Setting up a restaurant on a budget

Monday 28th July 2014

Owning a restaurant can be a very challenging yet rewarding enterprise. Whether it’s because you like food, like cooking food or just want to contribute in someway to peoples’ evenings, running a successful catering enterprise requires dedication and determination. Most of, however, it requires being able to equip yourself to attend to the hunger of the masses. Such equipment needs money. But what do you do for restaurant catering equipment if money is something in very short supply? Does that mean the dream is over?

Where there is a will, there’s a way.

What you need to do, essentially, is adopt a very budget-conscious frame of mind when you approach the issue of restaurant equipment. You must squeeze every penny, and make sure you get as much as possible out of it. The essentials are a building to house your restaurant, staff to keep it running, and the administrative expenses. You must also stock the best ingredients you can buy without blowing your account.

Depending on the size and scope of your establishment, this can be done very easily. What’s left you can dedicate towards buying restaurant catering equipment.

Ideally you want to ensure that you’re capable of getting as much out of your appliances while at the same time spending as little as possible. By no means underfund your appliances -- if it’s a choice between something that’s cheap but awful, or expensive yet reliable, always go for reliability. Such a trait pays for itself in the long run. Likewise if your restaurant catering equipment is awful, it will reflect in your cooking, which will destroy your business when it’s most vulnerable. But always get as many pounds off where you can.

Towards this end, hunt around for the best deals. Never feel as though you must buy all your things from one supplier. If you find one that sells cookers at great deals, yet another supplier offers a far better one for dishwashers, feel free to split your purchases between them. When you are buying equipment or supplies en-masse, such as cutlery or glasses, always buy in bulk. This is far more cost-effective. The same applies if you’re buying multiple items from the same source -- purchasing them all at once frequently allows you to gain a small discount in shipping. When shopping on a budget, every penny counts.

Restaurant catering equipment that can accomplish a number of tasks at once should always be considered before things that serve only one function. For example if you can find an appliance that can wash, rinse, dry and stack your plates all on one surface, consider it over an appliance that can only do one of those things. You’ll save more over all, and this allows you to allocate more funds to more expensive yet essential restaurant catering equipment. Speak to a reputable catering equipment supplier such as Advantage Catering here. 

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