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How to start and run a takeaway business from home in the UK 

Do you enjoy cooking? Are you constantly baking, whipping, blending, stewing and roasting? everyone constantly tells you; you could profit from your efforts.

Can you turn your love of food into a takeaway business in the time of Covid-19 but most of all can you do it budget?

For many starting a business from home could be the beginning of a satisfying new career. And a very lucrative one, but you must know what you doing.

To make your takeaway business dream work in this turbulent environment is to start selling food from home unless you already are in the food business as takeaway kitchens come in lots of different forms, with the high street closed for business for the foreseeable future, many would argue that now isn’t the right time to start one, but it’s quite the opposite we think.

Many people love the thought of doing something they enjoy and earning a living from it. With home takeaway businesses, often people can feel they don’t have any professional experience or training, and it can be hard to know where to start.

To help you start, we’ve put together this report, explaining the easiest way to start a takeaway business and sell food from home in this period of insecurity.

Takeaways are great businesses for many hardworking people and running one can be exhausting as may involve long and unsociable hours ‘depending on the business model’, but it can be an extremely profitable investment if you get everything right.

Maybe your heritage gives your recipes an edge, or you are reinventing recipes your great granny used to make but now with a twist. Maybe you have discovered a niche and are working on recipes with dietary restrictions. Whatever it is, you are now thinking about the possibility of starting your own takeaway business from home.

Life as the owner is hard, you’re up against all the big names in fast food as well as competing with all the other small and midsized businesses in your area. You need to make your business as appealing and profitable as possible without spending a large amount of cash.

To help you start, we’ve put together this report, explaining the easiest way to start a takeaway business and sell food from home in this period of insecurity.

Before you start, here are the tips, strategies and secrets to help you get it right from the start, the five things you need to start and make your takeaway a real success are:

A strong and unique idea

Many successful entrepreneurs would recommend specialising or niching down to succeed. And, with 5.7 million small businesses currently active in the UK — 186,000 of which are in the food business — it’s not hard to see why.

A clear Business plan

Many successful entrepreneurs would recommend specialising or niching down to succeed. And, with 5.7 million small businesses currently active in the UK — 186,000 of which are in the food business — it’s not hard to see why.

  • Get clarity on your idea and check that it makes sense
  • Spot potential problems and work out how to get around them
  • Set goals
  • Set out how you’re going to achieve those goals
 

The Right Licence

To be trading as a takeaway business you need the following:

  • You’re registered as a food business
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    You’re set up as a sole trader or limited company
  • An environmental health office has inspected and approved your premises
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    You’ve brushed up on the General Food Laws
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    You and any staff have Level 2 food safety qualifications keep detailed records of all your food and ingredients supplier. food hygiene is paramount as you cook your menu.
  • You have the necessary fire-fighting equipment on-site

The Right Equipment

The beauty of starting a takeaway business from home is that there are very few upfront costs, as you already have all the equipment you need in your existing kitchen. However, as your operation grows, you’re going to need to invest in bigger and better kit to keep up with demand.

 

Do the Right Marketing

By now you have a niche market in mind, or have you discovered an old family recipe you feel modern-day customers would love, maybe you already have plenty takeaway menus from online takeway or app.. Understanding your target market will help you focus on your brand.

The UK catering sector is worth £1 billion. But, more to the point, it’s one of the very few industries that isn’t dominated by a handful of big companies.
This makes it one of the best small business ideas you could try in 2020 because getting a foothold in the market isn’t as hard as it can be in other industries.
So, it’s clear that new business owners who are prepared to get creative with their takeaway and fill a niche could become very successful.

Ready to get going yet?

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About the Author

Massimo’s career has grown up through the restaurant world, starting as a waiter through to high-end restaurant openings within an operational management capacity. This depth of experience has allowed him to understand the business from both a guest’s needs to what a team needs, giving him the benefit of an all-rounded view and approach to problem solving.

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