Small chops business, no doubt, is one of the fast-rising businesses in Nigeria springing up in every corner and this is due to the fact that it has become an irresistible menu option at events and it is not labor-intensive compared to cooking.
Have you been nursing the idea of going into Small chops business and you don’t know how to start? Are you passionate about finger foods and desire to make money from it? Are you a pastry chef with creative abilities and won’t mind going into Small Chops Business in Nigeria? Then, this timely article is just for you! Fasten your belts and take a ride with me on how to start a small chops business and also manage it efficiently.
Most people confuse making pastries to making small chops, No; they’re not same. You can be good at making pastries and other edibles and sulk at making small chops.
Small chops, also known as finger foods are served as side dishes at parties but in recent times, individuals and companies now order them at home or office, either for celebration or private consumption.
This business thrives because people are accustomed to being served the same menu at every event and want to try other options. Increasingly, the demand for this convenient and stress-free service has created a healthy competition between existing small chops businesses and emerging ones.
Before going into the business of small chops, these and more are the things you need to know:
What does a small chops package contain?
A beautiful package of small chops should have four or more of these items:
- Spring rolls
- Mini Puff Puff
- Mini Sausage Rolls
- Asun (smoked spicy goat meat)
- Mini Grilled chicken
- Nigerian Mini Donuts
- Gizdodo/Dodo Gizzards (Plantain & Gizzards)
- Mini Cakes
- Meat stuffed yam (potato) balls
- Banana Puff Puff
- Nigerian Battered Plantain (Dodo Ikire)
- Peppered snails
- Peppered Ponmo (Cow leather) Etc.
Do I have to be a Caterer to have a Small Chops Business?
You don’t need to become a full-time caterer before starting a small chops business. You may choose to deal in small chops alone as long as you are a good cook and can pay attention to little details.
Most of the items contained in a small chops package do not require professional culinary skills; just know how to fry and combine seasonings and spices.
However, spring rolls, samosa, and puff puff are the exceptions where expertise is required. You’ll have to get trained and master the preparation to prevent last-minute fails. You can also employ capable hands to do that for you if you can afford it.
How Relevant is Food Plating in Small Chops Business?
Every small chops business owner must master the art of food plating to enhance the presentation of your meal. Irrespective of how delicious your finger foods taste, presentation matters and it goes a long way in selling your product.
You can’t place your puff puff on your samosa and spread the peppered snails on them; it will look disturbing and unattractive. There are a lot of food plating tutorials online, arm yourself with the knowledge and see people call you for their next event.
How do I sell my product and get clients for my Small Chops Business?
- Create your Brand
This requires strategic planning. Be different from your competitors. Small chops is fast becoming a common business; don’t be regular, be dynamic. Be creative in your packaging and all that you do.
- Have a Signature Taste
This makes your brand unique. Do you know why people frequent some eateries more than the other? You hear people say, “that eatery has a special taste; you can’t find it anywhere else.” That is a signature taste! It makes you stand out and retain your clients. Also, make sure you keep it as a secret recipe; that is your selling point.
- Word of Mouth Advertising
Yes! The cheapest form of advertisement is through your mouth. Tell everyone about it -family members, friends, colleagues and so on. Don’t be quiet about it. Breathe it until people can comfortably and conveniently call you by the name of your brand.
- Digital Marketing
Use your social media platforms to your advantage. Advertise your business aggressively on your wall and business pages. Don’t let a day pass by without mentioning your business to your friends and followers. That way, you remain relevant and generate new leads as well.
- Bid for Events
Form an alliance with event planners and caterers in your locality and beyond. Don’t be afraid to start in your neighborhood with small events.
If you get good numbers of jobs a week, do you know how much you are going to make in a week?
Do I need a shop space to start a Small Chops Business?
No, you don’t necessarily need a shop space to start. You can use your home if there’s no restriction and rules against that in case it’s a rented apartment. Just make sure your kitchen is neat, make supplies, get the required cooking equipment and you’re good to go!
Food business is a lucrative business in Nigeria and you can carve your niche if you know your onions. Asides being self-employed and a business owner, you will also be an employer of labor, thereby reducing the rate of unemployment.
Do you still want to go into Small Chop Business?
I guess your answer is a resounding YES!