Cafe Startup!

As a startup, you’re probably buzzing with enthusiasm, bursting with ideas and full of questions, so the fact that you’re here online researching and learning is a great sign. Kudos to you! It shows you’re ready to put in the effort to gain the knowledge you need, and you’re open to guidance.

Starting any new business presents a huge learning curve. You might have worked in the hospitality industry for years, but striking out on your own requires a whole new skill set. Suddenly you have to shift your mindset from employee or manager to business owner. Enthusiasm and passion can take you a long way, but if you’re going to make this a real success, you must balance that with knowledge and insight.

There’s never been a better time in your journey than now to get it right, and that’s why having an
experienced hospitality coach to listen and guide you through the startup process can be a lifesaver. It could be the difference between success and failure.

Our coaches have been there and done that; they know the common pitfalls and the shortcuts. They know what to avoid and what to strive for. Having an honest conversation with a coach can give you absolute clarity on what you want to do, why you want to do it, and, most importantly, how you’ll get there.


  • vision & goals
  • market research
  • concept & offerings
  • finance & funding
  • core team members
  • legal & regulatory
  • preliminary budgeting
  • initial branding & marketing
  • specific industry guidance
  • specific industry referrals
  • preliminary business planning
  • action planning

Business Planning & Strategy

We don’t like fear-mongering, but the reality is, without a solid business plan, an effective strategy, and a clear and visible target, your chances of success in the hospitality and business are limited. The statistics are out there if you care to look for them.

However, there is a silver lining. If you want your to stand the test of time and thrive, seeking expert advice on the areas you’re uncertain about is a smart investment. Our experienced coaches can help you define concrete, quantifiable goals and take practical steps to implement them, giving you the best shot at realising your vision and mission.

It’s no secret that successful entrepreneurs don’t rely solely on intuition and gut instinct. They have a crystal-clear blueprint and a well-thought-out strategy. With our help and guidance, you can, too.


  • refinement of concept & offerings
  • SWOT analysis
  • developing a comprehensive business plan
  • financial management & forecasting
  • marketing & branding strategy
  • operational considerations
  • customer experience and engagement
  • staffing & team management
  • metrics & performance tracking
  • anticipate challenges & develop contingency plans

Pre-Opening Business Modelling

Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs are so eager to open their doors that they skip a lot of essential learning. Far too many close down early due to a lack of knowledge about the numbers.

If you want to learn more before taking the plunge, we’ve got you covered. Our purpose-built in-house planning and modelling web application, HospoSure, is the ultimate in education, training and development.

You’ll learn about the items below (and loads more!)

  • menu development
  • pricing & costing
  • labour
  • ingredient and overhead expenses
  • sales ratio (what you actually make per item sold after all your expenses are taken into account)

HospoSure helps improve your awareness of personal risk by enhancing your financial and operational

It’s super easy to use! We’ve pre-entered hundreds of templated line items and products typically used by s,making it lightning-fast to enter financials and get results. Less stress for you! Say goodbye to spreadsheets,guesswork and gut instinct; HospoSure allows you to organise and manage your future like a pro.

And it gets even better. We can access your training portal to track your progress, provide support, and
shadow you while you learn the ropes. With our coaches supporting you and HospoSure in your toolkit, you’ll have everything you need to thrive.

If you need guidance and you’re ready to become empowered and successful, book some coaching.



Note: It is recommended that you have a paid HospoSure subscription *(have created a Venue) or another means of accurately modelling your cafe to get the most of this coaching session. Don’t worry if you don’t have either! We can talk about it during our session.
  • HospoSure tuition (If this is your preferred modelling method)
  • financial modeling
  • financial forecasting
  • preliminary menu development
  • revenue projections
  • potential revenue streams
  • estimation of sales volumes
  • cost analysis
  • profitability evaluation
  • viability & sustainability
  • capacity planning
  • menu development
  • potential risks and challenges

Leasing 101

While you’re doing the groundwork, you’ll want to start scouting for the perfect location for your cafe. This is an exciting period, and sometimes that excitement can override logic.

Bringing in an expert to review your plans can be a game-changer. With a second set of eyes and ears, you’ll be able to sanity-check your thought processes, save time and money, and gain a deeper understanding of the risks and benefits of potential locations. It’s an investment that can pay off in a big way, both in the short and long term.

Statistics on poor lease literacy are depressing. Landlords are now asking for longer leases, but many new owners are unaware of the complexities of a lease contract, so it’s common for leases to be broken in less than a year. But there’s no reason for your to become a statistic. Most issues are almost always avoidable.

Finding the perfect location for your and understanding your lease has never been more critical. We can help you navigate the process. With our expertise, you can avoid common pitfalls and set yourself up for long-term success.


  • location scouting
  • target market & demographics
  • potential lease opportunities
  • lease negotiation & terms
  • due diligence
  • lease agreement review
  • leasehold improvements
  • lease management & documentation
  • exit strategies
  • legal considerations

Coaching Notes

Because every cafe startup is unique, CCC coaching sessions are tailored to your current circumstances, challenges and opportunities, so session content will vary. Before your coaching session, you will receive a short Prep Form to help set you up for success. Following your session, we will send you a Session Report that includes session details and highlights, next steps, referrals and any future appointment suggestions for ongoing coaching to help you stay on track and achieve your goals. You will also receive a Resources document with links to additional areas of support that we feel you will find useful.

Personal Circumstances.

If you’re nailing Planning to Open, you can try out the Open for Business coaching subject areas by
booking a session.