How to Start a Catering Service

Written by Randy Wilson

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Once you have your training, certifications, insurance, and you have complied withrepparttar local Health Department and any other government regulations, you are ready to finalize what catering services you will provide andrepparttar 142509 associated fees. The best way to get this information is to contact some local caters. Find out what they offer and their fees. Dorepparttar 142510 same with any restaurants that offer catering services.

Marketing of any business can seem almost impossible. However, you have many options. You can write a press release for local newspapers and radio stations. You can offer your catering services to fund-raising events. You can invite wedding and event planners to a tasting of some of your food. If they know your work, they are more likely to hire you. Once you get your catering business name intorepparttar 142511 community, your best advertisement will be word of mouth.

Now you know just a few things about how to start catering. If youíre still interested then your next step is to get more information aboutrepparttar 142512 industry andrepparttar 142513 training required. There are plenty of books, such asrepparttar 142514 Complete Idiotís Guide and other similar series that can help you get started. You should also subscribe to industry magazines to stay ahead ofrepparttar 142515 trends and your competition. The internet is another great place to find information, recipes, trends and other issues of catering services.

The last step is to do it. Whether it is just part time or full immersion, remember that through allrepparttar 142516 hard work that inrepparttar 142517 long run it will be worth allrepparttar 142518 effort. People will always need catering services. The potential for growth in this industry is unlimited. There is always room for one more catering business to sharerepparttar 142519 wealth.

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Before the Business Plan

Written by Ellen Zucker

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Or, maybe your business is such that sales fluctuate duringrepparttar year. How will you make it throughrepparttar 142508 lean months? Can you handlerepparttar 142509 uncertainty?

So, how do you find information?

First, if other people provide services similar to yours, talk to them. You can gain a lot of information quickly. Their answers to your questions will save you a lot of legwork and open your eyes to factors you may not have considered.

You can find them through trade associations, schools, word-of-mouth. Ifrepparttar 142510 locals are reluctant to share information - perhaps because they see you as direct competition, consider finding similar people in a different locale.

Second, createrepparttar 142511 information you need.

Mimic and simplify whatrepparttar 142512 'big boys' do. Reduce their methods down to a level that is practical and affordable.

For example, perhaps you want to survey potential clients and customers to get feedback.

It will probably be neither affordable nor practical to commission a focus group. But you may be able to speak to potential targets informally or use direct mail to send a simple survey.

Eventually you'll have to 'put your toe inrepparttar 142513 water.' Try it out in a small way - so you won't lose much if it doesn't work - and observerepparttar 142514 results. Then experiment and modify as needed. Once it works to your liking you can plunge right in.

This approach, known byrepparttar 142515 technical term "trial and error" can be applied to any facet of your business.

After all, evenrepparttar 142516 largest producers test market new products before rolling them out.

Put some parameters around your efforts. Decide, in advance, how much time you want to allow and how much you want to budget.

Then test, test, test.

Use trial and error for every aspect of your business. Experiment with different ways of packaging your services, different rates and prices, different types of marketing, etc.

You'll soon find that certain approaches work better than others. Eventually your data will suggest your strategies.

And then you'll be ready to create your business plan.

Ellen Zucker's website is designed to help the creative sole-proprietor earn a living and have a life.

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