As you take steps toward buying your very own nightclub, it’s important to first take a personal inventory to assess if your personality, skill set, and drive are a good fit for the industry.
As a nightclub owner, you will be supervising a large staff of varying skills and personality traits as well as working long, irregular hours in a fast-paced and highly stimulating environment—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
You will also need to be out in the crowd, working the floor and engaging with your patrons. Even if it's just to say, "Hi" and offer your sincere thanks for coming in, this kind of relational contact goes a long way.
As a prospective owner, you should recognise the tremendous value of face time with customers. If you're the kind of person who would rather deal with paperwork or sit in an office where you don't have to socialise, then owning a nightclub might not be for you.
Although it can be a physically demanding industry, it can also be invigorating and extremely rewarding. Don’t let the challenges of nightclub ownership overwhelm you. It’s important to remember that you do not have to be in this new business venture alone!
Once you’ve decided that you’re equipped to take on the unique world of nightlife hospitality, just take the time to surround yourself with a team of hardworking and trustworthy managers, employees, and business partners who can help carry the load of operations.
Journeying into the night
Now that you’ve established you are the right fit for nightclub ownership, let’s take a look at a few simple steps you can take in order to determine which nightclub for sale is the right one for you.
You should also enlist the help of a few experts such as a broker, a lawyer, and an accountant who can offer their advice and assist you as you do your due diligence in preparation for making an offer.
- Listing: Start by obtaining access to a reputable businesses-for-sale listing. While local newspapers or business periodicals and websites may offer adequate details, national business listing services are most likely to have a wide range of listings available for comparison, especially if you’re considering a broad geographic area.
Location: Nightclubs are unique in the hospitality world when it comes to location. For example, some clubs add to their allure by having a secret or hidden entrance while others bank on easy access at the
centerof the city. Regardless, you need to consider how people are going to hear aboutyou, get to you, and have access to you—the easier the better.
- Due diligence: The majority of bar owners who decide to sell are doing so for personal reasons, ranging from retirement, burnout, or the desire to pursue another life goal. It’s vital, however, to exercise caution and investigate every aspect of the business, including financial and personnel records. It’s also wise to confirm that there haven’t been any serious legal violations noted, any ordinances or regulations under which the nightclub is considered non-compliant, or any other legal complications that the current owner may not have shared with you.
You’ll need to apply for a business licence and registration from the local council as well as a number of certificates, including ones for zoning, construction, fire safety, compliance, and occupation.
If you plan to serve food, you’ll also need to follow food business licencing requirements. These requirements vary depending on the size of the venue and the state or territory where you’re establishing the business.
There are also several other licences that may be required, so it’s best to seek advice. For example, you may need a music licence to cover copyright issues.
For information on the complete licencing process, visit the Australian Business Licence and Information Service.
Beginning a new business venture can often be overwhelming and stressful. It’s important to keep your goals in front of you as you face challenges and experience great successes.
Those goals will be the driving force to keep you moving ahead and achieving your dreams.