Originally posted by spacedoubt
Describe the biz for me..
who is the clientelle?
Is this like an advanced form of catering? More fancy..?
Or do you work for a single person, for longer periods of time..?
Then, and only then, will I come up with a name...LOL
Let me give a little in-depth description on Voila first - My previous business, so that you can see how this idea has evolved....
It was my original attention to provide my services only to those who could afford them.....I'm fortunate enough to know people who know people in
at the end of the day, they're all tight-wads and won't pay what would be considered "cheap" for the same
services friends of mine provide in New York and California, even though they got the dough....And I'm by no means out to rip people off - I just
have a lot of professional experience and creativity to offer....
Sooo.....Voila hit the ground.....and that's it....It hit the ground.....
I'm keeping myself open to the chance
that I may still find that perfect client - The one who wants me as their full-time personal chef....But
I'm also seeking the assistance of a person I know of who has the same passion for cooking as I do and could keep the other end of the business
running - Small parties, catering - And of course I would lend a hand in my spare time, or when the need arises, I have people I can trust and hire
for part-time work....
So, in essence, I'm looking to open my doors now to all clientele - From the simplest of faire to the most elegant of elegant....I'm not just
catering food....I'm catering to the individual needs of my clients......
On a semi-related note, I have an idea for simply trying to get my name out there.....
I know a few people involved in the whole "Pampered Chef" business....Now - I don't really care for the products they offer - they're just too
amateur and entry-level oriented for my tastes, but I like their ideas of throwing social gatherings focused around food.....
I'm thinking.....What about a symbiotic relationship? I volunteer
my free time to attend a show and spend maybe 10-15 minutes showing these
people various tips and tricks - Make it something fun and entertaining - And in return, all I ask is that they allow me to hand out business cards
and free gifts (t-shirts with my logo, or pre-mixed spice packets with my card) to the customers...
I figure, if I can get at least one or two people to hire me off of that alone, I'll get my business circulating by word-of-mouth and more than make
up for my volunteered time, while it also benefits these Pampered Chef people I know b/c they're learning things to incorporate into their next