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Starting a night club business is a complex undertaking. You see, there are no schools on the career choice or should I say that lifestyle. And just because you have been a bartender or DJ, it doesn’t mean that was the education you needed. It’s just the education you have right now. But you need more. Much more. And because of the excitement of a nightclub, many people would like to get into the business and open their own.
But it’s not all roses either. It suits some, and not others, just like any other profession. Some of this reality is below and is intended to look at some of the negative aspects that maybe you haven’t thought of, that should be considered, before taking this step.
I have always loved this industry and spent my life in it. Some people spend their life at a desk and enjoy it, and that is something I couldn’t do.
I have written a guide on “how to start a nightclub” if you are looking for a more in depth guide on the procedures. But for generalities, read on.
But, do you have any business education? Experience in business, costs, human resources, management, purchasing, insurance, inventory control, theft deterrence, security, crowd control, etc, etc, etc. How to start a nightclub is involved.
Unfortunately, we live in a “NOW” society. Everybody wants things now! Sorry. Experience will be the only determining factor in obtaining knowledge. You may even find that during the experience you are going through, that this night club business, really isn’t for you. Surprise, surprise, surprise!
Night Club Pros will show you how to diversify your revenue into multiple streams to increase income, growth, and stability.
Before starting a night club business you need to learn, and grow into more responsible positions. Then manage as an assistant for awhile, and you will learn what you need to learn for starting a night club. The best place to start is at the bottom. From the janitor on up. You can’t possibly understand a problem if you have never done the work. You think you can, but sorry,you can’t
Because many people don’t like this kind of advice, they go ahead and try anyway. Every mistake you make will costs thousands of dollars along the way. That was always my selling line as a consultant. I use to say, if you only make ten mistakes, and that’s pretty good really, and each of those mistakes cost you five thousand dollars, that’s throwing away fifty thousand dollars! I’m cheaper then that at half the price.
This web site will give you insight. It is not, let me repeat, not, the only education you need.
There are so many facets to consider. Contrary to popular belief, it involves many personal attributes a person needs to find within themselves. It requires you to be mature, of average intelligence, motivated, have an entrepreneurial spirit, and a very good multi-tasker.(that means doing a whole bunch of stuff at the same time) In addition, you will need patience, understanding, be out going, and strong willed.
These are only a few of the wealth of attributes that are required when starting a night club. You will also need to function like a normal human being while under stress. You see, while you are juggling a multitude of things to make your dream come through, you can’t be short with family, friends, and business associates. You need to be able to think clear. Always.
Starting a night club business, and being in the night club business will require more from you personally, then any other occupation I know of. The night club business can be brutal to the average person. I’ve seen people just lose it. Remember, the night club business is not for the faint of heart.
Many people believe this is an easy business to manage. Not so! If you become an owner, or a night club manager, you will work harder and longer then anyone else you know. And if you are a manager, make sure you are getting paid well! Believe me!
And we haven’t even touched on what happens to your home life for those who have a spouse or significant other. They used to call this business “the home wrecker”. It can be a true statement. Are you still thinking about starting a night club? OK. Let’s continue.
An undertaking such as this will completely take over your life. Now, is your spouse or significant other going to put up with you working evenings till four or five in the morning??
Are they going to understand you have to work all the holidays?? How about working with the opposite sex a lot?? Are you a strong enough personality to stay away from the booze and cigarettes??
Many jeopardize their family and their health. You have to be strong willed and avoid the trappings of this business. I’m not saying that you are not allowed to have fun in this business, that’s always been part of the allure, but starting a night club is a business, and not a playground. Treat it that way and you will be fine.
These are serious questions you have to ask yourself when starting a night club. I have found many people don’t last five years in the night club industry. If they last the five years, they are burnt out!
You probably have read many articles on starting a night club before coming here. Have you noticed one thing familiar in all the things you have read? Negativity. It’s not that all of us that have experience in this field look at the glass as half empty. But we do know this industry is a difficult one that has sets of problems, and an education required, that is far from the norm.
SIDEBAR…One of the problems faced in starting a night club is with people who have more money then brains! Seriously!
Sometimes, you find this guy who has more then enough money. He’s been successful at whatever. Now, he’s going through male menopause, or he has an ego problem and has to show the world how smart he is.
He goes out, pays a ton for a lease, spends a fortune on tv’s, POS systems, and bar and kitchen equipment, and has absolutely no idea what he’s doing. His theme will be wrong, his design will be wrong, he won’t train properly, and so on.
Now why would someone get into this business with absolutely no knowledge of this industry, and do this?? Unbelievable!
I have seen wealthy individuals that have been in the car dealership field do this,I have seen people in manufacturing do this, I have seen people in real estate do this, movie stars do this, sports figures do this. It never ceases to amaze me.
I wish I could have met these people before they made this decision. I just wanted to tell them that it would be a lot easier to just cut me a check, as long as you were just going to throw it away.
Night Club Pros eliminates the complexities of this industry for you and explains matters in an easy to understand format. We’re “user friendly”.
Passion and desire are wonderful attributes. Just make sure your overwhelming passion doesn’t cloud your judgment. It’s like that love saying. You know the one. Love is blind!!
When starting a night club, you need to be aware of what is happening. Don’t let your passion blind you to some realities you don’t want to face.
Ok. I got my coffee. Anyway, where were we. Oh ya.
You need to understand, you need the experience and education. Please don’t attempt this without each. If you did, and it’s opening night, what do you do now? What do you tell the security to do? How about the bartenders? What about the DJ, his choice of music, lights, and how about that volume?? Ok, I’m done preaching.
Starting a night club is not just about music and lights, believe me. I described elsewhere on this site, it’s not “build it and they will come”.
Also, when you are in the process of starting a night club, remember, it’s not all about what you want, or what you would like. It’s about what concept will sell to your targeted customers. Never let this premise leave you while you are starting a night club.
You know, the public is a very fickle sort. You can open your night club, and do well, but never believe there is loyalty is this arena. Because when a new club down the street opens, believe me, they are going there to at least check it out. So when you are starting a night club, do it right the first time.
In learning how to start a night club, money will be the one thing that will start you or stop you. This doesn’t take to much to understand. Either you have it, or you don’t. That’s really the long and short of it. Money first!
And depending on what State you live in, is there a Liquor License available to you?
Assuming you have to cash to even start thinking about such an undertaking, you need to see if there is a demand for what you want to offer.
To do this takes a little leg work. Starting a night club can be a little tedious as you will find out. You need to get a copy of the demographics. Click Here for more information.
After reviewing this information, it will tell you if you should proceed. If you don’t have the customers, you shouldn’t be starting a night club.
You also need to start your road trip. If you are not real familiar with the restaurant and bar scene, you need to be! Go and see what your potential competition is going to be. How busy are they? How often? How long have they been in business?
You need to talk to people. Are they having fun in these places? What do they like? What do they dislike?
Yes, you have to do this homework. Take your time! Don’t go out on one Friday night and say, OK, I’m ready. Your lack of patience can get you in a lot of trouble.
Let’s say you have completed your task. You’ve done your road trip, read your demographics, and have the money. Now what?
Your location!! Now your happy and excited! Aren’t you! That’s good. I’m sure you heard the old adage, “location,location,location”.
Well it’s true. Your location is real important. If you are in an area that has other bars and such around, has lots of parking, and easy to get to. It sounds pretty good to me.
Ease of directions is important. Then no matter where someone is coming from, it will be easy to find you. You can’t make no money if you have no parking, so you better have it. And to be around the action of other businesses is important.
When starting a night club, the actual location itself is a whole other subject. We talk about this in much more detail in the newsletter, but I will give you an overview. OK
Where is it located? How much parking does it have? Does it set back off the street? How many square feet does it have? Is their room for expansion if needed? How high are the ceilings? How many tons of A/C does it have? What kind of heat? What type of bathroom facilities are there? What type of electrical service is there? Where is it located? And the list goes on and on. starting a night club is all about the details. Take them seriously.
The location you will need to choose depends on many, many things.
Next on the list after you have found the location of your choice is to verify there are no problems putting a Liquor License at this location. And, although you are looking at a commercial building, you need to go and check on the zoning to insure you are allowed to do this.
If everything is OK, you will then need to negotiate a lease, unless you are buying the building. Lease requirements are generally different then most businesses. You will want smaller year terms with many options, along with a three or four month grace period while building. You are also going to have some stipulations regarding air conditioning, bathrooms, and kitchens. These also get into a lot of detail. See the monthly newsletter for topics like this, starting a night club, and more.
Starting a night club business is getting more involved then you thought, isn’t it. It’s really not that bad, but you can’t be an indecisive person. Important decisions will need to be made all the time during this process.
You are going to want to incorporate also. And I’m sure under a sub-chapter s status.But what is real important, especially if you are new to this, make sure you seek the counsel from an insurance agent, accountant and a lawyer. Try to find companies that deal with businesses all the time. They are more familiar with these issues along with the transferring of a Liquor License.
Well, you have come a long way so far in starting a night club. Now that you have all these things settled, you need to design your night club in accordance with the theme you are going with and the target audience you are trying to attract.
A book can actually be written on this subject itself. But to get on with this overview, it’s time to design the interior.
Depending on your local and State laws, you may have to submit plans to the City of State Department of Labor and Industry. You may only require a building permit to remodel only.
After complete, you will need to find an architect and a contractor. Insure you investigate these people and insure they are above board. Only pay as work is completed.
Once the construction is started, you will be busy with hiring, training, advertising, marketing, menu’s, and the list goes on and on.
Starting a night club requires Management skills. Don’t forget to stop here.
I hoped this has helped you along your way. This gives you a basis from which to start.
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