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Starting a Part-time Food Business: Everything You Need to Know to Turn Your Love for Food Into a Successful Business Without Necessarily Quitting Your Day Job Paperback – February 1, 2011

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Nominated for the 2012 Small Business Books Awards by Small Business Trends

About the Author

A culinary professional who spent years working as a professional pastry chef for a luxury hotel chain, Jennifer Lewis founded her own small food company in 2006. In addition to a culinary degree, Jennifer also holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship, Marketing, and Finance. A part-time entrepreneur herself, Jennifer splits her time between running her business and working for a nonprofit organization.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Rabbit Ranch Publishing (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615437648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615437644
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are someone who appreciates a properly written book with commas and correct word usage, then this book is not for you. Coming from a seemingly educated author who has a master's degree, one would expect this writer to be much more skilled at writing. This book is literally written at what seems to be a middle school reading level at best, which in my opinion was offensive for the price I paid. Entrepreneurs deserve more in a book that is supposed to help one's business venture prosper.

This book really doesn't tell you much, which is a shame because I have only found a couple other books along this same genre. Only a few of the templates provided in the back of the book are worthwhile. The individual success stories were the best part about this book, whereas everything else is so superficial that it seems to be written more for people who have zero business knowhow and who are extremely rural folks. Also, the entire book mostly revolves around baking, which does not help as much for someone who is trying to make BBQ sauce or other food products. Also, only a handful of the Web resources were useful. It would have been nice to see more research on packaging because that represents a majority of your product costs. I have performed much research in the past month and have found many better places to find packaging and label printing (e.g. containerandpackaging.com or ebottles.com or psprint.com). Furthermore, the book should have provided a lot more information on constructing a proper formal business plan.

I don't typically write bad reviews, but I would suggest even to the most novice beginner that YOU SHOULD FIND ANOTHER BOOK! Try to find something local first that explains the laws of the region in which you live because that is where the journey really begins. Without knowing what the local laws allow, you cannot even begin to understand whether your idea will work. Overall, this book has inspired me to perhaps write my own book on the topic.
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If you only read one book while contemplating starting a food business, make it THIS book. The step by step approach the author takes helps the reader to understand each component of the business and why it is important. The book easily prepares the reader to apply the thinking to their own concept avoiding costly mistakes from the start. Different from other general business planning books or start up books, it focuses on the necessary elements specific to food. Among the most important aspects of this book are the real life scenarios, tips and easy conversions and formulas to figure out food costs and realistic examples of the necessary financial statements. This book covers the A to Z steps any food entrepreneur will need. And, it provides valuable sourcing for product and localized state information. I highly recommend this book.
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This book arrived in my life at the perfect time. I've wanted to start some kind of food business for the last several years, but can't wrap my head around leaving my very good full time job. I've been mulling over starting a food stand at our local Farmer's Market and came home to find this book waiting for me.

The advice and tips given are thoughful, practical and concise. I'm not a person who is enjoys business plans or number crunching, but Ms. Lewis lays out how to tackle these parts of business so it doesn't seem so overwhelming. The section on how to price your product was very helpful as well.

The personal storties of people who have successfuly started businesses was fun and inspiring.

Since reading the book, I've started the first few steps to get my business going and I'm sure I'll refer back to the book as a guide.
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I found this book to be a very practical step-by-step guide for someone who is venturing out for the first time with a start-up food business. To reinforce the points and to inject reality into the book, the real-life stories of small food entrepreneurs who have started part-time businesses, shows that with hard work and passion, it can be done. The state-by-state reference guide was also very helpful as it provides a good starting point for the budding entrepreneur who has the "food idea" but needs a roadmap to get there.
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I bought this book for my son who is an executive with a very lucrative salary, but whose heart is in the kitchen. He caters small parties at present and has had rave reviews of his food and many referrals. He especially wanted to know the basics of cost-analysis and pricing-out his food per person. This book, so he tells me, has been extremely helpful to him in this particular regard as well as informative across-the-board. His confidence in pricing his catering has risen exponentially for, while he's always happy cooking for these soirees, he feels he's now being adequately paid for his services. This book absolutely helped him to achieve his new-found confidence in pricing and has made him even happier to profit properly from his culinary labours of love. Buy with confidence.
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I was so disappointed in this book. Totally obvious, common sense information that would be available to anyone who had done a basic google search. Really provides very little insight or strategic information, marketing information is dated and obvious, and does almost nothing to help people think critically about scaling production, overcoming risk, or anticipating challenges. Serious letdown.
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