How your Restaurant Work Experience Can Lead You to Online Success!

If you have been working in the restaurant industry you already know about the long hours you invest in making the business a success as well as the many different hats you have to wear, especially if you are working in restaurant management. Running a restaurant requires hours of dedication, the ability to make smart business decisions, and savvy people skills in addition to the constant drive it takes to maintain a successful business over the long term. It is no wonder that a lot of people burn out while working in the restaurant business due to the fact it has a tendency to consume your life. If you are finding yourself getting a little run down with the restaurant business and want to have more holidays, evenings, and weekends, it may help you to know that a lot of the skills you learned in the restaurant industry will carry over into building a successful online business. An online business will allow you more flexibility in your schedule and will allow you to have energy left over to do some of things you enjoy and spend more time with your family.

Let’s take a look at some of the ways your restaurant skills can apply to building a successful online business.

Customer Service: When it comes to running an online business quality customer service is a big plus when building relationships with your prospects. Running an online business is all about standing out in the crowd so if you provide quality customer service and develop a positive rapport with your customers they will return time and again to do business with you. Since you have already developed these skills through the restaurant business you will be way ahead of the game when it comes to providing quality for your customers.

Hard Work and Dedication: Starting an online business requires hard work, consistency, and dedication if you are going to become successful. You already know that from running a restaurant so you will be able to carry these skills over to creating success for yourself with an online business. The only difference is you will have to put all of your hard work in at the beginning and then just stay consistent with the maintenance once your business is up and running. Unlike a restaurant this will allow you to enjoy more flexibility in your schedule and spend more doing the things you like to do.

Marketing: Just like a brick and mortar business marketing is one of the most crucial aspects of running an online business. If you have worked in a successful restaurant you know what is involved in creating a brand that people will associate with quality. This skill will carry over into online marketing where it is also necessary to create a brand that people associate with great customer service and a quality product. You will be using basically the same skills with the addition of some of the cool online marketing tools that are available.

Savvy Business Skills: Running an online business successfully requires skills with numbers and other skills that are used in the back office to keep the business running smoothly. Although you have high tech ecommerce software to help you with inventory, accounting, billing, payment processing, and other necessary office tasks, it is still vital to your online business to be able to crunch the numbers and keep track of sales conversions and other aspects that keep your business running at a profit. If you have been doing this with a restaurant it will be no problem for you to accomplish it with an online business.

Management Skills: If you run a restaurant you are already familiar with the many hats that you have to wear when it comes to managing employees, delivery personnel, customers, and other people who are involved with the operation of the business. If you are accustomed to the multi-tasking skills that are required to be a good manager you can use these skills to run a successful online business.

Online businesses are very versatile and most online businesses have multiple streams of income that require multi-tasking skills to run the business at a profit. If you are burned out with the long hours of the restaurant business an online business may be the answer to your dilemma. With all of the tools that are available online, chances are you will also be able to exceed the income you were making with the restaurant and you will have some quality time to yourself as well.

Respectfully Dedicated To Your Success!

Derek Bayer


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Online Business Planning for the Restaurant Professional

If you have been a restaurant professional for a period of time and are looking for a change, the skills you developed for planning a successful restaurant will help you when it comes to planning your new online business. Although planning a restaurant business is a little different than planning an online business there are some skills that remain consistent across the board when you make the change from running a restaurant to running an online business.

When you run a restaurant you basically oversee all of the business operations. Running an online business is similar so when you plan, you initially plan to oversee all of the operations of the business. Let’s look at the similarities that are associated with planning a restaurant and planning an online business.

What is Important?

When you plan to start a restaurant the first thing you have to do is decide all of things you will need to know before planning the restaurant. This includes market research, demographics, location, and other crucial information that will provide you with a useful road map that will define the restaurant as well as where it is going in the future.

The same rules apply to planning your online business because you must begin with the basic information that is going to build a solid foundation for your new online business. This includes market research, demographics, location where you will target your market and all of the other essential elements that will define your online business and where it is going in the future.

What Type of Business

When you are planning a new restaurant you have to decide what type of restaurant it is going to be such as a formal restaurant, fast food restaurant, or other type of restaurant. You also have to put a lot of thought into the location as well as the tools you will need to start up and run the business.

With an online business you also must decide what type of business it is going to be and what you are going to offer. For example, you may be offering a service that requires a membership or perhaps you are offering a product. Depending upon what you are offering you will also have to decide on the location where your market resides and the tools you will use to start up and run your online business.

Defining Your Market

When you plan a restaurant it is necessary to determine who your customer will be and why they would be interested in eating at your restaurant. This involves getting to know your market, how they think, and what they are looking for.

The same principle rings true when planning an online business. You have to determine who your customer will be and why they would be looking for your product or service as well as where they reside online.

What to Offer and How to Offer It

Restaurant planning involves deciding what foods you will serve and how you will present it to your customers. For example, you may decide to have a constant menu or you may decide to change the menu frequently and integrate food and drink specials along the way.

When you plan your online business you will not only choose a niche product or service but you will also have to plan on exactly what you are going to offer as well as how you are going to offer it to your target audience. For example, you may be offering widgets and then plan to offer a backend product that is related to the widget. Perhaps you are going to offer product bundles. Whatever you offer you have to come up with a plan that is appropriate for your target market.

Online Business Tools

When you plan a restaurant you also have to include the tools you are going to need to run the business such as cookware, tableware, furniture, and any other equipment that is associated with running a restaurant.

When you plan your online business you should define what tools you are going to use for running your business such as the website or ecommerce platform, online marketing tools, and other tools that are associated with running an online business.

Finally, if you are planning an online business and are unsure of what to do next, use the skills that you learned when planning a restaurant and then apply them to the online environment. I think you will find that you know a lot more about planning an online business than you give yourself credit for knowing.

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Derek Bayer


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Online Business: The Perfect Alternative for the Restaurant Professional

Any one who has spent any length of time working in the restaurant industry knows how demanding it can be. Foodservice demands long hours, excellent people skills and a proficiency with numbers to name just a few. An online business is much more flexible with your schedule and requires little, if any face time with customers. So how is this a perfect alternative?

It is simple really. The restaurant professional has developed many skills in their trade. It takes a lot of controls, a lot of hours and a lot of drive to be consistently successful. It is also known that the restaurant industry burns out a lot of its most successful players. I know I was one of them. I enjoyed restaurant management but I eventually wanted my nights, weekends and holidays to enjoy as I saw fit. The restaurant business teaches you how to be successful in your own business. The three major areas that carry over to an online business are Marketing, Customer Service and Cost Controls (your numbers). Anyone that has managed a restaurant location has done these things on a payroll for the main benefit of a franchise owner, a corporation, or as an owner and watched it steal their life. You also know there is little room for error as profit margins are tight. An online business offers much larger profit margins as waste and overhead is minimal.

A successful online business requires hard work and dedication, no stranger to the restaurant professional, however you have the freedom to work from home and make your own hours. You need to know your numbers with an online business without theweekly inventories to take and silverware to count. You will need your cost control skills but there are less variables and wastes to control in an online venture. A restaurant relies on good Marketing, namely the brand and the location. An online business will also rely on good marketing and branding. You will be driving traffic to your website just as if you were driving traffic to your brick and mortar restaurant but there will be no parking lots to sweep, plow or salt.

The greatest “carryover” from the restaurant business to an online business in my opinion is customer service. Restaurants teach you to listen to your customers. They taught me to view my employees as my “in house” customers as well as our guests which were are patrons. This separates me from much of my competition in my online business as my team members are just as important as my leads. People do not care how much you know as much as they care about how much you care. Good customer service is a skill that will take you far in any business.

The main difference and advantage in my opinion of an online business over a brick and mortar restaurant is automation. Once you set up your online business effectively you can maintain it with much less effort than you did in the building stage. You rarely if ever get to this level with a restaurant and if you do you have to pay someone else to run it for you and good luck having that person care as much as you did.

So if you are tired of long hours, counting cans of tomatoes at 5 am on Monday morning or filling shifts for your hungover opening cooks, Maybe it is time for you to take a look and see if an Online Business is the right alternative for you. It may be the best move you ever make!!

Respectfully Dedicated To Your Success,

Derek Bayer



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