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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Low-Cost Startups by Gail Margolies Reid

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Personal Chef

Estimated startup costs: $250-$1,000
Estimated first-year revenue: $21,000-$35,000
The personal chef profession originally sprang up in response to the growing trend of dining out and purchasing prepared foods that followed the growth of women entering the workforce in the 1980s. In 1991, Cindi Wallace wrote a manual and founded the American Personal and Private Chef Association (APPCA). The concept is high-end but straightforward: in this busy society, people want to eat well and healthfully but don’t have the time to plan, shop, cook, and clean up for themselves. Many families with traveling spouses and children involved in all sorts of extracurricular activities cannot have family mealtime every night of the week. Yet people ...

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