Starting up a new business is not just exciting for a budding entrepreneur but also a very nerve-wracking one, especially if you are new to the industry. The food industry is one of the most competitive industry, yet a very flourishing one, which is why it attracts budding entrepreneurs and new investors. Like every other business, food businesses has its own fair share of potholes that you need to tackle in order to avoid any unfavorable situation. One of the most critical and capital intensive areas of food businesses is to buy commercial kitchen equipment.
Kitchen equipment is essential, but at the same time, it consumes a good chunk of your capital, so it is very important that you choose the right equipment for your business. Here are a few things that you should remember when choosing
Pay Attention To Your Menu
There are a number of commercial kitchen equipment that is used by food businesses. However, it is not necessary that every eatery will need all the kitchen equipment. For example, a purely vegetarian restaurant might not need a meat slicer. Pay attention to your menu and pick and choose the commercial kitchen equipment according to your needs and requirements.
Once you have sorted out what kitchen equipment do you need, focus on your kitchen space and how you would want your equipment to be installed and placed. Kitchen equipment comes in various sizes, so choose sizes that will not make your kitchen space cramped and difficult to work. You can get smart with your choices by utilizing other than floor space. While the bigger bulkier items can use the floor space, you can use the wall, shelves, and counters for placing other smaller equipment.
There is no doubt that like every other asset kitchen appliances go through wear and tear. However, commercial kitchen equipment is not only expensive; it not easy to find similar replacements after every few months or even a couple of years. Look for equipment that offers greater life expectancy.
Your kitchen equipment will be requiring cleaning and maintenance, which has its own costs and is time-consuming. Look for equipment that is easy to maintain, is well built and is resistant to rust, corrosion, and chipping.
Buying cheap equipment is not the real deal. Your purchase cost is only a one-time cost, which will eventually get covered. The main use is the energy bills that your equipment will incur you. If you have to make a choice between a cheaper price point and greater energy efficiency, in the long run, it only makes sense that you go with the latter.
Value for Money
It is natural for business owners, especially new entrepreneurs, to instinctively pick equipment that is the cheapest. However, the right approach should be focusing on value for money and not the cost in itself. For example, instead of buying individual equipment for meat cutting and vegetable and cheese slicing because they are cheaper, you can pay a little extra to buy a multipurpose slicer that can handle all types of ingredients. This will not only help you with the overall equipment costs, but you will need one unit of labor, will save up on cleaning and maintenance and will save up on space.