Monthly Archives: October 2016

Starting A Home Based Cookery Business

27If you are a good cook and like cooking, why not build on your skills and knowledge and start your own business doing something you already know you enjoy. The first thing to do is decide what sort of cookery you want to undertake on a business basis.

Can you envisage yourself having a career running a full catering business? If so, you could choose to offer a general catering service or one specialising in organising buffet meals or wedding breakfasts only. You might want to create a niche business offering multi-course gourmet meals, vegetarian extravaganzas or ethnic feasts.

Perhaps your interest is in baking. If you can reliably produce delicious cakes and pastries, a bakery business might be more to your liking. You can make a career out of baking and decorating cakes to your own designs, you could even specialise in one type of cake eg cheesecakes or wedding cakes.

Maybe your passion is jam-making or pickling or bottling fruit. These types of homemade goods produced with fresh natural ingredients are far superior to the preservative packed factory manufactured varieties and are enjoyed by everyone who appreciates food that actually tastes like food.

Don’t overlook the possibility of running a lunch delivery service. If you live reasonably near to offices or factories, you could start a sandwich/snack delivery round. Fresh homemade sandwiches are in a different league to the bland offerings available in many commercial outlets. Workers usually only get an hour or less for lunch so they will appreciate the chance to save time and effort by having lunch delivered. As well as sandwiches, you could offer home baked pies and cakes. The sandwich round could easily be run part-time in addition to other catering jobs.

If you are already involved in cooking for your family and friends, you probably have most, if not all, the basic equipment needed to start up a catering related home business. If you intend to specialise in baking and decorating cakes or selling homemade sandwiches, your initial outlay will be comparatively small. You will obviously need to budget for ingredients. Also, you will need to buy suitable packaging materials and have funds to pay for any fuel you will use to make deliveries.

It is worth the extra expense to have items such as sandwich bags and cake boxes printed with your details so that customers will be reminded of your name (or your company name) and can recommend you to friends or phone you to place repeat orders. If your ambition is to offer a full catering service, you might find that you need an additional freezer, fridge or microwave oven. You might even find that you need a dedicated vehicle to use for your business. A business loan might be the best way to cover any large expenses.

After brainstorming the possibilities, it is time to sit down and draw up a formal business plan. This will be necessary if you intend to apply for a business development loan or seek a grant for start-up capital. Putting your plans down on paper will also help you to clarify all the details and turn a bunch of ideas into a real project.

Before you cook anything in a professional capacity, it is essential to find out what is required in your area in the way of insurances, and certification to enable you to prepare food on a commercial basis. You need to make enquiries of your local Health Authority who will provide you with the regulations and inform you what inspections are required. You don’t want your business to get closed down on a technicality, so make sure you do your homework on rules and regulations in advance.

Whatever size or type of catering business you are planning, you will need to set aside a budget for advertising. As in most lines of business, the best way to grow a catering business is through personal recommendation but this takes time and you have to have some customers to start spreading the word in the first place. You must advertise to get started and to keep your business growing. Advertising can consist of many different things, eg having fliers delivered, press releases and classified advertisements in local newspapers, classified advertisements in targeted magazines. Have stationery and business cards printed with your business details, post advertisements free on notice boards in shops.

Make sure you tell everyone about your new business. This includes friends and acquaintances who can spread the word but you should also make contact with people in related businesses to see if you can make a mutual recommendation agreement. For example, if your speciality is baking wedding cakes, it would be useful to form an alliance with the local florist, local dressmaker and (obviously) any local wedding planner.

Take a short business course on the Internet or at your local college. Even if you intend to employ an accountant or have a qualified advisor, you should know at least the basics of business management and your tax liabilities.

Finally, make sure you give yourself a continuing education on all food-related subjects. Subscribe to professional magazines and take evening classes to learn new techniques and recipes. Trends in food change and you need to keep up to date with those trends as well as learning about new discoveries relating to nutrition.

How to Sell Your Homemade Healthier Products

28More and more people are choosing to make their own healthier food and cleaning products at home. This is often a more cost efficient option and people like knowing what exactly is in their products. But what about those who simply don’t have the time or means to create their own concoctions, many of them would likely pay for these products from local businesses and retailers. So how do you sell these items or get the word out there about them?

First off, advertising is key. How are people going to know about your product if they don’t see it or hear about it? For items that have a short shelf life, selling at your local farmers market or health food store may be your best bet. Creating signs and banners to advertise your product is a great way to draw in attention. When creating these signs be sure to get the point across without using too much information and overwhelming the viewer. For example if you’re selling “Nutty all organic granola bars” that are lacking all these crazy, harmful ingredients, you don’t need to list them all. You can stick with your brand name and that they are organic, once customers come to your booth, you can then give them more information, further enticing them to purchase your goodies.

Now if you’re going to be selling online or in store it’s hard to get all that information about your product out. One great way to do that is in store signs. You can create a display that hold brochures or simply states all the information about your product so that consumers have the option to read it but you’re not shoving it in their face. Similar to the signs, you want to be sure your in store displays get your main point across, and inform customers of what it is you’re selling without bombarding them with information. When selling online, much like in store you want your main page to be enticing, you can then have an “about us” section or detailed product description that further goes into detail on just how great and healthy this product is.

Packing is very important in grabbing the attention of customers. With the large amount of health food products available, it is important to make yours stand out. Studies have shown that given multiple options of the same quality, consumers will often go for the packaging that caught their eye first. That being said, you don’t have to spend a ton of money on it. Especially for those making product in your home, simple clear, brown, or white bags and wrapping can be created into a beautiful, eye catching packing with some custom stickers! These can easily be printed in bulk at your local print shop and the more you buy, often the more you save. One sticker can cost you as little as 5 cents!

Are Wooden Boats Building Plans Fun or Business Opportunity?

26Building home made sail boats can be a very rewarding experience, especially for someone who loves to build things for themselves, or for their families. Alternatively, you may be just like the challenge of creating something from scratch and seeing it to fruition. Using wooden boats building plans can simply be fun and life fulfilling.

You may ask why I need to build my own boat. It is a very legitimate question to ask and a simple one to be answered. Buying ready made boats can be very expensive, and sometimes you end up with something you don’t really want and need. DIY homemade sail boats can be the answer to your dilemmas.

If you have the right wooden boats building plans, then the process of building boats can be down easy. Even if you don’t have the experience, or don’t have the skill level of a builder you’ll find the procedure as simple as following an instruction booklet.

You can purchase boat building kits, and you’ll have everything you need in one place. It’s convenient to have your building kit and materials on hand, so you don’t have the difficulties of trying to find the right tools. With all these you can save money on contractors’ fees or even the cost of plans! Not only that but you’ll learn a new skill, and then you can start building different types of boats. Whether you want a homemade sail boats or a Traditional Dory you can build the boat of your dreams.

When you purchase a 254 Boat plan, you will have the instructions to several wooden boats building plans.It has step-by-step instructions that will make your building process more smooth sailing! These plans are informative and easy to follow without being too complicated. Best of all, it comes with all detailed information on what materials will suit the kind of boat that you want to build. And not only that, but you will also learn the best homemade sail boats building techniques out there. And it’s all ready for download at any time that you are ready to fulfill that boat building dream of yours.

And remember that you’re not only saving money from costly manufacturers or factory builders, but you’ll also be able to maintain your boats cost effectively. Boat building has become more economized today because of modernization. By using cheaper more effective materials and fewer parts as well, you will find savings everywhere. A Wooden homemade sail boats have many advantages compared to other boats with different materials. They are light and sturdy and characteristically are more efficient to conform to your design aesthetic. What’s more they only require very simple materials and tools and much more available. Now that you have read the benefits of building your own boat, why not go ahead and start building yours and your family’s dreams now. Get your wooden boats building plans and experience the joys of sailing across the waters.

Start a Prestigious & High Profit Business

25Making cosmetics is a multi-billion dollar industry. But you don’t need an expensive laboratory or a university degree to start a successful and high profit cosmetics business. In fact, a cosmetics business can be set up for much less than the cost of many other less profitable ventures.

You’ve probably read many success stories of young entrepreneurs who started out as home-based cosmetic makers and went on to become the names behind some of the most popular and successful cosmetic companies in the beauty industry today.

If you think cosmetic manufacturing requires a sophisticated and expensive laboratory, this is incorrect. This is just one of the common myths you will hear about starting a cosmetics business.

You can start a high profit cosmetics business with basic equipment for low start-up cost. And you don’t need to be a cosmetics chemist — this is another common myth. If you obtain professional cosmetic formulations and manufacturing instructions, you can easily manufacture cosmetics, skin and hair care products of the same quality as leading brand formulations, if not better, without spending three or four years in university studying for a science or chemical engineering degree.

However, to start a profitable and successful cosmetics business it is vital to use only professionally created formulations – not home based recipes. Homemade cosmetic recipes may be suitable for home use, but they are not suitable for retail sale.

Making cosmetics is one of the most profitable businesses on earth — profit margins easily reach 1000%. Products which retail for $50 usually cost between 50c and $3 to make!

However, in order to make these kinds of profits, you must own your cosmetics formulations, so as to be able to manufacture your range of cosmetics yourself.

If you contract a laboratory to manufacture cosmetics for you, much of the profit will go into the pocket of this cosmetic manufacturing company — not yours.

If you own your cosmetic formulations, you will be in control of your business. You will be able to choose your own cosmetic ingredients suppliers, negotiate better deals, formulate your own top quality recipes comparable with any international brand, make any size order you require without the restriction of minimum quantities, etc. When you own the cosmetics formulas, you can even become a private label cosmetics manufacturer.

What are private label cosmetics?

Many businesses — hair, beauty and spa salons, plus many others — are increasingly becoming aware of the value in selling and promoting their own brand products, carrying their own logo on their own label.

Why? Because, when they promote their own brand, they increase customer loyalty to their own products and their own business – not an international company that sells its skincare, haircare and cosmetics formulations in hundreds, if not thousands, of other salons, pharmacies, department stores, etc.

When you establish your own cosmetics business, you can manufacture cosmetics, skincare, haircare and toiletries for other retailers as a private label manufacturer, as well as wholesaling and retailing your own range of cosmetic and beauty products.

Tips on Selling Homemade Pizza

24Handmade pizza and handmade gourmet are among the most favorite foods of all times. In fact, ninety-three percent of all Americans eat at least one handmade pizza every month according to Bolla Wines. There are also about sixty-nine thousand pizzerias in the United States, so approximately three billion pizzas are sold annually according to Blumenfeld and Associates. In addition, based on the Food Industry News, pizzerias make up seventeen percent of all restaurants and pizza accounts for over ten percent of food service sales. The month of October even became the National Pizza Month. This began in 1987 and has continued ever since. So, these facts only prove that handmade pizza is really an all-time favorite.

Handmade gourmet, on the other hand, sells just as well as handmade pizza. Actually, retail sales of handmade gourmet in the United States grow at a much faster rate compared to the overall beverage and food industry. In 2007, it surged from around ten percent to fifty-nine billion dollars and posted a compound annual growth rate of approximately eleven percent for the 2003 to 2007 period. Handmade gourmet fresh foods, ice cream, premium and specialty foods, beverages, instant meals, dairy products, cheese, frozen desserts, sauces, and condiments really sell well.

Anyway, if you are a foodie who is searching for a rewarding business endeavor, then selling handmade pizza and handmade gourmet products is perfect for you. You can open up your own shop or you can sell from home. Nonetheless, opening a food shop is better because it will be more appealing to customers. Besides, residential homes are usually not located near commercial establishments. So, you might have difficulty in attracting customers. In addition, it will be safer to have your handmade pizza and handmade gourmet business outside your home because you will never know when accidents will happen. If your oven catches fire and your child is in the house, there could be a problem. So, doing food business outside the home is more ideal.

Also, you must never ever use substandard ingredients. At first, you may have lots of customers who want to try your handmade pizza and handmade gourmet; but once they realize that your products are poor in quality, they will no longer buy from you. You must make your food shop interesting, as well. Think of unique concepts and designs. Remember that a clean and fancy food shop attracts more customers. Moreover, you must put your handmade pizza and handmade gourmet in nice packaging. Use your creativity to come up with interesting designs and boxes. You may also use ribbons to make your packaging fancier. Furthermore, a good tip you must always remember is to price properly. Never sell too high or too low.