If you’re a skilled cook but are sick of working in stuffy kitchens being told what to do by other people, you might be considering taking a leap of faith. It might be a daunting prospect, having no guaranteed work, but sometimes you have to be brave. If you have the skills, experience and passion for it, then now could be the perfect time to take the leap. To make it a little less daunting for you, below are a few pieces of advice to take on board.


Decide what type of company you want to start


The first step that you need to take is deciding what type of company you want to start. Perhaps you’ve always dreamed of catering weddings, or maybe you love the idea of doing children’s parties? Or, you might have always wanted your own portable catering service? Take the time to think carefully about the type of company that you want to start. Before deciding on this, it’s a good idea to research the local competition. As the last thing that you want to do is to start a catering company that is too similar to another local company.


Come up with a menu for your clients




Once you’ve decided on the type of company you want to start, the next step is to come up with a menu. Before doing this, take the time to research what other local companies are offering, and at what prices. You want your food to be niche, as well as delicious. So take the time to come up with a menu that’s perfect. You could choose to offer a selection of menus for different events and occasions, including themed foods. It completely depends on how creative you want to be.


Write a list of what you’ll need


The next step is to write a list of all the items that you will need to get your catering business off of the ground. This should include every last piece of equipment that you will need. Obviously, the cost of this can be high, so it could be worth using catering equipment services. If you don’t have the budget to cover all of the costs, it may be worth taking the time to save enough money to do so, before starting out. Or, you could consider getting a loan to cover the cost of the equipment, if you’re anxious to get started right away.


Set yourself goals to meet




Last but not least, make sure to set yourself goals to meet. Like any startup, if you want to make a success of your new venture, you need to set yourself goals to meet. By having a list of goals in place, you can help to ensure that you stay motivated, no matter what. The best way to set goals is by creating a business plan. This will allow you to work out what targets you want to meet when. There are plenty of business plan templates online, so take the time to have a look and find the perfect one.


So there you have it, all the best advice for starting a catering company.