How To: Start A Cafe

Here are some tips to keep in mind if you plan on starting a cafe.

How do you start up your own cafe?

How do you start up your own cafe? Source: Supplied

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.

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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 .

Zarraffa's Coffee has a drive thru as their point of difference.
Zarraffa's Coffee has a drive thru as their point of difference. Source: Supplied


2. Register your business name

  • You can lodge your business name with ASIC .
  • Register for an ABN .
You can register your business name online.
You can register your business name online. Source: Supplied


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?
The Grounds of Alexandria transformed an old parking lot into a garden cafe.
The Grounds of Alexandria transformed an old parking lot into a garden cafe. Source: Supplied


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.
A good coffee machine can take you far.
A good coffee machine can take you far. Source: Supplied


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Published 13 November 2016 at 5:05pm
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