In order to avoid some of the common mistakes that new business owners make when starting a pub, you should have a clear business plan, detailed execution plans and a plan to manage partners and investors.
As with any venture, a solid, well thought-out business plan is the foundation of a successful pub. If you get this right, you’ll be on the way towards making money.
However, if you have a inadequate planning with poor financial projections, instead of making money, you’ll probably end up losing money and a lot of time and energy.
A lot of entrepreneurs tend to rush into starting a business before confirming a detailed plan of action. This is one of the most common mistakes that new pub owners make. It is essential to think about every part of the business in detail and have a solution for every tiny detail.
Often, small details are overlooked in the excitement and rush of all the other things that need to be done before the business can open. Although some issues may seem minor and unimportant, many times, they turn out to be extremely significant in helping a business to succeed.
Partners & Investors
Another frequent problem for small business owners is incompatible partners and investors. Make sure you choose your partners very carefully before opening a pub. If you need external investment, make sure you choose your investors wisely as well.
You may have one, two or more potential partners for your new pub. Try to be clear about the role of each member in the partnership, their specific contributions and whether it is remunerated or not. All too often, this is not planned properly and misunderstandings arise later when some partners put in more effort while others slack.
If your business partner is a family member or in many cases, your spouse, extra care should be placed in having a solid plan to minimize any potential home vs work conflicts.