Owner Presence At My Business
January 15, 2014 3:56 PM Subscribe
My bar / restaurant I opened is in its 2nd year of operation and it's running smoothly while turning a profit. Can I take a step back or should I continue to put in long days at the bar because that's what I'm supposed to do?
posted by masters2010 to Work & Money (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Since the beginning, I've been super present and worked hard together with the staff. I do everything from paying the bills, managing the staff, and dealing with vendors to scrubbing the floors and slinging beer and running food when we're busy. I'm pretty much always there when we're busy so that I can lend a helping hand, usually behind the bar, but I step in wherever I'm needed most.
I still plan to be there when we're busy, but when it's slow, I find myself running errands around town and taking personal time. While I'm gone, the bar runs smoothly, the staff knows the protocol, and should any questions arise, we handle them over the phone or I come in. However, I feel guilty about taking the time off. I feel like I should be putting in countless hours day in and out, because that's what I'm supposed to do, right? Or is it okay to take the time to myself and let the staff handle it as they're trained? I could theoretically cut staff hours and take a shift for myself, but I'd rather let the staff have the hours, especially considering we're turning a profit while paying myself a salary.
Side question: is it wrong to buy wine from the bar at cost?