If you have a passion for creating excellent BBQ, you might want to learn how to start a BBQ catering business. BBQ is probably the easiest catering system to begin with. You will need to check with your local health department and taxation department. Every state is different as to the regulations. You will also need a local business license. This will allow you to purchase bulk items less expensively.
- Develop your menus and procedures. When you have all of your state and local business information in place, you can begin to develop your menus and procedures. Start with only one or two menus. Collect prices on the cost of ingredients and select your methods of preparation. For BBQ catering, consider investing in a portable smoker. The smoker/BBQ pit can be purchased or it can be a self built unit. They usually are constructed as a trailer that can be towed from event to event. The portability makes them the perfect tool to begin your BBQ catering business and it is also tax deductible as a business expense.
- Calculate your prices: Once you know how much it will cost you to produce a plate of food, you can then calculate the price you will charge to cater an event. Set your prices and then begin marketing your new BBQ catering business. One free way to do this is to use free social networking sights. Set up a Facebook or Myspace page for your BBQ catering business. Be sure to include your contact information on the page. When you cater a public event, advertise it before you attend the event. If it is a private event, let your fans know how well it went. You can also promote your business by having business cards printed, which include your Facebook or Myspace information as well as your contact information. The next time someone is looking to have an event catered, your information will be automatically linked to their own pages.
- Check your bottom line: After each event you cater, compare your receipts to your expenses. You will have the information you need to adjust your prices and be prepared for the next time your phone rings.
You may want to consider joining a catering association. They can help you to network to find local catering jobs. They are also a great source for equipment and products you will need to grow your BBQ catering business.