Running your own food business can be a great way to make profit and also grant you purpose, especially if life has left you with little to do. It might be that you have some real culinary talent, and a simple yet effective operation to sell your goods might be the thing that can renew you with purpose, and bring you closer to the community. It might also help buffer your retirement fund – and who can argue with that?
However, running your own food business, no matter how simple, does not become effective immediately. Whether you’re running a simple business selling sandwiches in a rented cafe space, or you want to open your own street food truck, you will need to adapt to a certain list of important efforts in order to offer the best service, be successful, and most importantly stay within the legal operational processes required of you.
Consider the following tips:
You must keep your business premises in impeccable condition. To do otherwise will, unfortunately, sour its reputation, the quality of the food in which you serve, and can stop you from functioning as a legal business. To take care of your hygiene, you immediately need to set up a cleaning rota. This should be followed as if its a religious document. If you’re lucky enough to hire staff, ensure that they conduct their cleaning jobs appropriately.
This means conducting staff training to clean the cooking equipment well, to wash all dishes effectively or to place them in the washing cycle well, to sweep the floors and sweep behind equipment. Cleaning out refrigerators and work surfaces is essential.
However, this shouldn’t only be the job of your staff. You might consider hiring a specialist service to clean your dining room from top to bottom each night, or deeply one each week. You might select a service such as ABC Pest Control to take care of rats or other pests, and stop them from becoming a problem. This is not an option. Food hygiene laws stipulate that you do everything in your effort to prevent problems like this. An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure, and you’ll likely learn this the hard way if your entire business must be fumigated in order to continue its operation.
Keeping a spotless ship is essential to secure that service you want to be known for. People often remember you for your food, but even if you’re serving three Michelin star quality, a dirty floor, dirty cutlery or deep dust on a windowsill will be the only thing a guest notices. Do not allow yourself to be caught out here, and always maintain high standards. This means that when the governing food authority comes to check your operation, you will continually be granted a permit to continue your operation.
Your food hygiene competence is also essential to get right. It’s very important for all staff working with food to have the correct qualifications for your country. Usually, you can complete these relevant qualifications online, and have the certificate sent to you. It might take half a day to do, but educating yourself in this respect is not only legally required but can help you prevent any operational mistakes from taking place in the future.
These qualifications will ensure you know that food is stored at the correct temperature for both refrigeration and freezing. It will tell you how long you can keep food out for, and when you must throw them away. It will teach you the importance of stock rotation, and identifying food that is off or otherwise spoiled. It can help you learn cooking techniques, such as the temperature at which chicken must be cooked at before sale. Many different countries have similar requirements for this, but they might differ by a factor of degrees, so it’s important to know what requirement you should fulfill and how to guarantee that every time.
Food hygiene will also mean separating raw and cooked meats, ensuring food is kept well wrapped and labelled, and that you’re never too interested in saving money to neglect throwing something spoiled out. Hygiene is essential in the kitchen. One person you make sick can destroy your reputation, and potentially open you up for lawsuits. Consider this to be the absolute standard you must keep yourself to, and no matter how young the staff are that you bring in, ensure they have a working and competent knowledge, and only those of age handle food.
Simple, Easy, Authentic
When it comes to creating a profitable business, you will need to offer something that cannot be easily replicated at home. This means offering fresh, organic, good food with a touch of love. Your recipes must be authentic, and relatively easy to piece together from many different batch ingredients, or prepared goods.
Consider the style of your restaurant and keep it all around a cohesive theme. For example, if you’re a British cafe, you might serve light sandwiches, simple and easy breakfasts, all using top tier ingredients and sold with love. It might be that you only do one foodstuff, but do it effectively. For example, if your family is from a specific culture, you might have personal recipes that are sacred to your family. While not make money from that special way your Mexican grandmother made tacos? To be known for something is to do one thing very very well, and to keep that standard up throughout your offering.
People want honest, good food they can enjoy. If you’re not running a restaurant, you can make this as light or heavy as you like. Just be sure that the price is attractive, that you know your unit per sale profit, that you understand your audience and the volumes of sale so that you can prepare enough materials to quickly construct many when you have plenty of orders on, around the rush times of lunchtime and dinner.
Investing In Equipment
To run a solid food business, you will need to buy good equipment. This might mean purchasing a high-end coffee machine to help your baristas create beautiful combinations of coffee – one of the main profit generators of your firm. Get the basics right with the correct items, and you can not only increase the quality of your offering but decrease the time it takes to make them.
This isn’t to say you should install the best oven or the most refined merrychef. However, you might do well with a professional grill, a powerful ventilation system for your kitchen, installing some beautiful and sizeable worktops or excellent cooking utensils. Investing in equipment is the first step to outfitting your kitchen in a manner that makes you excited to work every day, and helps your staff stay motivated to keep standards up. Even small investments like personal chef whites for the main cook of the kitchen, or investing in rubber steel-toe-capped shoes to help long shifts stood all day more comfortable and manageable.
You absolutely need to promote the goods you hope to create. You need to engage with a positive social media presence online, allowing people to find you as a gem in the community. You also need to consider your curb appeal. Maybe printing a custom sign and placing it front and centre of your business will allow people to find you and contact you based on the information you offer.
Promote your business. Become a part of the community. With all of that together you will find people will support you, and in the end your business will thrive.
With these tips, we hope that running your own food business will be nothing but successful.