Truly, there is no better place to showcase your talent in cooking than in running a catering business. How to prepare yourself physically, mentally and socially, however, is the question to ask before you embark on the adventure of a chef’s lifetime.
If you are a marketer, you would commonly hear the saying that you are only as good as your market share. In this business, however, you are only as good as your clients’ palate. Nonetheless, all you have to do is to press on and continue to fulfill your calling as a good steward of people’s taste buds and tummies.
Right Knowledge and Exposure
Having the right exposure is key to having a relatively smooth sailing in this business. Armed only with your raw cooking skill and your gutsiness is not gonna be sufficient to overcome the challenges.
Of course, the compliance and legal side is another tricky issue to handle. To start a catering business, you need to secure a business license from the local government and a sanitary permit from the health department. Going through the process of inspection, interrogation and them interacting with your staff will surely cause jitters for you. In any case, you have to go through this process to ensure the welfare not only of your business and its employees but more so, for your patrons.
Business Management Skill
Indeed, there’s still much more to being a businessman than just having the right training and experience, albeit it is a start. To be a successful food entrepreneur, you have to be accustomed to making tough calls. Other departments such as sales, marketing, finance, legal and engineering are also equally important to be set up and run well.
As most of us know now, the catering business is a unique business, along with a couple of others that are usually in the events industry. It requires people and mostly the owner himself or herself to be working long hours on their feet. There are indeed days where it may seem like you are only having 2-3 hours of sleep but that’s normal in this business.
Most of the time, special arrangements like this are witnessed when a caterer is contracted to organize and provide the food for certain very important events, especially those that involve VIPs or very important persons during certain occasions.
If you are not able to handle stress well before you start your own catering business, then most probably your career will be kaput when the actual show goes live.
Time and reliability are non-negotiables and they need to be respected to the highest level esp in this kind of industry. Should you fail in any aspect or segment of such preparations, learn to suck it all in even when someone chews you out for your lapses.
Incidentally. a crash kit containing emergency items like fuel, utensils, whistle, medicines are important in preparing for contingencies.
As an owner of your own business, you are mandated to do one thing above all: to organize. A business, especially, a high-adrenaline one like catering, will test your grit and patience. And in times when you fail, that’s when the systems you put in place kicks in.
So what we’re saying is if you are able to bring a sense of organization and systematization in every aspect of your business, it can almost run on its own. Hence, you can have more time for yourself and your loved ones as you also delegate and equip your subordinates for the tasks at hand.
Outsourcing to experts
Leveraging on existing innovations, in particular, ones like the one being used by Redfynn Technologies, which handles our backend processes like the point of sales, merchant solutions processing, cash refinancing is but a huge advantage. Their services are impeccable and their solutions very efficient and effective.