Food Catering (Home-Based) is a Good Profession for Homemakers, Who Want to do Something Productive – says Lakshmi Kini, owner of Aaha!ar Food Catering

Lakshmi Kini (Owner Aaha!ar Food Catering) |
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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education


Profile Details
Name – Lakshmi Kini
Profession – Food Catering (Home-Based)
DesignationBusiness Owner
Organisation – Aaha!ar Food Catering
Age – 43
Work Experience (Years) – 6
Under-Graduation – BA, Mangalore University

Please give us a summary of your Career.

I was always praised for the food cooked at home. Being a housewife, once the children grew up, there was a lot of time on hands and I wanted to do something productive. I had previously been heading a community kitchen based in Pune providing to people from all over the globe, for 3 years. At first, I was hesitant about opening something new on my own, but with encouragement from friends and family, I finally came up with Aaha!ar, a home base food service. At this moment I’m working on my own, with help from only 1-2 staff helpers. Responsibilities include deciding the menu, advertising, preparation, packaging, as well as delivery.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities as Owner of Aaha!ar Food Catering

Responsibilities as an owner of food catering business include deciding the menu, advertising, preparation, packaging, as well as delivery. I have to manage my time very carefully as the snacks are prepared on a weekly basis, with orders being placed on Tuesday, and delivery is to be made by Thursday. Since I’m managing everything almost single-handedly, it is very important to finish everything on time. Weekend breakfast is also similar. All orders have to be freshly prepared, packed and delivered before 9 am. I have to balance the business responsibilities and home responsibilities together.

Average Income in this Profession in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 0-2 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?3 Star Rating |

Work-Life Balance

On an average, how many hours do you work per day?
Less than 7 hours
On an average, how many days in a week do you work?
5 days
How often are you required to work in night-shift?
Does your work require you to travel?
Does your work require you to relocate to different town/cities?
How would you consider the job security in your profession?
Very Secure
Would you consider this Profession Risky?
Not Risky

Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance in your Profession?4 Star Rating |
Overall, how would you rate Job Stability of your Profession?4 Star Rating |
What are the different ways of entering into the profession of food catering?

Interest and passion are the two most important traits required to enter this profession, as such there is no minimum education requirement or experience requirement.


How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
Easy Going
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
How would you describe your co-workers?
Generally speaking, your work is
Field Work
Overall, how would you rate Work-Culture in your Profession?4 Star Rating |

Importance of Education in the Profession of Food Catering

Would you say that Education from top School/College plays a major role in the success in this Profession?
What level of Education is sufficient to be successful in this Profession?
Simple Graduation
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful in this Profession?
It all depends upon their interest.
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?
Overall, how would you rate the role of Education in your Profession?3 Star Rating |

According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful in your Profession?

First Personality Trait – Prefer working alone or in small groups and focus on a few tasks at a time
Second Personality Trait – Focus on possibilities and value innovation to come up with creative solutions to problems
Third Personality Trait – Prefer to make decisions by being sensitive and cooperative to others feelings
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to keep the flexible plan and keep options open
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer to seek new experiences and create new things
Sixth Personality Trait – Prefer to be easy-going and flexible with life
Seventh Personality Trait – Prefer to be cooperative and compassionate
Eighth Personality Trait – Her Family and Friends agree that She is usually relaxed, calm and happy
Please provide details

For people who want to start their own business, with something new to offer in the market

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to join the business of Food Catering?

It is a good profession for young house-wives who want to do something productive.
No work pressure or deadlines from higher authorities and completely flexible work hours and absolute freedom.
Work-life balance is such that it allows you to give time to family and also for social gatherings.
It gives a sense of self-sufficiency.
Decision making is solely in one’s own hands.
Can serve people without any limitations.
Utmost job satisfaction when so many customers give positive feedback.

What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career in Food Catering?

There are no negatives as such.
One must be able to manage time wisely. Time management is the only challenge.
The product that you providing should be able to counter the competition in the market. If the product is not unique or is not liked by customers as expected, the business cannot flourish.
The quality check has to be kept in mind to keep the customer base.
Patience is required to reap the benefits, it’s a long process and does not happen overnight

Recognition in Food Catering Business

What is your family’s view of your Profession?
My Family is Impressed
What is Friends’ view of your Profession?
My Friends are Impressed
What is Society’s view of your Profession?
Society is Impressed
Overall, how would you rate the Recognition aspect of your Profession?4 Star Rating |

General Information of your Profession/Business

What kind of family’s financial background can maximize success in this profession?
It Doesn’t Matter
What is the ease of starting own business in this field?
Maybe Easy for Few
How easy is it to move to a different country in this profession?
Now you have several years of work experience and you have seen professions of others. If you are taken back to 10th/12th class and allowed to pick a profession, then which profession will you pick and why?

I am happy and satisfied with what I’m doing.

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