How to start a catering business

starting a catering business

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.

Right now more people are subscribing to food specially prepared by professional chefs, so you need to take the chance and start up your business and make money. 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 and for some meals they can’t prepare in their homes. 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 for more businesses and probably expansion.

Different niches exist in catering business so you need to choose carefully when starting a catering business, these niches include:

  1. Desserts
  2. Appetizers and Cocktails
  3. 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. It might be expensive finding a store that will be big enough, but you can still operate your catering business from home if you are not on enough budget.

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

There are various ways of marketing small businesses like catering business. Advertising your catering business will make more people to reach out to you whenever they need your services. The internet is a very good tool to use when starting a catering business, you need to advertise your catering business so that you can get more customers.

You will need to have a dedicated website, Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter account for your business. With these, you will be able to display your meals and menus and also be able to advertise your food business.

Contact a graphics designer and pay for banners and flyers to be designed and printed for you. You also need a business card designed and printed for you to share to your customers for easy contact.


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