If you love talking with others, building community, and mixing drinks, you might be thinking about opening a bar. It sounds like the perfect way to combine all the things you love. But there is a steep learning curve with opening your own business, and it probably feels overwhelming to know where to start. Here are a few key steps to opening a bar.
Make A Plan
A business plan is the most crucial first step of starting any business. If you aren’t sure how to write up a business plan, a quick Google search can help you. You might also consider asking a friend who has experience in business, or hiring someone to do it for you. At its core though, you should have a mission statement and a general 1-2 year map sketched out to give you a clear path of where you’re headed.
Get The Necessary Licenses
To open a bar you’ll need the obvious alcohol license Dallas TX. You’ll also need a food handling license, a business license, and a music license. Make sure you also look into what permits are needed to run a business in your area.
Choose Your Location
Location can be a make or break situation for businesses, especially bars and restaurants. You’ll want to consider traffic in the area, as well as the demographics and accessibility. Make sure to look up your area’s specific zoning laws and requirements before you buy land. You don’t want to end up with a building or plot of land that you can’t use.
Choose a Name
Choosing a name and branding for your business is one of the most fun parts of starting a business, but can bring its own stress too. You’ll need to make sure you pick a name that’s catchy, easy to remember, and not already taken in your area. It’s also a good idea to trademark your name to protect you and your business. If you hire a lawyer to help you the process should be fairly smooth and you’ll have your very own name and logo in no time.