Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food services but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Chef Lovee, Executive Chef and CEO of MixingMama LLC., located in Garner, NC, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
MixingMama is a Personal Chef & Catering company that helps busy professionals and athletes save time and eat healthy by offering meal prep services and holistic nutrition coaching. We also offer gourmet dining experiences for our clients to provide their guests with unique and unforgettable experiences.
Tell us about yourself
My puppy got sick, and after bringing him to the vet, they encouraged me to put him down, telling me that his illness would be difficult to manage. That was what got me started in canine nutrition, and I was able to heal him by feeding him natural and healthy homemade food. A few of my friends and neighbors saw his recovery and wanted me to make food for their dogs. That was the start of my first business. Eventually, I started meal prepping for people, and then it grew to dinner parties and nutrition coaching from there.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment so far as a business owner is when we made over $100,000 in sales in one year. To watch my little baby officially become a six-figure business was life-changing.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
One of the hardest things for me in terms of being a business owner is balance. Making time for my spouse, children, friends, and personal time for myself can be difficult while trying to manage and grow my dream. I've learned that I need to be very intentional about prioritizing and not feel bad if I am resting. I don't want to miss out on my life while trying to get it together, so I remind myself constantly to stay in the present and enjoy the moment.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Work hard and understand that you will be investing time and money into your business before seeing any profit, and that's okay. Spend time and energy creating a solid foundation, business plan, and system without letting the stress of low sales discourage you. Some weeks are good, and some weeks might be down, but it's all about consistency.
- Review the work that you've put into your business, your brand, your schedule, the tasks, equipment or supplies, and process needed for your products or services, and see what areas can be improved to increase profit and productivity.
- Create a team that works smarter and harder than you. Delegate tasks and build a team of people to keep the business flowing so that you can have the freedom to stay inspired and focus on how to take your business to the next level.
Where can people find you and your business?
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