Startup restaurant business. Will A La Carte Training work for me?

Yes.  Without help, it’s easy to make many mistakes that cost you a lot of money and wasted time.  But with A La Carte Training you have a proven ‘recipe for success’.  With a recipe, you’re much more likely to create something perfect first go.  But without one, you may end up with disappointing results.  In short, we will help you start up your business using our ‘recipe for success’ 4 ingredients: Business, Marketing, Operations, and Ideas.

So, why not check out our face-to-face Workshops and easy-to-use eGuides…and don’t forget to subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter.

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Restaurant management courses. I have been in the food business for a number of years. Will A La Carte Training work for me?

Yes, for owners like you who have been in business for a while, we can give you marketing ideas, eg how to find a new target market or some new ‘cooking for cash’ ideas, together with lots of restaurant business tips to help you grow your business.

So, why not check out our face-to-face Workshops and easy-to-use eGuides…and don’t forget to subscribe to our ‘free’ Recipe for Success’ Newsletter.

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What restaurant courses do A La Carte Training offer?

A La Carte Training offers lots of information so that you know exactly what to do to start up or grow your restaurant, cafe, coffee shop, catering…and other food businesses.

Our Workshops and eGuides cover areas such as legal aspects, business plan, food hygiene & food safety, marketing, customer service, menu planning, food purchasing, staff management, finance management, waitstaff management, function management, buffet management, cooking for cash – ideas, wine knowledge, and wedding knowledge.

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Nothing happens unless you make it happen!

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Is the investment payment tax deductible?

We recommend you speak with your accountant, however, if you are using the knowledge you’ll gain to startup or grow your business, then most likely, the answer will be yes.

What if I have any other questions?

Just email us and you’ll hear back within two working days.

What are some of the challenges of running a food business?

A restaurant, cafe or coffee shop can sometimes be a very chaotic environment and as an owner/manager, you will need to be prepared to deal with customers in both good and bad moods.  Food business owners/managers usually work long hours including evenings and weekends and may also do shift work.  They are usually the first person to arrive and the last to leave.  You need to take this into consideration if you have a family, young children or other commitments outside of work.

Do I need any licences, permits or qualifications to run a food business?

Before starting your food business, you need to check the relevant business licensing authority in your state and see if you are required to obtain any permits and/or licences prior to setting up your business.  Some of the licensing and registrations to consider include operating a food service business, serving alcohol to customers, food safety, and outdoor dining.  Read more: 1) www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articles.  2) Subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter. 3) For a very low investment, why not purchase a copy of ‘How to Keep Within the Law’ eGuide.

Do I need insurance?

Before opening your food business, make sure you have adequate insurance coverage in place for damage to your facilities, employees and customers.  Things may happen unexpectedly while on the job and you need to be in a position where you are sufficiently covered for any accidents or claims against you and your business.  It is best to discuss your needs with a leading business insurance provider to ensure you have adequate cover in place. Read more: 1) www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articles.  2) Subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter. 3) For a very low investment, why not purchase a copy of ‘How to Keep Within the Law’ eGuide.

What about employing people to work in restaurant business?

If you plan on employing staff for your restaurant business, you will need to be aware and up to date on issues such as:

    • Awards
    • Pay rates and allowances
    • National employment standards
    • Industrial relations news

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What are the main benefits of your eGuides?

    • User-friendly
    • on-line
    • can share with other staff members
    • bite-sized pieces
    • lots of examples and activities

How can you help me startup a restaurant , cafe, coffee shop, catering business?

A La Carte Training covers all areas of a restaurant. cafe,  coffee shop, catering management: Business, Marketing, Operations, Ideas.

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What do I need to do to put into place controls to save time and money

  • Understand purchasing
  • Employ the right team
  • Know finances

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‘How to Protect Your Business’ eGuide.

‘How to Find Your Dream Team’ eGuide.

‘How to Keep Within the Law’ eGuide.

How can you help me to increase sales, make more profit

    • By knowing who your target market is
    • Understanding Customer Service
    • Using your menu as a marketing tool

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‘How to Discover Your Market eGuide.

‘How to Earn More Dollars With Customer Service’ eGuide.

‘How to Design a Market Focused Menu’ eGuide.

Do you have a privacy policy?

Yes, scroll down to the end of this page and click on ‘privacy policy’

How do I pay for the eGuides?

Decide on the eGuide/s you would like to purchase and follow the prompts.

How are the eGuide/s delivered?

Once the eGuide/s is paid the eGuide/s will be delivered to your email address. 

Do you have a newsletter?

Yes, so why not receive a copy of our free monthly ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter and discover professional tips, latest hospitality news and trends, together with industry ideas to help you increase your management knowledge and skills.

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What is the investment for the eGuides?

For a very low investment, you can download A La Carte Training eGuides.

These Guides are ‘bite-sized pieces’. user-friendly, full of useful information, lots of exercises and examples and can be easily downloaded within minutes.  In short, our approach is one of learn, show and do.  By this we mean you’ll learn about the concept, we’ll show you examples and then give you activity so that you can implement it in your own business.  They can be perused at a time convenient to you the owner/manager of a restaurant or catering business  – in the comfort of your office or home.

I live overseas. Can I still acquire the eGuides?

Yes, We have had many food business owners/managers acquire the eGuides online.

How to choose a business structure?

Deciding on the business structure you adopt will have different implications on Tax, your legal and financial responsibilities, and how much paperwork you will need to complete.  Typically, most businesses register as a sole trader, partnership or limited company.

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What business structure is best for a restaurant?

Surveys show that for food outlets it is likely that partnerships are the most common form of organisation.  One partner might provide management and accounting skills and perhaps some capital, the other might handle the buying and day to day running of the business.

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Can you change your business structure?

As your business grows, evolves and changes, it may make sense to change the legal structure of your business.  The good news is that in most cases changing your business structure is more simple than you might imagine.

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What are business structure types?

There are mainly 3 types of business structures sole trader, partnership and company and many advantages and disadvantages of operating the three forms of legal structures of your business.

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How to structure a business partnership?

A partnership is the simplest way for two or more people to run a business together.  You share responsibility for your business’s debts.  You also have accounting responsibilities.

In deciding to conduct business with a partner, it is critical to consider each partner’s strengths and weaknesses, personality and experience; in short, what skills they can offer, the business.

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How to write business structure

The written agreement defining partners’ relations, and specifying how profits and losses will be divided, generally includes a number of provisions.

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What is a restaurant business plan?

A business plan gives a small proprietor direction and insight into potential opportunities and ways to capitalize on these opportunities.  A business plan will also highlight problems which will be encountered along the way.  A business plan helps to reduce the many risks that are involved in establishing or buying a business and helps to reduce uncertainty.

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Why write a restaurant business plan?

Planning the direction of your business is the key to its future success.  Studies show and experts agree that businesses with formal plans in place have more successful businesses, irrespective of size or type.

Basically, a business plan does two things.  It outlines the opportunity the owner believes there is and it then explains how the opportunity will be seized to generate business and profit.

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What goes into a restaurant business plan?

There is no single best way of going about the business planning process.

One thing is to keep in mind from the outset, is that the business plan must be short and the contents must be relevant to the user.  If it is wordy, it will not be read and it will not be used.  Essential elements of a business plan are Executive summary, Business and Management, Operations Plan, Marketing Plan, Financial Plan, Appendices.

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Why marketing is important for small business

Developing your marketing mix

The success of your business will depend, not only on the product you sell, but also on how, where, and when it is presented to your potential customers.  Understanding the 4P’s of the marketing mix (Product, Place, Promotion, Price) will allow you to be competitive in the market place.

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Why market research is important

By using market research, you can be sure you will be selling what customers want rather than just what you want to produce.  Is there a market in the area for your product?  After all, there is no point in deciding to specialise in wedding breakfasts or in making wedding cakes if the area is full of retired people.  Try to assess the area in terms of spending power and tastes.  To help you do this answer the questions below:

  • Is the area a wealthy one?
  • What sort of people live there?
  • What potential sales outlets are there 
  • Is there any competition?

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Marketing goals and objectives

Everything we do has an objective, even if we do not recognise it as such.   Why do we go to a good restaurant for a meal?  We may quickly say: ‘to satisfy our hunger’.  But is that really your only objective?  Surely there are many other ways we could accomplish just that!  It is one of the objectives, true, but there are other criteria by which we decide where, when and how we will accomplish as many of our objectives as possible.

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Why restaurant marketing segmentation is important

A business cannot be all things to all people.  To market its products cost-effectively, it must clearly identify its customers and the market segments they belong to. Without this clear identification of the businesses’ market, its whole marketing activity is wasted in terms of time, resources and finance.  

There are four main factors to help you identify your target market geographic, demographic, psychographic and behaviour. 

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Restaurant Marketing and Public Relations

Public relations may involve activities such as:

    • Word of mouth communications between customers.
    • Sponsorship of various groups.
    • Press releases containing information about business activity and policies on issues, such as the environment, consumer protection and so on.
    • Hosting of special events (restaurant opening)
    • Newsletters.

Anything, in fact, which puts you and/or your business in the public eye.

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Marketing with social media

Marketing with social media takes time and patience to perfect but done properly and effectively, you’ll reap the rewards later.  Owners of restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and other food outlets have seen valuable results, generating leads, converting new customers and keeping existing customers.  

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Why staff training is important

Restaurant Staff Training

It is essential, for the success and the safe running of your business, that your staff all know why and how a job has to be done.  Good training helps them to give quality service and to reduce the number of accidents in the workplace. It is also necessary that you help them develop their potential and improve their skills.  If they can do their jobs well they will have greater job satisfaction.

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What is food purchasing control?

All too often the benefits of an excellent purchasing plan are lost because of poor receiving and checking procedures. Understand food purchasing and receiving control to save time, money and reduce wastage.

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Where is wine stored?

The proper storage of wine should be one of your highest priorities.  Wine is a major investment and poor storage conditions can result in the wine becoming undrinkable. 

The ideal cellar conditions for the storage of wine are:

  • The temperature should be constant and cool.
  • The storage area should not be exposed to strong light.
  • The area should be clean and dry.
  • The storage area should be free from any vibration.
  • Bottles should be kept lying on their sides with the label uppermost.
  • Strict stock rotation should be used to prevent spoilage through age.
  • Avoid areas where the wine can be contaminated by chemical smells and odours.

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Environmental Rules and Regulations

You are required by law to comply with rules and regulations as follows:

  • Premises
  • Hand washing facilities and toilets
  • Floors, walls and doors
  • Surfaces
  • Food waste and rubbish
  • Washing equipment and food
  • Food waste and rubbish
  • Water supply

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Food Safety and Hygiene Rules

It’s important that you and your staff understand and comply with the food safety standards, to ensure the food you are selling is safe for your customers.

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Why food training is important

Food safety and personal hygiene training is important so that your staff do not contaminate food and to ensure the food you are selling is safe for your customers.

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Why staff induction is important?

Staff induction is important as it is the process of introducing an employee to their new workplace.  Although it will vary according to the nature of your business and the role being assumed by the new employee, the induction process generally includes a  number of issues.

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Why staff meetings?

Staff meetings are important to staff job satisfaction and motivation.  They give everyone a chance to raise matters which concern them.  It is better to get any problems out into the open and try to find a solution for them.

You will probably have to hold meetings after your food outlet has closed to allow all members of staff to attend and ensure there are no interruptions from customers:

    • set a date and time limit for the meeting
    • before the meeting circulate a sheet of paper among your staff for them to write on it what they would like to discuss
    • compile an agenda from the staff suggestions, including items you would like to discuss, and stick to it (this is a good opportunity to discuss such problems as bad timekeeping).

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Why staff leave their jobs?

Job satisfaction is believed to be related to both absence and labour turnover.  An employee who is bored or unhappy with the job is much more likely to be repeatedly absent or to leave the job.  Some businesses have found that they are able to reduce their absence and labour turnover problems by reorganising jobs to provide more satisfaction for employees.  This sort of job redesign (or multi-tasking) usually involves giving employees more responsibility, a greater say in how they do their work, more variety and increased opportunities for advancement.

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Why staff motivation is important?

  • In order to maximise productivity and gain the maximum return for the investment you have made in your staff, it is important to motive them to perform to their utmost potential.  Major studies have shown that staff will be motivated by not only good wages but job security, interesting work, flexible working hours, variety of tasks, etc.Read more: 1) www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articles.  2) Subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter. 3) For a very low investment, why not purchase a copy of ‘How to Find Your Dream Team’ eGuide.

 

 

Why staff appraisal is important

  • It’s important to have regular appraisals, even if you think you don’t have time.  Being open and working on goals with your employees is key for staff retention, job satisfaction and development. Read more: 1) www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articles.  2) Subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter. 3) For a very low investment, why not purchase a copy of ‘How to Find Your Dream Team’ eGuide.

 

 

Weddings where to start?

  • When planning the wedding it is important to allow ample time:  three months is sufficient when following a checklist and prioritising jobs.Read more: 1) www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articles.  2) Subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter. 3) For a very low investment, why not purchase a copy of  ‘How to Create a Memorable Wedding’ eGuide.