Opening your own cafe is a dream many of us have, allowing us to work in our own community and talk to people every day who are friendly and kind. Being the owner of a cafe in your local community can be a powerful thing and will make you feel like a pillar in your local area.
Are you dreaming of being able to open your own cafe this year? Well, if you are, we have some great tips for you to consider and things to think about before you go ahead. Here is how you can open your dream cafe this fall.
Find the perfect building
The first thing you need to decide on when opening a cafe is the location. Choosing the right building for your food business is key to success because you need to strike a perfect balance between accessibility and scenery. For example, you don’t want to be in the middle of nowhere where no one ever walks past, but you also don’t want to be on a super crowded high street because this creates a less comfortable experience for your guests. Consider getting funding for your building from 1 Umbrella Funding and find a place that is close to the center of your town but also has a little space outdoors for you to create a seating area.
Create an outdoor seating area
Speaking of the outdoors – one thing every good cafe as is outdoor seating. In the spring and summer months, people want to be able to soak up the sun while they drink their coffee and enjoy a sandwich, and you can provide this for them with a lush outdoor area. One way to vamp up your outdoor seating area is to border it off with a low fence and also invest in fairy lights to surround the space on cold dark mornings and in the evenings in summer. You can also consider installing a few outdoor heaters and this will ensure that even in the fall and winter people will come to you.
Invest in great equipment
It is so important when opening any food business that you invest heavily in your equipment. This means getting top-of-the-range coffee machines as well as fridges and cooking equipment to ensure you can make the best quality food and drink for your guests. Once you have invested in the best this can last you for years to come so it really is worth doing.
Join forces with a delivery service
If you want to make the best possible impression in your local area as a new business, one thing you can do is join forces with a local delivery service and offer brunch and lunch delivered in your postcode. This will allow those who are working from home or hosting their friends to order some snacks or cakes for their homes and provides you with another stream of revenue to enjoy.
Use some of these ideas and tips to help grow your cafe this fall.