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    22 Replies Latest reply on Feb 10, 2010 7:52 AM by coffeenista

    Start My Own Espresso Coffee Business

    anthonydavis Wayfarer
      I want to start my own coffee business for a long while now. From Seattle, living in Pittsburgh. Have been making specialty drinks for friends and neighbors for years. It has always been a dream of mine to have my own place. I have a friend who has 3 espresso stands and 1 coffee shop and he's doing fantastic. I need some self confidence and any ideas from other coffee lovers. Is it easy to get a small business loan?
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          tonyharris Newbie
          All you gotta do first is to have a "business plan", after that you can go anywhere as long as you have that business plan
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            LUCKIEST Guide
            Start My Own Espresso Coffee Business, Welcome

            GO FOR IT. How old are you?? Do you have anything holding you back??
            Do you have the funds??
            As tonyharris said all you need is a Business Plan.
            Do you know about SCORE?? SCORE is FREE and can help

            Good luck, LUCKIEST

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              anthonydavis Wayfarer
              by the way what is SCORE? I am 29 years old
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                  LUCKIEST Guide
                  Start My Own Espresso Coffee Business, SCORE is FREE

                  SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit
                  association dedicated to educating
                  entrepreneurs and the formation,
                  growth and success of small business nationwide.
                  SCORE is a resource
                  partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

                  SCORE can help you succeed

                  Again, LUCKIEST
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                  General Newbie
                  other than the business plan, how much funds you need from the bank? in your plan you have to show what's your ability to repay the loan and how much experience you have etc. you also need an offer to lease for the location you are inteterested. Call the bank, sometimes they can help you for the business plan when you apply for the small business loan.
                  good luck
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                    puzzleman Tracker
                    How about this idea? If your friend is doing well with his three plus locations, how about using him as a resource to get the info that you need? Or what about you and the friend do a partnership on a new store for you. If things go well, then maybe you can buy him out. He wins as he another store making money and he doesn't have to involved as it will be your store. He gets payback on his loan when you buy him out. You have the opportunity to open your own store, his expertise in operations and when you buy him out, you get the store all to yourself.

                    Just an idea.

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                        Favour Newbie

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                          tonyharris Newbie
                          Is the coffee business still good these days? Heard Starbucks would be closing a number of their branches in the coming months or years.

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                              Iwrite Pioneer

                              Great observation.

                              Judging from the number of Starbucks cups I see here each morning, I don't think so. I think Starbucks lost their way a little and what we are seeing now is a correction. Most of the industry markers are showing a growth for coffee and teas, but it is becoming more segmented. People are looking for specialty drinks.

                              Not to highjack this, but the Starbucks problem was opening too many units too close to each other. In Dallas, you can find two Starbucks almost across the street from each other. Imagine the costs of running two stores within walking distance?

                              Another trend we are tracking is the move towards smaller, locally owned businesses - for some reason people are starting to move back to supporting local businesses. Without going into more than I can say, the "big boys" are noticing that the "mom's & pa's" are cutting into their business. One account I am very familar with is starting to track the flow of business to the smaller competitors - which is a first for them. I think we are at the beginning of an interesting shift in consumer thinking.

                              I say open your own or partner with your friend but hold onto your independence, it may be a plus.
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                              anthonydavis Wayfarer
                              Im quite alarmed of what Anthony and Luckiest are pointing out. It seems that the coffee business is not that hot like it was 5 years ago.
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                                richardthomas Newbie
                                I wouldnt say that the coffee business is "dead" . Aside from a good business plan is "location". If you can find a good busy location, then you're good to go, who doesnt like coffee anyway. Everyone loves coffee.
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                                  dennisgates Newbie
                                  With Starbuck's marketing initiative that I think started the coffee revolution, I would say coffee business is still a go...
                                  I read at which also talks about same "starting espresso business" that a good business plan is the vital piece to a successful business.
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                                    TLRInsnAcc Wayfarer

                                    The business plan is a good start and I hate to pour ice water on the topic (and that's one of the services our company supplies) so I d believe and understand the need for a good working business plan but there are other things to consider:


                                    1. Do you have enough cash (in savings - not retirement) to pay ALL your personal expenses for the first 12-18 months after opening your business.


                                    2. Do you want to consider looking into franchise opportunities - They can be very expensive and require a great deal of foundational time and a business plan is a must and that's not even the beginning but with franchises you stand a better chance of success.


                                    3. Do you have friends/others (with money that they could possibly lose) that believe in you dream, view, and abilities.

                                    4. In retail location in a biggie, can you find a location that has sufficient foot traffic i.e. big super market chains, established business areas, is their a large breakfast/lunch customer potential because those will be your two best times of day.

                                    5. Can you pick the brain of your friend that has the same type of business? I would keep him/her talking anywhere from 3-6months about their experiences both good and bad.

                                    6. Then after you've picked their brain - consider enlisting them in your venture. It may or may not be a good idea.

                                    7. Then after you've done that contact me for the next step!!!


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                                      richardthomas Newbie
                                      Hey Dennis, Thanks for sharing that link , its a good site for business networking..yeah i saw same thread there on their discussions
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                                        MetroGal Adventurer

                                        To ride on the Starbucks dialogue, if you're now thinking that coffee may not be the wisest choice now have you ever thought about a tea stand?
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                                          anthonydavis Wayfarer
                                          Hey that's a good perfect idea.. a "tea stand". People are fond of teas nowadays because of the health benefits that it gives.
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                                              DMIGUY Adventurer

                                              The coffee business and Starbucks are both going strong. Starbucks is not going out of business, they are simply regrouping and reconfiguring in light of the economic downturn.

                                              The question that remains to be answered is not whether people will still frequent neighborhood coffee shops, because they will, but whether they'll pay $5.00 for a cup of Joe. More and more coffee die-hards have been pushed toward Dunkin Donuts where you can still get a cup without need of a mortgage. However, Dunkin's format isn't conducive to the meeting-place atmosphere of a Starbucks. If you can somehow bridge the two profiles, that is come up with a great atmosphere but reasonably priced coffee, you might be the next Starbucks.

                                              Best of Luck.
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                                              Mybizfiler Adventurer


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