Love to cook but don’t have the bankroll to start your own restaurant? Leverage this low cost business start-up option and become a personal chef or a home caterer. If you’ve got good culinary skills and the drive to feed your customers, there’s a lot of room to become successful here. You’ll also find a lot of benefits over owning your own restaurant, as well.
No Food Costs – If you’re interested in offering personal chef services, you get to play with your food and not have to worry about buying it. Your client will pay for both your skills in the kitchen, as well as the ingredients for each dish. It’s a win-win scenario. You’ll probably want to keep a few necessities on hand – spices and other commonly used seasonings, for instance – but you won’t need to spend a bundle.
No Formal Education – Many jobs require that you have formal training. Landing a job as the chef of a restaurant will also require that you go through culinary school. However, if you’re serving as a personal chef or a home caterer, you won’t need a diploma from one of those cooking schools (although it never hurts). As long as your food tastes better than what your customers could create and you’re able to keep serving, your skills will speak for themselves.
Low Cost Equipment – You’ll need some essential equipment to get started, both pots and pans as well as other food processing equipment. However, it’s generally not that expensive, and for the higher-priced options, you can always work up to them by using cheaper options in the meantime.
Zoning Laws – There is one potential fly in the ointment. You need to check your local zoning laws and determine where you’ll be able to operate your business. You might be able to run it out of your home, but you might find that you have to cook in your client’s home. In a worst-case scenario, you might have to rent a space, which can set you back a bit.
Becoming either a personal chef or starting your own home catering company will also require that you have a vehicle large enough to serve your clients. You will need it to have adequate room for food, dishes, equipment, pots and pans, etc.
If you’re great in the kitchen, this can be more than just another job. It could become a fulltime career.