Are you thinking of opening a frozen yogurt or soft serve ice cream store at some point in the near or distant future? If so, Forte Supply wants your experience to be as successful as possible! A key to success when it comes to opening any type of business is anticipating expenses so you can plan accordingly. The last thing you want is to put your time and money into opening a frozen yogurt or soft serve ice cream shop only to be surprised by expenses that you did not expect. If you are working on a tight start-up budget, and if significant unexpected expenses arises, you might find yourself in a financial bind. Therefore, make sure to consider the following before executing your plan to open a store.
Do Your Research
As you begin the process of deciding where to open your new shop, make sure to consider whether a stand-alone building, a storefront in a strip mall, a kiosk in a mall, etc… is the best option for you. Your location decision should be based on your business plan and your target market. Do you want to focus on sales to high school students? If so, your location should be near a school. Do you want to target families? If so, you might want your frozen yogurt or soft serve ice cream shop to be located in a mall. The importance of a good location is essential. If you choose the wrong location and you have to move your shop in order to survive, you will ultimately end up spending a significant amount of extra money – something that could have been averted by choosing a good location from the get-go.
Plan for Permit and Licensing Fees
Every state, city, and/or county has permit and license requirements for businesses. Make sure you budget for all associated fees.
Determine How Many Frozen Yogurt and/or Soft Serve Ice Cream Machines You Will Need
Most self-serve frozen yogurt and/or soft serve ice cream shops have more than one machine. In fact, it’s normal for frozen yogurt stores to have up to eight machines. Having enough machines is essential for two reasons. First, more machines allows customers to have a good variety of flavor choices. Second, ample machines allow for good traffic flow. A line of customers impatiently waiting for others who are taking their time tasting samples and choosing flavors is not ideal. You want to make sure customers have access to your frozen yogurt or soft serve ice cream within a few minutes of entering your store.
Evaluate all Machine Types Before Buying
There are many different frozen yogurt and soft serve ice cream machine options. From single serve to triple serve there are many choices. It’s important to select the right ones. This will prevent you from ordering and installing machines that do not actually meet your needs and then having to purchase different ones a few months later.
Forte Supply is here to help you order and purchase the best possible frozen yogurt and/or soft serve ice cream machines for your specific set-up. Call us today for free advice!