5 Steps For Making Your Restaurant Time- and Energy-Efficient
If there’s anything Jon Taffer has taught us, it’s that running a restaurant takes more than a love of food, good social skills and tight relationships with employees. If you don’t know how to manage a restaurant efficiently, your business will go south very quickly.
Apply these five tips to your restaurant to avoid closing your doors permanently.
Make Smart Hiring Decisions
While you should consider experience in the food service industry when hiring employees, that’s not the only factor that determines whether someone is a good fit for your business. It’s much more beneficial to train a less experienced employee with a positive attitude and resilient nature than an experienced one who’s pessimistic and unmotivated.
Take the Time to Train New Hires
It might seem like you’re gaining time by only spending a few hours training new employees, but in reality, this leads to more mistakes, confusion and slower service for customers. Taking adequate time to teach new hires the ins and outs of your business helps employees feel confident in their roles, be motivated to succeed and develop a sense of loyalty to you and the restaurant.
Develop Efficient Processes
Having an organized restaurant saves time and money and helps your business grow. Develop a system for every aspect of your business: opening time, food preparation, delivery, shift transition, cleanup, etc. If everyone knows what to expect throughout the day, food is prepared faster and customers leave happier.
Though having set processes is important, being flexible is also key to running a successful business. If you or an employee discovers a more efficient process, don’t be afraid to implement it. Even if it doesn’t work, at least you tried and showed the employee that their opinion is valuable.
Use Energy-saving Appliances
Because the kitchen is the heart of the restaurant, one of the best ways to help your business save money and energy is to buy environmentally friendly kitchen appliances. These are more expensive than regular appliances, but they’ll save you more money on energy use in the long run. Invest in energy-efficient appliances like refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers. Look for ovens and heating lamps with electric process heaters instead of gas, as electric is more efficient, safer and provides more accurate temperatures than gas.
The Energy Star website has more detailed information on energy-saving tips for restaurant owners who want to reduce their energy use — and increase their profits.
Invest in Good Financial Applications
Your restaurant won’t get very far if you don’t have an accurate method for tracking your finances. Hiring an accountant is a good option, but there are also many accounting software options you can take advantage of. QuickBooks and Peachtree are just two accounting services that require monthly fees but allow you to record and manage your financial information easily.
Running a restaurant isn’t for the faint of heart. Knowing how much dedication, hard work and organization it takes before committing to opening your own business will help you succeed in the long run.