A home-based catering business can often be a better business prospect than a start-up restaurant.
Home-based catering is one of the easiest and least risky businesses to start. It is easy to set up and economical. You don't have to have a huge amount of money in the bank or to borrow start-up funds.
A home-based catering business is easy to set up. You can launch your business using the cooking equipment you already have at home.
You don't need much capital because you buy stock only when you have orders. And you can choose how much business you want to accept.
That means you pay your staff by the hour or by the job, whatever suits you, since the objective is to save on outlays and to maximise your profits.
Research on StartaCateringBiz.com shows that catering businesses that are set up properly are more efficient than traditional restaurants. And unlike a restaurant, you decide the pace at which you want your business to grow.
Another advantage is that you decide your working hours. That does not mean you can loaf around, because the success of any business depends on how hard you work.
Being able to choose how much business you take, reduces the strain on your budget. That means you can start small by offering only basic catering services in your community and then gradually expand.
A caterer is hired to provide food, beverages and related services for different functions to different customers. You can offer your services for dinner parties, weddings, funerals, birthdays, conferences and company events.
Many people no longer prepare for functions themselves and give the job to a caterer. The caterer comes with everything as agreed with the host, usually equipment and the food. Once the function is over, the host pays the agreed fee.
You can also offer your services as a personal chef to families and provide in-home catering for small dinner parties.
Word of month is king in this business, so you must ensure your first customers talk favourably about your service.
If your first customers are satisfied, they will refer you to someone they know.
Many people avoid starting businesses because of the high start-up costs and registration fees. But with home-based catering, all you need to operate legally is to register your business with the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office and to get a food licence.
l The information for this article came from www.startacateringbiz.com