You have finally decided to venture out – you are going to open a cafe in Sydney! As exciting as that may be, you still need to have every step carefully planned. Otherwise, your business will fail in a couple of months. So, don’t rush the plan and check out this guide.
1. Location really does matter
Before you start looking at specific places to rent, take a look at different areas of the town. Identify how many people walk through the area and how much parking space is available in the vicinity. You also need to make sure that the location you’re interested in is visible to people on the street and that sufficient amount of people walk by on a daily basis. Also, make sure there aren’t too many cafes in the neighborhood – you don’t need a lot of competition. Lastly, you should like the area you’re considering because you’ll be spending a lot of time there.
2. Do thorough research on the business
As you will be making a big investment, you better learn a lot about what it’s like to have your own cafe. To run this business successfully, try to get advice from those who have been doing it for a long time. Let them tell you what works in a cafe and what doesn’t. Get ideas and valuable lessons by visiting other cafes in the town. Identify what you like about them and what you would definitely do differently. Lastly, think about the customer base. Who are the majority of people who will be visiting it? It will largely affect the menu, the prices, the ambiance, etc.
3. Designing the layout
When it comes to the layout of your cafe, you will have to make a layout for both the front and the back area. It will affect the customer’s comfort but also the efficiency of the service. So, it’s important to make several steps when it comes to designing the layout.
First step – designing the front-of-house layout
The first thing to decide on is the atmosphere you want to create. Is your priority your customers’ privacy or want an open and friendly setting? If the majority of your customers will be business people working at your cafe or even hold meetings, it’s clear the layout must provide them tucked-in space and a lot of privacy. On the other hand, if you’re aiming at an airy setting that will also have an outside area, then you should also consider adding commercial shade structures Sydney companies have to offer to allow your customers to sit in the open.
When it comes to colors and the style of the furniture, be aware of the fact that they will also affect the customer’s impression of the cafe. Intimate setting demands darker colors while an inviting atmosphere is best created through light and bright colors. Depending on whether you’re going for a rustic style or a contemporary one, your furnishing will have to reflect it.
The back-of-the-house layout
When designing this part of the cafe, it’s necessary to consider the service as efficient as possible. It means thinking carefully about how orders will be taken, the type of stations, where the orders will be prepared and served. Lastly, you also need to designate space for storage and food equipment.
4. Write a business plan
This process will help you understand the market in your town and the amount of money you’ll have to invest. A good business plan will be your guide through different stages of development and management of the cafe. It needs to include the summary on what your cafe stands for, the analysis of the local market (customers and competitors), the staff (you and the additional help), marketing strategy, and, finally, the necessary budget and ways to get a hold of that amount of money.
5. Find the right suppliers
Make a list of products and items you’ll need for your cafe (beverages, dishes, napkins, etc.) and do research on the suppliers in the town. Don’t be lazy – make a thorough comparison of all of them in terms of prices, offer, and quality. In time, you’ll pinpoint the ones that suit your budget and your philosophy.
If you follow this guide, you will definitely create a stable foundation for a successful cafe. Invest yourself in it – after all, it’s your business.
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