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Pros and Cons of Starting a Specialty Food Business

The specialty food business can be rewarding and exciting. It can also be a real struggle. Listed below are some pros and cons of starting and running your own specialty food business. The list is intended to provide a realistic picture of specialty food manufacturing. Keep in mind that several of the items listed are qualitative, that is, their importance depends largely on how strongly you feel about them.


  • Being your own boss.
  • Creating your own work environment: hours, flexibility, etc.
  • Doing something in which you believe
  • Reaping the benefits of hard work and long hours directly.
  • Variety, challenges, and opportunities for creativity, full use of knowledge
  • More open earning and growth potential
  • Satisfaction of a successful venture, a product well received
  • Empowerment


  • Risk of failure
  • Time Commitment — 60-70 hrs per week is normal
  • Financial strain as assets become tied to business start up and success
  • Strain on family due to financial and lifestyle change
  • Emotional burnout
  • Unavoidable business roles/requirements you’d rather not fill
  • Rejection of your product by consumers