Like many college students, I have waitressed and bartended throughout my education to put myself through school. However, until recently, it has never occurred to me that I could turn my part-time, dead-end-job into a long and rewarding career. Have you ever thought about owning your own business? The hospitality industry is a great business venture and always expanding. Here’s four reasons why opening a restaurant might be a good choice for you.
You love entertaining and hosting dinner parties. A lot of owning a restaurant is about entertaining and making sure customers have a pleasant experience. You’re the star of the show at all times- and the show must go on. Hospitality at its core is all about customer service.
You are foodie. Being a business guru is great, but you also need to have knowledge of food, flavors and wine in order to succeed. Unless you plan on partnering with someone else who will handle any aspects regarding the cuisine, you need to know good food.
Your social life is not your top priority. This is probably the hardest characteristic of being in this industry. The hours are long and draining and can cause a rift in your personal life especially in the first couple of months/years. You’ve been warned.
You always wanted to be your own boss. This is probably the best reason for opening a restaurant. Fulfilling a life long dream of working for you is the best perk of this business. You are working hard to achieve your own goal– not that of someone else.
There are a lot of things to consider when debating on whether or not to open a restaurant. Not everyone is an award-winning chef (although, investing in a few classes at culinary school couldn’t hurt) when they open their first restaurant. As long as you have a passion, a little start-up money and some elbow grease, you can build a very successful business. A little food for thought next time you sit down for dinner at your favorite spot– pun intended.
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