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Start a Coffee Shop That Makes Money

Aug 29, 2008
Many individuals that have thought about being able to start a coffee shop have stopped in their tracks. With recent news about the big coffee chain Starbucks closing down hundreds of stores around the country, people worry that it may not be the right type of business to get involved in. However, there is still quite a demand for great coffee drinks so you may not want to give up on your idea just yet.

It is true that there is quite a bit of competition in the world of coffee shops. Before you start a coffee shop you have to do some exploring about what the need for another one is. If you have too many of them in a close proximity there is a good chance many of them will be closing down in the near future. Find a location where you can expect plenty of foot traffic. At the same time, you want to try to find a place where there aren't other coffee shops just down the street from you.

When you start a coffee shop, you must have a location where people will find it convenient to come in. Most people are just too busy to travel very far out of their way for it. They want to use their time wisely. They also don't want to spend more on gas to get there with the high prices everyone is concerned about these days. Your prices need to be acceptable based on what they will get. So evaluating where your profit margin is will be important.

What types of products will you sell at your coffee shop? The menu selection is important as people have grown accustomed to having more than just your basic cup of coffee. A variety of hot and cold drinks is important to cover the wide basis of consumers you want to attract. Make sure you have some that are sugar free and fat free for those that don't want to give up their coffee but don't want all of the extras with it either.

When you start a coffee shop, you have to make sure all of the drinks you offer are delicious. This means you must be using quality ingredients in every single one of them. Even the water you use to mix them has to be good tasting for the finished product to be worthy of serving. You also need consistency because your customers want to know they will get the same great taste every time they come in for a drink.

Before you start a coffee shop, evaluate what you are getting yourself into. There is plenty that has to be done in the background so that a person can place an order and walk away happy with their purchase. Learning all of the aspects of a coffee shop from the inside out is essential. If you have never worked in one you may discover you have overlooked very important aspects of the business.
About the Author
Karyn Lewis is passionate about great coffee. If you are thinking of buying a coffee shop, and avoiding the common mistakes new owners make, you can read more at her recommended at her coffee business website.
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