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Financial Management, Restaurant & Bars

5 Ways Restaurant Loans Support Your Business

If you own a restaurant, you probably know that the restaurant business can be one of the toughest, yet most rewarding industries to work in. From managing inventory to hiring and training staff, restaurant owners have to invest a significant amount of both time and money in order to keep things running smoothly. At one… Read more

Restaurant & Bars, Starting A Business, Students in Business

Running a Food Cart in College

This is Part 9 of our Back to College series, which aims to help college students thrive as small business owners. In Part 8, we covered opening a franchise as a college student. To view all the posts in the series, click here.   7 Reasons Running a Campus Food Cart in College Might Be Right for You… Read more

Restaurant & Bars

How to Create a Marketing Budget for Restaurant Owners

The restaurant industry is known for passion, inventiveness, hospitality, long hours…and low profit margins. With so many restaurants reluctant to break the bank by spending their limited marketing budgets in the wrong ways, it’s worth taking a closer look at how today’s successful restaurants are budgeting their marketing dollars. We talked with several successful restaurateurs… Read more

Cash Flow, Finance & Accounting, Financial Management, Restaurant & Bars, Small Business Loans

This Common Practice Could Hurt Your Restaurant’s Financial Future

This Common Practice Could Hurt Your Restaurant's Financial Future

For businesses whose customers pay in cash, like restaurants, there is a specific financial practice that – although tempting – can hurt your restaurant’s future in more ways than one. From criminal consequences to crippling your restaurant’s ability to grow, under-reporting cash sales or skimming from the till can put your business at risk. The… Read more

Finance & Accounting, Financial Management, Restaurant & Bars

9 Out of 10 Food Truck Owners Can’t Account for Food Spoilage Losses; Are You One of Them?

9 Out of 10 Food Truck Owners Can’t Account for Food Spoilage Losses; Are You One of Them?

Food spoilage increases expenses and reduces both the amount of net income a food truck earns in a given month as well as its cash flow. Food spoilage occurs any time ingredients or food must be thrown away because it is passed the expiration date, has been improperly stored or prepared or has been determined… Read more

Customer Marketing, Local Marketing, Marketing, Restaurant & Bars, Website Design

Food for Thought: How to Take Awesome Pictures for Your Menu

Food for Thought: How to Take Awesome Pictures for Your Menu

When it comes to creating a first impression, images on a menu can make or break restaurants. A well-crafted menu with stunning pictures of mouth-watering food is sure to entice first time visitors to indulge. While the best course of action for restaurateurs would be to hire a professional food photographer with an extensive resume,… Read more

Business Inspiration, Restaurant & Bars

10 Best Restaurant Industry Podcasts to Follow

Restaurant Industry Podcasts to Follow

Every business owner could use a little extra advice about how to succeed, and restaurant owners are no different. There are plenty of online resources for you geared specifically toward running a restaurant, including blog posts, forums and podcasts. Here, get your hands on 10 of the best podcasts on the restaurant industry.   Restaurant… Read more

Restaurant & Bars

Is Your Restaurant at Risk for a Chipotle-Scale Outbreak?

Is Your Restaurant at Risk for a Chipotle-Scale Outbreak?

Foodborne illness has been a big item in the news lately for the restaurant industry, with chains such as Chipotle suffering big drops in sales and loss of consumer confidence due to outbreaks of e. coli, norovirus, salmonella and other foodborne illnesses. While contaminated ingredients and poor food safety practices are often blamed for being… Read more

Employee Management, Hiring & Firing, Restaurant & Bars, Retail & Inventory

What Restaurant Owners Can Learn from the Waffle House Model

What Restaurant Owners Can Learn from the Waffle House Model

Waffle House is one of America’s most famous and widespread restaurant chains, with more than 1,500 locations throughout the South, offering waffles, omelets, patty melts and hash browns served eight different ways. Waffle House restaurants are iconic in the Southern U.S. and are open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. In fact, it’s… Read more

Restaurant & Bars

5 Reasons to Go from Restaurant to Food Truck

5 Reasons to Go from Restaurant to Food Truck

Once thought of as suitable only for construction sites, food trucks (which were often referred to as “the roach coach”) were usually stand-alone entrepreneurial enterprises that made their money serving workers on lunch breaks. Somewhere along the way, however, this concept created intrigue in the U.S., where Americans have not only accepted but embraced the… Read more