What's cooking

United States
October 6, 2006 1:12pm CST
I am a great cook and I want to start my own business in fast food. Going about getting it started is my only question. Any advice?
5 responses
@em12ma (396)
• United States
6 Oct 06
You start by contacting your local SBA (Small Business Admin.) center in your state. They can give you directions as to how you can start, finance & manage your business by giving you resources & advice. You can start by going here: http://www.sba.gov.
• United States
6 Oct 06
Thanks em12 I have been doing catering for years in many States. Just moved back to California and had a house warming party and friends are still asking me why haven't I started my own business by now. But thanks for the link will check into that now.
@em12ma (396)
• United States
6 Oct 06
Thanks. You can also try going to a local chapter of SCORE ( http://www.score.org ). They are a non-profit organization comprising of business people & entrepreneurs giving free online advice and assistance to those who have plans of starting a business. Goodluck!
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@crystalc (289)
• United States
6 Oct 06
Just wanted to say good luck. I would suggest trying to work for some popular restraunts first to get your name out there. That way when you open, peopl already know you are a great cook. A lot of new fast food and restraunt businesses don't last more than a year. It would help it peopl knew the food would be good before ever going there.
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@kelz784 (975)
• Australia
7 Oct 06
Oh that will be great! I need the same advice but i need Australian Info cos i want to open a cafe next year. Good luck with it all!! :)
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@kcbomba (616)
• United States
7 Oct 06
My mum too is such a great cook ; but got not the means(capital) to enhance/spice her gift up ,by taking up a catering career course in an institution and ofcourse a start-up capital. l would advice that you go ahead and start your biz ,from the necessary/basics ie. like getting the overall cost of starting up the biz; u could consult a professional in the business for better guidelines. Hope that helps .
• Philippines
7 Oct 06
First of all, you should have a start up capital that can hold up for like three months of operation. By then, you would know if your business will make it or not. Then, just like in any kind of business, you've got to have a good location. Also, you got to have a signage coz a business without signage is a sign of no business. And for fast foods, you should serve good, reasonably priced food with quality service. Remember, customers are almost always right. Good luck!