Starting a Catering

February 27, 2011
Catering is the business of providing foodservice at a remote site or a site like a hotel, public house (pub) and other various locations.

The number one skill that would be helpful in running a catering business would be the love of food and the passion to cook. To run a successful catering service you will need to be able to work well under pressure, keep your calm and be reliable. When you are offering a service based business you are selling your dependability instead of a product. Deliver what you promise.

This is the first thing you need to think about before you can think of starting a catering business. It's not something that you can rush into, but to be successful careful planning has to be thought up.

* Name and Location
* Who customers will be
* Content of menu and drinks list
* Staffing costs
* Purchase costs
* Rental costs
* Projected Income

* Intro - purpose, history, staff, unique selling point
* Executive simmary - business in general ( short and to the point)
* Overview - mission, what you are looking to achieve and why do ou think it will work (be clear and short)
* Business Environment - Market Research, Location, problems, solutions, competition, expansion potential. You could be looking for a home catering business or you might like to stick to a restaurant in the town or city.

You might want to think about building a website as a form of advertising for your company. You can post the menu that you have decided on and various different certifications or experience that you may have. Pricing does not have to be listed, but an example may give customers an idea of your charges so that they do not call you needlessly.