Many restaurateurs know that hiring a good restaurant consultant is a sure fire way to put their business on a positive pedestal. However, many are still skeptical about hiring one because of some misconceptions.
Below are some of the most common ones and the truth you need to know before hiring a good restaurant consultant:
Hiring A Restaurant Consultant Is Really Expensive: This is a fallacy. A good restaurant consultant does not rely on a one-off charge to survive. Instead, it charges a retainer fee that allows him or her to work with you on a long-term agreement. Thus, while a reputable restaurant consultant will charge a reasonable sum to work with you, the main benefit is to see you grow so you can serve as a case study for feature clients.
The Quality Of Services Rendered is Based On What A Client Can Pay: We all know that quality service costs a reasonable sum but a good restaurant consultant knows better than to allow price determine the quality of his or her services – Rather not work with the client. Generally, the consulting fee is dependent on the scope of the planning and work involved. For new restaurants, the first step is usually feasibility study and profit projections.
If everything seems right, we can then create executable strategies that the restaurant owner can implement. However, if he or she does not have the skills to execute the strategies or need help to speed up the process, we can then come in with our expertise to execute specific parts of the strategy or even all the tasks leading to the launch. After the launch, we can also continue to assist in marketing and management.
A Restaurant Consultant Can Only Work With Big Clients: The size of your business does not matter. What matters is your desire to launch a successful startup or change the fortune of your existing restaurant. Irrespective of a client’s operation capacity, we are most satisfied when we can help you achieve your business goal.
Working With A Consultant Will Make Me Dependent: If you allow a restaurant consulting firm to take care of every aspect of your business without your input, you may see an increase in profit but you will not learn how to handle the important aspects of your business. And this can also be very expensive.
When working with a client, we endeavor to involve them in every step, from financial planning to menu design and execution of the concepts. This way, the client gets to understand how things work and can even take up the management of some parts of the business to reduce the consulting cost and make more profit.
I Don’t Need A Restaurant Consultant for Menu Engineering If I Have a Chef: This is a common misconception that has led to the downfall of many restaurants. There is more to menu engineering than knowing how to create recipes. The financial aspect is as important as the taste of the food, if not more important. A good restaurant consultant will consider all the necessary factors – cost control, profit, and consistency.
If you are planning to open a new restaurant in Dubai or you are a restaurateur who needs assistance with growing your business, feel free to reach out to us. DB-Hospitality is a full-service restaurant consulting firm in Dubai and we have helped many restaurant owners startup successful businesses in Dubai.