Want to change career to open my own pho restaurant
Hi Cuong: Been lurking both the website and the forums and find your info very helpful. My question is what do you suggest my priorities should be to leave my IT job and open my own pho restaurant. I want something simple, some good food on menu plus pho, and am willing to learn and to run it by myself with whatever help I will need. Been reading up on restaurant business in the last year or so, and I know a good business plan is required, but overall I'm not quite sure what other questions to ask to get started. Can you provide some tips or how and where you would suggest for me to begin. I also read (elsewhere and on this website) about some people's experiences and definitely prefer to avoid others' mistakes.
Oooh Excelent question. Allow me to help put things in perspective.
One of the things you'll want to be sure about is your expected income. You're essentially trading off your IT salary to take on a restaurant owner's potential income. I'd do a quick calculation like so:
- Current IT salary is ~$100K (your actual number obviously can be different depending on where you are and what IT you actually do).
- Assuming you can achieve 10% net (in your pocket) with the restaurant, then you'll need about $1M revenue per year.
That said, you'll also need about $500K (maybe more) up front to open and operate a pho restaurant with $1M revenue.
That is, IF you do a lot of things right out of the gate, and continue to go along with no waste in time and money.
At this point, many people will stop here and rethink their plan. The new thinking will definitely include making a lot of compromises to all of your assumptions, wants and needs.
10% net (in your pocket)
Many pho restaurants do not achieve this, at least not in the early years. But the $500K investment is about right to open a restaurant that can do $1M revenue. Of course this assumes a very good location and you negotiate a good lease.
The math discussed by @haleyax87 and @vungtaukid6092 is very good estimate. You should do similar estimate to rough out what it all means in terms of what you wish to do versus reality. You have to look seriously at the math in order to make the right decision for your situation. There are a whole lot of other considerations on top of these simple forum questions and comments that will only apply to you and they will impact your decision making in major way.
Without knowing anything else about your budget and how much time you plan to get this off the ground, it's hard to suggest how you should proceed while avoiding others' mistakes.
Obviously no one will say "I want to repeat others' mistakes so I can learn."
But generally, if an entrepreneur has the time, then I'd suggest to at least get some experience working in a restaurant first, then learn as much as you can and ask as many questions as you can. Beside that, or in additional to that if you want to fast track your venture then I can work with you to prepare you for what you need to do in the time you need to do it in.