The top 5 Benefits of Hiring a commercial kitchen for your food business

Friday, 27 February 2015
Published in Blog
I was talking to Lani from Yelp Brisbane the other day when she came out to visit our space. Our conversation drifted towards the benefits of hiring a commercial kitchen space as opposed to cooking from home and I realised there were many benefits that are usually overlooked. Our conversation inspired me to write post about it so I decided to compile a list of the top 5 reasons to hire a commercial kitchen for your food business.



1. You are more productive
Lani and I were discussing this after she used our office spaces for hire the other day. When you take the time to get out of your home, change your environment and hire a space to use, your productivity increases dramatically. Not only does the physical change of environment stimulate your mind, but your mindset will change with the introduction of a definitive start and end time. Many articles I have read over the years have all recognised a similar concept of key triggers. Over time, just by walking through the door to the kitchen and unpacking your ingredients, this will trigger your subconscious to go “ok, now it’s time to work”. At home, there are distractions such as pets, kids, tv and chores that disrupt our routine and play havoc with our focus.



2. Professional Equipment means Professional Product
Just as good quality ingredients mean a great quality product, professional equipment will ensure your product is as good as it can be. There are areas in your business where you can cut cost to save money, but when it comes down to the product you are selling, you only get one chance with a customer. Get it right and not only will they keep coming back, they will spread the word and help build grow your business.



3. Protect your carefully built brand image
You have and will spend many hours building a loyal customer base and strong brand image that your customers will come to love and trust. They trust that you are producing a high quality product that is produced in a high quality environment. If there was an incident to occur in relation to a businesses food product such as food poisoning, and their customers found out that their processes did not meet regulations, it would be much harder to rebuild trust and loyalty with the brand than if they followed council regulations and could claim they were doing the right thing.



4. Your insurance will actually mean something
Public liability insurance is something we unavoidably need to have when owning a food business. It protects us in the rare incident of food poisoning or a similar case, however failing to follow regulations would mean that money would be wasted. Insurance will be helpful unless you are unable to prove that you have been following the correct procedures.



5. Scale with ease
Studies have found that one of the biggest fears of small business owners is that they will not be able to handle rapid growth if it were to occur. Let me assure you, like Guy Kawasaki said in his awesome talk “The top 10 mistakes of an entrepreneurs”, this is the best problem you can have. With a commercial kitchen, this will make the process much smoother. Increase your hours of hiring and double your staff if necessary to meet demand, other than this, you can fine tune your process methods to ensure they are as smooth as possible. No need to look for a venue, then have to wait while your food license is approved before moving premises and having to adjust to new equipment and all the hassle that comes with moving.