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Hi guys, I am new to the forum. I have been in the restaurant industry for 12 years and have recently been offered a consulting job for a small pub. I have usually worked in upscale restaurants and this is new to me. This will be my first consulting job and I was wondering if anyone had any advice or knowledge of the subject to get me over my first time jitters. I'm planning on starting with food cost percentages, examine kitchen and then find them a new chef that will meet their needs.

It would be great to get some feedback.

Thanks

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I've been working as a consultant since long before I started my current home chef service.

 

For me, one of the most important steps in the consulting process is putting together an agreement detailing:

  • what work is to be done
  • how it's completion will be measured
  • what you'll need from the client to complete your work
  • what the timeline is for the whole process
  • the cost and the terms for payment

 

Put these together into an agreement and you'll feel a lot easier. The client will then know exactly what to expect from you and won't judge your service based on presumptions. If they need something extra from you, it's a lot easier to approach them with another charge when you have that agreement together. Most importantly, that agreement works as a contract in case they try not to pay you.

 

One more thing, never accept work doing something you haven't done repeatedly with great results. You do not want your clients to be guineau pigs in your learning. You'll find it a lot easier to find work if you specialize anyways. Restaurant owners look for people who are experts at a particular task, not experts overall.

Brandon O'Dell

 

Friend That Cooks Home Chef Service

www.friendthatcooks.com

O'Dell Restaurant Consulting

www.bodellconsulting.com

 

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Brandon O'Dell

 

Friend That Cooks Home Chef Service

www.friendthatcooks.com

O'Dell Restaurant Consulting

www.bodellconsulting.com

 

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post #3 of 3
Thread Starter 

Thanks Brandon,

This is my first consult gig and just wanted to see if I was missing anything before I start. Your website is a huge help. Thanks again.

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