Here are some tips to keep in mind if you plan on starting a cafe.
SBS Small Business Secrets
13 Nov 2016 - 5:05 PM 

If you've had your cafe dream percolating for a while, how do you make it a reality?

Here are a few tips and insights:

1. Make a business plan.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • How much money do you have?
  • How much money do you need?
  • What are your cafe's strengths and weaknesses?
  • What sets you apart from your competitors?
  • Where will your cafe be located?

The federal government offers many free business templates here.

2. Register your business name

  • You can lodge your business name with ASIC here.
  • Register for an ABN here.

3. Location, location

Find the best location that suits your business plan

  • Do you want to own an existing cafe?
  • If not, are you prepared to go through building and planning approval?

4. The tools of the trade

The only essential piece of equipment to a cafe is a good coffee machine and a fridge to stock your goods. The rest depends on whether you want a large food menu, and if you want seating.  

  • Outdoor seating requires council approval.
  • Liquor licenses cost around $700, and regulations vary from state to state.

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