Whether you’re preparing a meal or cooking up a new venture, many of the challenges are the same. There are plenty of entrepreneurship lessons hidden in all the kitchen chaos:
- Conditions are never “ideal”-– There is no mythical “right time” to make a big move. You have to improvise, make substitutions and find ways to make due with what you’ve got just like the Chefs do in the kitchen.
- Presentation is important — Whether it is about presenting your financial data for funding,
dressing up for an important pitch meeting, focusing on user experience and design in your materials, or branding yourself well for potential customers, you have to put as much effort
into the presentation as the product itself if you want it to be well received. For chefs, plating is the ultimate way to judges or customer’s heart
- It’s not about the tools — it’s how you use them : For entrepreneurs,
you may lack an office space, no big budget to decorate your store front or have to use some outdated tech. However, if you think creatively and make the best of what you’ve got, you can maximize your impact and overcome the shortcomings. Successful Chefs do not complain about the knives are blunt, avocados are out of season or there is no fresh coconut!
- Time management is key — Whether you’re creating a meal in 30 minutes or
trying to execute on your 12-month plan for small business, the way that you manage your time can be a key determinant in how successful you are.
- Everyone has his reasons— Every Chef would have his reason on why he is in the food industry and became successful. Entrepreneurship is no different. Everyone launches their business venture for their own reasons, and everyone is motivated by different things. Stick to your guns!
- Your biggest competition is yourself — Sometimes, the world of entrepreneurship can feel a bit like Cutthroat Kitchen or a Cupcake War, like you’re trying to make magic happen in Hell’s Kitchen. Financial and equipment can be the main challenges, but the most common mistakes are the ones you make all on your own. Not managing your time well, forgetting the basics or overlooking a key detail can cost you big, both in the kitchen and when building your business. Gear up Entrepreneurs- to be!
Adapted from: www.inc.com