Starting a brick oven pizza place begins with a dream. You wake up one day and say ” hey I think I’d like to start a pizza place”. Maybe you have business experience and maybe you don’t, but either way, you have to go through a similar thought process. Different people have different motivations but it comes down to a few basic commercial pizza motivations. First and usually the one that drives most entrepreneurs is the idea of having my own business and working for myself. Then comes I can make a lot of money followed by I can make a great product and make a name for myself. Depending on who you are and what type of person you are, any of these motivations can get you started. Your own drive, motivation, perseverance will determine how far you get. Remember this-YOU CAN”T FAIL IF YOU DON”T QUIT! Sounds awfully simple but it is a basic truth in life. That being said how do you get started? Different people have different ideas on this and a lot depends on your access to capital but unless you are taking over an existing business that is successful you will have to make a few decisions. What kind of pizza will I be making? This is a personal choice of course but it may be in your best interest to see what people like in your area or what they are lacking. What type of place will it be? Fast-casual with no table service? Dine-in? Delivery? Perhaps a combination of them. Then comes deciding how large of a place your pizza concept needs. Once you decide that there comes the reality of what is available and what type of location is it. Is it a stand-alone, strip mall, gas station, or part of a brewery, pub, or bar? Is it a destination location or in a high traffic area? Once that is done next comes figuring out your build costs, equipment choice, insurance, etc. Then come your finance, leasing or buying the place and getting to work!