Food business in Nigeria is good business; people have to eat and they have to get the food from somewhere. Starting a food business in Nigeria is a step in the right direction if you know the right way to go about it.
The sustainability of your business is also assured because not everyone will have the time to make a meal at home neither will people stop eating even when there is an economic downturn.
Like every other business in Nigeria, the food business has its limitations such as the irregular power supply, availability of materials among several other diseconomies.
On a general scale, these are a few things every food entrepreneur in Nigerian must first take into consideration before starting out.
1. Have a plan
There is no business that survives without a plan. If you dream of having a food business will ever come true, you need to had a plan of how you want it to be. A plan helps you to keep abreast of what is needful and what is irrelevant to you. Your plan will also help you see at a glance what level you want to start from and where you are heading to with your business. Depending on the the concept you are going with ( is it a buka, restaurant or a grand scale eatery), having a plan will help you know how to properly establish it.
2. Update your culinary skills
Most times people who start food businesses already know how to cook or are very passionate about cooking. Before you set out to start the business, make sure you are up to date on dishes and other culinary skills you will need later.
3. Find a great location
For every business that has to do with keeping contact with people, location is everything. Look out a place where it will be easy for your kind of prospective clients to find you.
4. Create a menu
Having a list of food that you want to have on your restaurant’s menu matters a lot. It even goes as far as determining the kind of staff ( e.g cook) that you will employ. A signature dish from recipes you come up with also gives you some popularity.
5. Give your restaurant a good theme
Creating a relaxing atmosphere for you customers to eat is vital to if they will be coming back the next time. Chose a theme that is distinct but at the same time can serve you for long ( you might not be able to change it very soon).
6. Hire the right people for the job
Your employees will be the face of your brand, so they have to know that they will be relating to people on a regular basis and they have to do it right. Getting good staff might not be easy, but when you find them, they can make all the difference to your business.