There are so many ways to start a catering business from food truck, restaurant, to serving people at their private events. Catering is an easy and profitable way to start a business. Do you have a favorite food? Are you a great cook, caterer or chef? You can turn your hobby into a profit-making passion that other people will pay for!
There are many different types of catering services. It depends on what people need and how you would like to present yourself to the public. Catering is among one of the most popular industries in the food industry, especially with these tough economic times!
Not only can you make money but also meet new friends or clients for networking purposes.
There are a few things you will need to get started. First, you should have the right space for cooking and preparing food. How about renting a place from someone who is not using it? In this way, you can save some costs because the rent will be low or even free! You can also purchase a building if there is enough space and the budget allows.
Second, you will need all the equipment to cook and prepare food: ovens, stoves, dishwasher, steamers and so on. Just contact a friend who has any of these appliances in their home. They might even give them if they are not using it anymore!
Third, make sure you have all the ingredients and supplies you will need to cook delicious meals. Don’t forget your recipes! You can find many great cookbooks for beginners at a local bookstore such as Barnes & Nobles or Borders.
Fourth, you must create an online presence via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts to attract potential clients and customers. There are three ways to get started.
The first one is giving away your services for free in order to build up a portfolio, rebrand yourself and make positive connections with people online. How about volunteer work? Allow potential customers to try your food at the event organized by the nonprofit organization!
The second option is offering set prices for specific variety of menus. Don’t forget to include an online contact form in your website and social media accounts. The third option is sending out a set of menus and menu options with the prices, and wait for potential customers to call you.
Fifth, you will need a business license and insurance. It is easier to get a business license if you have catering experience. If not, consider taking one of those cooking classes from an accredited culinary school! You can find those schools from your local bookstore or online as well.
Use the Internet as a tool to help you make a living by catering. There is a lot of competition nowadays but you can always find new ways to stand out from the crowd!
So this is how to Start a Catering Business.