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									Starting your own catering business

Starting a catering business of your own can be fun and financially rewarding all the same. Whether you opt
for a full time or part time catering service, the rewards can be great. There are a number of factors that you
need to consider when putting up your own catering business. Among them are the following.

Obtain a License. Catering and all other food service establishments are generally required a license to make
sure that food being sold and distributed are safe for public consumption. You can apply for a license at a
health department in your locality. As protocol, the health department inspects your business first to see if it
meets food safety standards. These include grooming and hygiene by personnel, cooking standards and
procedures as well as food handling and storage. Once you will have obtained a license, your business will
undergo routine inspections as well. This is done in order to ensure that your business complies with and
maintains the food sanitation guidelines.

Know your product and market. Developing a business plan is important to ensure the success of your
catering business. Identify your target market and the type of food you will specialize in. Also, you will need
to know your competitors, their strengths and weaknesses and how you will promote your business.

Initial costs. Putting up your own catering business does not have to involve financially grandiose start-up
costs. There are a number of ways by which you can keep your start-up costs to a minimum. This way, you
can be able to concentrate more on establishing a reputation for your catering business as well as pooling
capital for expansion and investment, among others.

Moreover, you also need to schedule the right pricing to make your catering business profitable. There are
different methods for determining the price of your catering services. Pricing should be based from the
materials used, overhead and labor cost as well as the profit. You may want to get insurance as well, should
fortuitous events arise.

Create an interesting menu. When starting your own catering business, you want to make sure that your
customers should come back for more. Developing appealing, creative and delicious menus can be your
surefire way to get more customers and make more profit. Of course, you also want to make sure that the
food you will be serving are safe and well-prepared too.

There are still more factors to keep in mind when putting up your own catering business. But more
importantly, do not forget to put in your time and effort as well as to love what you do to ensure your
catering business’s growth.

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