Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food services but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Jordy VandeBunte, a personal chef based in East Grand Rapids, MI, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I am a personal chef with a small number of weekly customers.

Tell us about yourself

I've always enjoyed cooking at home and became quite good at it. When my wife and I quit our jobs in Washington, DC, and moved back home, I wanted to see if I could do "home cooking" in other people's homes. I still enjoy cooking, but I also love the relationships I have built with my long-term clients.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

It is maintaining my personal standards for excellent, home-cooked meals.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Nothing is really that hard; it's super flexible and easy compared to working for a larger organization.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

If you're going to go it alone, make sure that that's actually possible. Growth is overrated but if you need to grow, make sure that you find people who want to buy into a cooperative partnership. That way, they will be true partners and not just wage slaves to exploit.

Where can people find you and your business?


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