If you are a very creative cook and everyone you know loves the food that you cook, you should consider starting your own food business. You will not need to invest too much money in starting a business of this nature but of course, you will need to put in a lot of effort to make it a success.
The first thing you will need to do is experiment with different dishes come up with a menu that consists of a small but varied number of dishes that your customers can choose from. It is vital that you keep this list small because you are operating a very small business and you will be in a lot of trouble if you have orders for different dishes every day causing you to have to cook fifteen to twenty different dishes for lunch time everyday which will not only be extremely difficult for you but it will also cause a lot of wastage. Choose instead to have three or four unique dishes that your customers can choose from ensuring that you will have a few orders from each of these dishes every day.
Ingredients in bulk
You will need to find ways of keeping your costs low by buying your ingredients in bulk as much as possible. One thing you will need to understand as an entrepreneur and a business person is that many of the ingredients that you buy from the supermarket come from a bulk supplier who sells the products to the supermarket at a very low cost. The supermarket will then add a markup and sell it to you at a higher price which not only includes their own overhead costs and staff costs but also their own profit. For your business, you will need to buy your ingredients directly from the bulk supplier and buy some kitchen storage containers to help your store your ingredients for much longer. You will need to make sure that the storage units you buy are air tight and sealed to contain freshness of your ingredients.
You will also need to buy other small tools for your business such as can openers, high end cooking equipment, ovens and additional storage units.
You will also have to find different ways of advertising your new business. Advertising on social media is a great way to start because you will not have to spend too much money out of your own pocket and you will also be able to reach a wide array of customers.