Business lunches seem to be quickly becoming a thing of the past. For those that are struggling to hang onto their business, a lunch may be just the thing that they need in order to keep their head above water. So how can you work a business lunch into a tight budget? There are several ways that you can go about this.
The first thing that you will want to do is call local restaurants in your area and get some prices on how much they would charge for a business lunch. Since many restaurants are also struggling to keep their head above water, you may be able to get a really good deal. Try making an appointment to come in and speak with them face to face. Sometimes negotiations on price will go a lot smoother when you are speaking too the individual face to face. Once you have called at lest ten nice restaurants in your general area and spoken to them over the phone, you can then chop your list down to the top five. The criteria that you may want to try and follow is the price that they are going to charge you per person, the menu options that they have available, and how pleasant they were over the phone when giving out information.
Once you have your list down to five people, you will want to call them back and schedule your appointment for each location. Prior to visiting each location you will want to make up a checklist that includes everything you would like for the luncheon. Remember that you are on a tight budget so be sure to stick with it. Most restaurants are not going to push you too hard into taking the expensive option simply because they still want your business, and there is not much of it going around these days. On the day of your meeting have your notebook with you. If they can not meet the set price that you have in your budget than move on to the next location. Be sure to leave your information with the restaurants that you have visited in case they change their mind on the price for the business luncheon. In some cases you may have a message waiting for you when you arrive back at the office.
Remember that it is possible to still have a nice business luncheon, but you may have to cut a few corners to do so. For example instead of having a full menu, you may want to go with just serving appetizers. This is definitely more affordable. You can have the restaurant prepare platters with a variety of appetizers on them. You can also leave off dessert and keep the beverages very simple. Remember that the main focus of the luncheon is business not necessarily the food. If you have appetizers that taste amazing and have enough of them to go around, your business luncheon will be a hit.