How to Start a Meat Shop Business

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Your neighborhood counts on meat markets and butcher shops to get their daily protein. If you want to become one of these community staples, you have a few factors to consider first. Starting a butcher business takes common sense and preparedness, so you can achieve your goals if you think ahead. When you open a meat shop, you have to consider these five parts of the business:

1. Financing

Before you plan anything in your business, you need to find a way to pay for it. You might already have money saved up or want to apply for a loan. However, did you know that some investors partner with meat markets? They don’t just work with technology companies. If you have a creative idea behind your shop, an investor might be interested in working with you.

2. Location

To become an important part of your neighborhood, your shop must have a noticeable location. Find out if you can afford a space on a busy road that community members pass every day. People who commute to work will see your shop often and know it as a convenient place to get dinner supplies on the way home.

3. Suppliers

Quality meat is of paramount importance! The relationships you build with your suppliers are a crucial part of running your butcher shop. Do you want farm-fresh specialty meats? What about a wide selection from a national supplier? Your business goals will influence the answers to these questions. Each supplier’s costs and inventory will also affect your choices. Some suppliers may even provide you with free product, branding or even machinery to help you get started.

4. Staff

If you have enough money in your budget to hire workers, you can make running your business much easier. Your employees will help you serve customers and give you more time to grow your business. Even a single part-time employee could give you the assistance you need to succeed. Remember to consider the average pay in your area so you can offer a fair rate.

5. Equipment

Even if you don’t sell artisan meats, butchering is a craft, and a craft needs tools. Meat market work also involves many sharp objects that require protection. Typical butcher shop supplies include:

  • Quality butcher knives and a knife sharpener
  • Meat slicer
  • Grinders and other processing machines
  • Scale
  • Refrigerators and freezers
  • Tables, counters and carts
  • Protective gloves, clothing and guards
  • Everyday supplies such as trays, soap and plastic wrap

We also recommend looking into a point of sale (POS) system for your new business. A system like POS+ can be integrated with a scale, and tracks your sales and inventory so you know how to grow your store best.

Manage Your Meat Shop With POS+

Our POS+ system comes with everything you need to manage your butcher shop and make sales. The equipment and software work together to add up your profits, track your vendor relationships and provide better customer service. Invest in your new business by buying the system today or requesting a custom quote.

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