Starting a Catering Business
Like a restaurant, caterers have a need for kitchen space. However, at least at the outset, it may be best to rent the minimum kitchen space you need. In this scenario, you should look for restaurants, other caterers, hotels, or any other business who sometimes have idle, but legal, kitchen facilities. Partner with then to use their kitchen space on a per hour or per day basis when you need it, if available. If you have enough options, you can be reasonably assured of your ability to handle large orders or multiple orders on the same day during your busiest times.
Expanding Your Space
Choose to expand your own kitchen space only when you absolutely need to. For example, if you no longer are using your partners' space during just peak times, but find it is needed 75% of the time, you are ready to rent more space. If you plan ahead, you may be able to rent more space in the same building, either on the same floor or another. If you cannot do this, look for a new space in a strategic location, perhaps closer to where your new orders are coming from than your first space.
So much of the value of catering work is in hiring a company that takes over the hassle of responsibility for the food, drinks and flow of an event. It should not matter to a customer that your company is not an expert in every cuisine, baked goods, cakes, and more. As long as you are clear on your specialty and always control its quality, you can cut down on the equipment you need to launch by subcontracting certain types of work, like the baking, to another area business. Depending on your expected volume, you may find it makes sense to have just one van and to rent additional vans as needed, for example.
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