If you love to cook and would love to have your own company, you might be wondering how to start a commercial catering business. Unlike a restaurant, when you have a catering business you do not have the high overhead of a complete building to maintain. In fact, you can even start a catering business out of your own home. Follow the steps below and you will know how to start a commercial catering business.
- Visit your local city hall to obtain license information. You will need to get at business license before you can do anything else. A visit to your local city hall will help you learn about each of the different kinds of business licenses you might need and how to get them. Once all the proper paper work is filled out and all fees are paid, you can begin to launch your commercial catering business.
- Get a kitchen. Your kitchen will have to be approved by the health department before you can sell food that has been cooked there. Though your kitchen does not have to be large, there are certain catering business requirements that you must meet. For instance, you must have two sinks for food, and a separate sink in which to wash your hands. There may be other requirements to starting a commercial catering business, it just depends on what state/city you plan to operate in.
- Begin to advertise. Set up a website which gives a brief overview of your business. It should also include a contact number. You may also want to advertise your services on the radio or on TV.
- Once you have done these things, you can decide exactly what kind of services you will offer and what kind of food you would like to cook. From there make a list of prices and begin advertising your commercial catering business services. Keep advertising and before you know it, you will have your first commercial catering client.