If you like cooking and having enjoyment out of it, you can make that enjoyment more enjoyable with money coming in and, also you can meet people and have more fun. Do you want to know how?
Setting Up Personal Catering
Firstly, you have to decide what sort of food that you are going to cook and what is your expertise in preparing food? Plan yourself about the food preparation and the next thing where you are going to do. If you are not prepared to start up a restaurant due to financial issues, employment issues, transport and so on; you can always start up the business from your home. If you want to have your personal catering at home, the most important consideration you have to make is about your kitchen. Once you have made a decision about the issues with your kitchen, then plan ahead as to how you are going to advertise the business. Finding customers will not be too difficult in this industry as everyone needs to eat, but people can make the choices. Before even you launch the business, you have to let the people know that you are starting a catering business from home. The kind of marketing tool for this type of business is a word of mouth and dropping leaflets will be suitable. Once you have made yourself prepared the recipes for this cooking, and the next thing is the method of distributing the food. Are the people going to buy from your home or you want to make some other arrangement to sell the food? You can think of selling the food to conferences, seminars, gatherings, weddings and several other functions. The employment of an ongoing cleaner may be an assistant to cook the food is inevitable.
Ways to Find Customers.
When you have started your personal catering business, you have to assess the demand for the kind of food that you have decided to prepare. The community that you are making more sales needs consideration as the choice of food that you are going to make has to be saleable otherwise you will have to keep the food and throw it away or give it free to people. Further you can make biscuits and cakes, sell it to shops, where you should be able to make a good profit.
If you have become a professional caterer, you should be able to attend the functions and prepare their food on their premises that will give you a better income. You also can let people organise events in your house, and you can supply the food, which will bring you income from both ways.
Having done all these, do not forget to inform your local council and the tax office, if this is the business you are going to do on a consistent basis you need to be self-employed and prepare yourself to pay the taxes at the end of the financial year. This is a very profitable business, could bring in a huge profit, if you have taken care of the management of the cash flow and the budget for the business. There will be lot of petty expenses, having proper recording of income and expenditure accounting is crucial.
Promoting Personal Catering Business.
Have you got a website? Nowadays, if you do not have a website for any business, achieving success in business is doubtful. It is also a good idea to take part in small business forums, net working groups, to spread the word around. A simple connection can determine the success or failure of your business. Always make it a habit to listen to your customers, offering them hand-outs, once they are happy they will start recommending your business to their family and friends. So, it will create a long term relationship with your business once they start to trust you and feel comfortable. These are all important elements to establish a long term successful business.