1. 6/7/2013

    Smart ideas require a smart consultant. I love this. I especially love the line, in bold, to not open a restaurant if you want to make a quick buck. So true.

    • 6/8/2013

      Thanks Kate! I think that anyone who approaches anything for the sole purpose of making bank will be sorely disappointed by the amount of work it takes to bring in the bucks. Or not.

  2. Chris Emptage

    Hi food Woolf I have been toying with this idea for a few days now partly because I need a job partly because I LOVE freshly squeezed juice and partly bacuse I had an idea that a stylized juice bar might me a cool thing to run here in Reading we have one Juice bar and that’s all takeaway think I can do it better may not a huge range but freely squeezed simple juice of on or two different fruits could be better then 20 odd combinations don’t you think? do I have a shot?

  3. Mincy

    My wife and I are considering this business in our market here in Jacksonville, Fl. It is not saturated at all. In fact there is a growing request with a major gym chain to lease the pre-builtout space. This gym will be opening 12 new locations in the next two years. Currently they have 4 locations and only one has a juice bar in operation.

    The problem I’m having is calculating projections for my investor. I have know clue what type of profits I could yield based on the number of members at the gym. Everyone is closed lips that I ask. This market is big enough for us all to survive but no one wants to share information with me in fear of me becoming competition.

  4. 11/9/2013

    Great advice! I am right along with Kate and Chris above. I am “toying” with the idea, and your comments made me re-think my goals. I LOVE fresh juice, and I have seen a good model in Germany, but I bet it is much better to just juice for myself than start a business. I’ll definitely contact you if I get more serious.

  5. Ken Gardipee

    I currently own a yogurt shop, my business location is established as I have now been open for three years. Looking to add juice to push my profit over the top.

  6. Carrie

    So…how do I hire you! Not looking for millions(would be nice) just a great income for a fam business. Small town in a big city. Just worry about initial costs of start up and what I can expect in revenue.

  7. 2/4/2014

    The resturant business is a quick buck, if you are willing to work hard. I mean married to the business hard. There is nothing but money in this business, everyone I know that has a food business cries how there is no money in it, yet they own a house and drive very nice cars,
    I think one thing no one talks about is that the LOVE of the work and labor, If you dont love this business dont get into it, do something else, but if you love people loving your food this is the business to get into, anyone can start a business, but not everyone can sustain a business
    Thats why the failure rate is so high, you need help, good labor, every business has this problem
    And the owner must set the pace and the rules, I dont know if you get rich but its definetly a great living and in this economy a great living is not over rated.

  8. Restaurant man

    I find it humorous that so many people talk about opening a business on a whim. Com’on everyone it’s not that simple – if it was, EVERYONE would own their own shop/store and no one would work for anyone else. We know that certainly isn’t the case. Running a juice bar isn’t nearly as complicated as running a restaurant. I know as I’ve opened 16 restaurants and now own 3 juice/shake bars. The business model may be similar but the opportunity for failure is far greater with a restaurant and the potential losses can be financially devastating. A juice bar on the other hand is more manageable and requires far less capital to get started.
    I’ve worked as a restaurant consultant myself for over 10 years and while much of what the author has written is true they conveniently left out that when properly put together – from concept, business plan, location, lease holds, build costs, marketing, labour, food costs, controllable’s, and lastly but not least – your passion to work it and see it succeed are in place – you can make a VERY good living with a solid sustainable business.
    I worked for other people for years and literally made them millions of dollars. Now I make well into 6 figures working for myself and employ 8 people that I am able to pay a decent wage to. Owning your own business allows for many tax write offs from part of your mortgage as an office, part of your vehicle and insurance, equipment depreciation etc.
    If you are considering opening a business there are many factors to consider – however don’t be dissuaded by others telling you it’s too risky. Have a solid plan, plan to work and work your plan. It takes time and hard work but the benefits are far reaching and you’ll wonder why you ever worked for someone else. I know I do!

    Before you consider hiring a consultant – check their references, as previous people who employed them if they feel they were worth the investment and do as much of the work as possible yourself. After all it is YOUR business not theirs. NO ONE will care nearly as much about it as you do and they don’t worry about spending your money. Most banks have small business consultants and are more than willing to help you – it’s the business they are in to help you make more money so you can use more of their services. Check with your bank, look online, make a business plan and take the leap. If you believe in yourself and do your homework then you can succeed. It’s NOT easy, but it’s worth it!!!

    Good luck.

    • 2/21/2014

      Thank you for you comment, Restaurant Man. It’s always wonderful to hear the passionate perspective of someone who knows what it takes to deliver success.

    • Restaurant Man Thanks! I am currently trying to see about finding an Incubator Kitchen to use space. This is one thing I think is important for me looking to start off. I’m struggling to get into this business wondering how to do this while working 3 jobs and being a single mom. I know I will do it, I need to break down and try to get a loan. I wanted to do it w/out getting a loan. I wanted to start small (small retail space). *deep breath* on to the next steps! By the way, the health department never returns calls, not sure why. I suppose anything to make it difficult to start a new business? Keep on pushing! Seriously hard to get all this going w/out $$$, do you suggest a basic business plan? I have several types (very detailed all the way to one very simple).

    • Thomas Lai

      Hello. I am looking to open up my own juice & smoothie bar here in San Francisco. How much money do you think I would need to start up? I was thinking about 50k. I am 24 years old, a recent college grad, and I am really considering doing this. Thanks

  9. Melanie

    So if the answer is “yes” to all of the above — what do you suggest about the next step? I’m researching ideas for this specific type of start up. Looking for all the resources I can squeeze (hehe).

  10. Justin

    I live in a town of 3,500 people with thousands of passing traffic each day , there are no juice bars for hundreds of kilometres (or miles whichever you use) so there is no competition. How would I go about getting started? and are their any protections available incase it utterly fails (I don’t want to lose everything)

    • 6/19/2014

      Justin, sounds like you are at the beginning of your journey! Try answering the questions here first and then begin doing the preliminary research on what it takes to start your own business. There are no protections in being an entrepreneur–which is why so few people go out on the limb to take the big risks. Good luck to you!

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  12. Linda Groshek

    It is incredible to read all this advice. I to would love to open a juice bar. There is not one juice bar in our small yet popular town. People are wanting a juice bar badly. My problem is I am starting a different hollistic practice that would work great with a juice bar, but I dont have the time or effort to see it through but I do believe I have the money and location, just no one to run it, and I wont have time to be hands on. I can be there daily early morning or night but dont have time to really work it and be there. Sounds like I better not go down that road?

  13. West wing

    I need help to set up juice bar in Geelong, Australia. I am running the restaurant at the moment, but have problem about staff. I would like to change to juice bar.

  14. From someone that works in the Juice/Smoothie bar industry and is in contact with business owners daily, I think this article is right on. Definitely it provided some real food for thought. I work for Tambor Acai, we supply premium frozen acai to foodservice customers around the world. It is my personal opinion that the pressed juice concept is just on the way out of center stage while the next concept will be/ already is acai and smoothie bowls. Want proof, look on Instagram. Also, the Southern California and Hawaii region have had businesses selling acai bowls for just over 5 years now. Now it is just starting to spread Eastward and North, as well as international, based on the requests we receive. I’m available to talk with any business owners/startups, just email me.

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