Monday, October 22, 2012

Creating a Catering Business – Will it Work for You?

Businesses aren’t easy to put up. Just because you have the money doesn’t mean that your business will work out well for you. This is the same with a catering business. It’s not about the money, but more on the experience and how well you can handle the business. So before you take on a catering business of your own, you need to know if this business is right for you.


How do you know if a catering business will work well for you? Here are some things you need to have in order to make a catering business work.

1. Love for food and cooking

Are you starting a catering business just for the money? You’ll probably strike out after a few years. But if you actually love food and cooking, you’ll go farther than you ever thought you would. Your business should rely heavily on your passion. If you are passionate and cooking and providing good food, then catering is definitely a business that you can thrive on in the future. Liking food is not enough. If you really want to make your catering business last, loving the art of cooking will also be helpful.

2. Good at food and cooking

Well, if you love cooking, you’re definitely a good candidate for a catering business. However, are you actually GOOD at cooking? Because love isn’t enough when you’re in a business. Cooking is a skill and if you cannot produce delicious food, it might be easier to get a different chef to partner up with or at least, get more experience in cooking better food.

3. Experience

As a head chef, it’s always best to have experience in different kinds of food. If you’re in a catering business, there’s a big possibility that you’ll be cooking for different people who have different tastes. Be open to other cuisines. Test your skills and abilities. The more experience you have, the better for your business. Besides, you can’t just cook one dish for every catering job you have.

4. Business-minded

You also need to be business minded to make this work. Do you even want your own business? Are you even ready for all the responsibilities? Businesses are a lot of hard work and you need to be dedicated to your craft. If you really want a business, then go for it. But if you only love cooking, then you need someone who actually loves and understands businesses to make the other half of your business work. There’s a whole other side of business like buying equipment, getting printed plates, custom beverage napkins and ensuring that your supplies are all marked for your business. If you have no idea about this side of your company, partner up with someone who does. This way, you can focus on your cooking, and they can focus on the business.