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sabrinafuss

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Someone stated on this forum that it takes about a year for a new coffee cafe to break even. Is the same true for a mobile coffee cart, or are profits quicker because of the mobility and access to higher volumes of traffic? Do you think that its more profitable to park in a hospital/business building, or to count on being mobile, traveling to events etc.?
 

kevianos

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Any new business can take a small amount of time to become established. It is impossible to say if one will establish quicker then the other. That all depends on your personality and the location and products amongst other things.

Generally there are less overheads but you dont make as much, in our experience. So it all evens out. This also depends on the weather, not many people want to stand outside and have a coffee in winter.

If you are starting a new business and are making a lot of money in the first year, you are doing ok. Most don''t.

Kevin

www.karas-coffee.co.uk
 

John P

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My guess is you can break even much quicker with a cart (if you choose your location with the same care you would for a full caffe), but your earning potential, on average, will be much lower--unless you open multiples, hire many employees, and then the hair pulling begins. :shock:

Comparing apples to pumpkins.
 

Coffee Guy

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sabrinafuss said:
Someone stated on this forum that it takes about a year for a new coffee cafe to break even. Is the same true for a mobile coffee cart, or are profits quicker because of the mobility and access to higher volumes of traffic? Do you think that its more profitable to park in a hospital/business building, or to count on being mobile, traveling to events etc.?

Running a mobile is a bit different...First off since you will not have a secure location, i.e. storefront rather it be a cart, drive thru or a sit down location, you will have to develop a market. Meaning people will watch you for awhile to see if you are going to be there consistantly. You will have to find a place to dump water, wash dishes, commissary location, etc. Additionally, with the cost of fuel as it is and rising, you will be spending a considerable amount of money on both driving and propane to run your machine. Just a few things to think about.
 
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