I'd like to apologize for last week's naive request for free consulting for starting up a coffee drive-thru. I didn't think through it and how it would come across to the readers, especially owners. As one comment stated "Time and knowledge is money". I understand fully how many of you have worked too hard to give away your info on an on-going basis for free. I'm still seeking some guideance on how to open and operate a successful drive-thru. I have purchased the books "Opening a Specialty Coffee Drive-Thru" by Ed Arvidson and "Bean Business Basics". Along with hiring a consultant, any other suggestions?
I don't know where you are located, but I agree on the LLC direction.
OWN POS sounds like a good product. However I have only used PixelPointPOS because I have a full on restaurant. I would never, ever recommend PixelPoint. Do your research wisely, as a POS system will cost around $10,000. Remember my comment on things "I'll need it eventually". Besides, unless you are going to have employees, a simple register with the buttons properly programmed with do the same thing for a lot less money. The main things you will need to know on a daily basis is what is selling, how much did you sell of it, how much money did you make (or loose) and how much will you have to remit in taxes. A register should be able to tell you all of that.
If you want to sell your own cinnamon buns, they will have to be made in a commercial kitchen. There are many ways of renting out a commercial space for a couple hours a week to get your product made. Or you can commission a bakery to make your product for you under your specifications. Or you can simply buy a really great product at a wholesale price and charge accordingly.