START UP TIMELINE

It’s important to plan every aspect of the business so you do things in the right order, and if one part of the project gets held up it won’t push back your handover or opening date.

By strategically planning the crucial tasks you can stay focused and in control.

This is an example of a start up timeline. Every business is different but this simple format gives a realistic idea of how long the process will take.

WEEK 1
  • Concept
  • Financial viability
  • Location
WEEK 2
  • Research
  • Draft menu
  • Business plan
WEEK 3
  • Lease negotiation
WEEK 4
  • Lease offer and acceptance
WEEK 5
  • Architectural and design plans (2 Weeks)
  • Lease Preparation
WEEK 6
  • Menu fully developed and costed
WEEK 7
  • Food Business License Application (4 Weeks)
  • Development Application (if change of purpose – 4 Weeks)
  • Choose a shop fitter
WEEK 8
  • Fit out commences (4 Weeks)
  • Insurance cover
  • Marketing
WEEK 9
  • Order equipment (to be delivered final week of fit out)
  • Develop systems
WEEK 10
  • Staff recruitment
  • Source suppliers
WEEK 11
  • Equipment delivered
  • Food Business License Approved
  • DA Approved
  • Fit out handover
WEEK 12
  • Order stock
  • Menu testing
  • Staff training
WEEK 13
  • Grand opening

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