Originally Posted by Smetz
Yes - definitely aware of some of the restrictions but just getting started so learning lots.
Since I am overseas, shipping is the option for me. Any suggestions on companies that ship via Amazon Prime (free shipping)? The zip code we have is for a USPS box.
First, welcome to Chef Talk, Smetz!
Second (a few points that are hopefully helpful)..... the actual preparation of the product is the tiniest part of running a successful food operation.
The majority of your day will be spent dealing with marketing, sales, maintaining par, menu writing and everyone's fave, payroll and other money matters!.
You (as well as any partner(s) need to sit down and after extensive research create a detailed business plan (can take months if done right).
Whatever you are thinking right now I totally agree with! Business plans are ohso boring lol but also very necessary!
This research should be specific to where you are located (random questions of complete strangers...not the best way to go about this research), to encompass whatever health department laws you will be dealing with, who your target customer will be and the current market health where you will be doing business (don't forget any marketing ideas!).
Take meetings with everyone you will deal with during the initial start up process (and don't forget lenders, even if you don't need one for startup it helps to have a rich uncle in the picture lol).
Get pricing/bids from more than a few vendors/contractors and don't forget to ask by what terms you can get the best bottom line pricing (cash on the barrel head is almost always the best way to go and you will avoid paying interest and hopefully shipping charges as well ).
If you cannot operate from a home kitchen look around for options and include them in the plan as well as what will be done if your shop needs any renovations and/or updating to reach code.
I have just scratched the surface here.
Whatever country you are located in will most likely have location specific needs... again research will help you ask the whats and whys and ifs that are important to your specific market.
One last thing... a good business plan is an ever changing beast!
Things change and a good plan will have the wiggle room to be altered at the drop of a hat.