Most people think that you only need a business plan if you are going to start an independent cafe. Think again. Some coffee shop franchises don’t have your best interests in mind, don’t properly spend their marketing money for your store, or have systems that are archaic or even useless.
You should have a business plan for your cafe before you buy it. If you have already bought one, it’s not too late.
This article someone forwarded to us has a bunch of good concepts. We don’t agree with all of their ideas but it’s a good start.
So, whether you are a franchised coffee shop or an independent, you should be considering the concepts of a business plan. Otherwise, you will not run your shop – it will run you.