HOW TO START A BAR IN INDIA?
Any business comes with its own set of problems and challenges, demanding a lot of thinking and planning in order make it sustainable. A person planning to start one should be prepared in advance for long working hours, monetary challenges and management issues. The list of constraints becomes manifold when one plans to start a Bar. Apart from the rules set in by the guide book to start a business, a person also has to handle the rules and regulations associated with drinking and the liability issues that come along with this business, especially in India. So, before you plan to pop that bottle of champagne, you need to follow some of the basic rules to set-up a bar business in the country.
ARE YOU PREPARED TO OWN A BAR?
The job description to manage a bar business demands your presence and visibility at all times.
Are you the kind of person who can socialise and spend long hours to check the sanity level in-house?
Do you have the skills to manage and check on your staff to ensure smooth running of the operations?
Even if you hire managers to do the job, you’re presence is still required,
Further, opening a bar requires a certain lifestyle pattern. If you are someone who loves to party hard, spend long hours away from home and your family or loved ones do not mind you being away from home- then you fit the bill well to start a bar business.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT BUSINESS MODELS FOR A BAR?
Bars can be categorised into various types, each of them requiring a different setup, capital and management. A person can decide on what is suitable for him/her or what suits his/her style and skills. Some of them have been listed below:
- Lounge Bar
- Sports Bar
- Concept Bar
- Tapas Bar
- Night Club etc.
HOW TO PICK A LOCATION?
The place where the Bar is located plays a very vital role in the success of this business. Choosing the right location can make your business either attract very many customers or can even put off many of them making the inflow limited.
It is also important to be aware of the existing State laws when choosing a location. Some State laws restrict or have specifics about the distance of the Bar from educational institutions, hospitals, religious places etc. while some of them make it mandatory for a Bar to be a part of a hotel with stated number of minimum rooms.
HOW TO APPLY FOR A BAR LICENSE?
Getting a Bar licensed approved is a must to start any bar. In order to get that, a company needs to be set-up and the license needs to be applied in the name of the same. This is to ensure that the Bar license is associated with a company and if required, can be transferred to another individual.
Furthermore, if a person plans to start a bar of his/her own or buys an existing bar, it should be made sure that an application for a liquor license is in place. This is one of the most uncertain tasks since; there is no surety that one will get a liquor license at the end. In this situation it is better to apply at least two to three months prior and simultaneously, incorporate a company or get a Limited Liability partnership (LLP) registration. When all this is in place, a bar can be started.
HOW TO HIRE OR TRAIN PEOPLE?
It is easier to hire employees because it can be done on a low-salaried basis but if you want to make a statement through your bar, it is very important that you train your staff about the requirements or how they deal with customers. If you are hiring freshers/people with no work experience, make sure they are guided by professionals and they are trained to handle things single-handedly as well. Good service in a Bar is one of the basic things to make it successful.
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