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Ordering software for home chefs

Why is ordering software important for home chefs?

In a home chef business model, you have a lot on your plate. The most important lesson from experienced home chefs is: make receiving orders as easy as possible. Taking orders through phone, WhatsApp, or Instagram “works,” but, ask any home chef, you'll quickly lose track, customers perceive you as less professional, or the payment process becomes more cumbersome. Dedicated ordering software is great because:

  • It's free support for busy entrepreneurs
  • You can quickly accept orders via a personal ordering link
  • You'll have one clear ordering channel, instead of SMS/phone/email
  • Customers see you as a professional
  • Payment is handled online (and instantly!)

Vev helps me to keep track of all my orders

A chef working from his own kitchen
Kai from Sushi van Kai

How can I get more customers using an ordering system?

It's simple: the easiest way to attract more customers is by increasing the convenience of ordering. Ordering software provides you with a unique link so your customers can order anytime, anywhere. You can easily promote that link online, or use it as a QR code in local ads, community center posters, door-to-door flyers, or even on your own front door.

This makes it easier for your existing customers to reorder or for them to share your ordering page with friends and family. At a glance, they can see your offerings, prices, and when they can order.

You can easily set order deadlines with smart software like the tools from Vev. This clearly indicates when someone can order and when they can pick it up. You can also create a second delivery page to deliver orders yourself.

To recap:

  • Increase ordering convenience with an easily discoverable delivery link
  • Use a QR code in ads and on menus
  • Encourage customers to share your page with friends/family
  • Set smart order deadlines to avoid missed orders
  • Open a delivery page to offer home delivery to customers

What are the main benefits of using software as a home chef?

As a home chef, you'd rather be in the kitchen than behind a computer. Since there's already so much involved in running your own business, ordering software can help you with the following:

  • Improved overview, orders come in on a dashboard. You can see exactly who and what your customers ordered. Both you and your customer receive an email confirmation.
  • Customers order more; research shows order value can be up to 40% higher when customers can browse the entire menu at their convenience. You can also easily upsell with larger portions or special deals.
  • Fewer interruptions during evenings or weekends. You no longer have to respond to messages asking "can I add this to my order?" or "actually, one less portion". Customers can order, modify, or cancel 24/7.
  • Manage order deadlines yourself, you can set whether customers can order up to a certain point in the week, a certain number of hours or days beforehand, or based on your opening hours. This also applies to cancellations and changes. This is a popular feature among many home chefs using Vev!
  • Customize your ordering page with your brand colors. It's your brand, so make your page shine in your own company colors. You can choose your own logo, images, and three colors for your ordering page. This way, your page looks great, and all emails are sent in your color scheme.

How can I further professionalize my home chef business?

Home chefs know better than anyone how important it is to make a good impression. After all, you are your own business card.

Research from Vev involving over 50 home chefs shows that adding a delivery service is a smart way to professionalize your business. Customers can easily order from you and receive their meals at their chosen time. Vev's ordering software offers the option to manage delivery in-house. Many home chefs also provide catering for businesses, where customization is often required. An ordering page is incredibly helpful for a company contact person to easily provide the correct quantity.

Once you have a good logo, it also helps to distribute an attractive menu with a QR code so people can order directly from you. The final tip is to add online payment options; customers can not only order online, but also pay immediately. In summary, you can professionalize your chef business by:

  • Adding a delivery service to complement your takeout offerings
  • Offering an ordering page so (business) customers can easily and accurately place their orders
  • Design an attractive menu, including a QR code so customers can directly book with you
  • Support online payments, eliminating the need for handling mobile payment apps or cash transactions

Run their house on auto-pilot With your new toolset

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  • Marketing

  • Payments

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  • Customers

Order again

In just a tap your guests become regulars. Get the best date and time for the next order. No upcoming order? You and your guests are reminded to order a meal again.

Sell smart

Add options, durations, variations, preparation time, cleanup time and your duration to help your guests order.

Define your own duration

Some orders don’t require your attention the whole time, so you can help another guest.

Order deadline

Choose till what time guests can order a meal.

Time suggestions

With 'Smart suggestions' (Vev+) you can optimize your day by letting guests choose from smart suggested times. Or choose 'Show all slots', this will show the best times first, but guests can then choose to see the full list of time slots.

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