If you love going to the pub for a drink or two, running your own pub might sound like a dream come true. After all, life on the other side of the bar can't be that different from visiting pubs as a customer, right? As long as you know your way around a beer pump, know how to talk to customers, and can work a till, it doesn't sound too hard.
In reality, while the pub business can certainly be rewarding and a lot of fun, it isn't for everyone. A pub isn't going to run itself, and if you underestimate what you're letting yourself in for, you could easily run into problems. If the following apply to you, however, you might just be the right sort of person to buy a pub for sale.
You're extremely sociable
The social aspect of the business is one of the things that often attracts people to pubs in the first place. But you might not realise the extent of it until you open the doors.
People drink in pubs for a friendly welcome and, often, a chat. That means you need to be in full-on sociable mode the whole time you're behind the bar, no matter how you're feeling. It's important to greet everyone with a smile and be willing to talk to them, even if you're tired or grumpy.
You're full of ideas
A pub isn't an automatic success, and you might need to change things up if customers aren't coming in. You should have plenty ideas for new drinks, theme nights, and other ways to entice people through the door if what you're doing isn't working.
You don't mind long days and late nights
It's no secret that pubs are usually open late, but the work doesn't stop when the last customer leaves – nor does it begin five minutes before you open the door.
When the pub isn't open, there's the business side of things to take care of – accounting, ordering stock, and more. And once everyone's out, you'll need to get the place cleaned up and restocked for the next day.
You're always willing to learn
If you have previous pub experience, you might already know a thing or two about alcohol laws and the other aspects of running a business. If you don't, you'll need to get up to speed quickly.
Whatever your experience level, however, there's always more to learn and improve, so you must be open and willing to gain new knowledge.
You commit to what you start
Overall, you'll need dedication to succeed. If you have the willingness to put all your efforts into your new pub business, you should be able to make it work, and work well.