Having a party catering business can be fun and rewarding, but it can also be a big challenge. It may surprise you to learn that one of the biggest challenges is not the food, but the planning.
For example, it’s important to plan ahead to determine what you want to charge your catering clients. That amount will, of course, change. It’s all based on the type of event being held and how much work will be involved.
A good rule of thumb is to interview your client and at that time, tell them that your rate is in a certain range, such as $50 to $100 per hour, depending on the event. That’s if they ask you. If they don’t ask you, don’t tell them. It’s better to wait to quote prices until after you interview them. Then, you can submit an accurate proposal for them to evaluate.
Having a successful party catering business is all about going the distance and meeting all of the needs of your clients. To do that, you should get a feel for what the guest of honor will want, as well as the needs and wants of the people throwing the party. Your customers will really know that you run a great party catering business if you show them that you can tailor your services for any client or occasion.
Basically, your job as a party caterer is to turn what would otherwise be a generic or bland wedding, anniversary or other event into a memorable occasion.
As a party catering business owner, one big way to do that is through creating a delicious and unique menu. Be sure to adapt your menu to your client’s likes, needs, and dietary restrictions or requirements.
Remember that they would simply go out to eat if they just wanted an average meal. To be successful at this game, it is important to keep in mind that the food at a catered event should be one of a kind and top notch.
Another key to having a successful party catering business is to be able to wear the many hats required, and go with the flow.
You may be expected to make last minute menu changes, for instance. You may also find that you’re asked to help coordinate flowers, decorations, or other aspects of the party that, while related, may not really be your main area of expertise.
However, the more you can pitch in and help your client, the more your clients are likely to appreciate you as a thoughtful person and competent business owner too.
This friendly and helpful approach can prompt your party catering business to gain the referrals it will need to survive and prosper.