The Business Model Structure & Culture of Cafe Bakeries

by Nicole Manuel; Updated September 26, 2017
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Implementing a business plan can improve your chances of operating a successful cafe bakery. An industry-specific business model helps you become familiar with your market so that you can construct an atmosphere, drinks and meals that will appeal to your customers. Knowing what to include in your business model helps clarify your operational needs so that your cafe bakery can run more smoothly.

Basic Structure of a Business Model

According to the National Federation of Independent Business, there are seven vital sections to a business model. The first two sections are the executive summary and company description, where you outline the objectives of your business and clarify the industry in which you operate. The next section is the market analysis, which considers your competition and the needs of your consumers. From that, you define the products and services you will offer. Planning your business operations from management to customer service is critical. Finally, a strategy for implementation is produced using the above information as a guide.

Market Analysis for Cafe Bakeries

A market analysis provides information that helps you determine a strategy to compete in your industry. This should include industry statistics and data relevant to your business. For instance, information regarding fast food or fine dining restaurants would be irrelevant for a cafe bakery. The market analysis also should include a SWOT analysis consisting of the strengths and weaknesses of your competitors as well as the opportunities and threats in your industry. Finally, analyze the size and demographic of your market so you can understand your customer better and know what will draw them to your business. For example, a cafe bakery might entice young customers with frozen coffees, while attracting older customers with home-style baked goods.

Products and Strategy Implementation

From your SWOT analysis, customer demographics, and industry data, you can begin creating products that will attract your target market, allowing you to be both creative and strategic. For instance, you can choose the quantity, size, and intricacy of dessert coffees and baked goods that a customer can purchase at a given price by determining the cost of each product and the rate of return you want. Producing high-quality products, promoting multiple sales with deals and using loyalty cards encourages frequent buyers. Once you have identified the strategy you wish to use and a list of products and prices, you can begin working on the aesthetics of your cafe bakery.

Culture and Atmosphere

The culture and atmosphere of a cafe bakery is very distinct as compared to other restaurants and drink shops. For instance, the aroma of coffee as you enter the door, Internet cafes, and chalkboard menus typically are associated with the atmosphere of a cafe bakery. You can choose, however, to play with this idea by differentiating yourself from the competition. You can select a theme unique to your cafe or simply add something your competitors don't have like a sofa or flat screen television. Out of all the strategies you create, the atmosphere of your cafe bakery will be one of the first things a customer notices when he or she enters your business.

About the Author

Nicole Manuel is a finance and economics writer with a degree in economics and more than six years of professional writing experience. She is also a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) known as The Personal Eco-nomist, who specializes in helping people live healthy, abundant lives on a budget.

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