Most of the time, when going on a consultation, you have no idea what you're walking into. You don't yet have an idea what expectations this client has of your services. You may go to the appointment thinking "oh boy, a new client" but what if that new client isn't what you're expecting?
I can recall one particular consultation with working parents and three teen children. The parents were too exhausted to cook dinner at the end of the workday and were looking for help.
My consultation was with the husband. Upon speaking with him, I learned that the wife was vegan (no dairy). He "loved a good steak". The kids were early in their teenage years and were never pushed to eat vegetables, preferring chicken fingers or macaroni and cheese every night. One of the kids had a nut allergy and the husband was celiac, meaning no gluten.
After learning all this information, I shared with him that I don't think I could come up with an interesting weekly menu that would satisfy all these different dietary lifestyles. They would either have to have two dinner options at each meal or the family would need to be more open to eating vegetables.
I decided it wasn't going to be worth my time to try and please this family, when I was sure that I wasn't going to be able to make everyone happy.
When you're new in the personal chef business, it's tempting to say yes to everyone that requests your services, but sometimes it's best to walk away. Because it's your business, you get to run it how you'd like. Would you have taken on this client?
It's wonderful to see perspectives on how others run their personal chef business. If you'd like to share your personal chef journey, I'd be honored to have you as the next guest post.