5 Reasons to Start a Food Business Today

Americans are starting new businesses at a rapid pace these days. So fast in fact, that the IRS is being inundated with EIN (Employer Identification Number) requests. Nonetheless, this is a great time to start a business – and a food business in particular.

It’s All  About the Economy – It’s every man for himself time! Although the recession may have ended two years ago, most of us didn’t notice. Obviously the government either can’t or won’t help with the jobs situation. It’s time to take matters into our own hands and make our own job. Really, what’s to lose?

Everyone Eats – Everyone eats but only a few of us old-timers cook our meals from scratch anymore. That leaves lots of opportunity for food entrepreneurs to provide ready-made, convenience, heat-and-serve, pre-cut, and stir-and-mix type products. No matter how many people are unemployed, we still have to eat.

Low Barrier to Entry – Because everyone eats, food is a familiar business to most of us, with an easily understood product. Contrast that to a medical research company, or a tech services business, or a financial planning entity – all of which require years of formal education or training. We start our training in the food business shortly after birth – leaving us with lots of experience under our belts (yes, poor pun intended).

The American Heartland – What a great country this is. We grow and manufacture almost any product ingredient needed right here at home, from peaches in Georgia to olive oil in California to wheat in North Dakota to beans and lentils in the inland Northwest. Growing our ingredients here at home gives us many more food business options to choose from, all at a reasonable price.

Improved Health – Want to do something to reduce obesity and improve American’s overall health? Start a specialty food business that utilizes wholesome, high-quality, natural and/or organic ingredients and avoids excess salt and saturated fat. We may not cook much anymore, but we still know good food when we taste it!

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About the Author

Renee Pottle, an author and heart-healthy educator, loves to explore and write about the Mediterranean Diet. She blogs at SeedToPantry.com and HestiasKitchen.com.

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