Setting up a catering business – to do list

Now that the doubt is dealt with and the decisions have been made, I am moving on to the logistics.

Between me now and me the professional caterer, there are many steps and things to consider. To make them into a more manageable action plan I’ve put together a list. There is nothing more satisfying than a good to do list!

  1. Premises
    • Where will I prepare the food?
    • Are there any requirements regarding the premises?
    • Do they need to get inspected / approved?
  2. The Legal and other boring stuff:
    • Should I register a company with HMRC?
    • Registering the business with Food Safety
    • Insurance and Liability
    • Licence – when do I need one?
  3. Training
    • Do I need any specific qualification?
  4. Food, Health and Safety:
    • What are the risks?
    • What processes to put in place to ensure food hygiene and minimise risks?
  5. Equipment:
    • What will I need?
    • Where can I get it from?
  6. All the bits to figure out:
    • What type of catering company do I want to run?
    • What will be my unique angle?
    • How will I stand out from competitors?
    • Will I deliver or offer collection only?
    • What is my target market?
  7. The suppliers:
    • What products will I need?
    • How best to find the suppliers?
  8. The menu:
    • What foods do I want to offer?
    • What about the pricing?
  9. The profits:
    • How do I manage my costs?
    • How to ensure that I make a profit?
  10. The marketing:
    • What will I need? ( business cards, menus, posters and other bits)?
    • How will I get to my target market?

Over the coming months I will be (slowly!) working my way through this list and write about it as I go.  I most likely won’t keep to the exact order of the list, but I’ll try to make it as clear as I can.

Exciting times ahead.

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Setting up a catering business – to do list was last modified: December 4th, 2013 by rusticcaterer
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