Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Lance Dayrit, Founder of Prepboys Mealprep, located in San Jose, CA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Prepboys Mealprep is a meal delivery service that provides healthy meals in the Bay Area to clients who don't have time to cook for themselves. We offer a wide variety of health-conscious meals, including vegan & ketogenic plans. We are currently serving the SJSU Football Team & recently had the opportunity to prepare meals for our home football team, The San Francisco 49ers.

Tell us about yourself

My name is Lance Dayrit, I am 27 years old, and I started this business 5 years ago in my mom's apartment. My love for fitness & food inspired me to start something that could help my personal growth and others. Thus the birth of Prepboys Mealprep. A handful of family and friends purchased meals in the early days of Prepboys; word of mouth helped me curate a solid clientele base that grew tremendously over the years. Today, we serve 150-200 clients per week across the Bay.

My motivation is quite personal. Being able to supply fresh, healthy food for my community to give them the time to work on themselves and their dreams while I actively live mine gives me the utmost satisfaction. I do what I do because I've been allowed the opportunity to serve this community. I don't really know who's helping who more; it feels almost as if they're allowing me to live my dreams.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment as a business owner thus far has been the opportunity to serve the San Francisco 49ers & San Jose State's football team.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

One of the hardest things that come with being a business owner is creating a balance between my work & personal life. Being a business owner means wearing a lot of hats. Sometimes, I work 40-50 hours a week and have to make time for my significant other, family, and friends. One lesson I'm still trying to learn is creating boundaries. I've come to find that creating boundaries has been difficult since my life and work have become so blended in these last five years.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Research other businesses in the same field, and see what they do well and what they don't. Revise that information and apply it to your business.
  2. Be unique. Why will people want to use your service as opposed to other competitors? Find a way to separate yourself from others.
  3. Have fun! You started this business with the motivation and passion to drive you far; as long as you enjoy what you do, success will follow.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

It took me a very long time to get to where I am now; if I quit at every inconvenience or bad day, I would not be where I am. I persevered through every obstacle. Please, please don't quit. It's going to be hard, and it's going to look rough sometimes, but stay resilient & remember why you started.

Where can people find you and your business?


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