First thing you need to do is to find an ideal place to start the canteen business, location is very important when starting a business, finding a strategic location will jump start your business and this is a must for all small business ideas in Kenya. Another thing you need to take note at the location is the competition. You can use the questions below as a guideline to evaluate the location of your small business.
How many canteens, restaurants or fast food chains are present in the area?
Can I compete with them?
Who is the strongest competition in the area?
What foods does the customer like in strongest canteens?
What do I need to do in order to get customers?
After answering the questions above and you are really determined to start your canteen business then its time to get started and cook foods and devise a good marketing strategy to get a market share!
Second thing you need to do is purchase the things your canteen/eatery need,
Things you need to have!
kitchen tools (stove, gas cooker etc...)
chairs and tables
*You can get a refrigerator from Coca Cola agents but you can only sell Coca Cola products, you can save ten thousand for a refrigerator though.
Third thing you need to do is to register your business, better do it early so you will not encounter any problems when you are already starting your business, you also need to get health permits and other stuffs to legalize your eatery, consider it as part of your investments.
Lastly, decide what to cook, make sure that your food is delicious! This way your customers will come back for more.
Delicious Food Recipes for Your Canteen/Eatery Business
Please remember that in order to get customers you must treat them like your family, be nice to them and always smile, serve good tasting foods and don't charge too much.
With many items to cook and a lot of customers to serve make sure to get trusted employees to help you in your business, educate them to be customer friendly, an employee that have a bad attitude can ruin your business you keep eye on them and don't forget to remind and educate them and you can make them do what you want just be good and nice to them. Treat your employees like friends but show them that you are the authority.
With proper management who knows your small canteen business can become a restaurant someday if you know how to treat customers well and cook delicious and affordable foods for all.