Start A Catering Business
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Special events of all kinds, from business conferences to anniversaries and weddings need food for their event. If you enjoy cooking and planning, then starting your own catering business might be an opportunity for you. Becoming your own caterer can allow you to work part-time to start and then full-time as your business grows. You will need licenses and insurance, but many caterers find it easiest to prepare food in their own home kitchen. For larger events, it is possible to rent larger kitchen facilities, utensils, tablecloths, and other supplies. This is a wise way to start, until you can determine if making the large investment of buying all those supplies yourself will be worthwhile.

It helps to be a good planner and have some creativity. Some caterers find it best to take classes at their local college or attend culinary school to gain the knowledge needed to prepare a wide variety of foods. Although most recipes can be found online, there is some art to this field and it helps to have the professional experience and instruction these classes can offer. If you choose to rent most of your supplies and equipment, your startup costs can be kept to a minimum. There is very little flexibility in terms of when and where you choose to work though. Wherever the event is, and whenever it is taking place, you must be there and prepare. The income potential can be great as your business grows. Eventually you may be in a position where you can move into your own facility and hire employees. For starters though, a home-based catering business is a great way to get your foot in the door and establish a solid client base.

Consider attending a culinary school in your area. Professional caterers need to have a good working knowledge of ingredients and baking techniques. Although you can learn this on your own, it helps to have some professional experience.

Be sure your home kitchen is suitable for health standards and licensing requirements in your area. Make sure you get all the licenses, certifications, and insurances you will need to prepare the food in your home.

Scout your local market by calling some existing caterers to see what they specialize in and what they charge. Narrow down what you plan to focus on, and how much you will need to charge in order to break even. Can you effectively compete with some of the larger caterers in your area?

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