Step by Step Guide To Setting Up Your Pizza Shop

Sometimes I wish everything had a step by step manual to make life easier. Don't you wish the same thing? With the statistics revealing that the sales in the pizza industry has spiked up, it would be nice as an entrepreneur to open your own shop. 

So fret no more, here is a basic guide written step by step on how to open one. 

Get on with the basics: make your research an decide on the restaurant's structure. After discerning, follow the steps below: 

1. Get to know your pizzerias and the area. It is important to choose the right location for your business. From the kind of customers that you might capture, to the pizzerias already available in the area, these factors will indicate your success rate. You can go to government websites (U.S. Census Bureau or City/County) to check out the data. You will be able to find out the incomes of the area, household compositions, hubs and businesses in the area. 

2. Make your very own business plan. The business plan contains every detail of your research, plans, product differentiation, costs, and other important details that would help you win over possible hurdles. PMQ Pizza Magazine and other publications can also help you find information you need. 

3. Location, location, location. Those were always the three words that my College professor repeated when building your own pizza business. The location is the key to identifying what kind of pizza shop you will open as several things should be considered such as parking, space and foot traffic. 

4. Be ready with your savings, get an investor or apply for a financing. The business plan will be your primary tool in presenting. It is also essential to present a timeline which shows the estimate time you need to have ROI. 

5. Get your business permits completed. Permits start with a name register at the state, city or county. Make sure you also get permits from the health department and other licenses that is required with your business model. The city or municipality can be called to ask for further details.

6. Buy all the necessary equipment, supplies, and materials. Usually a pizza shop may need commercial ovens, prep tables, refrigeration units, sheeters and dough presses, dough mixers, food processors and slicing equipment. Furniture, tables, chairs, suppliers, pizza pans, ingredients and supplier of drinks are also essentials.

7. Ensure that your computers are ready for sales and everything else are arranged accordingly such as the equipment, tables, ovens, dining area, carry-out counters, waiting area, and delivery needs. 

8. Having a pizza shop means holding on to various types of people. You may need to hire delivery drivers, counter workers, pizza makers, dishwashers, servers and hosts. These are the basic people you need but if you have a bigger budget, try hiring promotional talent that will help out in marketing.  
9. Implement your marketing plans and use promotions. Use banners, coupons, and a website that contains your menu, pricing and an ordering system. This will allow the public to be aware of your new business! 

Posted by Diane Araga, on August 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM