Lunch cart business

August 12, 2020 at 13:12 (UT/GMT)
(Pisces) fishscales
Lunch cart business
I usually don´t make threads like this...

I´m thinking about starting a lunch cart business...ie, selling food out of a trailer. Pretty common up here in Maine.

Greek/middle eastern cuisine, only 5-7 items on the menu, but all have to be done top-notch. Trying to offer something that is not readily available where I live.

Wife has really taken to gardening, and I have a friend who raises animals organically, and is willing to be my meat supplier. He may also invest some capital in the business, if it were to happen. My plan would be to pay him back; I don´t want a business partner that is outside the family.

When possible, kids would work there too, since I wholeheartedly embrace child labor. Yes, I would pay them. But not alot.

Wife is down.

How does my chart look for something like this? I have my own opinions, but I´m curious to hear others´ views.

Also, if you´re good with transits and/or progressions (not me), when would be a good time to begin such an endeavor?

Not looking for perfection in timing, maybe just a semi-clear path...
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August 12, 2020 at 13:29
(Cancer) Anikey
I can only offer Greek cuisine lunch ideas and will leave it up to the astologers to answer your question :4:

Great idea, btw!
August 12, 2020 at 13:44
(Pisces) fishscales » Anikey
Right now I´m thinking souvlaki (obviously), spanakopita (I´d probably rotate the fillings between spinach and squash for "kolokithopita"), Greek roasted chicken with potatoes (not entirely sold on that one), Greek stew (stifatho)...but that would probably only work in the winter months...and falafel... Not Greek, but in the ballpark, and fits in well with everything else...

Fried calamari would be a dream...but probably tough to acquire...and it could NEVER be that frozen, perfectly circular crap...don´t know if I have the time to go down to the pier every morning and fish for my own squid...

Could be a "special" type thing...

Homemade tzadziki would be mandatory, of course...
August 12, 2020 at 13:55
(Cancer) Anikey » fishscales
Yum! I love souvlaki, with fries mmm... Tiropita is also a good idea and gyros of course, but I am not sure if you want to get that meat stick??

Also, greek salad in a pita, or briam and fakes, they are vegetarian/vegan and super healthy.

Tzatziki is another favorite, I just had that yesterday...falafel also yummy :4:
August 12, 2020 at 14:06
(Pisces) fishscales » Anikey
LOL... I was gonna say who the hell knows what "fakes" are... But then I remembered that you´re from Macedonia... Stone´s throw away...

I used to HATE those when I first moved to Greece... But I grew to appreciate them... Great with a shot of vinegar in em... My grandfather used to eat them with some raw onion on the side too... I do this sometimes and people look at me like I´m nuts... Americans... Don´t know how to eat...

The reason I´m leaning against tiropita is because feta is expensive... Spinach and squash... Almost free..

Probably something that bears looking into though...
August 12, 2020 at 14:26
(Cancer) Anikey » fishscales
Yeah, I used to hate lentils too :61:

you know, a very cheap feta substitute that we use in our tiropita is urda - if you happen to have a Balkan store around, or any of our white cheeses is even better because feta is...well, tasteless, if you ask me :61:
August 12, 2020 at 14:35
(Libra) leorising
I loved the idea! your venus in taurus is all about! and it´s still in house 7, house of the public. your Jupiter in capricorn (your entrepreneurial side) is blessing your establishment, I believe it will be a great success. I only see a problem at home, because your venus is squaring your north node and moon. then it may be that your wife is overwhelmed, or you bring conflict from the restaurant into your house.
you are in jupiter return, the time is now! :68:
August 12, 2020 at 14:43
(Taurus) dani_mae1
I mean obviously with that cancer MC you were born to do this and LOVE it. (Taurus placements)

I think that’s important in being successful—loving what you do.

Brilliant idea, I’m starving now though and only a gyro will cure it!
August 12, 2020 at 15:15
(Taurus) Astro-Seek.com
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i see quite a few things in your natal chart for having entrepreneurial tendencies.

i think the timing coming this fall shows great for putting on ´risk´ but also increasing ones responsibilities as the north node meets up with natal saturn. (also a great time for high culture including cultural foods) and after summer 2021 a continuation of taking ´calculated´ risk. i think it will come with trials and hard work but your chart shows you have the capability of meeting it with the grace required.

and for food/beverage industry i always look at the 4th house (sidereal) in which you have a powerfully placed jupiter in own sign, so 4th lord in 4th.
sidereal north node/moon nakshatras also great for this industry too.

only thing im concerned about is transit saturn moving over natal moon/north node, although saturn is in own sign (sidereal) so this usually not so fun transit could be met with a more pragmatic response that others might shirk from. and its interesting at the same time the transit of node meets with your natal saturn, soon. so its kind of an exchange and a double dose of saturnian responsibility coming up.
August 12, 2020 at 15:34
(Virgo) Nani Lei
This is the best thread I’ve seen on this site!

Motivation is challenging to put in motion... and you started it...

I would definitely support your business.

Food cart businesses here where I live are very successful. I have one right in front of the studio. It’s a taco truck and unfortunately the only Mexican food I like is Margaritas :37: Greek/Middle Eastern cuisine would be huge! I mention this because the key to a successful business is greatly effected by demographics. Location, location, location...

Would you consider relocating?

Sounds like you have a rough mental draft of your business plan. I would highly recommend one. Not only will it give you a clearer picture towards success but, it may open doors for financial opportunities. A friend who is your investor and supplier could be a liability. You say he wouldn’t be your business partner but that’s exactly what he’ll be. There is a lot of free money out there. How much will you need? Do you own or rent?

I love the idea of making it a family business :79: “God bless this country“ and the “American Dream”. Seriously, live it!
August 12, 2020 at 15:50
(Sagittarius) goldenlion32
I have to find out the name of the restaurant, but one idea is there is this itallian restaurant I go too. And it was amazing how many different pizza´s they´ve made where I never seen it before in my entire life half the stuff they put on there. And I´m sure other meals.

For Greek, I´d look at some of the restaurants from the culture. Since, obviously, I learned American kind of doesn´t tell the truth with recipe´s. They kind of form their own food and label it another culture.

The Chinese food here is nothing like the one´s we go too in the U.S.

Maybe watch some Video´s of those from the original country.
August 12, 2020 at 23:32
(Cancer) Merp
Merp has faith in you :108: but I want to come work for you, just give me something I can do with no hands. :24:

Merp is coming to Maine. :24: :47: Bruno will be security
August 13, 2020 at 00:10
(Pisces) fishscales » leorising
"I only see a problem at home, because your venus is squaring your north node and moon. then it may be that your wife is overwhelmed, or you bring conflict from the restaurant into your house."

Hmm.. I have more of a tendency to bring conflict at home to work...

Though I suppose it´s the same thing isn´t it?
August 13, 2020 at 00:15
(Pisces) fishscales » dani_mae1
"I think that’s important in being successful—loving what you do."

Wholeheartedly agree. As a matter of fact, I think loving what you do is the most important factor when it comes to external, worldly "success." I would rather make less money and be at least somewhat happy and satisfied at my job than make more money and be miserable.

I really can´t abide a doing a job that I hate... 6th house sun...
August 13, 2020 at 00:17
(Pisces) fishscales » hh
Thanks hh

I´m more of a tropical "astrologer", but I don´t discount sidereal insight...
August 13, 2020 at 01:13
(Pisces) fishscales » Nani Lei
"Greek/Middle Eastern cuisine would be huge! I mention this because the key to a successful business is greatly effected by demographics. Location, location, location..."

Two reasons why I decided on Greek cuisine: One, I grew up eating it...but the main reason is, it´s something that is not offered up here. First rule of business, I once read: offer something that no one else is offering...

"Would you consider relocating?"

No, but I don´t think that would be necessary. I could see it working in the area we´re in. Plus, we live in a tourist town. Population doubles during the spring and summer months, and alot of the tourists come from places that know what this kind of food is... Only catch there is, you have to be able to do it consistently well, because people from NY, PA, and NJ know what this stuff is supposed to taste like...

"Sounds like you have a rough mental draft of your business plan."

Yes...very rough. The devil is in the details though...

"A friend who is your investor and supplier could be a liability. You say he wouldn’t be your business partner but that’s exactly what he’ll be."

Yes, that´s the only part about this I really don´t like.

I´m not in any kind of denial that he would be a business partner...I just don´t want a partner that is not a part of the family...and I´d prefer not having a partner at all. The wife may help run some things/contribute things that she´s good at, but that´s different...

"Do you own or rent?"

Rent, unfortunately.

"I love the idea of making it a family business"

I really like that aspect of it too...

Thank you for your detailed and insightful response nani :68:
August 13, 2020 at 01:28
(Pisces) fishscales » goldenlion32
"For Greek, I´d look at some of the restaurants from the culture"

I grew up around the food. It´s a certain type of Greek cuisine, from the northwestern part of Greece. I already have a rough concept of the menu...just trying to nail the flavors and textures at this point.

Unfortunately, I did not pay alot of attention to my grandmother when she cooked. Although I did learn to love what she made.

In a way, the whole thing would be a tribute to her cooking...as well as doing something my dad and I always talked about but never got around to doing...
August 13, 2020 at 01:29
(Taurus) Astro-Seek.com
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Midheaven extension tree is formidable and focus concentrate.

Cancer MC.
Moon in 4th with NN.
Uranus in Libra with ASC (selling yourself and different idea).
Venus in Taurus (food) in 7th house of other people.

Moon square Venus (indulgence)

Sun in 6th (willing to put in the work of long hours to bring idea to practical manifestion).

Excellent idea that fits you perfectly.

Good luck with your plan!!

August 13, 2020 at 01:30
(Pisces) fishscales » Merp
Those pitas have some really thin dough...

Merp could roll it out...
August 13, 2020 at 01:55
(Pisces) fishscales » Chadjames
Thanks Chad

Any negatives?

Sometimes I think my house placements are OK for business, but then I look at the signs... Pisces... Aquarius... Meh...

I have a fair amount of Saturn though...
August 13, 2020 at 02:11
(Taurus) Astro-Seek.com » fishscales
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With Sun in Pisces in the 6th...

Water (emotion) intuition regarding order and efficiency.

With Uranus on ASC...

Electrical (speed) intuition regarding perception of the future.

Did you, just recently, get this idea of food truck/trailer??

Or, has it been banging around in your head for a while??

If it came like a flash, "I" would definitely be putting plans in order.

I mean, you´re throwing us the thought.

I don´t think this is a pipe dream for you.

Saturn goes a long way, here.
August 13, 2020 at 02:15
(Taurus) Astro-Seek.com » fishscales
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Transiting Mars on your Mercury the trigger??

The doubts to Chiron??

Cast them aside.

We´re with you on this.

:75:
August 13, 2020 at 02:19
(Pisces) fishscales » Chadjames
"Did you, just recently, get this idea of food truck/trailer??

Or, has it been banging around in your head for a while??"

The idea of a truck just recently came to me...

The idea of starting a take out only joint with a limited but well done menu has been knocking around my head for a while...

I would really prefer a brick and mortar building to a truck...but a truck definitely seems more economically feasible...more doable...and it´s something I think I could live with...

It was only recently that I thought about ACTUALLY doing this though...that maybe it could be something more than a pipe dream...
August 13, 2020 at 02:26
(Taurus) Astro-Seek.com » fishscales
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Being mobile is excellent for the times we live in.

The cuisine and your personality the driving force.

Your own boss??

Whats to lose??

If you´ve got the plan and the backing (financial), whats to stop you??
August 13, 2020 at 02:46
(Pisces) fishscales » Chadjames
I´d love to be able to financially back myself...

Yet, I wouldn´t want it to be *too* easy...

I tend to operate best in "back against the wall" situations...

But in the end, nothing to really stop me but my own head I guess...at least up front...

It´s a tough decision when you´ve got three kids to feed though...

But that´s where the "back against the wall" thing comes into play again I suppose...
August 13, 2020 at 03:02
(Aries) ram_goat » fishscales
Haven´t you also said in the past that you had some experience with restaraunts?
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