Started a restaurant on a budget and fearing you might not be able to save?
Then you are at the right place, my friend!
Starting a new business is scary, let alone a new restaurant. And it’s natural to think that you cannot save much while running it.
But it’s a huge myth.
Saving while running a restaurant is indeed possible if you plan and execute properly!
So, today I will talk about 5 ways how you can save a significant sum of money while running your own restaurant.
1. Keep Track of Your Sales
Most business owners think it’s great to order raw materials in bulk from the wholesale food suppliers, as then they can bag a heavy discount.
But did you know, out of everything that is ordered, 40% of it is wasted in the supply chain… and who is to blame except the foodservice industry?
Moreover, if you sell a variety of items, buying from a single vendor might not be the smartest choice. So, keeping a note of different vendors you can buy from and buying mindfully can save you a lot more money than you think.
2. Save Energy
This is one of the simplest hacks to save money yet most restaurant owners fail to do it.
Not switching the lights off, machines running constantly, air conditions left unattended for hours and so many other careless activities often lead to unnecessary expenses.
Not to mention, electricity rates are at an all-time high. So, if you haven’t taken care of this already, now is the time. Make note of the places where the energy is getting wasted in your restaurant and take measures to control it. You will be surprised to see how much you are able to save by the end of the month.
3. Communicate with Your Employees
The people who work for you are not just your employees, they are the wheels of your organization. Now just wonder, if the wheels don’t know how to run the restaurant? It will be a blunder.
To overcome this, address all the concerns and doubts of your employees. Provide them with proper training and make sure they are aware of all the restaurant practices. It sure is going to take time but will prove worthy in the long run.
4. Install Energy-efficient Equipments
Running a restaurant means you have to be quick with your service. This also means the kitchen is going to run constantly.
If you have old, traditional, machines for different kinds of orders, you are spending money at the wrong places. Replace those appliances with energy-saving and dual-functioning types of equipment. It may appear expensive but if you think of the value it is going to add in the due course, it will seem more like an investment.
5. Update Your Menu
In a functional restaurant, there are dishes that are almost sold out every day and then there are dishes that fail that don’t make it to even one table.
If you are continuously purchasing the items for the latter in bulk, then it is a problem. Update your menu every 3 months, notice which items are making the best and worst sales, then trim down your menu to boost sales.
But if that’s not possible, change the supply quantity of the least selling items. You will not only save money but also the food that could have fed some other people.
Bonus: Take Care of Your Bills
Always, always stay ahead of your bills. Most restaurant owners fail to understand the importance of clearing their loans, expenses, rents, and bills on time. It saves you from paying high interest. Pay your employees’ salaries, give the money to the suppliers, pay your taxes on time.
Whenever you have generated enough revenue, steer clear of loans and debts first. The market is filled with people who went into huge debt after their restaurant failed. Sure you don’t want that, do you?
Paying out your bills also maintains a healthy credible relationship with your creditors. So, in times of crisis, you wouldn’t have to wander door-to-door.
Over to You…
So many restaurants open doors every day in the market, but only a few of them survive. Why? Because most fail to keep track of their finances. But now that you are well aware of these 5 ways, you can definitely save more money than others.
So, are you ready to give your restaurant a new life?