Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Guilda Akopians, Plant-based Chef & Nutritionist of Rooted Vegan Kitchen, located in Bedford, Bedfordshire, UK.

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

Rooted Vegan Kitchen was born from offering all things plant-based with a health-conscious twist. We primarily specialise in Private Catering (weddings, retreats, and private events) and also offer Nutritional Coaching and Personalised Meal Planning.

Tell us about yourself

I turned to veganism after running a vegetarian cafe and starting to see my own health deteriorate. After months of investigations, I was told to follow a plant-based diet eating whole foods, limited processed and ready-made meals, which I did, and I haven't looked back since, hence wanting to be able to offer both good health, and delicious foods to my clients.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Qualifying for a nutritionist qualification and writing my first professionally published cookbook, both born through the COVID years!

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

As a previous cafe owner, running a physical business (as in being responsible for rent, rates, wages, etc.) was a huge overhead that we had to fight to make every month. Although learning a lot as a business owner throughout my cafe days (owning a business is the biggest university degree you can practically achieve), I took my business online, offering coaching and catering, and haven't looked back. I'm not saying it has been easy, but when you love what you do, you overcome all obstacles with love and passion!

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

Have the love, passion, and belief that you WILL succeed!

Where can people find you and your business?


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