The time has come. After years of thinking about it, probably with both trepidation and profound excitement, you have decided to go for broke, find the investors you need, and open up the restaurant of your dreams. Good for you. There will probably be countless people, friends and family included, that will suggest you may be a little close to the crazy end of the spectrum of mental health. Others will applaud your bravery. There is one thing for certain—you are going to need capital, and quite a bit of it, to get your dream off the dock and headed for a successful voyage.
The most important part of this journey is to have all your ducks in a row before embarking on the quest for investors and capital. Your first, and most important duck, is your business plan. Your business plan is, in essence, your vision. It also includes the numbers and data to back up your vision and explains why your restaurant will succeed and thrive amidst the other 620,000 plus establishments in the U.S.
You’re now ready to undertake the sometimes long and arduous, and often exhilarating, task of finding the funding you require for your restaurant. Your funding can be found through numerous options including friends and family, credit card and home equity Loan, conventional bank loans, SBA and asset-based loans, crowdfunding & angel investors, and venture capital.