Small Food Business Books

Food business books written specifically for artisan food entrepreneurs and small business owners. Whether you’re looking for the basics on how to start a part-time food business or a food truck, are looking for inspiration and advice from other food entrepreneurs, or are hoping to expand into selling wholesale to retailers, these books can help you get your dreams and goals underway.

All books are available on Amazon in book and Kindle format unless otherwise noted.

Starting A Part-time Food BusinessStarting A Part-Time Food Business: Everything You Need To Know To Turn Your Love For Food Into A Successful Business Without Necessarily Quitting Your Day Job

Whether you’re slaving away in a cubicle dreaming of turning your mother’s secret jam recipe into the next ‘it’ food or wish you could turn your flare for flan into a moneymaking venture that doesn’t conflict with your stay-at-home parenting responsibilities, it’s possible to start and run a successful part-time food business.  This comprehensive yet easy-to-understand book takes you step-by-step through everything you’ll need to get your small food business up and running in no time.

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Food On Wheels: The Complete Guide To Starting A Food Truck, Food Cart, or Other Mobile Food Business

Food trucks are hitting the streets from Miami to Maui but greasy reheated tacos and soggy burgers are a thing of the past.  Today’s mobile eateries have foodies flocking for gourmet bacon jam burgers, delicious Parisian-style crepes, and decadent handcrafted organic ice cream cones to name just a few. A less expensive alternative to opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant, food trucks, food carts, and even food bicycles can be started by anyone whether you’re a trained chef or an amateur baker.  If you’ve ever dreamed of jumping on the food truck bandwagon this book will provide you with all the information necessary to get you on the road.

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Handmade: How Eight Everyday People Became Artisan Food Entrepreneurs and Their Recipes for Success

It takes more than just good ingredients to start and run an artisan food business.  In addition to doing the actual cooking or baking, food entrepreneurs are responsible for hundreds of decisions that impact the future of their business.  From which marketing tools are best to how to increase operational capacity to dealing with government regulations and oversight to make everything work within a limited budget, the sheer number of decisions can seem daunting at times.  HANDMADE  is like the advisory council food entrepreneurs wish they had.  Based on in-depth interviews with eight food artisans from a diverse range of backgrounds, this book shares with readers the triumphs and challenges these entrepreneurs have faced.

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wholesale food businessGetting Your Specialty Food Product Onto Store Shelves: The Ultimate Wholesale How To Guide For Artisan Food Entrepreneurs

Many small food business owners dream of seeing their products on store shelves, but how to get onto those shelves is a mystery. Focused specifically on specialty food businesses that don’t have millions of marketing dollars at their disposal, this book unravels that mystery for food entrepreneurs, offering tactical tips, insight, and short stories of entrepreneurs who have been in your place and succeeded. 

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BPWSB Front CoverThe Soup To Nuts Business Plan Workbook for Small Businesses: Making the business planning process less painful and maybe even a little fun!

Calling all busy solopreneurs, time-crunched mompreneurs, passionate artisans, and creative craftsmen – finally a business plan book for the rest of us!  Rather than talk at you about how you need to ‘be diligent and build a comprehensive plan,’ this workbook makes business planning accessible with targeted questions and step-by-step exercises to guide you through the main business planning components.  Numerous graphics help make key business concepts easy to understand and are followed by templates that you can use as you organize your business ideas.  And there’s plenty of room to scribble notes and jot down ideas! Click here for more information.

Tradeshowcover_resizedfornewsletterThe Soup To Nuts Small Business Tradeshow Guide: What Every Artisan, Craftsman, and Handmade Entrepreneur Needs To Know About Growing Their Wholesale Business Through Tradeshows

If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing your products in catalogs, showcased in prestigious online stores, stocked in boutiques, or carried by brand-name retailers, then trade shows can be one of the most efficient ways to get your products seen by retail buyers. But trade shows can also be incredibly expensive and intimidating for entrepreneurs who don’t have a million-dollar marketing budget or a staff of sales people.  Written for the solopreneur or small-business entrepreneur with a specific focus on artisans, this guide takes you through the steps necessary to successfully exhibit at trade shows. If you’re looking to grow the wholesale side of your business via tradeshows, this is the one resource you need.

Please note, this is a chapter in the Getting Your Specialty Food Product Onto Store Shelves so it is not necessary to purchase both.  Available only in Kindle format.  Click here for more information.