We can help. In fact, we’ve been helping local cafes & espresso bars in Newcastle, Central Coast, Hunter Valley & beyond to get started for the last 15 years.
If you’re just starting out, here is a checklist to help keep you on track:
Work out what it is that you want out of a Cafe business: financially & personally.
Study other businesses: Cafes / restaurants / other. Get hands-on experience.
Write your business plan. Read here for our tips on putting this together.
See an accountant to help with setting up business structure / financing / accounting system.
Register for an ABN & business name with ASIC (asic.gov.au).
Start researching the real estate market.
Contact a lawyer that specialises in retail leases before you start negotiating.
Study the site: foot traffic at different times of the day/week, competition, demographic.
Call local council about any specifics on: outdoor seating, signage, meeting the food code.
Contact interior designers / shopfitters.
Submit DA with local council (if required) & apply for outdoor seating permit.
Apply for a trade permit with the local water authority • Source major equipment.
Contact a coffee roaster (we know somebody….;).
Contact suppliers for pastries / groceries / cleaning / etc.
Contact providers for: Electricity / Phone / EFTPOS.
Advertise & conduct interviews for staff (guide here: fairwork.gov.au).
Notify the Food Authority (foodnotify.nsw.gov.au).
Complete Food Safety Supervisor (FSS) training.
Contact coffee supplier to arrange staff training.
Setup social network accounts.
Develop product recipes & write out processes.