will certainly help save you money, but getting professionals in to help you with the job will save you a lot of time. When you are thinking of the cafe’s decor, go for relaxing colors such as pastel tones, as these will help give the space a very relaxed ambiance.
Get the Kitchen Ready
The kitchen will be one of the most important parts of your new cafe, as this will be where all the meals and snacks are prepared. It is important that you get some business kitchen equipment as this will all meet hygiene regulations. You should also learn how to correctly store all your meat and fresh ingredients. You need to ensure that your kitchen is also clean and in good shape at all times, as you could be surprised with a visit from the department of food hygiene at any time of year.
You won’t be able to work in your new cafe all day every day so you will have to hire some staff to support you. Try and find people who have experience working in cafes and restaurants, as these will be quick to train and will also know about food hygiene and health and safety regulations. If you want to save some money, think about hiring students.
Good luck with your new venture.