Start A Catering Business From Home
Do you love cooking? Are you the family's go-to chef for special occasions and holidays? Do you wish to take your passion to the next level? Well then, it may be time to start your own catering business.
The catering business is currently on the rise as everyone loves to eat. Especially during the Covid-19 times, people are shifting towards arranging events at their home for which, they need some catering companies to help entertain and feed the guests with delight.
In this article, we have listed all things you should know and do to start your own catering business from home.
Do’s and Don’ts’s of Catering business
According to a Business Wire report, the top 50 US caterers produce less than 15% of the industry's sales, indicating that there is space for small businesses.
- It's the career of aspiring chefs. If you have the skills and can work under pressure, then go for it.
- Advertise on the job by having potential customers eat your food.
- You can either start small and rise, or you can remain small and stay small.
- You can begin part-time, working only weekends, and gradually increase your hours as you gain clients.
- Catering is something that requires help, some friends, colleagues, or relatives you need to gather up to work with. You cannot work solo, so make sure to prepare your team before starting this business.
- Avoid offering a bad meal, as it will result in negative word of mouth.
- Clients can be difficult to work with if they make unreasonable requests, so be prepared.
- Food that has been mishandled will make guests ill, posing a liability risk.
- Catering companies necessitate organizing preparation and punctuality. People are counting on you to bring and serve food. If you want to run a profitable company, you must show up.
To start a catering business, know the following:
- Decide the kind of catering business you want to do.
- To find out what licenses you'll need, contact your state's occupational licensing or health department.
- Consider forming a limited liability corporation to shield your assets from the business.
- To cover your company losses in the future (if any), get a business license and liability insurance. You should be prepared for everything.
- Prepare a group of people you’ll need to start your catering business. Make sure they are experienced or skilled in doing such work.
- Learn to smile and tackle all the comments you’ll get because some customers can be mean. If you behave aggressively in return, you’ll receive bad word of mouth, leading to poor brand image.
- Plan all the costs required for the start-up catering business.
- Make connections with people for future business promotions.
- Create a business logo and motto.
- Make a thorough business strategy.
- Make a menu for yourself. The menu you will offer to the guests (snacks, desserts, starters, buffet, etc.)
- Plan the materials and channels for marketing.