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The 3 Keys to a Restaurant Owner's Freedom

Updated: Jun 19, 2020

Being a restaurant owner is not an easy job. We juggle a lot of different things every single day. We need to handle various aspects of our business for it to thrive.

From finance to marketing, from operations to people management, etc. We have so much to oversee, and if we don't know how to be in control of things, we can lose our freedom of time.

Today, I am featuring a query from a fellow pizzeria owner from Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa, Anthony.

According to Anthony, they established the Oven Baked Pizzeria in 2015 as a way to create sustainable funding for a Non-Profit he started in 2014. As far as the restaurant is concerned, they are hitting break even each month. However, running the restaurant does take up a lot of his time, and leaving less time for him to focus on Non-Profit.

So, I would like to give some quick tips on how to manage time in allocating multiple tasks or roles, the keys to the restaurant owner's freedom:

1. Develop leaders

If you are a business owner, you must develop leaders. You need to train your people to become leaders who can make excellent decisions even without you.

Keep in mind that one of the keys to our freedom as restaurant owners is to train leaders. Not everything should depend on you. Create an environment where your people can figure things out and solve problems on their own.

It takes time to do this, but this is a practice that you need to teach your people -how to think, process, and make decisions like you. Identify and support those people who are interested in taking more responsibilities and eventually become your managers in the future.

2. Audit your time

You need to understand where your time is going. Observe what is taking so long out of your day.

What are some of the tasks that are not necessarily of high importance that you need to do? Find out who you can train to be in charge of those.

Develop systems that you can give to your leaders for them to lead. Equip them with the proper knowledge, attitude, and skills to help you in managing your people and operations.

Again, audit your time by distinguishing what's taking much of it that you can entrust to your leaders.

3. Keep things simple

There can be a lot of people who will come to you with great ideas and give you opportunities. But you have to be selective and focus on one project at a time so you won't complicate things.

For instance, for the first quarter of the year, my husband and I are concentrating on updating our catering menu. What also works for us is to have each of our managers own their projects.

This way, not all the tasks are on us. Everybody has a project that they are working on and accomplishing.

Remember, it takes a village to achieve success in your business. You have to make sure that you are not doing everything. Meet with your managers as they are working on different projects, but you are keeping things simple.


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