COFFEE Shop Business - Following Your dream
The world has not shown any indication of running out of
coffee addicts or dreamers who hope to fuel people's
collective addiction through their own coffee shops. But
what does it really take to put up your own coffee shop?
Of course, the first requirement for a potential coffee
shop owner is to have the passion for coffee. Sure, any
top graduate from a business school who has more passion
for business than coffee can put up a coffee shop, but
often the personal touch of a coffee fanatic that can
spell the difference among customers.
It is important to remember, however, that a coffee shop
business does not run on passion alone. It seems that a
perfect shop owner is one who is both passionate over
coffee and has natural business acumen at the same time.
important consideration before getting into the coffee
business is to have a concrete business plan. A plan
will help you clarify to yourself and to your financial
backer why you want to have your own shop and where you
want to go.
Your plan will also help identify your possible market
and their needs. A good business plan should spare no
details. This is because it is the business plan in the
first place that could help you secure financial aid. If
you can't convince the bank why you need a loan and how
you are going
to pay for it, your coffee shop business will be doomed
from the very beginning.
When you have settled the preliminary business details,
you need to shift from business concerns to functional
aesthetic considerations. What are you going to do with
all that money when you have no idea what a coffee shop
should look like? A coffee shop can't just be any place
or any room.
It would help if you had an architect who has some experience with
coffee shops. Without such an expert on your side, you
may have to study and think up the physical placement of
your furniture and equipment yourself. You should
consider such things as counter placement, dimensions
and space allotment for your equipment. It may help to
do some research and to observe actual coffee shop
The next step after securing the financial and physical
aspect of your coffee shop business is to intensify your
coffee fanaticism. It's not enough to train hired help
to be your crew. You need to get yourself elbow deep
into the details of everything about coffee.
As a coffee shop owner, you shouldn't just love the
taste of coffee; you should also be an expert in coffee
beans, coffee mixtures and novelty coffee products. If
you want to be the big boss, you have to know better
than your people and your competition.
Well, it's not that easy, but no business, no earnest
passion really is. If you're a coffee lover and you want
your own coffee shop, make sure to be prepared so that
you will be up to the challenge.
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