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Food Entrepreneurs

My friend and I have recently been getting serious about starting a business that would actually deal with the selling of the food itself — good vegan stuff, of course! — versus, for example, a cookbook (which doesn’t mean I don’t have another in me).

That’s all I’ll say about it for now as we investigate the logistics. However, I can say we’ve tossed around everything from packaged foods, to catering, to food carts, to opening a restaurant or even a pub. Interestingly enough, going the franchise route didn’t even cross our minds. Too expensive and too many rules to really make it your own, I guess.

So anyway, in our never-ending quest for knowledge on the subject of food entrepreneurship, I’m curious whether any of my readers and/or their friends and family have stories to share? I hope so! Please, leave it in the comments or encourage someone you know to do so. If you’ve got a tale to tell, good or bad, lessons, advice, whatever, again, we want to hear it and I’m sure others will find them interesting too. Thanks. :)

5 Responses to “Food Entrepreneurs”

  1. Ray says:

    Hi Zenpawn,

    A few months ago (maybe longer) I read an article in the Wall Street Journal about restaurants operating gourmet mobile coaches, like the Mexican food ones you see all of the time. The benefits, 1. much lower overhead costs, 2. the ability to go were the customers are, 3. minimized governmental permits and4. lower meal costs – a $15 restaurant meal could be priced profitable at say $7.50.

    Great for lunches near congested office buldings. You could announce your current location via Twitter and Facebook.

    Good Luck!

    Ray

  2. Irit says:

    I love that idea that Ray submitted- I also saw a program about mobile gourmet and international food carts in LA that are a big hit! Especially with busy business folks – so find a good location

    And as a Clinical Psychologist I do consulting work with businesses teaching customer service skills – that can be more important than the product- you reach out to your customers – get to know them – and CARE genuinely that they are happy with your product- word of mouth will get you more business that way and dedicated customers for sure!
    I’m for hire to give you and future employees skills training if you ever want -free of service for you Erin (I’d just make you cook one of your fabulous healthy meals for me that you post and make my mouth water!)

  3. Erin says:

    Awesome! Thank you both. Keep ‘em coming. My friend and I are really excited to hear from you all. :)

  4. Hi – good for you! I’m a vegan foodie entrepreneur and I’d love to write a lovely long post about my experiences over the last few years (they range from pure elation to the depths of despair, occasionally in the same day…) but this is a really busy week for me, so I’ll settle for saying hi and wishing you luck. Check out my website and feel free to get in touch! Cheers, Alice

  5. Erin says:

    Hi Alice, thanks for stopping by. Perhaps when you free up, you could write a guest blog post? I wonder how the regulations compare between Australia and the States, but more importantly, just interested in your story.

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