The Complete Guide to Buying a Cafe
Practical Advice to Get it Right

An Introduction

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Your Dream


So you’ve decided to run your own business and for whatever reason, you already know what you want to do. Maybe you baked with granny in the kitchen when you were growing up, maybe you’ve always loved coffee, maybe you like dealing with people, maybe you just think that it looks cool. You want to run your own business, and that business is going to be a café. This level of passion is essential.

We, as human beings, tend to look for the sunshine in our lives, and if we don’t have the sunshine, we look forward to better times when the clouds part and the silver lining is revealed. You are already looking up at the clouds at this stage and thinking of that silver lining...

What we’ve all dreamed of...

You will have time to choose your hours / days of work, shifts, etc. You will put in a hard day’s work to run your business so that you can have a “better lifestyle” with less stress and more personal satisfaction in what you do. You will also earn more money, which will bring you a better standard of living and more personal enjoyment of your free time.
At work you will be relaxed. You will be an excellent leader of your staff – a dependable bunch of people – maybe family, maybe a partner or friends. You will oversee work of your staff whilst talking to customers, often sitting down with them to enjoy a coffee.

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Are you efficient and organised?

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Are you good with numbers?

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