Opening a coffee shop in your local area is a dream come true for many entrepreneurs. Just imagine – residents of your local town stopping in on their way to work for a cup of java and their favorite pastry, chatting with the other patrons and starting their day off in a friendly environment. You can make it happen for them while fulfilling your own goals of opening your own coffee hangout.
More than 50% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every single day; sometimes even two or three cups. If they know they’ll get a quality cup of java from your shop, you can be the one to brighten their day with their favorite caffeine fix! Make no mistake; owning your own business is tough and there is a lot of hard work involved. Here are some things you’ll need before you open your doors:
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Equipment And Supplies
You can’t make a good cup of coffee or espresso without quality machines and equipment. Coffee makers, an espresso grinder, espresso machine, display cases for all of your baked goodies, dishes, cutlery, and napkins are just a few things you’ll need to start off with. This will probably be your biggest cash outlay, but when you invest in quality equipment, your customers will notice and that is what will keep them coming back day after day. Other supplies and equipment include:
- Tables and chairs
- Window treatments
- Décor and signs
- Supplies for washrooms (tissue paper, soap, etc.)
If you’re going to be baking and cooking as well, you’ll need a small kitchen to cook in. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or fancy, but should be functional enough so that you can whip up a batch of tasty baked goods. There’s nothing like a freshly baked pastry to go with your morning java! If it’s not possible to bake everything yourself, consider purchasing freshly baked items each morning from your local baker or grocery store.
Budget And Marketing Strategy
Setting up a budget is one of the most important aspects of a successful business. You need to know how much cash flow you have at all times, and how much operating costs are going to be. Don’t forget to budget for a marketing strategy. What good is having fresh coffee and donuts waiting if customers don’t know you exist? Devise both an online and offline marketing budget so you get the most bang for your buck. When you’re setting your budget, don’t forget to include costs for staff, if you are going to hire employees.
Planning is key when opening any business, but particularly so in a coffee shop business. Who are your ideal customers? What are your menu items going to be? Are you going to offer fair trade coffee? Where do you see your business in 5 years? To help answer these questions, devise a complete business plan so you know exactly where you are and where you’re going. A business plan is imperative if you need to ask for startup capital from a lending institution.
Running a local coffee shop is incredibly challenging but also very rewarding. It sets you up as a valuable member of the community and you’ll get to know many different residents as a result. People will come to respect you not only as a business owner but as a person and you’re sure to make plenty of new friends along the way.
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