|Frankie's Maggie Valley NC|
Another reason I applied there is because I haven’t heard anything particularly negative about the owners. I live in a small town and meet the same people over and over again, so if they were really horrible employers I would have heard about it by now. Restaurant owners typically have intense personalities because all of their money is tied into their business. I think I would be a difficult person to work for because I wouldn’t want to lose money due to lazy or wasteful employees.
|I wish I knew how to use herbs like the Italians at the restaurant I work for.|
My neighbor is going to open an organic smoothie and coffee shop in the near future. He would like me to manage it for him, but I told him I could only work a few hours a day and not be manager. It made me think about the successful restaurants I’ve worked for. My parents were small business owners and many of the people I know have small businesses, so I know what it takes to run a business effectively. Over the years, I have worked at two successful restaurants and three restaurants that were obviously floundering. My goal was to find the commonalities between the successful restaurants and I came up with a list of three basic qualities.
Social awareness includes being aware of what people say about your business. People will gossip and it can be a good thing or bad thing, but a business owner has to be aware of their reputation. Criticism can be a good thing if it is acted on appropriately.
Small Leaks Sink Ships
The two successful restaurants I have worked for have both been efficient with their resources. Any food that is thrown in the trash before it is sold is essentially money being thrown away. Let me clarify that being efficient does not mean being cheap. An example of being cheap is serving food on a chipped plate because it costs money to replace the plate, but the business could potentially lose several customers by serving food on chipped plates which costs more than replacing a plate. Properly running equipment also means efficiency even if it initially costs money to repair.
I mentioned that I was once accused of stealing by the owners of a business. In the five months I worked at that restaurant, I rarely saw the owners. They didn’t know anything about me or had said more than a few words to me after I was hired. The owners of the two successful restaurants are fully invested in their business and work nearly every single day the business is open. They know all of the employees and can usually accurately judge someone’s character. There is a problem when someone says that they want to open a business but they would like someone else to manage it. I see that as a recipe for failure because nobody should be more involved in a business than the people who actually own it.