How to Start a Catering Business


The food business can be a tough one, but here we have a few tips to help you get your catering business off the ground as smoothly as possible.

Planning Out Your Vision

Most caterers specialize in one type of food or event, such as weddings or brunches. If you focus on one type of food, it will also help to set you apart from other generic businesses when potential customers are shopping around. You can also focus on a smaller selection of dishes and can work on improving them, which you should do by having family and friends taste-test for you before you finalize your menu and set your prices.

Setting It Up

You will either need to buy or rent a space to use, and you will also need to gather your cooking equipment and set up your kitchen area. Besides this, you will need a selection of catering equipment, which usually includes plates, utensils, etc., and you will need a way to transport everything to your customers. Besides physical preparation, you will also need to get your various licenses and permits. You can also make deals with whole food suppliers to get better deals. Then it’s time to hire your staff (generally starting small) and get started.

Getting Out the Word

When you and your staff members are all ready to start, you need to let people know that you’re ready for business. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to spread the news, but that will be slow at first. You should also take advantage of anywhere you can post fliers, like local community bulletin boards, and anywhere you can post ads online, like Facebook or specialty websites.

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