Everything you need to start a restaurant

Everything you need to start a restaurant

If you have always been a food lover and you appreciate wining and dining, you might have thought once or twice about starting up your own restaurant business. Starting up a restaurant in your local area can be wonderful and this can allow you to work in a wonderful atmosphere and let your creativity flow with menus and branding. Here is everything you are going to need in order to start a successful restaurant this year.

An investment

The first step to starting any business is having an amount of money you can invest in it. When you start a restaurant you will need an investment for the building, the staff, the equipment and everything else to make the space come together. This money could come from savings, previous investments or as a small business loan from your local bank. Usually entrepreneurs combine their own savings with a loan or venture capital funding. Make sure if you are asking for a loan or VC funding, that you pitch your business compellingly and do market research to support your business plan. 

Design flare

If you want to show off your creative side and make your restaurant stand out from the crowd, you will want to follow some of the Top restaurant interior design trends of recent years. There is a lot of emphasis on homeliness as well as minimalism, so it is important that you take on board these ideas to make your restaurant feel like a home away from home for your guests.

Cooking skills

Of course, if you are going to start up a business in the restaurant industry you need to have some cooking skills! Although you can hire a chef to do the cooking for you, there can be something very satisfying about cooking your own favourite dishes for the people who visit your restaurant. Cooking is a skill you need to master so make sure that you are a great cook if you do decide to get the apron on yourself.


Working in a high stress environment like a restaurant requires you to be incredibly resilient and able to take criticism. You need to know how to handle different people and how to take criticism without taking it to heart. Think about your mental health and make sure that you are strong enough to cope with the stress of a professional kitchen.

Team working skills

When you work with food and people, you need to ensures that you enjoy working with other people. A restaurant can be a complex team structure with a lot of moving parts. You need to ensure that every single member of your team is a strong contributor, and also getting the support they need to do their work. 

Once you have brought all of these skills together, there is no reason why you can’t be incredibly successful as a restaurant owner and manager. 

Photo by Tim Mossholder 

Christine Buske is a former academic who left science at the bench, and now considers herself a woman in tech. She is a frequently invited speaker, and enjoys talking about career transformation (particularly leaving academia for the business world), tech, issues around women in tech, product management, agile, and outreach. She is a proud Canadian resident, and qualifies as a "serial expat".

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