Life as a Landlord – The Most Important Things to Remember When Running Your Own Pub

The thought of running a pub of your own is very appealing. As your own boss, you will have a lot more freedom over how you do things, and being a landlord is one of the most sociable jobs that you can have! Here are the most important things to think about if you are planning on taking that great leap and becoming a landlord yourself!


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You do not need any formal qualifications to become a landlord – the skills needed for the job can’t be learned in the classroom. The most important skills that are needed are dedication and commitment – experience of working in a pub is a positive of course, but you will learn quickly, and courses are available to help you if you wish. Good social skills are necessary – you will need to welcome customers, and people like to see a happy face when they come to the pub! You will also need to have good people skills when dealing with the more difficult customers (every landlord has to at some point!). Enthusiasm for the job is so important and will make you or break you – get involved in the culture and the industry to ensure that you stay ahead, and you will meet others in the same situation and build friendships and relationships.

Think about the type of pub that you want – for example, if you want to focus on food, you will need to ensure that you are up to date with health and safety and hygiene regulations, and that you have the correct equipment – commercial catering suppliers supply equipment suitable for a busy pub kitchen! A pub serving good food will become popular quickly, so think carefully about what you want to offer and ensure that it stands out from the crowd (in a good way!) If you want to focus on quiz nights and karaoke for example, make sure that you advertise well, and get your name out there. Social media is a great way to spread the news that you are open and are holding an event, you may want to include an introductory offer to get people through the doors.

Get the right staff – You will struggle to be able to run a pub alone – you are going to need good staff! Try to hire staff that are reliable, trustworthy, and willing to learn – experience is not necessary, personality and commitment to the job are a lot more important in this business! Having a few staff members with experience in a more ‘senior’ position is a good idea however, as they can spend time training the new staff and you may even learn a few things too! Try to get your staff training up to speed before you open up – this is a good opportunity to see how everybody works together as a team, and to iron out any problems before you are open to customers.


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