Deciding to have your own business is a risk. Sometimes, things will go south and you cannot do anything about. These kinds of tale usually dissuade would-be business owners from setting up their food business.
As horrible as it may sound, there are ways to minimize mistakes and that is by knowing to avoid these pitfalls and knowing how you can turn things around.
- Incomplete papers
Businesses running on illegal papers will surely seize to exist sooner or later. It is a fact that processing papers can be a pain but you have to go through it. Be sure that you have all the necessary papers with you even before the opening of your establishment. If you are on the process of opening up your restaurant, be sure to know how to take things along, so you will know what types of permits you should apply for and what are the requirements you need to accomplish.
- No operating procedures
Having a standard operating procedures will guide all staff on how to operate while inside your restaurant. It also dictates the process of how things should be done. It is imperative to create one even before your opening since you will be need this to orient your staff and in the long run new employees that will be joining the team.
- No menu concepts
Serving general menu to customers would be the death of your business. Uniqueness is something that many customers look for in a business, and this includes restaurants. Special menu or dish gives you an edge over other restaurants. So invest on an excellent chef and cook staff. It might be costly at the beginning but you will see the return of investment once you see the customers flocking at your place because you are serving good food.
- Poor location
Hidden locations can also destroy your business. You need extra effort to market your place since it is hidden from public view. Unless your branding is more exclusivity, you need to find a place that is easily accessible to the public and can provide parking for customers with vehicles.
- Poorly-trained staff
The internet always feast on bad customer service. Be sure to train your staff properly, especially those who have client-facing functions. Remember that they are the forefront of your business and the way they act can be a representation of your business. They should undergo rigid training before they are given a job. Employees performing poorly should undergo a re-training and reorientation.