When you decide to put up a commercial food business, you will need equipment for this kind of an operation. There is always the tendency however to buy more than what you need when it comes to the things you think you will need for your business, and this is why you need to be careful at the onset. In order for you to ensure that you buy only what you need at the beginning of your endeavor, there are a few things that you need to do:
Make a list of the things that your business truly needs – do not go equipment shopping without a list. This will open you up to the possibility of overspending since you will start envisioning things that your kitchen and business will need when you see the many different items that are on sale. You can end up buying a commercial cake display case because you “might” include baked goodies on your menu.
You might end up buying a 12-slot food warmer because you “might” consider doing buffet sometimes for your food business. The word “might” can be a tricky thing, and while you might think you needs something, and end up not using such a piece of equipment from the start. You will have something that cost a lot of money just eating up space because you are not yet ready to use it, or don’t really need it at all.
Make a list of things that you already have and can be used in the meantime – no, you do not have to buy a 12-burner stove or a massive flat-top if you are just planning on starting small. You will require those things if you are going big or are expanding your business to serve more and do more. Buying these rather expensive items at the start will not only eat into your capital but will also limit your spending capabilities when it comes to buying the things that you do need, like the ingredients for the food you will cook and the utensils that you will need to cook with.
Plan for both big and small enterprises – do not limit yourself to being just a small business, if you believe that you have what it takes to make it big. Make a list of the things you will need to have in order to run a small business successfully, then make a list of possible upgrades you will need when the business does well. You can then buy the bigger and more expensive commercial kitchen equipment you require as the need or demand arises.