Thinking about opening a kitchen consultanting firm? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
Kitchen Consultant Profile
When you're home, you spend most of your time in the kitchen. Now that you're thinking about jumping into business ownership, a kitchen consultant business sounds like a natural fit. You already love to cook, so how hard can it be to succeed in kitchen consulting?
It turns out that the kitchen consulting business requires a lot more than a love of the culinary arts. Successful kitchen consultants are more than glorified home economics teachers – they are bona fide professionals who have become experts in helping their clients design truly spectacular kitchen environments.
Although a love of food and cooking comes in handy, your knowledge of appliances, electrical, plumbing, and cabinetry will be more useful to your kitchen consulting business. Don't even think about recruiting clients until you have become intimately familiar with the appliances, designs, and styles that are currently available in the wholesale and retail marketplace.
Kitchen consultants also spend a good deal of their time advising their clients on the efficient use of available space. An understanding of basic concepts is a good start, but it's helpful to have a few space planning projects under your belt before you convince a client to spend thousands of dollars on a kitchen remodel.
Whether or not you've spent much time in a kitchen is irrelevant to your success – as long as you thoroughly appreciate your client's kitchen workflows and priorities. Good kitchen consultants are excellent listeners who are adept at helping their clients clarify their unique kitchen requirements.
Many kitchen consultants achieve the highest level of success by establishing themselves in a market niche. That's not to say that you can't grow your business by serving a broad range of clients, but in the kitchen consulting industry, top earners often identify an underserved segment of the market (e.g. inexpensive remodels, commercial kitchen design, old home retrofits) and gradually dominate the niche.
Read more about developing a niche in our article, Finding a Niche!
Business Plans for a Kitchen Consultants Business
A common mistake for a new business owner is to not create business plan for your startup kitchen consultanting firm.
A good business plan defines the game plan. The absence of an effective business plan inevitably results in impulsive leadership, choosing short-term opportunities at the expense of long-term benefits.
Start by defining your business mission. The process of writing a mission statement doesn't have to be complicated. From there, it's time to initiate the hard work involved with writing the rest of your kitchen consultanting firm's business plan.
Don't Ignore Competitors
Before you open a kitchen consultanting firm in your area, it's a good idea to determine how you will fit in the competitive landscape. Use the link below to get a list of local competitors near you. After following the link, enter your city, state and zip code to get a list of kitchen consultanting firms in your area.
Before you open up shop, make sure you know what you will offer to your customers that provides a significant advantage over your competition's offering.
Learning More About the Industry
If you want to open a kitchen consultanting firm be sure to learn from folks who are already in business. Local competitors are not going to give you the time of day, mind you. The last thing they want to do is help you to be a better competitor.
Fortunately, somebody who runs a kitchen consultanting firm outside of your community may be willing to share their entrepreneurial wisdom with you, after they realize you reside far away from them and won't be stealing their local customers. In that case, the business owner may be more than happy to discuss the industry with you. It can take a while to find an entrepreneur who is willing to talk, but it's well worth the effort.
Where does one find an entrepreneur who is running a kitchen consultanting firm in another community?
Here's how we would do it. Try the useful link below and key in a random city/state or zipcode.
Benefits of Buying a Kitchen Consultants Business
As a would-be kitchen consultanting firm owner, the impulse to build a company from scratch is in your blood. Yet kitchen consultanting firm startups aren't easy - many fail within the first year.
There are a lot of factors that need to be considered in buying vs. starting a business. By buying a profitable kitchen consultanting firm, you'll shorten the amount of time it takes to achieve a return on your investment because you'll have the advantage of a proven operation and an existing customer base.
A new business startup presents a number of challenges, not the least of which is the creation of policies, procedures and workplace routines. Solid franchise opportunities equip startup owners with training and other resources designed to streamline workflows and operations.
With many kitchen consultanting firm franchise opportunities to choose from, we recommend visiting our kitchen franchise directory to determine which franchisors are consistent with your vision and goals for your startup.
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