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Important Facts Concerning Starting Your Catering Small Business

By Tom Griffins

There are several things you need to know before starting a catering business. The catering industry is very demanding on your time and effort so you will need to be as organized as possible especially in the beginning. If successful though, it can be a great way to make a lot of money and at the same time be personally rewarding.

The best part about starting any type of business is the fact that you will become your own boss, and you will decide when you want to work and when you want to go on a holiday. It takes a pro-active personality to run this kind of business so you will need to decide with extra care if this is right for you.

In the catering business, it’s all about networking and who you know. Obviously you will need as much word of mouth about your new business as possible in order to kick off to a flying start, so start thinking of where you can meet more people who require your services.

If you don’t have a huge advertising budget initially, you will need to find economical ways of attaining presence in your area. The cheapest form of advertising will be through word of mouth, so get your friends to spread the word for you and throw in a few good recommendations at the same time.

Once you’re up and running, getting on the internet is the next thing you will need to look at. If you don’t have time or experience to create your own website, it’s not a problem as there are many services on the internet that can help you get established on the web to advertise your business. Do not leave internet marketing out as it’s an extremely efficient way of increasing your revenue.

One of the toughest parts of starting a food catering business is getting a food vending license. You might be required to attend a short course or program in order to get up to date with the latest food handling regulations so check on your local Health Department’s website to see what the requirements are.

Prior to approval, they will usually require an on-site inspection to make sure your premises passes all food sanitation prerequisites. Even after your license has been approved, random inspections will be carried out to ensure the level of cleanliness is maintained.

One last but crucial point is that you must know your competition in order to survive in this business – negligence will get your business nowhere fast. You will need to compete with other businesses in your area in terms of speed of service, quality, and pricing as well as customer service. Just a tip: you do not need to beat your competition in very area (although that is most desirable), just do one of two things better than them.

This writer has been composing articles concerning internet businesses for the last 2 years. You can see his new publications on the PDA barcode scanner and also the Metrologic barcode scanner.

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