There are several ways to open a coffee shop
You can buy a franchise or buy an existing business where you work as the franchisor. Buying a company just isn’t right for every person or business opportunity out there, though. For starters, franchises can cost thousands of dollars up front. Plus, there’s the risk of investing in something that may not succeed.
If you don’t have thousands to invest or you don’t want to take on the expense of a franchise business, opening a coffee shop on your own is an option. There are three basic choices for beginning a small business: Purchase a franchise, which means all the major decisions are made for you; purchase an existing small business, which will allow you to get a foot in the door; or starting from scratch. Each of these options has its pros and cons.
Here are some things to consider when choosing which method is right for you
Cost If you are working with a small business loan or credit line, opening your own coffee shop will almost always cost you money. The most obvious is paying for a business license. This will require monthly payments and deposits. Depending on the type of license you get, you may also have to pay for security system installation, security system monitoring, and additional licenses and certifications.
Licenses and certifications required by state governments include inspections and taxes. Some states require inspections for quality of product and operation and may ban the operation of coffee shops that don’t meet safety standards. If you aren’t opening an existing business, you won’t have to worry about these inspections, but it’s best to check into them before opening your business to make sure you can comply.
Space – One thing to keep in mind when opening mobile coffee shops is the amount of space you have to work with. It’s important to think about how many seats you will need to comfortably accommodate clients and customers as well as how you will layout the tables and counters and set up your equipment. You should measure the area where you will need to set up the seating as well to make sure you buy enough seating for your anticipated traffic. Also think about how you will store your inventory and how your equipment will fit into your parking area. You might also want to make sure you have adequate electrical outlets near your location so your mobile coffee shop equipment is ready when customers arrive. You may even want to rent some electrical outlets if your existing electricity source is limited.
There are a lot of things to consider when you’re getting ready to open your new coffee shop business. It can be stressful at times but the more prepared you are, the better off you’ll be. You will also find that opening this type of business can be very rewarding and enjoyable. You just need to remember to do everything the right way from day one.