HOW TO WORK AND START A PERSONAL CHEF BUSINESS


Starting a business at any stage in life is not easy, especially if you have a job and don’t have the luxury of a healthy bank balance to fall back on for the first year or two.  Reality is that for most entrepreneurs, they have a myriad of financial responsibilities such as a mortgage, student loads, family commitments, making it impossible to make ends meet without that security.  Others may rely on employee benefits, such as a medical plan or pension plan, which may be hard to give up.

The benefit of starting a Personal Chef business is that it can adapt to your particular situation.  Many Personal Chefs operate on a part-time basis, supplementing their existing jobs’ income with providing Personal Chef services in their spare time.  It’s not easy, but it can work.  Here are some ideas to help you reach your goals.


PLANNING & EFFICIENCY
There is no point wishing for more time in your day or your week.  Learn to be efficient with you time instead.  Factor the time you spend at work and then decide how to maximize the rest of your time.  Sleep is important, so don’t skimp on that.  Get rid of distractions, and stay focused on the task at hand, whether it is planning a menu, typing up a quote or testing new recipes.  Sit back and take a look at what you need to achieve over the next few days and set up blocks of time; this way you can check off tasks on your list faster.  Are there ‘down-times’ that you could use for your business, e.g. the half hour train ride to work could be spent typing up a proposal, drafting flyers or putting together a shopping list for client events.


OUTSOURCE
Figure out what your time is worth, and then see if any tasks can be outsourced for less money.  For example, think about hiring your neighbour’s teen to look after your children for an hour or two to let you meet with a potential client – if you get the job, the profit you will make will far outweigh the cost of the babysitter.


DON’T BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU
No matter what your reasons are for wanting to start your own Personal Chef business - be it a tyrannical boss, long work hours, or boredom - be thankful that you still have a job to help pay your bills.  Without it, you may not be able to pursue your dreams of being your own boss and starting your own Personal Chef business.


 
If providing Personal Chef services is something that you would like to try, then give us a call.  We're here to help you!  



The Chef Alliance is the leading organisation of Private & Personal Chefs & Caterers in Canada offering Chefs a place to locate jobs, meet new clients, grow their business, benefit from peer support, discounts to lower their business costs, marketing services & much more.  This allows Chefs concentrate on what they do best - cook great food!