Catering Services!

Catering services has all to do with providing food and nutrition and food management services, corporate catering, executive catering coaches, staging catered parties and international caterers, as for example catering African restaurants, Chinese Restaurants and Latin Restaurants in the global markets.

This is somewhat a kind of a large business the main article in the second section and its completion at Catering could help you operate easily.

But, we also took it here partially, as a simple kind of services you could do, whether you want to build it as a small business, or a large scale business, as explained at the Ezine Acts Home Business and the Ezine Acts Offline Businesses.

The article is one of the "how-tos" articles in the business reports to know how to do this or that business. The "how to"s articles also help you acquire some good business ideas, discover some good business opportunities, as explained at the Ezine Acts Business Opportunities and make some business planning easier to succeed.

How to Start Catering Services?

People with money seem to be on a binge to prove their status and flaunt their wealth by staging large, catered parties. As a matter of fact, in some circles of affluence, a party or social get-together isn't considered an event of any significance unless it's a catered affair.

With the same kind of reasoning, businesses of all sizes are using catered lunches, cocktail parties and dinner meetings to build their images and increase company sales. It's a matter of keeping up with the competition in promoting a company and/or product.

On a smaller, but just as busy marketing scale, more and more working mothers are paying to have catered birthday and graduation parties, as well as wedding receptions handled by caterers.

The reasons are simple to understand - if she's working outside the home, today's mother just doesn't have the time or the energy to do all the planning and staging of a memorable party. See Party Plan Sales.

Besides those reasons for turning everything over to a caterer working mothers feel a little guilty about the time away from their children they lose because of their jobs. Thus, they're ready and willing to make it all up to them by paying for a lavish party the child will remember for years to come.

Caterers handle everything in their catering services from birthday parties for children, to breakfast in bed and intimate candlelight dinners for two, to company dinner parties for 50 and wedding receptions involving a thousand or more guests.

This kind of entrepreneurial business is definitely growing and becoming more popular with people of all income levels.

An imaginative caterer in a large metropolitan area can easily gross $150,000 per year, while a small, part-time caterer in a small town can count on at least $10,000 to $15,000 per year.

One small, but very ambitious caterer is reported to have grossed $250,000 after only 2-years in business!

You don't need special education or training to start catering services and become a successful caterer. You do need an affinity for people and a kind of intuition as to what people enjoy in different environmental settings.

A quick survey of successful caterers across the nation shows that many began with zero capital by working out of their homes. The basic start-up investment for catering services would appear to be around $500, with some big spenders capitalizing their idea with as much as $15,000 in order to get off to a fast start.

This seems to be an ideal business for an ambitious couple to start and operate with very little capital investment required. One person can spend his time hustling up business while the other would do the planning, organizing and actual catering.

As with any other business, such as photography at the Ezine Acts Freelance Photography the Ezine Acts Photography and the Ezine Acts Sell Paintings Online, your success will be directly related to the soundness of your planning and the working of that plan.

Understand exactly what your client wants, and give him what he wants in the way of service that reflects upon the client in a complimentary manner.

Basically, you can start your catering services with an advertisement in your local newspapers. This advertisement need not be much more than a simple announcement like this:

Creative Catering - Specializing in personal service - We can handle any party or special event from start to finish - no idea too small or too large - Your satisfaction is always guaranteed! We can handle everything for you. Call us, and let us make your parties worth remembering.

Naturally, the first thing you want from anyone calling to ask about your catering services, is that person's name, address and phone number. Then you want to know what kind of party or event they have in mind.

As soon as you have this information, relax a little bit and inquire to find out about the person or the company - the people - sponsoring the party and their ultimate goals or reasons for the party.

If it's to celebrate a birthday, graduation, anniversary or a wedding reception - finding out about the interests, background and ambitions of the guests of honour will be of value to you in your planning.

Taking a few minutes to learn everything you can about whoever the party is for, and the people giving the party, will also make it much easier to close the sale than any sales pitch or special persuasive tactics. See Party Plan Sales linked above.

People like to talk about themselves, and they especially like to tell everyone why they are honouring someone, even when they pretend to keep it a secret who initiated the idea.

So, it's important that you be a good listener, that you have the ability to get people to talk about themselves, and that you take notes on the things they tell you.

Questions about Catering Services!

Consider the Following Questions While Starting Catering Services!

This same principle applies to business people, regardless of who's talking to you or the purpose of the catered affair.

The more polished and adept you can become in getting your prospects to talk about themselves, the more information relative to their background you can elicit and the more you listen; the better your parties will be, and the greater success you'll attain in the catering services business.

You take the information you glean from this first interview and plan/organize the event on paper. This means you're going to have contacts or at least working relationships with innumerable service businesses.

If your client wants to stage a birthday party for a 12-year old - he or she greets the guests as they arrive, makes sure everybody knows who he is.

- Then what about party favours - a soft drink and a conversation leader until all the guests arrive - the opening of presents - ice cream and cake - and games to play, a thank you gift for coming, and a reason to end the party at a pre-determined time...

  • Do you greet the guests, does the mother or father, or the little boy or girl?
  • Where do you come up with party favors at less than regular retail prices?
  • Where are you going to get the soft drinks - your cost - and the glasses or paper cups to serve them in?
  • What about ice? (see I Make Italian Ice Cream)
  • What kind of games to play?
  • Who will be the conversation leader?
  • Will there be a clown or someone special to keep everything moving according to plan?
  • Where do you get the ice cream and cake?
  • How to get everyone involved?

And finally, a feasible and polite reason for ending the party and sending everyone home.

Planning Catering Services, Organizing and Cost Controlling!

All this takes planning, organization, and if you're going to make a profit, a definite awareness of cost control. Get it all down on paper as a proposal to the people who want to pay you to carry it off.

Figure out your costs, the time involved in putting it all together, and then get back to your prospect.

Always leave room for changes in your proposal. In fact, expect them - invite input and suggestions from the client - and always have an alternate idea in your mind for each of those on your written proposals.

Discuss your proposal with the client just as you would a script for a television show, make the suggested changes and ask for a 50-percent advance deposit.

From there, it's just a matter of following your plan.

Regardless of size or type of party - whether your client is a working mother or a giant corporation - the format is always the same: initial inquiry, interview, your proposal, second interview for any changes, agreement, deposit, staging the party itself, and your final payment.

As mentioned earlier, success in catering services comes from your planning - having many contacts - and working your plan.

An important word of caution:

Try not to get "boxed in" to setting or even revealing a tentative price until you've had a chance to listen to what the prospect wants, to study your own capabilities, and to make a formal written proposal.

If a customer wants to know how much you charge - and if you feel it necessary in order to eventually close the sale - you can tell him 50 to 100 dollars per hour, plus expenses, and of course, depending on the type of event the customer wants.

As for how much the average party costs, again tell him that it varies anywhere from 50 to 5,000 dollars.

Always keep in mind that you are a professional, and that if the ordinary person had your knowledge, contacts and ambition to do it himself, he wouldn't be calling you on the phone. He needs your help for any number of reasons.

You specialize in this kind of work or service just as a doctor specializes in medicine and a lawyer in legal matters. Therefore, you should, and do expect to be paid accordingly.

Something else - this business thrives on word-of-mouth advertising - referrals - and thus, is a direct "freeway" to the kind of customers where money is of no concern.

However, in order to gain access to this market, your business emphasis has to be on service. Continue at Catering.

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