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The Series: How to Run a Business from Home Part Three -Catering-

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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.

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Specify your Catering Business

There are so many possibilities for 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 the 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
  • Funerals
  • Weddings
  • Christening
  • 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.

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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.

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Catering Advertising Template

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 voila, you are ready to go. The price is very reasonable and affordable and the quality you will get is great too.

Here are the links to Vistaprint for Canada and the U.S.  take a look at you might really like it.

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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 🙂

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Please leave a comment below, perhaps you have already some experience and other visitors might learn from it.

Always have an outstanding day!

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10 thoughts on “The Series: How to Run a Business from Home Part Three -Catering-

  1. Hi Sylvia,

    although your website is women working from home there’s really a lot of good stuff in here for men also. My brother-in-law was a chef who started the successful catering business. you have a lot of great tips on here. A lot of the information is good for all businesses not just catering

    1. Hey Monkey Man,

      Thanks for pointing it out. Of course you are right this is certainly something a man also could do from home. I really love to engage and getting new insides too.

      Sylvia

  2. Hi Sylvia, I’ve always wanted to start a catering business. I love cooking but just for small family gatherings. I wonder what food can i serve for a children’s party that is good for 30 persons and can be served in buffet style? I heard that you should serve food that are not easily spoiled for a buffet style setting.

    1. Hi Keye,

      Greaat questions and here comes the part where you have to do your due diligence to get more information about what to serve best at a children’s party. I am not a cook myself or being interested in doing catering. Although, I do know people around me who are doing it.

      I think it does depend on what you want to do and in your case by narrowing it down it certainly gives you some good starting points to research more on it. I do believ what you have in mind it certainly can become a success.

      Keep rolling!! 🙂

  3. In this day and age of people losing their jobs or only being told they can work 30 hours per week people need to look at ways to make more money…I know lots of great cooks who love to cook. A friend of mine bought a hotdog cart and is making money to save for a house.

    1. Hi Mac,

      Wow, a hotdog cart sounds yummy 🙂 Yeah, I hear you what you saying and I also do agree. My intensions are to empower people, in this case the target are women, to show them that there are options still out there if they want to have a career based from home.

      Sylvia

  4. You have a part 1 and part 2? Great! I love those types of posts! I’ve actually wondered how I would go about starting a catering business once upon a time. This post here is a great way to start, and you have a well-broken down introduction.

    Also, I would like to say that Vista print is actually a pretty solid idea for quick and cheap advertising. I’ve used them personally a long time ago and was very impressed by the product they were able to deliver.

    1. Hi Jay,

      Thanks for your awesome comment. Yes, I do agree that Vista pring is a wonderful and inexpensive tool to create some real outstanding advertising.

      thanks, for mentioning it.

      Sylvia

  5. I admire you I must say because this type of work requires skills and a lot of work but having this type air business and becoming successful is possible. I have a sister in law that is in to this kind of work and she seems to love and enjoy what she dose. It is a heart feeling when you see people really enjoying what your hands as prepared.Thanks for sharing this great post

    1. Thanks, Norman for you comment on this article.

      I always love it when people confirm my post content with their own experience because it really shows that it is true and it is achievable if you like to do it.

      Sylvia

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