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Thinking of starting a soup shop

Majortom41 | Nov 10, 201809:12 AM     39

Hi, not sure what section to put this is in although I would like to do most of the cooking from home so maybe it fits here. I'm at the beginning of the journey of starting my own business for the first time.

I've always loved soup and I thought specializing in it in the form of a canteen or something along the lines of a kiosk in a food court could be a good idea. For one, many restaurants and diners treat soup as an after thought and/or tend to literally just puree yesterdays leftovers and call it 'soup of the day' *shudder*.

There aren't a lot of 'soup only' shops (if any) where I live in Halifax so I'd have a kind of specialty to my advantage. I'm aiming for a location where I'd get lots of foot traffic, ie, lunch time for office working travelling through pedways for lunch or whatever is going to make enough business.

My basic format would be something like, 8-10 soups with 4/5 of them being popular staples and the rest being soups that would change on a weekly basis to keep things changing. There would always be at least 1 vegan option and ideally all soups would be gluten free.

I'd like to be able to cook from home and serve on site or at the very least do as much of the prep as possible at home.

I don't plan on sandwiches to go with it yet as I plan to start out as a one man operation and keep things simple at first, though I'd probably have a bread and/or crackers of some kind.

This is my first attempt at being an entrepreneur and I'm excited and nervous at the same time.
Anybody have an tips, suggestions, advice of any kind to share? Any things I'd need to know about permits etc if I did want to do some of the work at home? Any words of encouragement and/or caution?

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