How to Start a Home-Based Catering Business

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Overview

Do you love to take photographs? Do you tote your camera wherever you go? Now you can realize your dream of working from your home at something you enjoy - a home-based photography business.
Author Kenn Oberrecht shares his experience and advice on every aspect of setting up and running a thriving home-based photography business. He shows you how to estimate your start-up costs, outfit your darkroom, and stay profitable once you are in business.
Whether you want to earn your living as a portrait photographer, photojournalist, or product photographer - or be the most versatile photographer in your community - this guide will put you on the path to building your own home-based business.
Learn all about:

Honing Your Photographic Skills Setting Pricing Policies Getting Paid Buying the Right Computer Equipment Taking Your Business Online Working out of Your Home

Use these special features and workbook pages:

Cash-flow Projection Worksheet Profit-and-Loss Worksheet Sample Press Release Production/Sales/Income Report Sample Invoice and Statement Extensive Resource Listing

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762738786
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Series: Home-Based Business Series
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise Vivaldo is an experienced chef de cuisine with extensive experience teaching and consulting in the hospitality industry. She is the founder of Food Fanatics and a resident of Los Angeles, California.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
1 So You Think You Want to Be a Caterer? 1
Do You Have What It Takes? 2
Opportunities in Catering 3
Hotels 3
Airlines 4
Private Parties 4
Local Markets and Stores 4
Special Events 5
Does It Pay to Go to Cooking School? 5
Apprenticeships: Learning by Doing 6
Learning from the Mistakes of Others 7
Learning from Your Own Mistakes 7
Getting Organized 9
Leaving the Security of a Job 9
How This Book Is Organized 11
2 Working out of Your Home 13
Setting Up and Office 16
Training Family and Friends to Take You Seriously 19
Employing Family Members 20
Complying with City Ordinances 21
Working with Your Local Health Department 23
Sharing a Kitchen 23
Renting a Kitchen on a Per-Day Basis 25
Outfitting Your Kitchen 25
Smallwares and Utensils 26
Finding Used Equipment 28
What to Look for in a Good Knife 28
Setting Up Your Pantry 29
Transportation 30
Establishing Relationships with Wholesale Purveyors 30
Your Next Step 31
3 Writing a Business Plan 33
How to Structure Your Business 34
Writing a Business Plan 36
Step 1 Writing the Summary Statement 37
Step 2 Defining Your Niche 38
Step 3 Drawing Your Organizational Chart 40
Step 4 Describing Company Management and Operation 41
Step 5 Your Marketing Plan 45
Step 6 Creating a Menu 46
Step 7 Crunching the Numbers 46
Step 8 Projections for the Future 49
Business Books, Software, and Videos 52
4 The Legal Aspects of Your Catering Business 55
Why You Need a Good Attorney 55
Insurance: Can't Live with the Premiums, Can't Live with the Risk 56
Start-Up Coverage 57
Product Liability Insurance 57
Public Liability Insurance 57
Workers' Compensation Insurance 58
Written Agreements and Contracts 59
Working with Subcontractors or Suppliers 60
Employees 60
Hiring Versus Leasing Employees 68
Employees Versus Independent Contractors 68
Labor Practices 68
Applications/Job Interviews 69
Job Descriptions/Policy Manuals 70
Becoming a Great Manager Boolist 74
5 Setting Prices, Estimating Quantities, and Writing Proposals 77
How to Price Your First Menus 77
Calculating Your Kitchen Labor 86
How to Estimate the Right Food Quantities 87
The Age-Group of the Guests 87
The Guests' Lifestyle 87
The Style of the Party 88
The Time of the Party 88
The Nature of the Party 88
Clients' Concern about Running Out of Food 88
Quoting Other Party Costs 89
Estimating Wait Staff 89
Disposables 91
Floral, Decor, and Subcontractors' Services 92
The Art of Bidding and Writing a Proposal 92
How to Stay Profitable When You're Working with a Fixed Price 96
Closing the Deal 102
From Computer Software to the Internet: High-Tech Help for Caterers 103
6 Sales and Marketing 107
Sell, Sell, Sell 108
Defining Your Niche 109
Social Catering 109
Corporate Catering 111
Community Affairs 112
Choosing a Name and Logo 112
Designing Promotional Pieces 114
Making Your Menus Part of Your Marketing Program 116
Standing Out from the Crowd 118
Keeping a Portfolio 119
Putting Together a Promotional Kit 121
Drumming Up Business 124
Getting Referrals and Repeat Business 125
Advertising 126
Tracking Your Success 127
Inexpensive Pamphlets from the Small Business Administration 128
7 Crunching the Numbers 129
Making Good Use of Your Accountant 130
Accounting Systems 136
Buying Computers and Software 138
Invoicing 139
The Artist Versus the Businessperson: Why So Many Caterers Fail 140
8 Setting the Stage for a Successful Party 141
Before the Party 141
Organizing Your Time and the Party Setup 143
The Menu and Start-up 145
Scheduling Staff and Assistants 150
Arranging Transportation and Packing Out Your Party 152
Getting Down to the Wire 158
9 Pulling it off With Ease 161
The Day of the Party 161
Getting to the Party 164
Arriving at the Party Site 165
Winding Down: Why Your Party Has to End on Time 167
Report Cards from Staff and Clients 167
How a Staff Report Works 169
The Day After 172
Two Days Later 174
Three Days Later 175
Two Weeks Later 176
10 Solving Problems 179
Appendix 191
Culinary Schooling/Education 191
Recommended Reading 194
Trade Shows 198
Professional Organizations 199
Suggested Seminars 201
Index 204
About the Author 213
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    Great Beginner's 'How To' Book

    Started reading the book right before my first BIG event and was able to effectively use some of the author's advice right away. This author speaks clearly on the importance of business as well as cooking good food. Does not give alot on serving sizes, but does consider guest audiences. A great book to read if you're seriously considering a Catering start-up business!

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