How to become a kitchenware maker: Dan's story

I found maths really interesting back at school and that's definitely helped us whilst running our own business.

  • Dan was a chef and now runs a kitchenware business called Pareusi with one of his friends, Justin
  • While a chef, he started making his own knives
  • They decided to set up their own business
  • Dan liked Maths at school and that's been useful in many ways: doing the company accounts, ordering correct quantities of materials, dealing with customer orders, taking measurements etc.
  • Dan and Justin learnt a lot about themselves and how to work together and collaborate. Both have different skills which make the business work.

Dan's career path

Dan co-owns and co-runs a business with his partner.

What to expect if you want to become a business owner

The salary and working hours when you own a business can vary enormously but what's most important is that you work hard and love what you do.

Working for yourself looks different for each person and each business, but in general it means you:

  • run your own business and are responsible for its success
  • can decide how, when and where you do your work
  • charge an agreed, fixed price for your work
  • sell goods or services to make a profit
  • can hire people at your own expense to help you or to do the work for you.

You can be both employed and self-employed at the same time. You can work for your employer during the day, for example, and run your own business in the evenings and at weekends. It’s important to contact HMRC for advice if you’re not sure if you’re self-employed.

You can get help with setting up or developing your business, through the government’s business support services, for example, for advice about tax or about how to find funding to start your business.

This information is a guide (source: GOV.UK)

**Dan forges professional kitchenware. A similar role would be 'blacksmith' or 'metal worker'.

What to expect if you want to become a kitchenware maker

  • blacksmith/metal worker salary: Variable ranging from £15,000 to £30,000
  • blacksmith/metal worker hours: Average 40 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a kitchenware maker?

  • Entry requirements: Training with an experienced blacksmith and learning the craft on the job as an apprentice. Some experience in welding, metalwork or art and design may give you an advantage when looking for a trainee position or starting your own workshop. The British Artist Blacksmiths Association (BABA) has details about training and work experience. Creative Choices has more information about working as an artist blacksmith

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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