How to Start a Successful Food Service

chester the cheetahWhen you’re thinking about starting your own food service business, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. There are seemingly endless equipment choices, food options, and expenses to consider when starting a food service business. But starting a profitable food service venture doesn’t have to be complicated. If you’re ready to take the first step in business planning, jumpstart your food service business by answering these 5 questions.

5 Questions to Kickstart Your Food Service

  1. What kind of business do you want? A thriving family restaurant? An upscale bar with a simple menu? A food truck in a metropolitan city? The first step in starting a successful food service is to know your goal and plan the ideal location.
  2. What will you serve? Do you know who your target audience will be? Next it’s time to determine what your meals will look like. Is food a supplement to another service, or the main attraction of your venue? Will you serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and everything in between? Are you planning to change your menu seasonally, or serve a handful of “house specials” all day, ever day?
  3. What’s your budget? Your initial budget will determine what equipment you buy for the kitchen, how many staff members you can pay, and how big your menu can be. We advise that you start with a modest price point and a basic menu. You can always expand when your business starts earning steady profits.
  4. How much space do you have? Most food services start small and expand. Instead of starting with a full kitchen, stock your kitchen with a versatile ventless fryer. When you equip your kitchen with a Quik n’ Crispy you’re ensuring limited insurance costs, fewer staff in the kitchen, and a wide range of menu possibilities without extra equipment.
  5. How do you get up to code? Before your food service can take off, you’ll need to check in with the local health department. Get all necessary permits and make sure you’re up to code well before opening day. The last thing you need is to push back your grand opening because of health regulation issues.

Want to learn more about starting a successful food service? Call QNC, Inc for industry tips, menu options, and information on our ventless fryers.

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