Café Business, What to Start With?

If you want to start a café or a coffee shop, you need to know the basics of starting and operating a restaurant as a guide. You need to have a checklist of the items, equipment, and other things you need to fulfill before you start the café. For instance, things like a Сangshan knife set, spoons, cups, plates, serving equipment, and such should be top of your priority. 

Starting and operating a café is not a walk in the park. It is equally not a difficult thing if one has done the research and knows exactly what is required of them. So, what are some of the things you need to start with when opening your café? Where should it be located? What kind of clients are you targeting? These are important questions that you should ask yourself before you start the business. Let us discuss some of the things you should have in mind when starting a café.

Here are things to know before you start a café:

1. Find the right location

The location of your café will make all the difference. The location determines the kind of people who will visit it, the amount of money they can spend and so on. When considering the location of your café, have the following in mind:

  • It should have high foot traffic.
  • Should be in a central location where there are other businesses.
  • Should be affordable for you. 
  • Consider the required utilities such as plumbing and electricals to support the business.

2. Obtain permits and license

This is a very important thing you should consider for the success of the café. Suitable licenses and permits will make running the café a smooth affair. Ask the authorities about the kind of licenses that you need to have for you to run the café. Permits and licenses will always attract fees. So, be ready to make payments for them.

3. Setting up a supply chain

Your café will need supplies over time. You probably want to brew your coffee. Where will you get the best quality coffee beans? What varieties of coffee do you want to offer? What kind of foods will you serve? Where will you source the foodstuff? What about the equipment needed to make some of the foods? Where will you source it? Do you consider leasing some of the equipment? All these are pertinent issues to think about.

4. Consider buying high-quality equipment

The equipment needed to run a successful café can be expensive and sometimes hard to find. Consider this factor early enough to buy the most important of this equipment before you start your café. You will need equipment such as drip coffeemakers, refrigerators and freezers, food service pumps and containers, toasters, ovens, microwave ovens, industrial blenders, and so on. All these items will make it easy and profitable for you to run the café.

It may be quite expensive to obtain the above equipment. If you are short of money, you can consider buying second-hand items and equipment. Some websites and stores sell used equipment. This could be the best way to obtain high-quality equipment affordably.

In conclusion, remember that the management of the café business and the quality of staff that runs your business will also contribute to its success. Therefore, ensure that all the above factors work in tandem with your staff to bring out the best results and superb services to your clients.

Dragan Sutevski

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Dragan Sutevski is a founder and CEO of Sutevski Consulting, creating business excellence through innovative thinking. Get more from Dragan on Twitter. Contact Dragan