The food business is massive, and even with all of the restrictions in place right now, it’s still possible to make money from it. If you have a true love for food and a talent for cooking or baking, there are plenty of ways that you could enter the field; even at small level. It’s also a business you can start from home with a small budget. You have to be prepared for the challenges that come with taking cooking or baking pro however, and make sure that you have a solid plan before getting started. Let’s take a look at a few ways that you could get into the food business.
Become a Personal Chef
One of the things you could do would be to work as a personal chef. You must be ready to get the credentials needed first, however. If you happen to already be a classically trained chef, you will need to get some experience under your belt. You could work for a few people pro-bono so you can get some references. It’s all about who you know in this business, so try to offer the best service possible to your first clients until you find someone who will hire you on a long-term contract. You also have services like La Belle Assiette that will allow you to connect with clients. They do have strict requirements as to who they work with, so make sure that you qualify first.
You could also set up your own business once you have some experience – catering small events, creating food grazing platters for delivery, or making cakes for special occasions. There’s a real need, especially during the pandemic, for restaurant-quality creations at home.
Start a Catering Business
As I said, during the pandemic, it has never been a better time to open a catering business. People still need caterers, and you can adapt your service offering to the current conditions. You could shift your focus from major events to people who want to eat restaurant-grade food from home but don’t have time to cook, for instance. Recipe boxes or pre-prepared foods are the way to go at the moment. The best thing about being a caterer is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to start. You can start from home and use a private vehicle at the beginning. However, you will need to think about buying a van later on and things like heating cabinets if you want to take on bigger contracts.
We would also suggest that you invest in professional uniforms for you and the people making the deliveries. Services like Screen Textiles make uniforms specifically for the food industry and their prices are very affordable. Getting uniforms from them will make your team look much more professional. Check out their selection of jackets and branded shirts and see what would work best for your business.
Start a Delivery-Oriented Business
Now would not be the best time to start a sit-down restaurant. If you want to start a restaurant, we would suggest that you get a medium size place that you’ll be able to add sit-down spaces to at a later date or go for a take-out/delivery-only restaurant. This is an especially great option if you don’t know anything about the restaurant business. A smaller restaurant will be easier to manage. You won’t have to worry about inventory, and you can keep the menu small and simple. This is also a good opportunity to learn about the business through trial and error. Even beginning with just a food truck at a street food event would be a great way for you to test out your recipes. Whether it’s cakes or curries, street food is only growing in popularity.
These are all great business ideas for food lovers. Look into each of these in detail and see where you could see yourself thriving.
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