- I got my start in business over 30 years ago.
- I’ve been very fortunate to work with some amazingly talented chefs and restaurant owners who taught me the skills and knowledge and gave me the confidence to become a restaurant owner and caterer.
- I’ve devoted several years of my life to training and teaching entrepreneurs all my strategies and techniques for starting and growing a restaurant, and now I’m sharing many of them on my blog.
The path I took to change careers and become a successful entrepreneur, in the restaurant business was by no means a traditional one.
Hi, my name is Jeannette Goldman and I am the founder of this blog and business, StartYourRestaurantBusiness.Com.
The purpose of this page is to explain to you the background story about how I first started.
When I began consulting in the restaurant industry, I wanted to CHANGE the negativity that loomed over those who wanted to start a restaurant.
I wanted to be a part of helping entrepreneurs succeed in a business that many were telling them to stay the hell out of.
I wanted to CHANGE the statistics and reputation that owning a restaurant has had for so many years.
Because I can, I proved it was possible; everyone who doubted me became proud of me.
Almost 30 years later, I still enjoy the challenges and excitement of starting restaurants but this time I’m helping others become successful in the business.
I want to share with you how I made it to this very moment in my life in hopes that will encourage YOU to do the same.
Make that career change you’ve only been dreaming about a reality!
I didn’t do well in school, in fact, I dedicated most of my time and energy to playing music, sports and being with friends.
After graduating from high school with a c average and a certification in dental technology, I decided to go to college.
I dropped out…just a few credits shy of getting an associate’s degree in liberal arts with a psychology minor.
After dropping out of college, I decided to utilize my dental technology certification and worked in 6 different dental labs in five years.
Every year brought more frustration, the lack of respect for woman in a male-dominated field, the inability to be paid a decent salary, but more importantly, I didn’t like what I was doing.
I knew I had to look for a new career, and not just another job to pay the bills.
I was 25 years old I had a skill and job I hated and knew I had to make a change!
I got up one morning and decided to quit my job at the dental lab.
I bought a NEWSPAPER and started looking through the wanted ads in hopes of finding a new career and happier path into my future.
That very same day I saw an ad “Lynbrook Delicatessen” Catering and Deli cook needed no experience necessary, will train.
Being a cook didn’t sound too bad. I sure knew what great food tasted like growing up with an Italian Mom. The fact that experience wasn’t necessary, I enjoyed cooking and felt comfortable in the kitchen, I decided to apply for the job and they hired me on the spot.
I prefer to call that time in life a divine intervention instead of being at the end of my rope.
It was the best entry in the industry I could have asked for.
The owner’s Mom trained me; she was an 80-year-old German woman with a thick accent who had once owned the business with her husband before passing it on to their sons.
My first job in the field was working in a successful family business. When I look back at that time it always brings a smile to my face.
For about 6 months from 7 am to 2 pm 6 days a week, that 80-year-old seriously taught me how to prepare and cook the recipes they had been using in their business for over 40 years. The energy she had and the skills she taught me to set me up for what would turn out to be the CHANGE and the direction I had desperately needed.
The confidence and experience I gained working there gave me the confidence to apply for another job in a restaurant. I started working evenings 4-12 at a place called HOULIHAN’S a casual restaurant chain you may have heard of.
I continued to hone my cooking skills not just still working in the deli/catering business but now I was working nights at a sit-down restaurant.
I continued to work two jobs and learn as much as I could and after a year I got the courage enough to apply for a position as a line cook in an upscale private club in Manhattan and got it.
It was my first chance to work with a European chef and my future was looking better than I ever imagined.
It was a unique opportunity, a total well-being facility with a health spa, fine dining, and a casual bar grill all under one roof on West 57th between Lexington and Park in Manhattan!
I was in love with the industry and loved what I was doing.
It didn’t take too long before I realized I wanted to own my own restaurant one day.
For over seven years I continued to work in several types of restaurants, to get experience in different cuisines and services. I wanted to get a hands-on feel for what I would be the happiest, successful and confident at owning.
Once again it was time for another change this time it would be starting my own restaurant!
When you get to the point, when you know it’s time to make a change, whether it’s starting a business or changing careers finding the courage is always the hardest since there are no guarantees.
I’m living proof that change can be a successful path to entrepreneurship.
I have owned 6 businesses and have been in my own businesses for ¾ of my working life. I’ve owned 4 Food businesses, 1 music retail business, and 1 multimedia business.
If I hadn’t gotten into the food industry I wouldn’t be in my own businesses today!
If you’re looking to start a restaurant, I hope my story helps you to commit to that idea.
Starting new or starting over is possible!
But it all begins with making a CHANGE.
Make your CHANGE right here right now with startyourrestaurantbusiness.com
No matter where you are at this very time in your career, I want you to know anything is possible if you believe in yourself. If you can make a commitment to doing, everything that’s necessary I know your dream of starting and running a restaurant can happen.