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[00:00:00] Struggling cooks who can’t get there very first. Personal Chef Services client, also known as Meal Prep, always have one or both of these problems. And I don’t want this to happen to you, so I’m going to tell you how to get through it. Hey there, Chef Shelley here. I’ve had a successful personal chef business since 2005.

And when I’m not cooking for my own clients, I help passionate cooks just like you get paid to do what you love. Cook with a personal chef business. Doing. Meal prep services, doing small caterings, a bunch of other services because you can get paid to do what you love on your own terms. You don’t have to go to culinary school and you don’t have to kill yourself working hospitality hours, nights, weekends, and holidays.

And you can still make great money while you’re doing it. If this is something you’re interested in, hit subscribe and the little bell so that you never miss one of my weekly videos. So strugglers, they [00:01:00] either get hung up on the startup details of their business, which spoiler alert, all you really need to do is tell people you’ll cook for them.

Technically, you don’t have to have an LLC, insurance, a business plan, a website, business cards, a business name, or anything else. Yes, it’s best practices to have all those business details set up, but you just cannot spend all your time forever on that, right? So strugglers are stuck there because they get caught up in working on those details until they’re just right, which is code for perfect.

which is double code for never gonna happen. So they get hung up in the trying to get the business started and they never get to the actual telling people about their services part. Or the other thing they do is they have everything ready to go and then they think that clients are just magically going [00:02:00] to come to them.

Or they do a tiny bit of reach out and then think it doesn’t work because they don’t get a client. Now the good news is as a passionate cook As a personal chef with a business, people love us, they want to talk to us, they want to hire us even if they can’t afford it. We’re not selling insurance that people don’t want to talk about or like real estate that’s hyper competitive.

So we definitely don’t need to be perfect Grant Cardone junior sales experts. Thank God, am I right? The only thing that you really need to have is your services and your pricing decided so that you can explain them clearly and easily to someone who’s just hearing about them for the first time. If you don’t have your services dialed in, it’s really challenging to be able to tell someone in a clear, simple way that makes you sound professional.

You know, like you know what you’re doing, [00:03:00] knowing again, just your services and your pricing and being able to explain it clearly makes you sound like a pro, even when you’re just starting. Now, to be honest, I didn’t have a problem getting my first client because I started telling people when I decided I was going to start a business.

I had those first basic decisions dialed in my services and my pricing, and I told a million people. Everybody I knew, everybody I met that I was starting a personal chef business and that I did personal chef services, which were meal prep of a week’s worth of dinners. Now, side note, if you mainly or additionally want to do meal prep services in your personal chef business, you need to tell people that right away, because if you don’t, they’ll assume that you are a caterer.

And that’s it. You need to learn how to do meal prep services. That’s a whole nother issue. You can get my free guide. There’s a link right under this video. And it teaches you [00:04:00] exactly how to do meal prep services for paying clients. So, almost every single person I talked to when I decided I was going to start my business, and I’m talking like 80 90 percent of the people were interested.

Of course they were! Who wouldn’t want a personal chef, right? Now that doesn’t mean they all became clients. Not at all. But what we’re talking about today is just getting that very first client. So how many people have you told? How many people have you told that you’re thinking about starting a personal chef business?

That you’re starting a personal chef business? Or that you have started your personal chef business? Now if your first response is I don’t know anybody. I don’t know where to find people to tell, or You know, I’m not ready because the purple in my logo isn’t exactly the right shade yet. These are flags for you.

If you recognize any of these, you can be on [00:05:00] to yourself that you’re actually getting in your own way and we all do it. It’s just a human thing. You’re starting something new. You’re probably nervous to tell people maybe this isn’t even the. first business you’ve tried and you don’t want any negative feedback, especially from people you already know.

Maybe it just feels a little too scary to put yourself out there in the beginning and that’s okay. And it is totally normal to feel this way. The secret is if you want to have a successful personal chef business with paying clients, you have to want it just a little. a little bit more than you’re scared to talk to people about it.

You have to have that spark, that excitement about getting paid to do what you love and having your own business and cooking for clients. And when you listen to that voice a little bit more, just a little even tiny bit more than the nerves keeping you afraid, [00:06:00] it’ll make it easier to talk to people. And it doesn’t mean you’re not going to be nervous.

You’re still going to be nervous, and that’s okay. You can be nervous and still talk to people. You can be scared and still go to a networking event and tell people about your services. You can feel embarrassed and still tell great auntie Myrtle about your new business anyway. And the beauty is, the more you do it, The more comfortable you’re gonna feel, and the less nervous.

Even though it might not ever totally go away. Even if you think you’re terrible at first, the more you do it, the more you’re gonna get better at. So, I started my personal chef business in 2005. Do you think I felt nervous about telling someone about my services? Of course I did. But now, if I was telling someone about my services, do you think I’d be nervous?

Absolutely not. And don’t [00:07:00] worry, it’s not gonna take you years, but the less you do it, the longer it’s gonna take you. So all you have to do is decide your services, your pricing for those services, and start talking to people. The more you do it, the better you’ll get, and the faster you will get clients.

That is exactly how it works, getting clients. Meet people in real life or online, tell them about your services, and make an offer to help them, because the clients are out there and they are hungry for what you’re cooking.