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How to Start Your Own Catering Business

How to Start Your Own Catering Business
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Cooking is usually a way to bond with family and friends. To others, their love for cooking has turn into a passion that later on can also be seen as a business venture like a catering business. For people who love to cook, opening their new restaurant has always been the end-goal -- but getting there will definitely be a journey. That’s why some people start with their own catering business -- it requires a lower capital compared to a restaurant, but it will also be a means to save up and finally buy one.

Here are the things your need to do to get your catering business started:

1. Ask yourself if you are ready for self-employment.

Catering business may require lower capital but you need to ask yourself if you are ready for self-employment - you can always start small and keep it as a sideline. The decision to continue your day job or give it up to run this business full time should be given serious thought. You might need to weigh the pros and cons of taking the next step. Being your own boss is a highly personal choice that shouldn’t be rushed. 

2. Study the competition.

The food industry is very competitive; major key to success is studying the menu and prices of caterers within your area of business. Pricing competitively is a major key to success when the catering business. This will help you plan your own menu and keep you from pricing yourself out of business before you even get started. It well also help you understand the market you want to focus on. 

3. Write a menu.

Since it’s your own business, it’s your call what to put in the menu -- anything goes! Consider a menu with signature dishes that will make your company stand out from your competitors. 

4. Choose a name.

Choose a unique but memorable name for your catering company the name should reflect the menu you are serving, the location of your company or a witty food pun involved - a name that will be easily remembered by your customers. This will help you grow your client base.

5. Incorporate your business.

Make sure to obtain the legal papers for your business -- get everything you need so that you’re off to a smooth start. Forgetting a document will definitely be a barrier for your business to grow, so if your catering needs various licenses such as Food Handler’s Permit, Liquor Licenses, and other necessary insurances, it is best you get it as early as you can.

6. Hire your staff.

Manpower is a very important part of a catering business. Hiring the right staff - organized trustworthy, customer-friendly staff you can delegated the different tasks in your company. These people can make or break your business so you need to be very cautious and discerning in hiring your staff.

7. Purchase catering equipment.

The things you need for the business should be carefully budgeted -- if you can get by with what you have at home (maybe some plates and glasses), you may do so. Cutting costs to buy good equipment is a technique that will serve you well in the long-run; once your catering service starts taking off, you may need to invest in commercial equipment to keep up with your customers’ needs.

8. Market your catering business.

Decide how you will market your company. Nowadays the best way is to go online and create a website that will contain relevant information like menu packages, prices and good (also appealing) photos of food packages and events where the company handled the catering. Another marketing tool is by going food business organizations to widen your social connections.  

These tips and tricks are the same ones that Jet 7 Bistro Catering has applied to get them where they are now -- their dishes are delicious and their prices are competitive. Not only that, but Chef Bombay, Jet 7’s resident chef, will make sure that the food is impeccable for your event -- after all, you deserve nothing more than the best! You can never go wrong with Jet 7 Bistro Catering!

For catering inquiries, you can text or call: ‎+63917-356 8824

This article is in collaboration with Jet 7 Bistro. 

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