Another step towards the dream, or is it?

I haven’t written about fantastic workshop I attended at Kent Invicta Chamber – Starting in Business Workshop.

Even I have started  already as a sole trader and done lots of reading and research, it is still good to go somewhere and get assurance you done everything you need.  I found this course by chance as I read some blog from Estonia and they have there so called mentor clubs, which will advice you to get your business running and give you support and inspiration long the way. So I started look around, can I find something similar here. And there was – Kent Invicta Chamber does workshops about starting the business, getting loan, how to go about marketing and social media and lots more.

The workshop I went was brilliant, I loved the style of Alex Knight, it was straight forward and no nonsense, easy to understand and lots of useful info about resources and where you should go for the help. The group of people itself was interesting from lady who started interior design business or Portuguese guy, who has come up with the idea how to use your crop in the farm to recycle yor waste water to the women who makes cribs for gypsy babies. Definitely colourful crowd, but I came back with so many ideas and were buzzing with enthusiasm afterwards.

One thing I realized there, that I have to really try to find the niche for my catering-food business. I do like to do everything but I should really concentrate on bit narrower area and make it wonderful and maybe later expand idea to the other areas.

Last month I did 2 dinner parties, which I put up in auction at my daughters’ school to raise funds. One of them was Russian and another one was Scandinavian and I think this is what I’m good at – pampering people with my food and give them something they maybe never tasted before. I have vast amount cookbooks at home and I wouldn’t give away any of them, they are all well used and most difficult part for me is deciding, which one to use.

The feedback from the dinner parties was fantastic:

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We just wanted to thank you for serving us with such lovely food last night. Each dish was so delicious and everybody had their own favourite. You really ensured we were truly spoilt. 

You are a very talented cook and thank you for making our evening so wonderful.

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I just wanted to thank you for a stunning meal. It was amazing and everyone loved it. Please let me know if you ever want a ‘review’ if you do decide to go into a catering business. You would be brilliant.

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It just made me feel over the moon.

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Some props from the Russian dinner party – love my blue scarf, I was wearing at the evening 🙂

I’m still wary about advertising myself, as I still don’t have proper base for my business, I need someone 🙂 (like me) to clear up my annex kitchen and set it all up properly. But the evenings and weekends just disappearing from hand and I really need to spend some quality time with my family and our lovely puppy 🙂

My mind works best afternoon and Iwould probably achieve quite a bit, but unfortunately those are my office hours and once I get home and done dinner and cleared up there aren’t much energy left in me. But I will try to concentrate to positive and one day I’ll be doing what I love most 🙂