Have you always dreamed of opening your own pizza shop? Well, it may be easier than you think to get started in your dream business. Although expensive, one way to do so would be to purchase a franchise chain. While you would be limited in designing your own menu and colors, you would have well-known and public recognition.
One of the benefits of choosing a franchise would be that your new business would have national name recognition, national ad campaigns, and business support from the owner. A con to this scenario is that you would need to have thousands of dollars to buy into the chain.
Most people have a little money to add to get started and would more than likely have to obtain a small business loan, but you would have complete control over the entire business, including menus, policies, d?cor, staff, and what products you would sell. Although, your investment would be extensive, this type of start up may be the only option you have.
There are a few things you will need to know and do or consider before getting started, they are:
1. City and local ordinances - you will need to learn what rules or laws govern the operation of a restaurant in your area. City Hall is the best place to start for this part since they will most likely have materials readily available of all the local ordinances. You will also have to pass an inspection from the health department; you will want to know ahead of time what is expected of you, your business, and employees.
2. Location - The success of your business depends largely on the location of your business. The ideal location would have a large amount of foot traffic. Another location advantage would be to have a Main Street location. Of course, a location that is close to colleges, military offices, or other large business, would be a huge advantage. Again, the amount you want to invest will come into play here as well, because one of these ideal locations would come at a higher rental or lease, but definitely worth the investment.
3. Menu - Here you will have several decisions to make. Who will be cooking? You or your employees? If employees, they will need to know how to prepare what is on the menu. It is better to start out small and add to it.
4. Suppliers - and,
5. Advertising - Spread the word.