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Seven creative ideas to generate extra income

Sales of food and drink probably generate most, if not all, of your income. But there are other ways you can generate a bit of extra money by selling your services or your space outside of the usual. Diane Chiasson, FCSI, President of Chiasson Consultants Inc., a restaurant and foodservice consultancy firm in Toronto, suggests the following ideas to make a bit of cash on the side, and gain publicity for your operation: 1. Rent out your restaurant for seminars and workshops During your restaurant’s or foodservice operation’s downtime, consider renting out space in your dining room (or private room if you have one) for people to give seminars and workshops. Invest in a decent A/V system including flat-screen TV/monitor, or a projector and screen. With such equipment, potential speakers can easily plug in their laptops to access and show their presentations. Include snacks and refreshments in your package, and offer…