Are You Thinking About Starting Your Own Food Catering Business?
Have you always wanted to start your own food catering business? Many people go out of their way to start their own catering business only to find out they cannot handle it. Before you begin, it’s important to determine whether or not you have what it takes. If you are currently thinking about starting your own food catering business, pay close attention to what I am about to tell you!
Deadlines Must Be Met
In most industries, deadlines are important and time is unforgiving. When serving, being late ten minutes is acceptable, but if you are an hour late, that is unacceptable. Are you usually on time? You must be able to deliver in a timely manner or you will fail.
Have Realistic Thoughts
Let me tell you, the food catering business isn’t easy work – it will require long hours, hard work and catering is certainly not glamorous. Before you go out and invest any money into this business, it is important that you have realistic thoughts.
Be Able to Handle Stress
You must be able to handle high levels of stress, without appearing aggravated. Not only will you have to handle your stress, you will have to handle your clients when they are “freaking out.”
When it comes to food catering, there are different niches to choose from. You have everything from barbeque catering to fruit catering. Once you figure out the niche you would like to go in, you need to find a way to make yourself stand out from everyone else.
Be Friendly and Flexible
When you are serving others, you must be friendly. You should always have that friendly smile on your face – clients love it when their caterers are friendly and happy. You must also be flexible. For example, it’s 10 minutes before dinner and you’re asked to hold dinner off a bit longer, because someone’s plane is late, smile and assure the hostess that this will not be a problem.
Listen to What Your Client is Saying
You must have the ability to listen to your clients. Most clients will offer insights and guidance. You cannot ignore what they are saying. After all, it is the client you are trying to please. If you are a good listener and they enjoy your services, they will hire you for their next event.
On an ending note, when you attend a special event, it is important to remember that you are there to serve others – not to have fun. As a rule of thumb, if you or your employees are having too much fun, you are not doing your job properly. All in all, if these tips don’t scare you off and you believe you have what it takes to start a food catering business, you should go with it – just remember, this is not easy work.