Stories, guides and how-tos for food and beverage businesses

5 Reasons Why Instagram Can Help Your Restaurant Business Succeed

If you’ve ever been on Instagram, scrolling through your newsfeed, it’d be really hard not to notice enticing photos of food adorned with the hashtag: #foodporn. Instagram is ridden with glorious photos of food, ironically not from the restaurant itself, but from diners that want their followers to enviously drool over what they’re having for dinner. This trend is a golden opportunity for restaurants to latch onto – this article will teach you how to use Instagram to help your restaurant business succeed! 1. Crafting Your Own Personal Brand Instagram simplifies restaurant branding down to a few features – posts, stories, videos, direct messaging (DMs) and comments. By being responsive to user’s enquiries on your Instagram page, you will give off the impression that your team is...

Become a Successful F&B Manager with These Tips

Being a F&B Manager is not easy. You have to deal with chaotic peak hours, inconsistent part timers as well as accounting for daily sales. Having been in this role before, I have gathered some questions that I wish someone had asked me while I was manager. 1. Are You Managing Or Controlling? It is key to understand the difference between managing your staff and controlling them. Business Dictionary states that management is the organization and coordination of the activities of a business in order to achieve defined objectives. Controlling, however, merely requires you to delegate different tasks to your staff.  This is inefficient in the long-term. Remember that your staff are human beings too and do not operate like robots. Share with them your visions for the business so they feel l...

3 Things You Must Know Before Running a Food Truck

One of the quickest way to enter the restaurant business with a low startup cost is by setting up a food truck. Running a food truck business is a low-cost alternative to your usual brick and mortar restaurant. Similar to operating a traditional restaurant, the marketing, menu, and location are essential ingredients of a successful food truck business. While it may seem and sound easier to set up a food truck business, there are certain things that a new small business owner should be aware of before proceeding to do so. Here’s 3 things every new small business owner must know before deciding to run a food truck.  

Why Having a Business Plan For Your Restaurant is Always a Good Idea

There is much truth to the adage, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Annually, 60% of restaurants shut business after one and a half years due their inability to recover initial capital or to generate profitability. Many small business owners reported not having sufficient financial planning, or assuming their restaurant business would succeed simply because “customers said our food was delicious”. Because of this, having a business plan is crucial, to ensure that execution of setting up a restaurant transitions smoothly and to also guide a business owner through the entire process.  

Taking Care of Your Restaurant Staff To Offer Superb Customer Service

When running a restaurant, one of the top priorities any restaurant owner should be making sure your customers walk out of your restaurant not only satisfied and satiated, but also wanting more. Customers are your paymasters, and all it takes its a handful of unsatisfied customers to kill your business.  Besides just serving mouth-watering and delicious food, how else can you make sure your customers leave with the intention to return? Well, here’s a not-so-little secret; by offering impeccable customer service!  Training your staff to attend to your customers well with a smile, is a necessity for continued success. So just how do you keep your staff motivated to provide customers with a pleasant dining experience? Having experience in this field, here’s 3 things you as a restaurant owner ...

Cost-Efficient Methods for Your Restaurant Business

Looking to save money but not so sure how to start practising cost-efficient methods for your restaurant? Cost-efficient methods may seem daunting and complicated but it really does not have to be – this article will provide you with 5 logical and simple tips to increase your profit margins overnight! 1. Go Green! If your restaurant is still stuck on using disposable plastic utensils, cups or plates, it’s time to go green! Many eco-friendly restaurants utilise glass or ceramic dining ware instead and have even gone the extra mile to use metal straws. The one time cost of buying these sustainable dining ware will save you the accumulative amount spent on disposable plastic utensils in the long run. Plus it will completely rebrand your restaurant – imagine pretty China plates ins...

Grow Your Restaurant Business Without Burning a Hole in Your Pocket

Turning your restaurant business into a success is easier said than done. Expanding your business and opening more outlets requires not only maximum effort, but also an even larger capital. While many business owners resort to taking extra loans for business expansion, this can be a risky move if you’re not aware of your repayment capabilities. Or sometimes, some business aren’t able to generate enough revenue to qualify for these loans. So how else do you grow your restaurant business without needing to rely on taking loans? Here’s 3 tips to expand your restaurant business without needing bang the buck!

6 Ways to Kickstart Your Small Business

When you first decide to start your business, the first step is to seek advice on how to go about this. I understand that there are a ton of advices that go around, and it can be overwhelming when deciding which advice is legit, and which isn’t. Let’s get real, there is no one-size-fits all approach when setting up your business for success. Usually the best business tips are those that forces you to think out of the box. Here’s a list of 5 tips for starting you can do that you might not have heard of. Be a Problem Solver You’d be surprised at how many entrepreneurs started their business simply because they wanted to solve a problem. Anthony Tan, co-founder of Grab, started his company because the taxi system in Malaysia was a mess. Taxi’s had a reputation of being unreliable, unsafe, ove...

3 Things You’re Doing That’s Killing Your Restaurant

There are various factors that contribute to the success of a restaurant. However, more than often, restaurants owners get caught up in the day-to-day tasks and this can lead to neglecting certain important aspects of the business. As the key-decision maker in the restaurant, sometimes we fail to realise how certain actions and decisions are killing our restaurant instead of growing it. Here’s 3 things you need to stop doing, and start doing, to sustain your restaurant.

2 Simple Ways to Manage Your Restaurants Finances

I’m going to admit that when I first started running my restaurant, I had zero knowledge in monitoring and managing cash flow. For me opening my restaurant was the end goal. Let’s be honest, deciding on the venue and rent, name of the restaurant, restaurant concept, menu, staffing and hiring, and marketing of the restaurant can be exhausting! A month after opening my restaurant, I realized that I had been so caught up in the day-to-day operations I had neglected the most important aspect of my business; the finances. Being a new business owner, I didn’t know how to handle the daily finances and cash flow of my restaurant. Knowing how to handle and manage your businesses cash flow and finances is important for operations and longevity of your restaurant. A business that’s able to manage the...

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