Lessons Learned From the Cafe
These last couple of weeks have been so fun. The café is really getting a name for itself. We have tons of 5 star reviews from customers and critics. Yippee. And this is the fun part of business building for me, where we launch first (jump into the deep end), and then get our bearings and begin fine tuning.
GETTING THE COSTS DOWN – When we first opened, buying supplies/ingrediants in mass quantities from suppliers had big minimums way too big of minimums for us, and we did not know enough about our customers interests yet to anticipate purchasing quantities (nothing worse then buying a 30 piece case of cauliflower and then discovering nobody likes cauliflower). Now we have stats and reports and we were able to go the bigger suppliers and start honing in our purchasing and costs. Fantastic!!! We have a plan now that is projected to save nearly 100% over what we were paying in food/supplies before.
This reminds me of the cleaning businesses that I work with. Lots of times business owners are so busy building their business that they never get around to going back and reviewing their supplies list, their suppliers, and their costs. It’s worth doing because I have seen it save a company thousands. For example, a $150,000/year owner shaved off 2.5% being excessively spent on supplies and that equals $3750 more a year in his pocket!! Is it time to take a peek at your supplies?
NEXT WEEK AT THE CAFE: We got reviewed recently by a Foodie from the “Thrillist” which I guess is a group interested in following “what’s in”, and we have got a ton of customers, and feedback that we have to be on Twitter. So, next week – the cafe gets on Twitter, and I’ll let you know what happens.
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