Thursday, February 18, 2010

Inspiration Meets Opportunity


So I’ve been working on a new project for a few months now and there are complications obviously – as all new projects have, but it’s also been time consuming in many instances.  Without a traditional nighttime kitchen job, things have been quieter in the evenings and sometimes I catch myself still with the feeling of excessive downtime (not really true, I’m just overactive/workaholic most of the time).  Basically, it means I don’t know how to relax. 

As I was walking out from my office at the end of last week, my coworkers started to mumble about the raise in cafeteria prices.  With a sensitive and recent across-the-board salary reduction, people were a lot less receptive to paying $1 more on average for a mediocre semi-prepackaged processed hospital lunch.  With a drink and two baby overcooked sides, the cafeteria meal can average as much as $8.00.  With one whimsical comment, a new idea and opportunity was born. 

“For $5, I can make a lunch 10 times better.”

As it happened, I reasoned and played the idea out in my head during my drive home.  Over the weekend, I calculated the logistics, feasibility and budget.  By the end of the weekend, I had a menu, budget, and my own itty bitty newborn lunchtime delivery service.  Of course, I am only currently servicing one place once a week, but it’s a nice fun start and my own fill-in-some-free-time creative outlet.  Of course, I made absolutely $0.00 this week (in the hole, when you consider labor), but I got a chance to provide something different and fresh (literally) to my office so that brightened my day. 

At some point, I got tired of paying for the Sysco junk.  I don’t know why I waited this long, I guess you just have to put up or shut up.  Next week is looking like a nice boost from this week so that will start to make things more interesting.  Wonder how long I can go before the cafeteria finds out… wonder how long before I’m tempted to try to deliver to elsewhere…

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