So, my bf and I have just started doing a raw business at the encouragement of some of our new friends here. (totally new and small – not registered or anything – we are just trying it out).
We have given a few events (we get about 10 to 15 each time so not bad) and have made raw meals for people. Everyone seems to be happy with what we do (although, we haven’t had people do any repeats yet – I guess everyone is cash strapped)
Our problem is the price of food now is so outrageous! We try to include wild food in our meals since my bf is a forager but we can’t do everything wild and people like sauces (which means nuts) and those are so expensive.
I am NOT a business person. I am trying to figure out prices but it is hard. What we are doing right now so sort consulting with the person and find out what they like (spicy, creamy, sweet, ethnic etc) and make raw things they liked based on that. I like doing it that way because it is more personalized which allows me to be creative too but it is so hard to figure out the prices this way.
My bf wants to give a cheaper price on things which mean after we (or should I say I) pay for the ingredients we really aren’t making much per hour. I feel like I am harlding making much after the price of the ingredients. We want to stay cheap but I also don’t want to feel like I am not making any money. (this is hard too because we barely have room in our frig – wishing now I hadn’t sold the compact frig I had!)
I notice that many raw food services make certain things and charge a set price based on ounces. I have a scale so I could do this but I would really like the service to be more personalized than that.
For those of you who do a food service (or any service that offers a product that people will use up and buy again) how do you do the prices with out losing too much money on supplies? How do you factor in your “hourly rate”? I thought it woudl be easiest to figure out the cost of the ingredients and than add on how many hours we spend on making it (since we do it per person) – my bf doesn’t think this is the way to do it.
We are going to start buying in bulk but we can’t afford the wholesalers license and we make things in our little apartment kitchen (so we can’t be legal yet – hopefully some day will be but for right now we have to keep it this way – Please don’t report me).
Any tips for me? We don’t have a permanent car (we can borrow at times) yet - but should soon hopefully – so traveling around for cheaper priced supplies is tricky right now.
If anyone has any site I can order bulk and get a deal at that would be great! I am mostly concerned with the nuts and oils prices.
I am new at this so I am just sort of fumbling along here and trying to figure this out.