I used to look forward to holidays, paydays, and rainy weekends.
Since opening the restaurant, I find myself cursing weeks that have holidays, dreading the payday at the end of the month, and staring out the window wishing the rain would stop.
Holidays – two branches of Standing Sushi Bar are located in the Raffles Place business district. Since it’s the business district, the majority of the business occurs during the weekdays, especially the lunch period. That’s 20 days a month to sell enough sushi to cover rent, inventory, payroll, etc. On those 20 days a month, you’re really looking at a 2 hour or less lunch rush each day. 40 hours to make enough money for expenses and hopefully some profit. When there is a holiday, that’s cutting into the 20 days a month… now you’re down to 19 days. Plus people like to extend their holidays by taking the weekday before or after as vacation… now 18 days. Difficult.
Payday – As a small business, and as the person doing the administrative work, the act of writing paychecks is the manifestation of money flying out of the pockets. Calculating CPF, writing checks, printing payslips, etc. for 25+ people is a mixed feeling. It’s great that the staff will be happy and flush with money, but the drained account and tired wrist make me (sad face).
Rain – I’m like a crazy Native American during the week, trying to do rain dances at lunch time. When it rains the folks in Raffles Place don’t want to get wet so they stay in the underground malls where two of the restaurants are. It’s a definite full house when it rains during a weekday lunch. On the weekends it’s our 8 Queen Street outlet that we have to rely on for business… that’s located at the Singapore Art Museum and in a neighborhood where people are only going to come when it’s pleasant weather. So weekends like this one where it has rained nonstop kill the business. (Sad face)
This week is the trifecta – I’m sitting here at home on a Sunday night, listening to the sound of the rain while writing all the paychecks to hand out tomorrow before we close for the long Chinese New Year holiday.
I hope I get ang baos!