How To Financially Prepare For Starting A Restaurant

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Restaurants are a popular startup for entrepreneurs, but can easily fail due to a lack of financial preparedness. Without preparation and financial planning, a new restaurant is doomed before it begins. Although sometimes exaggerated, take a look at shows like The Profit or Bar Rescue to see how risky it can be to be in the restaurant business without adequate preparation. That is why it is important to understand many aspects of the market so you're prepared for the responsibility of owning and operating a restaurant successfully. 

Looking for franchise opportunities is another great way to get into the restaurant business and is easier than starting from scratch. Keep that in mind as you read the suggestions below for restaurant finance prep. 

Startup Financing 

Carefully plan the amount of money you will need to finance. You do not want to end up in the middle of building your restaurant to only discover that you are out of funds. Consider unexpected expenses, the cost of training employees before the restaurant opens, and the anticipated operating expenses for the first six months. Your first months in business will establish your reputation, so it is important to have everything you need and all employees well- trained for your opening. 

Business Plan 

Your business plan is a way to keep your business on track and plan for the future. Businesses without one are destined to fail. Remember the old saying "fail to plan, plan to fail". Business plans are subject to change based on things that don’t go according to plan. 

Creating a feasible restaurant business plan and updating that plan monthly is a great way to stay on track with your business goals. Also, if your proposed company doesn't have a realistic chance for success then a well-made business plan will hopefully reveal that and save you (and your investors) a lot of time and money. 

Expense Forecast 

An expense forecast takes into account the cost of operations and your liabilities as well as projected profits and income from sales. It is important to work with vendors and suppliers which offer financing options in addition to equipment and other restaurant needs. This will help you to accurately anticipate your business needs and expenses. Working with your vendors and suppliers to calculate these costs will help you to formulate an accurate expense forecast and stay on budget. 


Marketing is critical for restaurants. It is a deductible expense that is necessary to get the word out about your restaurant. Without marketing, no customers will be driven to your business because they won't know it exists. And without proper branding, your restaurant will blend in with the hundreds of other options within driving distance. The more customers that you can get to visit your restaurant early, the better. Word-of-mouth from happy customers will equal free marketing, so market your restaurant early to get the biggest bang for your buck. Keep your customers incredibly happy to maximize your referrals and keep your restaurant reviews positive.


Your restaurant’s business success depends upon how well you plan your finances in the first year of operations to ensure it is successful and has a strong future. Whether you start your own or decide to become a franchisee, a rock solid financial strategy and business plan will help guide you to success. Remember to stay flexible, but on track with your business plan and have a backup plan for the unexpected.

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