If your passion is cooking and on the same breath you are also into business, you might start thinking to integrate both of these things and start your very own catering services business. A catering service doesn’t necessarily have to begin with serving desserts of buffet for a hundred or two people.

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Just like any other businesses, you start serving a small number of people, maybe twelve to twenty or a dessert buffet for movie goers and things like that. When the business goes handy, that is the time you need to decide whether to remain small or grow into serving a bigger clientele.

When your plan is to start your catering services right away, here are a few guidelines that will help you start strong and survive in the competitive catering industry in the long run.

 1. Know the things you need to have.

To start a catering services business, you have to know what you have and buy those that you don’t. An inventory of things and equipment is always good before initiating a business. For instance, you might want to need a freezer to store food, or your dishwasher can’t wash enough dishes to go about the needs of your customers. If you know what you have and what you lack on, you could solve it easily by weighing things that you should or shouldn’t have.

2. Decide on a Menu that you will present to the clients.

It’s always good to start with a research or a feasibility study on what kinds of foods do customers need before offering them what you could do. Try to check any other local businesses that centers on catering services as well as their menu and base your own with what the market is demanding for. If you have your specialty, it’s always good to integrate it with what the market wants. Pricing is also contingent to what you offer, the distance between your working station and the venue as well as the profit you want to achieve at the end of the day thus, determine your menu well.

3. Look for a trusted vendor. 

Finding a trustworthy supplier could be a crucial part of owning a catering services business. Some clients would expect that a catering service is responsible for providing utensils, glass wares- even linens and of course the food, thus it is always a necessity to look for a supplier that offers a great deal when it comes to providing materials.

4. Get your license and all other pertinent documents.

You don’t want to end up getting sued over a lack of license and other important materials. Thus, in order to deter yourself from these unfortunate events, you have to get licenses from the city you work or the state in itself. Moreover, you better be ready for the health department to check your kitchen so if you don’t want to stop your business without starting it yet, make sure that your kitchen is not only suitable for your work but also clean so that nothing will get you on your way to start your business.

5. Create a business plan.

In order for your business to start well, you need to determine what you want to achieve at the end of the day. Thus, planning is key to success.