Running a restaurant is hard work, all day, every day. Margins are low and hours are long. So why do so many people do it? Well, it can be one of the most rewarding jobs you’ll ever have. Here’s why:
- There are tangible rewards for your hard work.
People can leave a tip that signifies how much they enjoyed their meal and service. Of course, some don’t, but many do, and it can be a pleasant surprise to see the generosity some offer after a good meal.
- People need to eat to survive, but they can choose to eat at your restaurant for pleasure.
Let’s be honest; your customers could go to a grocery store and grab food that will keep them alive. They came to your place because they wanted to, because it was going to give them something above and beyond what they would otherwise get. Your restaurant is offering them an experience they desire, and there is some satisfaction in knowing you helped create that.
- Dining together is a perfect catalyst for positive human interaction.
Nothing fosters good conversation quite like happy eaters, and your restaurant can encourage this experience for guests where they may not be able to get it otherwise. Glance over your diners to watch the interested listeners and animated speakers converse happily with each other.
- It is satisfying to combine different foods into appetizing dishes.
Whether you’re experimenting on a brand new dish or putting together a special that you’ve had success with for decades, there is something inherently satisfying about combining specific ingredients in a specific way that makes people crave more. It’s definitely a talent, and not one that everyone has.
- Better than tangible rewards are the visible rewards.
When you have the opportunity, seeing the look of pure joy on your customers’ faces when they take their first bite is a rewarding experience all on its own. Full, sated guests on their way out the door also sends the same message – you made someone’s day! Many jobs don’t offer that same level of customer interaction where you can visibly see the results of how hard you’ve worked.
Now that you’ve been reminded of why running a restaurant is so rewarding, remember to make it as easy as possible, too! Phone automation software like Reachify can help you save time, increase top-line revenue, free up staff, and do more of what you enjoy most. Find out how here.