As the holidays approach, many will turn to the kitchen for their gift inspiration. They’ll check their favorite recipes, pull out ingredients for preparing and packaging tasty delicacies to give to loved ones and colleagues, even to the friendly mail carrier and newspaper delivery ladies. As they wait for the goodies to emerge from the oven, their minds may begin to wander, to consider what it would be like to quit the day job and have a dream food job as a food entrepreneur.
No amount of book learning can compare with practical experience when it comes to developing the entrepreneurial instinct. Even so, it is essential for anyone planning to launch a new enterprise to know about zoning laws, food-safety regulations, and general business principles. Courses for entrepreneurs are offered at four-year and community colleges. There, students can learn business principles that may prevent many avoidable catastrophes. . . .
The best business plans are often the shortest, not fifty-page tomes, but bulleted lists of essentials:
- What am I selling?
- Who will buy it?
- Where will I find my customers?
- How do I price my product?
- How do I get financing?
- Whom do I hire?
Even those who no longer believe in the Tooth Fairy or the Easter Bunny still put their faith in Santa Claus
— he may stimulate Christmas sales to climb through the roof.
Excerpt from Great Food Jobs 2: Ideas and Inspiration for Your Job Hunt.