How to Start a Catering Business


Food lovers sometimes want to turn their passion into a business, and doing what you love is certainly something that many people find aspirational. Of course, there's more to starting a catering business than just knowing how to make delicious food.

Find Your Focus

There are a lot of different style and types of food in the world, and any of those can make for an excellent catering business, but you won't be able to do all of them well, and doing too much will make things confusing, unfocused, and overly complicated. Find the kind of food that you both make well and love to make, and you'll be able to find your niche. That's where you should focus your efforts.

Make the Menu

Every good catering company needs a good menu. Make sure to have a decent variety of selections, but it shouldn't be overstuffed, and you should make sure that you can readily source all of the ingredients that you'll need. Consider having vegetarian or vegan options available, and be sure that you can appeal to a variety of palates and preferences.

Stock Your Kitchen

This isn't just ingredients. You'll need a well-equipped commercial kitchen, and you'll have to make sure that you have adequate space. Setting up the flow of your kitchen is very important for productivity and to reduce the stress of everyone stepping all over each other, which will quickly turn into a major hassle. You'll also need a delivery vehicle and equipment for setting up on-site.

Do the Paperwork

All of the applicable permits and licenses must be in order before you can ever offer anything. This really can't be stressed enough. You can't move forward without your documentation being properly processed.

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