Um, even PCs have overhead:
- Business license
- SS & Medi-care (15%)
- ServSafe (at least once every five years)
- Equipment replacement (nothing lasts forever)
- Association dues & education, if any
- Vehicle expense and maintenance
- Retirement (401K, whatever)
- Subscriptions, web access
- and the list goes on...
Somebody has to pay for these items and, unless your "labor rate" (which I abhor! PCs are entrepreneurs NOT EMPLOYEES!) has those costs built in, you WILL go broke!
My absolute MINIMUM for scheduling a cook-day is $350 and I live in a city of just over 52,000. PCs in New York area are considerably higher.
For reliable industry information, call or email Candy Wallace, Executive Director
American Personal & Private Chef Association
4572 Delaware Street
San Diego, CA 92116
Specialties: MasterCook/RecipeFox; Culinary logistics; Personal Chef; Small restaurant owner; Caterer