4 Restaurant Equipment Shopping Tips to Help You Save Money

The business of running a restaurant is no small task. As tantalizing and stomach-filling as the air around the restaurant can be, inviting passers-by and the regular customers, the business of preparing and serving food and drinks to customers in exchange for money can be very daunting.

From making sure all your customers are satisfied – the early birds and the night crawlers, to whipping up tasty meals for them and maintaining the equipment which is always in use, it can be hard to keep up.

You have to be on top of your game every time. You need a great work force, an amazing location - "location is everything" - and, last but not least, equipment in good working conditions which can make magic happens.

Speaking of restaurant equipment, since most of them are heavily used daily, there's every tendency to get a replacement every now and then.

Making restaurant equipment purchase can be exciting and tricky too. While you're looking out for the best kitchen equipment,you’re also keeping your eyes on your budget.

The question then remains: how can you save money while shopping for restaurant equipment? Here are 5 tips to help you:

1. Check out Equipment Websites

When shopping for restaurant equipment, you don't have to limit yourself to physical stores. You can find what these stores offer – and even more – on the internet.

All you need to do is know where to look. You can use search engines to look them up. And you can filter your list based on location. For example, if you're in New York, you can check out websites of New-York based stores like Kitchenall in Brooklyn.

2. Differentiate Between What You Need and What You Want

While shopping for the next equipment to add to your restaurant's glittering collection, you may be tempted to also purchase equipment you think you need, but in reality, just want.

For example, while searching for a good oven for your restaurant, you may stumble upon a beautiful coffee maker. Before you start thinking of buying both an oven and a coffee maker, do you really need a coffee maker? Does the restaurant need one?

Identifying what you need and what you want can make a significant difference in your shopping and help you to save money.

3. Talk to Other People in the Business

One of legendary investor Warren Buffett's 9 essential rules for running a business is keeping a good company. And why not?

It's impossible to have been everywhere. Your knowledge is limited. And to make great decisions like knowing which store offers the best prices, knowing where you can buy more for less, coupon codes and all, you need to know people in your restaurant business.

These people will most likely have ready-made answers to questions bothering on how to save money while shopping for restaurant equipment.

4. Leasing

When it comes to purchasing restaurant equipment, there are lots of arguments as to which ones to buy. Brand new equipment or used ones?

Whichever choice you make, you can still save money – even make some more money – by leasing them.

Leasing restaurant equipment is a two-edged sword, with you wielding the sword. On one side of the sword, you can choose to lease kitchen equipment instead of buying. This will generally cost you less than buying new ones and will, in turn, help you to save money.

On the other side, you can buy new restaurant equipment like fryers, grills, microwaves, etc, and then lease them out. This way, you can make your money back with some profit.

With these tips, you can be sure to get the best of restaurant equipment while saving money too, every time you go equipment shopping. Put them to practice and notice the difference in your balance sheets.


Jimmy Rohampton is a freelance writer, blogger and business consultant from Southwest London. He travels the world and helps people master blogging and online marketing at HowToCreateABlog.org. Think you're interesting and he should know you? Say "Hi" to him at Jimmy@HowToCreateABlog.org

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