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How to avoid business mishaps?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Understand Your Skill Set  & Be in a Business that Excites You!

Many people choose the wrong business for them. They realise too late that there is too much sales involved, it doesn’t work round the children, or they can’t make the money they thought they could.  

Much of this can be avoided if you take some thoughtful first steps into understanding what you are good at. We always recommend to those individuals looking at the Cafe2U business that they make 2 lists: things they enjoy doing and things they hate doing. We all occasionally have to do things we don’t want to, but if we can keep these things to a minimum, we’ll keep ourselves happier, healthier and more successful. 

Working ‘in-your-flow’ is really important and you’ll know you are doing this if you wake up in the morning looking forward to your day. Asking a close friend or partner to list your strengths and weaknesses is always a good test of how others perceive you!  

Analyse the Risks

Everything you do involves elements of risk – from driving your car to ordering seafood! Business is no different. Just like in employment where you can be made redundant, business start-ups often end badly. According to The Times, 1 in every 2 business start-up fails in their first 2 years. With the odds heavily stacked against success, it is amazing that thousands of new small businesses are set up every year to join the 4.5 million already trading.

If you’re keen to run your own business but are interested in minimizing your risks of business failure, then franchising is a popular route to consider.   

Running a franchise is less risky because you are able to shortcut mistakes right from the start by being trained by the franchisor in best practice. You pay a fee for their knowledge and expertise in how to make money and keep costs down, how to find and keep customers happy and how to run the business as efficiently as possible. All the training and hindsight saves you considerable money and heartache – a shortcut to success.  



Do YOUR OWN Due Diligence  


No matter what anyone tells you, always ensure you do your own research. Check that the facts you are given are correct by researching online or speaking to existing franchisees. They will tell you what it is like running a franchise from their own point view. Yet consider the feedback you get in relation to your own situation and skill set. Different people have different ideas of what they want to earn, how much effort is a lot of effort or how many hours are too many or too few. 

Make sure you get enough information to make your own informed decision relative to your own circumstances, ambitions and goals.

Ensure You DO TAKE ACTION!  

If you want a change of lifestyle, or a flexible earning potential and want to be in a situation where your effort equals your reward, then running your own business or franchise could be a good solution. You do need to take action to make this happen and often the fear of the unknown or the fear of failure are the biggest things that hold us back in life.


Over to you

If you would like to get the complete guide on How To Avoid Business Mishaps please get in touch with us at franchises@uk.cafe2u.com.


National Franchise Exhibition, October 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

National Franchise Exhibition taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on 2nd & 3rd October is a fantastic opportunity to meet face-to-face with a wide-range of franchise owners to discover more about their businesses.

Cafe2U is among the exhibitors at the show, and will be located at stand L130 – come and say hi to us!

Cafe2U is the world’s largest mobile coffee franchise system, delivering fresh espresso coffee and great food to businesses, events and functions. Cafe2U is an associate member of the British Franchise Association and has over 65 franchises in the UK, and 200+ franchise partners worldwide.


Over to you

Will you be attending the National Franchise Exhibition? Tweet us @Cafe2ULtd using #NEF15!

If you would like to book an appointment with our National Recruitment Manager Martyn, please get in touch with us on franchises@uk.cafe2u.com


The History and Evolution of Coffee

Friday, September 04, 2015


Coffee has grown even more popular in recent years; it seems you can't go more than 10 feet without seeing someone with a coffee cup in their hand. With a 7% growth rate each year, worldwide, it doesn't look like the future is dim for the coffee industry either. Here's a quick history lesson on where our favorite morning brew started, and how it came to be the second most sought after commodity in the world after crude oil.


The first stories of a drink made from beans are actually a part of popular Middle Eastern myth. The myth says that a farmer noticed his goats eating beans, and that once they has consumed the beans, it would keep them restless and awake in their pens all night. So he took his finding to the town's archbishop, who made a drink from the beans. Throughout the evening mass, he noticed that the drink kept him alert throughout the service. And so, coffee was born.

It began being traded shortly after it spread through the middle eastern town, and coffee shops first sprang up in England in the 16th and 17th centuries. They were first used as a place where people paid a small fee and could get a cup of coffee and engage in intellectual conversation with the likes of philosophers and theologians. They were seen as intellectual hubs as they spread throughout Europe.

As time wore on, as is what happens with any industry, the shops became more popular and commercialized. In the past couple of decades, coffee giants like Starbucks have made coffee a household fixture, and have helped pave the way for other coffee companies and franchises.

Today, coffee is an estimated $100 billion industry worldwide. There are about 14 billion espressos and 500 billion cups of coffee consumed each year, and the industry growth only seems to be getting better with time. It has become one of the best food franchise opportunities for people who want to start their own business. New innovations such as mobile coffee vans and mobile cafes have ensured the continued success of coffee.

Sound off, and let us know: are mobile coffee vans the next big thing? What do you think about the industry's continued growth?