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(Sept 6, 2020) Customizing Personal Chef Menus for Each Client

Potential clients may ask, "can you send over a sample menu for my event of 12 guests celebrating a 40th birthday," or "do you have a sample menu for your weeknight dinner meal prep?"

In my personal chef business, the problem in providing a sample menu is that I create a custom menu for each client. It just wouldn't be possible to have one menu for ten different families. One family will be gluten-free and doesn't want to see tomatoes on the menu while another eats vegan and has an allergy to nuts. How would one menu satisfy everyone? As well, produce changes with the seasons and that sample menu would have to be continually evolving.

Clients hire personal chefs for their meal customizing abilities. They want to feel that their menu options are unique to their personal lifestyle. 

The same holds true with a sample menu for an event. There are often allergies or dietary restrictions with one or more guests, so the sample menu wouldn't help at all. 

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(Aug 30, 2020) Your subconscious mind is sabotaging your business

You're starting to see success in your personal chef business then suddenly your mind starts rationalizing why you should get out of the business. Your mind doesn't feel safe and wants to shake off the discomfort, escaping back into safe zone. 

Self-sabotage involves behaviors or thoughts that keep you away from what you desire most in life. It’s that little voice saying “you can’t do this."

Your conscious mind is saying, "This is what I want. I want to make more money. I want to bring in new clients. I want to quit my job and do my personal chef business full-time."

Meanwhile, your subconscious mind is saying, "What are you crazy? This is horrible and we're going to end up broke."

The conscious mind wants you to fulfill your potential and the subconscious tries to sabotages you every step of the way. The subconscious mind exists to keep you safe, not to self-actualize. 

When trying to attain a goal you've never achieved before, such as starting a...

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(Aug 23, 2020) 10 mistakes I made at the start of my personal chef career

When I first started as a personal chef, I had no mentor. I didn't know anyone else who was a personal chef and I couldn't find any firm answers online. I had to figure it all out on my own. Obviously, I made a ton of cringe worthy mistakes. I'd love to share them with you so you don't repeat them.

#1 Charging by the hour

For my very first client, I charged $25 an hour.  I soon became more efficient and...wait, I'm still getting paid $25 an hour. I was thinking like an employee and not a business owner. Employees are paid by the hour and now I was a business owner.

After much study, I learned that personal chefs are not paid by the hour. They do not price their services like restaurant chefs either, since food costs are not calculated as part of the meal. More about pricing, click here.

#2 Accepting anyone and everyone as a client

Not everyone is a good fit for your business. You have to take into account whether you can accommodate the client's menu requests following the...

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(Aug 16, 2020) Social Media 101 for Personal Chefs

Social media can be a powerful tool to attract leads, build relationships and possibly earn sales. It can also be a distraction and a drain on your time, energy and mindset.

If it’s taking up all your time and there’s not a lot of audience engagement, it’s not helping attract and engage your ideal clients. Just because other people are doing something on social media, doesn’t mean you have to as well. Your job is to figure our what attracts YOUR ideal client, not to copy what helps someone else attract theirs.

Learn more about getting leads into your personal chef business, click here.

How do you use social media for business?

  • Step 1: Find out where your ideal clients are spending most of their time, not where you like to spend your time.

Make a list of current and past clients that you most enjoyed working with. They are the ones who appreciated your expertise, didn’t question your prices, and received tremendous benefit from working...

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(Aug 9, 2020) Introducing Kiki Coll, Personal Chef

Kiki Coll of Hippe Chick Foods sat down and answered questions I thought would help you in your journey as a personal chef.

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.

Q: Share the name and location of your business, what you do, who are you clients.

A: Hippie Chick Foods, Wilmington, Delaware ~ Serving Up Groovy Recipes serving New Castle County, De.  and Delaware County, Pa. 

Hippie Chick Foods is a private chef service by Chef Kiki Coll,with an emphasis on vintage recipes. My foods incorporate the flavors, feel and most importantly, the memories of past decades.

A Side of Nostalgia with Every Bite! 

I take pride in using locally sourced ingredients from area farmer’s markets, farm stands, and other local product vendors, incorporating the Hippie food movement of farm to table. 

Farm to Table  ~...

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(Aug 2, 2020) Overcome fear of judgment and start your personal chef business

Fear of judgment is linked to the desire to be liked by all at all times. Obviously being liked by all is impossible, but the fear could still stop some from performing in new life experiences or expressing their true selves.

When someone makes a judgment about you, chances are that moments or days later, that judgment will leave their conscious awareness, but may still linger within you. We’ve all been affected at some point in our lives by something someone else said about us. Words can be hurtful and leave us feeling powerless and vulnerable.

In time, negative words and perceptions from others could begin shaping beliefs about ourselves. This can lead to fear of judgment by others and affect our ability to take risks and enjoy new life experiences.

The secret to overcoming fear of judgment is to get comfortable with your strengths and weaknesses. We're all good at some aspects of life, terrible at others. If you're aware of both, you’re less likely to...

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(July 26, 2020) Is self-doubt and fear holding you back?

Fear and self-doubt are unquestionably the two most common roadblocks to success in life including what holds many back from starting their personal chef business.

When coming face to face with fear and self-doubt, you could choose to either:

  • Be held hostage to your current life just because it's comfortable; OR
  • Courageously face your fears, take risks, and live life to its fullest

Everyone experiences fear and self-doubt to a  different degree. 

  • An inability to realistically assess your competence and skills, "What if I put out the word about my new business and nobody is interested?"
  • Attributing your success to external factors, "I only got this far because my friend gave me my last job."
  • Berating your performance, "They were just being polite when they said they liked my chicken dish."
  • Fear that you won't live up to expectations, "What if I start my personal chef business and my clients don't like the food that I make them?"
  • Sabotaging your own...
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