If you’re good in the kitchen and aspiring to generate some decent income using your skills, there are more than a few reasons to consider starting a home-based catering business. The start-up costs will be more forgiving, considering that you won’t need to set up a fully furnished and extensively-equipped brick-and-mortar restaurant.
Moreover, you can make it a full-time or part-time income-generating activity. You can serve anyone, from individual clients to commercial establishments and event holders.
Nonetheless, it’s still a huge undertaking, especially when it comes to marketing your skills and putting your delicacies out there to wow clients. This makes it important to have a good understanding of all that it takes to make your home-based culinary venture a success before getting started.
Keep reading to learn the important nitty-gritty you need to build a catering business from home in 2022.
Awesome Skills In (And Out Of) the Kitchen
While you can employ the best chef to be the lead cook, your home catering business is more likely to succeed if you have fantastic skills in (or out of) the kitchen.
Fortunately, there are various ways to acquire high-demand cooking skills that can make you a master in the kitchen.
For instance, you could invest in a cookbook, or subscribe to one of those free online cooking tutorials and courses. It’s also a plus to brush up on your out-of-the-kitchen culinary skills, which may include tablescaping, meal presentation, and courtesy, just to name a few.
Licensing and Insurance
Proper licensure is a crucial aspect to consider before starting a home-based business, especially a food-based one. In most cases, all you have to do to secure a license for your catering business is to prove that you have the right tools and equipment and that you adhere to the Food and Beverage Safety regulations.
Besides securing a permit for you and your catering business, it’s also essential to consider getting catering liability insurance. This can help protect your business from potential lawsuits from clients or financial damages the business might incur, let’s say if one of your catering vehicles got into an accident.
Catering Management Automation
From receiving orders to ensuring timely deliveries, sending invoices, and receiving payments, running a catering business from home can involve a lot of arduous tasks. This is not to mention that some catering deals will involve signing e-contracts and providing documentation, especially when dealing with event-holders.
If you guessed right, this is where different types of catering management solutions come in handy. Choosing the right catering automation software can help keep your operations running seamlessly. It can help save time, reduce inconveniences, improve customer service, and spare you from a load of stress as the catering business owner or manager.
Food Packaging Solutions
Whether you’re a professional chef who owns a cooking school, a hobbyist who loves cooking, or a caterer who works out of a small apartment kitchen, packing meals is a tedious job. However, technology can make this process a little easier.
Third-party packaging solutions can come in handy when you’re running a small catering business from home, and you have to get shipments of food or beverage to clients from time to time. As you scale up, you can also consider getting an electronic packaging machine, which helps you package and send food to clients in the most professional way, faster, and while avoiding wastage.
Reliable Food Delivery System
Regardless of how much experience you have in the kitchen, putting your customers first will be key to your success. Catering for clients requires impeccable customer service and follow-up to ensure they enjoy your food.
Better yet, most food clients will expect prompt deliveries, or else they’ll lose their appetite for your services. This is where a reliable food delivery system comes in handy. It can also help you manage logistics and deliver on your promises.
Finally, don’t underestimate the importance of having a robust digital marketing plan for your home-based catering business. With these pointers at your fingertips, it’s far much easier to see your remote catering business succeed in 2022 and beyond.
Emily Sprinkle, also known as Emma Loggins, is a designer, marketer, blogger, and speaker. She is the Editor-In-Chief for Women's Business Daily where she pulls from her experience as the CEO and Director of Strategy for Excite Creative Studios, where she specializes in web development, UI/UX design, social media marketing, and overall strategy for her clients.
Emily has also written for CNN, Autotrader, The Guardian, and is also the Editor-In-Chief for the geek lifestyle site FanBolt.com