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Kai Campbell Of Burger Walla: 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became a Restaurateur

Never give up equity when you can get debt. Don’t give up control. Bring on partners, but pay them from the business, not from yourself.

  1. Social media is cool, but that doesn’t always translate in to sales. SOmeone from Cali can like you post but not be able to buy a burger. FOcus on the guests in front of you. Use their experience to tell your story.
  2. If you want to grow, you can’t do it without a team Respect the team. I once could service the entire store solo dolo, a like of 45 out of the door, within an hour. Those days are long gone. Train up your team, empower them, compensate them.
  3. Focus on your partners/suppliers. A rhythm and consistency are key, just as the quality. We have had the same butcher for 7 years. When we are in a jam, they have our back.
  4. Never give up equity when you can get debt. Don’t give up control. Bring on partners, but pay them from the business, not from yourself.

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