If you are a trained professional chef, you already know what catering means and what it takes to have it as a business.
However, if you are a person who loves cooking/baking and you are really good at it, you certainly can establish a catering business from home.
You only have to make a few things crystal clear for yourself before putting yourself out there.
But, as always get acquainted first with the regulations and rules for your country, province or state when starting a catering business.
Specify your Catering Business
There are so many possibilities on catering that you really have to make your pick what you want. It is always a smart solution to start small and increase over time.
Here are just a few topics what kind of catering you like to offer and what actually also is wanted or even needed in your region.
It always depends on where do you live, a big city, larger town or even in the countryside where a few villages could be your targeted audience.
Always do your research first to spare you future troubles. Make sure you also do know your competition. How many are there in your region?
What kind of catering do they offer? What do you want to offer differently? Here are some options for catering:
- Children’s birthday parties
- Birthday parties for the rest
- Parties for special occasions
- Bar & Bat Mitzvah
These are only a few, but you can add as much as you like, there is actually no limit what you can or might cater as long you do know what you want and can offer.
A few things you might need besides a good filled Pantry
So, you have established what kind of catering you are offering and what kind of food and baked goods you can make.
You also should consider what is your maximum on people you want or can cook for. How many dishes, utensils, glasses, plates etc. Do you need to accommodate a certain amount of people?
Sometimes the customer will take care of these things, especially when it is a theme party or a wedding. Having the basics, although is necessary for you as a catering business to have.
How many people are too much or maybe not enough?
To start with a max. of 50 people may look a lot to you, but it isn’t. The number of 150-200 is more reasonable as you might think.
But, then again, it really depends on where you live and what are your goals. If you like to offer your catering service as an affordable solution for smaller groups, you actually might hit a real target gem.
In the nowadays economy crisis, people still like to have options and many caterer businesses “only” do work for larger groups of people. Here is where you can come into the picture.
In the beginning, take it simple and grow from there. You already love cooking, you are more than good at it.
You update your knowledge and take courses now and then, after all, refining your cooking and baking skills are essential to your success. Word of mouth is still to this day the best advertising you can have.
Spend some money on advertising
You certainly could do all your advertising on your computer. There is so many software you can choose from to create awesome business cards, flyers, and brochures.
If you don’t want to spend the time you can get to Vistaprint, an awesome company who lets you decide what kind of business you want to create.
You fill in a few details and viola, you are ready to go. The price is very reasonable and affordable and the quality you will get is great too.
How much should I charge for my catering?
It really depends on how “big” you like to start and what you offer for menus a potential customer can choose from. Here are some costs you should have looked at first and think about it:
- Cost of food, the whole menu including appetizers, entrée, main menu, dessert
- The cost of driving. How far do you have to drive (back & forth), the price of gasoline
- The cost of helpers. You might need at least one or two people helping you to deliver and set up the food etc.
- Insurance. Having insurance is important and can spare you lots of possible trouble
You have to do your research and find out what are the common charges for catering in your area and go from there. No one is perfect, but over time, you certainly will gain not only more knowledge but confidence too.
Just always believe in yourself!!! I certainly do 🙂
Please leave a comment below, perhaps you have already some experience and other visitors might learn from it.
Always have an outstanding day!