Are you ready to uncover the sweet truth about sugar and take control of your diet? In this article, we will dive into the practical tips that can help you reduce sugar intake in your diet and make healthier choices.
Are you tired of trying countless weight loss plans that promise quick results but leave you feeling unsatisfied and hungry? Look no further! This comprehensive guide will provide you with all the tools and knowledge you need to create a meal plan that not only supports your weight loss goals but also keeps you satisfied and energized throughout the day.
Meals on Wheels
Perhaps the most well-known senior meal delivery service is Meals on Wheels, and for good reason as they provide an incredible benefit to many older adults in America. Meals on Wheels programs originated in the United Kingdom during WWII when many people lost their homes and were unable to cook their own meals. Meals on Wheels programs generally offer very affordable meals delivered right to your door.
- Meals are provided at no cost or at an affordable rate, as most are subsidized by private donors and the Older American’s Act.
- Meals are usually warm and ready to eat when they’re delivered
- A volunteer drops off the meal in-person every day or sometimes every week.
- There are Meals on Wheels programs in just about every community in the US (over 5000).
- For most Meals on Wheels programs, meals cannot be customized for specific dietary concerns and/or food preferences.
- Due to increased demand, many local Meals on Wheels programs have a long wait list for their services.
- Many Meals on Wheels programs require that you meet certain qualifications to participate, such as “homebound” status or income below a set threshold.
Chefs For Seniors
We host a network of professional chefs who are all passionate about bringing fresh food into the lives of seniors at an affordable cost. Watch this 45-second overview video to get an idea of our in-home, personal chef meal service.
With our service, a chef does all of the grocery shopping, brings fresh ingredients with, cooks the meal and cleans up in the home. Many believe having a personal chef is reserved for professional athletes and celebrities, but nowadays that isn’t the case. Meals provided by a personal chef can be very affordable, with some like Chefs For Seniors able to offer prices similar to most senior meal delivery services.
- Taste preferences and diet needs can all be customized for each individual.
- There is instant feedback to the chef.
- Fresh, healthy ingredients ensure a higher level of nutrition.
- Meals delivered right to your door.
- Ingredients are fresh and never frozen, adding to the flavor.
- Companionship and a friendly visit – something to look forward to all week.
- Chefs can offer feedback and updates on the client’s status to off-site family members.
- Chefs For Seniors can be more expensive than other private pay meal delivery options in some cases.
- Personal chef services for older adults are not currently funded through Medicare or the Older American’s Act, although some clients can pay with Long-Term Care insurance.
- Requires that you have a working kitchen for the chef to prepare meals in.
- Can be difficult to find personal chef services in every community, as it’s a relatively new industry.
Hiring a chef for your next dinner party is a great way to ensure you and your guests will enjoy an amazing meal! Entertaining a crowd, even a small group for that matter, can be stressful and not having to worry about cooking can be a huge weight off your shoulders.
In this post, we’ll discuss how to find a local chef to help with your next dinner party.
For most people, the first step to finding a chef for your dinner party is visiting Google. Here are some suggested search terms:
- “Personal chefs in my area”
- “Personal chef dinner party services”
Local personal chefs provide a variety of in-home meal services, including weekly meal prep and dinner parties. Look for personal chefs with a nice website, testimonials, and ideally past experience doing dinner parties. Even if it doesn’t explicitly state it on their website, almost every personal chef will do dinner parties and other similar events.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
Once you find a company you’re interested in, schedule a consultation with the chef. Most personal chefs offer a free in-home (or phone) consultation, and it usually lasts ~1 hour. The consultation is a great opportunity to get to know the chef, explain what you’re looking for, and get a price estimate.
ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
During the consultation, you’ll want to make sure you’re asking the right questions so you can determine if the chef is a good fit. Here are some suggested questions:
- Do you have prior experience doing dinner parties?
- What is your usual hourly rate?
- How much time would you estimate you’d need for my event?
- Do you charge a separate fee for the food?
- How much control do I have over the menu?
- What is your cancelation policy?
- Where do you prepare the meals?
- Do you have any references?
- Are you fully insured?
In terms of an hourly rate, expect most chefs to charge $50-$100 per hour. As with any service, you typically get what you pay for. If you’re looking for a 5-star experience and live in a big city, ~$100 an hour is a typical going rate. The amount of time the chef spends preparing for the event depends on a variety of factors, including the number of guests, menu, and their level of efficiency.
Also, keep in mind that most personal chefs will have to prepare the meal(s) at your home. If they say they can prepare the food offsite, that raises a flag because most personal chefs don’t have a catering license or access to a health department approved commercial kitchen.
COME UP WITH A GAME PLAN
Once you decide on a personal chef service, you’ll want to formulate a plan for the event. Come up with a budget (especially for the grocery) and discuss expectations so you’re both on the same page. You’ll want to have a clear understanding of what the chef’s responsibilities are and what you need to contribute.
FYI You’ll probably want the chef to arrive at least an hour (probably more like 2 hours) before the first guests arrive to allow enough time for prep and to begin the cooking process.
So, you’re a chef who’s tired of the long hours and harsh work environment of restaurants. Or maybe you’re a foodie who enjoys cooking at home and would love to translate that passion into a business. In either case, starting a personal chef business could be an ideal business venture for you. You’ll get to live out your dream of making amazing food in a relaxed work environment, build lasting relationships with people, and make a great living at the same time.
In this article, we’ll define what a personal chef does, explain some of the benefits of becoming a personal chef, and offer 7 Tips For Starting A Personal Chef Business.
If you’re interested in being a personal chef, but feel you would benefit from additional marketing and operational support, click below to view more information on Chefs For Seniors’ Franchise Opportunity.
WHAT DOES A PERSONAL CHEF DO?
The personal chef business model is admittedly new and innovative; in fact for all you accountants the personal chef industry doesn’t even have it’s own NAICS industry code. Simply put, a Personal Chef Service provides clients with customized, nutritious, delicious, and affordable meals prepared in the comfort of their own home. As a personal chef, you work with an individual client or family who hires you to visit their home 2x/week, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly to prepare make-ahead meals. A big part of a personal chef service is building relationships with your clients, and having a solid understanding of their dietary concerns and specific food preferences.
Most personal chefs charge a fixed rate for their services, with the grocery cost being reimbursed by the client. And different than a private chef service, where you contract with just one family and are in their home almost every day, personal chefs cook for multiple clients in a week – typically 5 to 15.
In addition to a make-ahead meal service, most personal chefs will also do dinner parties and small catering events where they prepare the food at the client’s home.
So that’s what a personal chef DOES do, here’s what most DON’T do:
- Meal delivery: most personal chef companies don’t have access to a commercial kitchen, so they’re unable to prepare meals offsite and deliver them. In order to offer meal delivery, you’d need to be properly licensed too.
- Other household chores: a personal chef’s craft and passion is food, so they probably aren’t the best fit for helping clients with landscaping, housecleaning, and other home services. Plus, most liability insurance carried by personal chefs only covers them while they’re cooking, shopping, and driving.
BENEFITS OF STARTING A PERSONAL CHEF BUSINESS
There are many reasons why a personal chef business is an attractive venture, including:
- Low capital investment: compared to other businesses in the foodservice industry, a personal chef business requires a very low initial investment and minimal ongoing expenses. That means it’ll be easier to get to profitability, and the business is lower risk than other ventures because you shouldn’t need to take out a business loan. Since you’re doing the cooking in the client’s home and purchasing food at a grocery store, you don’t need commercial space, equipment (aside from pots, pans, utensils, etc.), or inventory. In terms of all your startup expenses for the first 3 months, it’s very realistic to start a small personal chef business for $5-$15K.
- Work-life balance: as a personal chef, when you work is dependent on the client’s availability and your availability. Generally, no one is going to want their chef cooking in their home at midnight, so you avoid the late nights that plague restaurant workers. Plus, when you’re not cooking or marketing you can run the business from home so you can spend more time with your family.
- Relationship with clients: personal chefs really enjoy the lasting friendships they build with clients, especially those serviced on a long-term basis.
- Creative expression: as a personal chef, you’re encouraged to utilize your creativity and make a wide variety of dishes for clients. There’s really no better way to familiarize yourself with cuisines from all over the world than being a personal chef.
- Earning potential: simply put, if you play your cards right you can make more money as a personal chef than you could in other food service jobs. Many personal chefs charge a fixed rate for their services, but if you break it down to an hourly rate many are bringing in $40-$100/hour when executing the service. A personal chef with a full slate of clients can make upwards of $150K per year, plus there’s always the option to hire additional chefs and expand your reach.
7 TIPS FOR STARTING A PERSONAL CHEF BUSINESS
If you’re looking to start a personal chef business, here are 7 tips to get you on the right track:
- Form an LLC: instead of going the sole proprietor route, personal chefs should form an official business entity and submit articles of organization to the state for a Limited Liability Company. Because you’re preparing food, there’s always the potential for clients to sue your business, and an LLC provides you an added layer of protection for your personal assets. Plus, you avoid the double taxation and other complexities of a c-corporation.
- Get properly insured: before you start servicing clients, make sure you have general liability insurance through a reliable carrier. Some insurance carriers won’t cover in-home services, and you’ll receive various premium quotes from different companies, so it’s best to shop around. You may want to also consider property damage and/or professional liability insurance. If you hire employees, you’ll need worker’s compensation insurance.
- Write a business plan: it’s one thing to have an idea in your head for how you’re going to build a personal chef business, it’s another to actually execute the plan. Writing a solid business plan will help organize your thoughts on paper, establish a financial plan, and attract investors if you’re seeking outside capital.
- Purchase your website domain & build a nice website: once you decide on a company name, make sure you purchase the web domain name through a company like GoDaddy or Google Domains. You may want to purchase multiple domain endings in addition to .com, such as .co, .net, .org, and .io. This ensures no one else can purchase that domain name. Once you have the domain, you’ll want to build a nice looking website. One of the challenges of starting a new business in this day and age is the cost (a custom website can easily cost over $10K) of building an SEO optimized website that will drive significant traffic. Simply put, a new website isn’t going to attract a lot of visitors short of you having a massive email list or amazing press. Unfortunately, Google’s algorithms don’t work very quickly. One shortcut to getting lots of website traffic initially is to buy into a personal chef franchise with an established brand and website domain.
- Have a solid marketing plan: with any service business, once you’re officially “open” the reality is your phone isn’t going to start ringing right away. You’ll need a solid marketing strategy utilizing different channels, including referral marketing, direct sales, and online advertising (through Facebook, Google Adwords, and email marketing). You also have to be patient, as they say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Even if you’re diligent about marketing efforts, it will probably take 3-6 months to fill up your schedule with clients. If marketing and sales aren’t your forte, you can always hire a marketing agency or inquire about franchising/licensing opportunities with various companies that providing marketing support for personal chefs.
- Perfect your recipes: before cooking for paying clients, practice the service as much as possible with friends and family. Perfect the recipes you’re going to add to your menus, but leave enough flexibility to allow for client customization. Focus on your strengths, if you’re not familiar with making Thai food it’s probably best to leave those dishes off your menu.
- Gather testimonials ASAP: people buy services from trustworthy businesses, so testimonials on your website and social media pages are extremely important. As soon as you start servicing clients, be sure to gather written and video testimonials and upload them online.
If you’re interested in exploring a personal chef business venture further, but feel you could benefit from additional support for:
- Digital marketing
- Content marketing
- Print advertising
- Technology solutions
- Operations training
- Business coaching
- Community support
Click below to learn more about affordable personal chef franchise opportunities through Chefs For Seniors.