Starting a catering business would be hard yet the rewards would be fantastic. If you feel it is something you would like to pursue then visiting ‘The Nationwide Caterers Associations’ web site would be a good place to start. There is lots of advice on where to start and tips on making sure your business is a success. People even use this web site to find a caterer so if you stick at it your business may even end up on their web site one day. Also – look for deals online for cooking and catering equipment before you buy. There are lots of good kitchen appliance reviews sites that will help you refine what you want then you can do some price comparison to work to establish where to get the best deal. There are lots of home appliances sites that can provide a bargain.
Planning is vital – in catering there are so many lists of things you need to keep a record of so get yourself a cheap laptop and a spreadsheet package so you can create your work flow processes properly that you can share. Do not just use bits of paper!
A lot of people have a desire to work in a job that they truly enjoy but are afraid to venture out alone because what will happen if it all goes wrong? This is often the case with catering. Business failure can nearly always be pin pointed down to one or two ill judgments make sure you do not fall into the usual pitfalls. The same things that apply all businesses apply to catering. You would not open a sandwich shop on a road where there were already two would you? It makes no sense; going up against the shops that have an established customer base would be silly. So it is so important you research your market. If you decide to go into catering and have a certain niche in mind you need to make sure there is a market for it. If you do decide to go for a sandwich company make sure your sandwiches have something a little different to offer than the millions that are already out there.
Sometimes people feel so passionately about an idea they cannot imagine it failing. Businesses succeed because there is a market for the product/service and also because the quality is evident in the product/service. Your ideas have to fit into these rules, being passionate about food does not mean your company will succeed. Being a ‘people’s person’ is something you should also be able to apply to yourself if your desire is to be a caterer. On all different levels you will be expected to communicate with people. You should be approachable and understanding. With this in mind you will also have to have the ability to direct a team of people if you are working on a senior level.
In the kitchen, preparation is vital to the service of good food. The same approach should be taken before you have even stepped in the kitchen when thinking about starting a catering business. Think about everything you want to be as a caterer. Once you know this then ask yourself if it is reasonable and attainable. Is there a market there? Can you get the correct premises? Do you need some financial support from the bank? Once you have established your starting point, start putting your ideas into action, but always assess along the way and never rush into anything. Creating a business from start can be a bit like making a soufflé, one wrong move and it could be all over.