15 Steps To Starting A Juice Bar From Scratch
Are you ready to start your own juice business?
Are you needing to get clear on the tangible steps that are needed for you to successfully open your own juice bar?
Here we will share an overview of the things you need to do in order to open this business effectively.
STEP 1: Get Clear On Why You Want To Start A Juice Bar
This is SO IMPORTANT. If you are not clear on why you are considering opening this kind of business, then it will be very difficult to know what you are working towards.
The more clear you are on why you want to start a Juice Bar, the better
Do you just want to make money?
Do you want to help the world get healthier?
Do you want to build community?
Answer the above questions for yourself. This is for the sake of you knowing what you want to accomplish and then accomplishing it.
STEP 2: Get Clear On How You Will Position Yourself Within Your Business
Your business is an extension of you. Your personal success is the success of the business.
Make sure you find yourself in a role that you are gifted at and enjoy. This way you will be of the greatest service to your company and through that have a greater chance of success.
STEP 3: Create Your Business Plan
This is one of those steps that will be in tandem with many other steps. You will need to do a lot of research to fill everything in appropriately.
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STEP 4: Create Your Budget
Your budget will be either based on how much you have to spend. Or how much you plan to raise. Your Budget will be dynamic so make sure you update it constantly as you are spending money.
STEP 5: Figure Out Your Unique Brand Position
Why will your product and service be unique?
Think about this one deeply.
There are so many places people can go. Why will they come to you? Once you get clear on this, you will implement your brand strategy into ever aspect of your business.
STEP 6: Develop Your Menu
Create a menu that is not too large or too small. Be sure to launch your menu in stages. 6-7 Juices and 6-7 Smoothies. You can always add more. Having too much can be a detriment to your business in its launch phase.
You will need to cost your menu as you design the recipes. This means that you are assesing your costs for the recipes as you are creating them and going back and forth to make sure that your margins are correct.
CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, AN AMAZING MENU IS MORE THAn RECIPES THAT TASTE GREAT.
There are many practical elements that need to be taken into consideration for a business to function in a way that is production and operationally feasible.
A great Menu takes 3 major things into consideration an executes them well.
1. Consistency of output. - Your recipes need to come out to the desired measurement consistently. This will reduce waste and create consistency in taste.
2. Proper Inventory - Having the right ingredients, as well as the right number of items in your inventory will reduce spoilage, saves on labor and ultimately saves you money.
3. Great tasting and functional recipes. - It goes without saying that great juice and smoothie recipes not only have to be palatable but functional to the body.
STEP 7: Find Your Produce Vendors
Finding your vendors is also part of costing your menu out. You will need to know where you are going to source your dry and wet ingredients and what the costs are.
Do not find one vendor and stop there. You will need to have options. In the event that a specific vendor runs out, or does not have access to an ingredient, you will not be stuck looking for Vendors at that point. This happens all the time so you need to plan for it.
STEP 8: Find Your Location
There are a couple of questions to consider before negotiating the lease terms and signing a lease.
How much do you want to spend on rent each month?
How big do you want your location to be?
What businesses are in the area that you can cross promote with?
What is the ideal area?
Do you want your location to be a sit-down space?
STEP 9: Look For Equipment Vendors
Make a list and ask around if you are not clear on
exactly what you need. This step requires a lot of detail for a few reasons:
First, your equipment has to fit into your kitchen like a glove. NOTE ALL THE DIMENSIONS FOR EVERYTHING.
The NEXT REASON is for the Health Department. In most places that are in the U.S., we have a health code. Part of that Health Code is to have compliant equipment. This means the equipment either has to be ETL, NSF or UL listed. Check with your local department to get clear on what they need for your equipment specs.
Finally, most people over look this, but for the sake of electrical, your space may need a new panel based on the needs of your equipment. You will need to give the equipment specs to your contractor when the time comes to receive a quote.
STEP 10: Hire an Architect
Your architect should be familiar with the food industry and not just someone who has focused on building residential real estate. There are many nuances to food service architecture that will need to be taken into consideration. Your architect should also take care of gathering the proper permits from the city, as this will be a process to get the plans approved.
STEP 11: Hire A Contractor
Throughout the U.S., your contracting needs to have a GC License, (General Contracting) if he/she is legally allowed to service your project. Otherwise, this person will not be allowed to pull permits from the city to actively do the work needed on your location.
Also, be sure that this Licensed Contractor gives you an Itemized bid and not a broad blanket bid. This will help you avoid overspending in the future.
STEP 12: Create an Employee Manual
Your employee manual will have everything relevant to working for the company. Your manual should include Everything from Menu, to uniform policy, to how to report sexual harassment in the work place. Write down EVERYTHING!
STEP 13: Hire And Train Your Staff
Take time to train your staff. When you open your business, your customers first impression is extremely important. If your staff does not come across well trained and your operations are not efficient, it will not be likely that you will be given another chance to prove them otherwise.
STEP 14: Order Your Inventory
Make sure you have a place to store everything and you time it just right.
Most Dry Goods shouldn’t take more than a week to show up. Whenever your contractors are almost complete with your buildout and you have the space to put things away nicely, you can order your dry goods.
You will order your wet goods (produce, things with a shorter shelf life) once you are just a day away from opening. Your vendors should have a 1 day turn around.
STEP 15: Open Your Business
Now the fun begins!
Naturally, there are many details inside of the many steps that have been offered and this article is a broad overview.
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