Cafes are very, very common.
They’re one of the most straightforward startups one can attempt, though that doesn’t make them easy to run by any stretch of the imagination. A poorly designed cafe can suck the life out of it’s owner and their wallet quicker than you might believe possible, but it happens time and time again.
Setting up an interesting and unique cafe is a good way to give yourself the best possible chance to make a profit and succeed in the cafe game. Creating an attractive entrance to your cafe is the first important step. Check companies in your area, that supply quality and lasting pavements.
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Visit Other Cafes
This is a very important early step to undertake.
Go for a drive or a walk around your area, find cafes (both successful and not so much) and visit them. Drink their coffee, taste their food, look at how they are designed and how their staff work. Based on how busy that cafe is, you can get a good idea about whether or not their business model is working, and if it is working you can get some ideas about how to run your cafe.
Figure Yourself Out
Sit down and think about what you want from your cafe, figure out what you want to do with it before you start planning or getting permits to build. Do you want to build up business for a year or two and then sell it, or are you looking for a longer-term investment? What kind of things do you want your cafe to sell, what kind of coffee, what kind of food?
Figure Your Customers Out
Once you know what you want, you need to have your customers worked out too.
Look at the area around you, is your main business going to come from a local primary school, wherein you’d need lots of quick takeaway snacks for teachers on lunch breaks, or are you more zoned in on a retirement home nearby that will demand large meals to eat for hours on end? Figuring out your customer base is a good way to prepare what you will need and avoid wastage.
Prepare for the Best
Get your cafe ready to succeed.
Don’t start off with the idea of cutting corners and saving every dollar possible, you have to spend money to make money, and cafes are no different to any other business in that regard. Spend like you know you’re going to do well, buy the highest quality bread and coffee beans, get a good quality espresso machine, hire a barista who knows what they’re doing. These are all steps that will cost more money, but will earn you more customers and more loyalty from those customers.
While you were learning from your neighboring cafes earlier, you shouldn’t have been copying them. Take what has worked for your competition and improve on it, or change it up. Offer the customers in your area, your future customers, something different to work with. If you’re exactly the same, they’ll go with what they’re familiar with, and you’ll be stuck with an empty cafe.
Use lots of greenery
Plants instantly make any place inviting and fresh. Even if you have limited budget on design, plants are quite easy to afford and the effect they make is worth any investment. They are able to convert even the most boring place into charming and cozy nest.
Use bold colors and unusual color combinations
While it is advisable to pick neutrals for residential spaces, in commercial design you can afford to pick the most unusual and bold color combinations. People do not stay long in cafes – not enough to get bored or irritated, unusual color palette will make your place memorable. However you need to choose colors that are pleasant to eye and harmonious, otherwise it might have quite opposite effect.
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