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3 Things to Consider When Opening a Bar or Restaurant

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Becoming an entrepreneur is something that millions of people in the USA do or dream of doing every single day. The business opportunities out there are endless, but some of the most ambitious and popular businesses to start are bars and restaurants. Your city is likely full of hundreds of different establishments for people of all different tastes.

These businesses can prove very fruitful for their operators, but can also be a headache to   open, manage and run. In an effort to help anyone of you looking to open a bar or restaurant, we have decided to take a look at a few things you should consider.

Hire Intelligently

The business you own and run is only as good as the staff that you hire and employ. While it might be tempting to hire a lot of friends or family members, that is not often a good idea. Doing so can often change the relationship you have with them and could potentially put a strain on it.

Instead, you need to be sure to hire the best and most qualified individuals possible. Servers, bartenders, hosts and other hires should not only be trustworthy, but they should have impeccable customer service skills. If your service is bad, your business is unlikely to succeed.

Make Sure All the Legal Details are Taken Care Of

While some businesses don’t require a lot of legal leg work to start up, that isn’t the case with starting your own bar or restaurant. There are a variety of different legal considerations that need to be thought about when starting a bar or restaurant. These include getting a liquor license, finding space, signing leases, getting permits and more.

In particular, those who sell alcohol at their establishments need to ensure that they not only have the right permits, but are only serving those of a legal age. Checking IDs is great, so to make sure you learn how to easily spot a fake and protect yourself and your business, take a some time to go through a fake ID checking guide .

Know Your Competition and Offer Something Unique/Better

Wherever you are planning to open your establishment, there is a good chance that the area is likely full of restaurants of different kinds. The last thing you want to be is just another restaurant in a busy area. In order to stick out among the crowd, you need to offer something unique in terms of decoration, “vibe” or menu, or simply do it better than other options.

A good way to find out how to do this is by paying visits to the competitors in your local area. While you obviously shouldn’t let them know you are planning to be a competitor, you should be vigilant and see what they do right and what they do wrong. This information can help you in a number of ways to ensure your business has a good chance at becoming successful.

In conclusion, starting up a bar or restaurant can be a very rewarding thing, but it can also come with its fair share of difficulties. By ensuring you consider everything included in this article, you will be well on your way to a successful launch and will be well-equipped to run a good business. Of course, these tips don’t guarantee success, but they are things you definitely need to think about.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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