Do you love cooking and want to transform this passion to a business that you can do and be making money from every day? Then this post is just for you. All you need to do is carefully written in this post to guide you to starting a catering business.
Catering business is a lucrative one as so many people pay caterers to cook for them during events. Some caterers go a long way in the business and own their own restaurants where they sell food.
Catering business involves baking too, so as a caterer that bakes, you can earn money by baking small chops and cakes. Wedding cakes are expensive these days so as a caterer that bakes cakes you will have enough profits from your cakes especially if you do your marketing very well and also bake cakes that are appealing to your customers.
When starting a catering business you need to put some stuff in place and you need enough money to be able to buy the equipment that you will need for a smooth running of the catering business.
As a person that wants to be cooking for the public, you need to improve on your culinary skills before starting a catering business so that you can satisfy your customers without having complaints.
Below are steps to follow when embarking on this entrepreneurial journey.
Choose your catering niche
Before starting a catering business, you need to think very well of the niche. Niche here simply means the kind of foods you want to be cooking. Select your niche and make sure it is the one that you can operate by yourself and get people to hire you in subsequent times.
Different niches exist in catering business, they include:
- Appetizers and Cocktails
- Wedding reception and special events meals
Look out for a kitchen space
The next thing you will need to do is check for where you can run your catering business from. Look for a good kitchen space in a nice and serene location.
Set-up your kitchen
Setting up your kitchen involves so many things. First you need to know that it is a business kitchen, so you will be need more of industrial equipment and they are expensive than your home kitchen utensils. You need to create a suitable budget and know the amount of money you will need to buy stuff for your kitchen. When purchasing this equipment, you need to think of:
- Potential expansions of the catering business
- Storage for your food
- People looking to rent your stuff
- Having more employees in the nearest future
Market your business
Share handbills and menus, share posts on Facebook, and take out ad space in local newspapers a few weeks before you plan to open. You can start taking orders ahead of time and do mobile tasting events to get the word out.
- Submit your business information to wedding sites and ask for banquet halls and popular local wedding venues to refer potential clients to you.
- Word of mouth is one of the best ways to get new catering business. Do your best to make the first few events go smoothly, and soon you’ll have your hands full with new clients.