Cheryl Elliott March 7, 2020 Checklist Template
Did you know that 90% of start-up restaurants fail in the first year? Statistics show that 42,000 restaurants apply for restaurants permits yearly in the United States. Only 10% of those restaurants actually make it past the first year. With statistics like those, owners and managers should use any resource available to prevent the closing of their restaurant.
Its probably easier to look for a good rental checklist online or at a local library than it would be to create one from scratch, but it depends on the unit and the time you are willing to spend. A quick Google search for `rental checklist` or `rental checklist template` would be a good place to start. If you are happy with a hardcopy or prefer not to use the computer, a local library would be a good place to start. Additionally, some stores that carry business use documents may also have some inexpensive forms. A checklist is a list of items or tasks to be documented, checked and followed closely. The list of tasks in a checklist are to be remembered also but as it is hard to remember a lengthy list of tasks and items, the tasks and items are documented for reference and so that they are not forgotten.
Follow the tasks on your checklist and tick them off as you complete them. You may find it handy to keep an updated version on your computer where you can add notes such as deposits paid and when final payments are due. Use a notebook to record any notes rather than writing them on the checklist itself as it can soon become crowded and illegible!
Keep a copy of your checklist with your wedding planning notes and give a copy to anyone who is helping you with your wedding plans, such as your maid of honor, groom and your mom. Also keep a copy on your noticeboard or somewhere where it can be quickly referred to should you need it.
Personally, I use two types of checklists. I use an excel spreadsheet and a filemaker database. They serve two different purposes: 1. The excel or spreadsheet style checklist affords a lot of room for detail and serves well as a simple database. I can plug in dates, times, names and math/budget functions. Budget functions are really important in a checklist in my opinion. For me as an event planner, I live and die by the budget. We can train anyone to plan an event, but planning an event within theme and on or below budget is the sign of a pro. Using a spreadsheet allows us to combine budget details with all of the other event details.
Do you want to build a successful restaurant? If you do, then it is important to learn the same standards that made these restaurants grow to be large corporations. You may think you do not need standards for your independently owned restaurant, but consistent policies and rules are important in every restaurant!