From NEIS to small business owner
The chance to share his love of cooking with the local community saw Prasit Yukatirat join the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS). His ambition led to food business Oddie’s Kitchen.
Prasit’s business offers catering options from Asian cuisine and street food, to “not so typical” three-course meals. He also prepares fruit and vegetable carvings, which he says are the highlight of his meal range.
The Holmesglen NEIS program helped Prasit create a comprehensive business plan, and gave him an understanding of the skills needed to manage a small business.
“NEIS introduces people who don't have any experience with owning their own business and ensures they are on the right path. NEIS also helps to make sure [you] meet the required business and government criteria, and it shows you how to manage your own business,” Prasit says.
Prasit feels flexible work hours are an advantage of being a small business owner. This work/life means he can still teach cooking classes on the weekend and explore another personal interest, horticulture. He believes any budding small business owners should explore their passions.
“Start a business that you have an interest in. It needs to be something you enjoy. Use the NEIS program as it will support you along the way in your journey of starting up your own business.”
To apply for New Business Assistance with NEIS, you must meet both the personal and business eligibility requirements. Find out if you’re eligible to start your own small business at holmesglen.edu.au/NEIS.
Prasit Yukatirat has found his passion with food business Oddie’s Kitchen.