Are you thinking about taking your cooking skills to a new level? Sunny Gandara of New York’s Fork and Glass shares her top 5 tips for getting started in the catering industry. Be sure to read the profile post on Sunny too!!!
TIP #1: RESEARCH. This means everything from what permits you need, food safety certificates, and how you want your business to be formed (For instance we are an LLC which protects us as private persons against law suits).
TIP #2: Know your competition and define yourself clearly. Are you a high end caterer or a “budget” food provider? (I would never suggest the latter, by the way…) What foods or events do you specialize in? Find your niche, and be GREAT at that – not mediocre in a million different areas.
TIP #3: Don’t be afraid to outsource – a caterer can’t be everything from a florist to a baker. You need to know your strengths and let others do what they do best. This also saves you time.
TIP #4: Don’t get into this business if you cherish your weekends and holidays – this is when you’ll be working.
TIP #5: You must love this business in order to excel in it – love food, loving throwing parties, and most of all – be great around people!! What is going to keep you alive is repeat business, nobody wants to hire someone they are uncomfortable around.