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Word of Mouth: Deborah Hartz-Seeley's Best of Miami

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Brunch:Sugar Reef Tropical Grill

Fancy: Eduardo de San Angel

Best Value: Peter Pan Diner (Oakland Park)

Pizza: Antonio's Ristoriante Italiano (Deerfield Beach)

Burger: Le Tub

Sandwich: Pomperdale New York Style Deli (Fort Lauderdale)

Regional: 3030 Ocean

Hidden Gem: Greek Islands Taverna

Mexican/Latin American: Casa Maya Grill

Japanese: Tee-Jay Thai Sushi

Thai/Southeast Asian: La Tre (Vietnamese in Boca Raton)

Wine List: Casa d' Angelo (in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton)

Chinese: Uncle Tai's

Seafood: Calypso Restaurant and Wine Bar

Steak: Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Fort Lauderdale location)

Italian: Gianni's

Indian: Madras Cafe

Wild Card: Mai Kai (for the floor show and happy hour – not a meal)


How Do You Get Started as a Catering Business?

How do you put yourself out there to get known and pick up business.

Answers (1-10)

As you can see, there are lots of ways to 'get your name out'. And it will take a lot of effort. But they are all right. Nowadays running your own business requires more from you. And I bet competition is huge in Cincinnati.

Here are some key factors for you:

That means what sort of clients are you looking for? Do you seek to cater to big weddings, corporate events, small dinner parties, bbq parties, cooking classes. High end catering for celebrities or mid range for family feasts? All have a different approach and different tone of voice. If you want to do get businesses to hire you, invest time and money in getting to know the right people. Like ceo's, managers, business owners and if you can get to know their partner. Families and tourists will seek out you, so make sure you are easy to find. To summarize this, Know your niche market

You might have read about it in other answers. And it is vital. But where and when do you network? Answer to that would be everywhere and all the time. Have a short 10 second answer to the question what you do for a living. Have a 20 second 'sales pitch' to explain more details of your business (when did you start, what is unique about your business, what is your passion). If you network with people, steer away from just talking about you and how great your company is. Rather ask questions about what they love to cook for instance (this is the subject that connects them to your business), just be interested in them, then they will be interested in you :).

Enough writing, just a list know:

- Website easy to read and understand, pictures and contact form

- Business cards create one that explains in one sentence who you cater to

- Reviews Essential this one! It gives credibility and trust. have some on your website, google, even yelp or tripadvisor.

- Grow your network Alignable and Linkedin might help

- Social media Use it as your resume, stories and pictures of your food

So that would be my advise. Hope it helps. Have a look at my catering website to get an idea.

P.S. A food blog could also be an idea to get people's attention

I started with having "pretty" parties at my home and received requests for helping some of those who attended my parties. Of course, you need to invite people who can appreciate your efforts and skill and have the money to afford your services. This works well with work/business acquaintances too. Get business cards and hand them out everywhere you go. Trust me, someone WILL CALL YOU. Go to a restaurant that you'd like to emulate and get a copy of their menu to help you make up a menu of your offerings. It doesn't have to be an exhaustive menu but, things that you do well from appetizers to complete meals or something less if you want to start with niche catering. Social media works great with PICTURES. Make sure your get great pictures of your food presentations, table decor, event decor. At some point a website is necessary . . . very necessary so, start looking at other caterers websites and if you like one, call their designer who is usually listed at the bottom of their site. Website can be expensive so look for deals with web designers who can create similar sites. Always have a "Join my mail list" link on your website or your social media page. Facebook is great for that. One more important thing, get a liability policy! Even if you're not licensed yet, make sure you have liability insurance and please take the food manager's training through your local comm. college, church, restaurant association, or with Premier Foods. Finally, don't spend time selling to people who can't appreciate the value of your work.

May you be blessed as you pursue the desire of your heart.

Lots of good answers here for you to work with. I've had the most success through an organization known as BNI, Business Networking International. There is a $400+ annual fee, but you're surrounding yourself with other business professionals, none of whom will be caterers, so you have a captive audience that will market your business for you. There is an incubation period where the other members get to know you, trust you and develop a working relationship, but it will pay for itself several times over within the year.

Networking, join chamber of commerce in your area, join networking groups. Stop by businesses and drop menus, also you can call businesses and ask them if they have any events coming up that you would love to do it so they can try you out. Bigger companies set a appt. to bring food in for the discussion maker to drop off samples or lunch . Have a great website.

A solid website, advertising in the correct places, word-of-mouth, and getting back to clients in a timely fashion (good customer service). Solid bids are also a great way to guarantee a paying customer. Liability insurance, as Kristy said, is a must as well as a bulletproof contract with T&C spelled out.

Follow up with people that inquired on a weekly basis.

You can also donate to big ticket fund raisers to market your business. Only ones that you can man the table and hand out pamphlets and set up a beautiful display.

First, you need to determine if catering is for you. Catering is not for everyone in the food industry. Just because someone may make a decent meatball, does not mean he or she should become a caterer.

Or, just because people are asking you to cater or cook for them applies as well.

Catering takes EXTREME organizing, passion and commitment. Especially in the details. You can't be an absentee owner. Catering will take 100% of you and your time. Your family will miss you.

You may be a great cook or chef, but if you are not a good organizer or not good with time management, or a procrastinator, catering is not for you.

After all of this, if catering is a passion you want to pursue, then you must be able to manage staff, create recipes, create menus and menus with outlets, cost analysis, overhead analysis, profit, vendor sales, etc.

There is fine line between getting excited about pleasing others with your catering and profitability.

Something else, catering is really for younger people.

It takes a HUGE toll on your mind and body, especially over time. It demands alot of physical abuse and very long hours.

You must be a great organizer, able to plan ahead, not waiting to the last minute, but expecting the unexpected. Catering insists on a preventative offense. Cannot always be on the defense.

SOCIAL MEDIA! I have numerous groups here in my community and I am an active participant in them. Also, donate your time and product when you can to fundraisers. it will help get the word out about your company, its basically free publicity, and then once someone comes forward to claim their "free dinner for two" or whatever. it becomes word of mouth.

Business cards are important too. Good quality ones. Hand them our where you go, and keep up to date with events in your area that you can showcase food and service.

Hope this helps, good luck!!

Use Instagram, advertise in local HOA newspapers, word of mouth, constant contact - start building your list of "clients" and how to keep them advised with

what you have to offer. Holiday specials, Summer/BBQ/Picnics, etc.,

Word of mouth has been the best form of advertising for us. Albeit, it is a slow method, but, it will attract the types of clients you will prefer to work with in the end. I agree with another answer given. Find an organization that you can align yourself with that has high end fund raising. The value of the food and labor you donate will be the best advertising dollars spend. It's a great way to meet people with disposable income that will also lead to networking.

You can't do without a website these days. Even if you don't rely on it for steady business, it keeps your company's name and you out there for all to consider. Spend the money to have it done professionally. You will not regret it.

Host an event of your own. If you don't have a physical location to do it in then look for a community building and get the local newspaper, your website and Facebook page to get the word out. Pick the food items you feel are your best and make sure you have a nice variety. This is your opportunity to showcase your style without trying to please a single client.


How Do You Get Started as a Catering Business?

How do you put yourself out there to get known and pick up business.

Answers (1-10)

As you can see, there are lots of ways to 'get your name out'. And it will take a lot of effort. But they are all right. Nowadays running your own business requires more from you. And I bet competition is huge in Cincinnati.

Here are some key factors for you:

That means what sort of clients are you looking for? Do you seek to cater to big weddings, corporate events, small dinner parties, bbq parties, cooking classes. High end catering for celebrities or mid range for family feasts? All have a different approach and different tone of voice. If you want to do get businesses to hire you, invest time and money in getting to know the right people. Like ceo's, managers, business owners and if you can get to know their partner. Families and tourists will seek out you, so make sure you are easy to find. To summarize this, Know your niche market

You might have read about it in other answers. And it is vital. But where and when do you network? Answer to that would be everywhere and all the time. Have a short 10 second answer to the question what you do for a living. Have a 20 second 'sales pitch' to explain more details of your business (when did you start, what is unique about your business, what is your passion). If you network with people, steer away from just talking about you and how great your company is. Rather ask questions about what they love to cook for instance (this is the subject that connects them to your business), just be interested in them, then they will be interested in you :).

Enough writing, just a list know:

- Website easy to read and understand, pictures and contact form

- Business cards create one that explains in one sentence who you cater to

- Reviews Essential this one! It gives credibility and trust. have some on your website, google, even yelp or tripadvisor.

- Grow your network Alignable and Linkedin might help

- Social media Use it as your resume, stories and pictures of your food

So that would be my advise. Hope it helps. Have a look at my catering website to get an idea.

P.S. A food blog could also be an idea to get people's attention

I started with having "pretty" parties at my home and received requests for helping some of those who attended my parties. Of course, you need to invite people who can appreciate your efforts and skill and have the money to afford your services. This works well with work/business acquaintances too. Get business cards and hand them out everywhere you go. Trust me, someone WILL CALL YOU. Go to a restaurant that you'd like to emulate and get a copy of their menu to help you make up a menu of your offerings. It doesn't have to be an exhaustive menu but, things that you do well from appetizers to complete meals or something less if you want to start with niche catering. Social media works great with PICTURES. Make sure your get great pictures of your food presentations, table decor, event decor. At some point a website is necessary . . . very necessary so, start looking at other caterers websites and if you like one, call their designer who is usually listed at the bottom of their site. Website can be expensive so look for deals with web designers who can create similar sites. Always have a "Join my mail list" link on your website or your social media page. Facebook is great for that. One more important thing, get a liability policy! Even if you're not licensed yet, make sure you have liability insurance and please take the food manager's training through your local comm. college, church, restaurant association, or with Premier Foods. Finally, don't spend time selling to people who can't appreciate the value of your work.

May you be blessed as you pursue the desire of your heart.

Lots of good answers here for you to work with. I've had the most success through an organization known as BNI, Business Networking International. There is a $400+ annual fee, but you're surrounding yourself with other business professionals, none of whom will be caterers, so you have a captive audience that will market your business for you. There is an incubation period where the other members get to know you, trust you and develop a working relationship, but it will pay for itself several times over within the year.

Networking, join chamber of commerce in your area, join networking groups. Stop by businesses and drop menus, also you can call businesses and ask them if they have any events coming up that you would love to do it so they can try you out. Bigger companies set a appt. to bring food in for the discussion maker to drop off samples or lunch . Have a great website.

A solid website, advertising in the correct places, word-of-mouth, and getting back to clients in a timely fashion (good customer service). Solid bids are also a great way to guarantee a paying customer. Liability insurance, as Kristy said, is a must as well as a bulletproof contract with T&C spelled out.

Follow up with people that inquired on a weekly basis.

You can also donate to big ticket fund raisers to market your business. Only ones that you can man the table and hand out pamphlets and set up a beautiful display.

First, you need to determine if catering is for you. Catering is not for everyone in the food industry. Just because someone may make a decent meatball, does not mean he or she should become a caterer.

Or, just because people are asking you to cater or cook for them applies as well.

Catering takes EXTREME organizing, passion and commitment. Especially in the details. You can't be an absentee owner. Catering will take 100% of you and your time. Your family will miss you.

You may be a great cook or chef, but if you are not a good organizer or not good with time management, or a procrastinator, catering is not for you.

After all of this, if catering is a passion you want to pursue, then you must be able to manage staff, create recipes, create menus and menus with outlets, cost analysis, overhead analysis, profit, vendor sales, etc.

There is fine line between getting excited about pleasing others with your catering and profitability.

Something else, catering is really for younger people.

It takes a HUGE toll on your mind and body, especially over time. It demands alot of physical abuse and very long hours.

You must be a great organizer, able to plan ahead, not waiting to the last minute, but expecting the unexpected. Catering insists on a preventative offense. Cannot always be on the defense.

SOCIAL MEDIA! I have numerous groups here in my community and I am an active participant in them. Also, donate your time and product when you can to fundraisers. it will help get the word out about your company, its basically free publicity, and then once someone comes forward to claim their "free dinner for two" or whatever. it becomes word of mouth.

Business cards are important too. Good quality ones. Hand them our where you go, and keep up to date with events in your area that you can showcase food and service.

Hope this helps, good luck!!

Use Instagram, advertise in local HOA newspapers, word of mouth, constant contact - start building your list of "clients" and how to keep them advised with

what you have to offer. Holiday specials, Summer/BBQ/Picnics, etc.,

Word of mouth has been the best form of advertising for us. Albeit, it is a slow method, but, it will attract the types of clients you will prefer to work with in the end. I agree with another answer given. Find an organization that you can align yourself with that has high end fund raising. The value of the food and labor you donate will be the best advertising dollars spend. It's a great way to meet people with disposable income that will also lead to networking.

You can't do without a website these days. Even if you don't rely on it for steady business, it keeps your company's name and you out there for all to consider. Spend the money to have it done professionally. You will not regret it.

Host an event of your own. If you don't have a physical location to do it in then look for a community building and get the local newspaper, your website and Facebook page to get the word out. Pick the food items you feel are your best and make sure you have a nice variety. This is your opportunity to showcase your style without trying to please a single client.


How Do You Get Started as a Catering Business?

How do you put yourself out there to get known and pick up business.

Answers (1-10)

As you can see, there are lots of ways to 'get your name out'. And it will take a lot of effort. But they are all right. Nowadays running your own business requires more from you. And I bet competition is huge in Cincinnati.

Here are some key factors for you:

That means what sort of clients are you looking for? Do you seek to cater to big weddings, corporate events, small dinner parties, bbq parties, cooking classes. High end catering for celebrities or mid range for family feasts? All have a different approach and different tone of voice. If you want to do get businesses to hire you, invest time and money in getting to know the right people. Like ceo's, managers, business owners and if you can get to know their partner. Families and tourists will seek out you, so make sure you are easy to find. To summarize this, Know your niche market

You might have read about it in other answers. And it is vital. But where and when do you network? Answer to that would be everywhere and all the time. Have a short 10 second answer to the question what you do for a living. Have a 20 second 'sales pitch' to explain more details of your business (when did you start, what is unique about your business, what is your passion). If you network with people, steer away from just talking about you and how great your company is. Rather ask questions about what they love to cook for instance (this is the subject that connects them to your business), just be interested in them, then they will be interested in you :).

Enough writing, just a list know:

- Website easy to read and understand, pictures and contact form

- Business cards create one that explains in one sentence who you cater to

- Reviews Essential this one! It gives credibility and trust. have some on your website, google, even yelp or tripadvisor.

- Grow your network Alignable and Linkedin might help

- Social media Use it as your resume, stories and pictures of your food

So that would be my advise. Hope it helps. Have a look at my catering website to get an idea.

P.S. A food blog could also be an idea to get people's attention

I started with having "pretty" parties at my home and received requests for helping some of those who attended my parties. Of course, you need to invite people who can appreciate your efforts and skill and have the money to afford your services. This works well with work/business acquaintances too. Get business cards and hand them out everywhere you go. Trust me, someone WILL CALL YOU. Go to a restaurant that you'd like to emulate and get a copy of their menu to help you make up a menu of your offerings. It doesn't have to be an exhaustive menu but, things that you do well from appetizers to complete meals or something less if you want to start with niche catering. Social media works great with PICTURES. Make sure your get great pictures of your food presentations, table decor, event decor. At some point a website is necessary . . . very necessary so, start looking at other caterers websites and if you like one, call their designer who is usually listed at the bottom of their site. Website can be expensive so look for deals with web designers who can create similar sites. Always have a "Join my mail list" link on your website or your social media page. Facebook is great for that. One more important thing, get a liability policy! Even if you're not licensed yet, make sure you have liability insurance and please take the food manager's training through your local comm. college, church, restaurant association, or with Premier Foods. Finally, don't spend time selling to people who can't appreciate the value of your work.

May you be blessed as you pursue the desire of your heart.

Lots of good answers here for you to work with. I've had the most success through an organization known as BNI, Business Networking International. There is a $400+ annual fee, but you're surrounding yourself with other business professionals, none of whom will be caterers, so you have a captive audience that will market your business for you. There is an incubation period where the other members get to know you, trust you and develop a working relationship, but it will pay for itself several times over within the year.

Networking, join chamber of commerce in your area, join networking groups. Stop by businesses and drop menus, also you can call businesses and ask them if they have any events coming up that you would love to do it so they can try you out. Bigger companies set a appt. to bring food in for the discussion maker to drop off samples or lunch . Have a great website.

A solid website, advertising in the correct places, word-of-mouth, and getting back to clients in a timely fashion (good customer service). Solid bids are also a great way to guarantee a paying customer. Liability insurance, as Kristy said, is a must as well as a bulletproof contract with T&C spelled out.

Follow up with people that inquired on a weekly basis.

You can also donate to big ticket fund raisers to market your business. Only ones that you can man the table and hand out pamphlets and set up a beautiful display.

First, you need to determine if catering is for you. Catering is not for everyone in the food industry. Just because someone may make a decent meatball, does not mean he or she should become a caterer.

Or, just because people are asking you to cater or cook for them applies as well.

Catering takes EXTREME organizing, passion and commitment. Especially in the details. You can't be an absentee owner. Catering will take 100% of you and your time. Your family will miss you.

You may be a great cook or chef, but if you are not a good organizer or not good with time management, or a procrastinator, catering is not for you.

After all of this, if catering is a passion you want to pursue, then you must be able to manage staff, create recipes, create menus and menus with outlets, cost analysis, overhead analysis, profit, vendor sales, etc.

There is fine line between getting excited about pleasing others with your catering and profitability.

Something else, catering is really for younger people.

It takes a HUGE toll on your mind and body, especially over time. It demands alot of physical abuse and very long hours.

You must be a great organizer, able to plan ahead, not waiting to the last minute, but expecting the unexpected. Catering insists on a preventative offense. Cannot always be on the defense.

SOCIAL MEDIA! I have numerous groups here in my community and I am an active participant in them. Also, donate your time and product when you can to fundraisers. it will help get the word out about your company, its basically free publicity, and then once someone comes forward to claim their "free dinner for two" or whatever. it becomes word of mouth.

Business cards are important too. Good quality ones. Hand them our where you go, and keep up to date with events in your area that you can showcase food and service.

Hope this helps, good luck!!

Use Instagram, advertise in local HOA newspapers, word of mouth, constant contact - start building your list of "clients" and how to keep them advised with

what you have to offer. Holiday specials, Summer/BBQ/Picnics, etc.,

Word of mouth has been the best form of advertising for us. Albeit, it is a slow method, but, it will attract the types of clients you will prefer to work with in the end. I agree with another answer given. Find an organization that you can align yourself with that has high end fund raising. The value of the food and labor you donate will be the best advertising dollars spend. It's a great way to meet people with disposable income that will also lead to networking.

You can't do without a website these days. Even if you don't rely on it for steady business, it keeps your company's name and you out there for all to consider. Spend the money to have it done professionally. You will not regret it.

Host an event of your own. If you don't have a physical location to do it in then look for a community building and get the local newspaper, your website and Facebook page to get the word out. Pick the food items you feel are your best and make sure you have a nice variety. This is your opportunity to showcase your style without trying to please a single client.


How Do You Get Started as a Catering Business?

How do you put yourself out there to get known and pick up business.

Answers (1-10)

As you can see, there are lots of ways to 'get your name out'. And it will take a lot of effort. But they are all right. Nowadays running your own business requires more from you. And I bet competition is huge in Cincinnati.

Here are some key factors for you:

That means what sort of clients are you looking for? Do you seek to cater to big weddings, corporate events, small dinner parties, bbq parties, cooking classes. High end catering for celebrities or mid range for family feasts? All have a different approach and different tone of voice. If you want to do get businesses to hire you, invest time and money in getting to know the right people. Like ceo's, managers, business owners and if you can get to know their partner. Families and tourists will seek out you, so make sure you are easy to find. To summarize this, Know your niche market

You might have read about it in other answers. And it is vital. But where and when do you network? Answer to that would be everywhere and all the time. Have a short 10 second answer to the question what you do for a living. Have a 20 second 'sales pitch' to explain more details of your business (when did you start, what is unique about your business, what is your passion). If you network with people, steer away from just talking about you and how great your company is. Rather ask questions about what they love to cook for instance (this is the subject that connects them to your business), just be interested in them, then they will be interested in you :).

Enough writing, just a list know:

- Website easy to read and understand, pictures and contact form

- Business cards create one that explains in one sentence who you cater to

- Reviews Essential this one! It gives credibility and trust. have some on your website, google, even yelp or tripadvisor.

- Grow your network Alignable and Linkedin might help

- Social media Use it as your resume, stories and pictures of your food

So that would be my advise. Hope it helps. Have a look at my catering website to get an idea.

P.S. A food blog could also be an idea to get people's attention

I started with having "pretty" parties at my home and received requests for helping some of those who attended my parties. Of course, you need to invite people who can appreciate your efforts and skill and have the money to afford your services. This works well with work/business acquaintances too. Get business cards and hand them out everywhere you go. Trust me, someone WILL CALL YOU. Go to a restaurant that you'd like to emulate and get a copy of their menu to help you make up a menu of your offerings. It doesn't have to be an exhaustive menu but, things that you do well from appetizers to complete meals or something less if you want to start with niche catering. Social media works great with PICTURES. Make sure your get great pictures of your food presentations, table decor, event decor. At some point a website is necessary . . . very necessary so, start looking at other caterers websites and if you like one, call their designer who is usually listed at the bottom of their site. Website can be expensive so look for deals with web designers who can create similar sites. Always have a "Join my mail list" link on your website or your social media page. Facebook is great for that. One more important thing, get a liability policy! Even if you're not licensed yet, make sure you have liability insurance and please take the food manager's training through your local comm. college, church, restaurant association, or with Premier Foods. Finally, don't spend time selling to people who can't appreciate the value of your work.

May you be blessed as you pursue the desire of your heart.

Lots of good answers here for you to work with. I've had the most success through an organization known as BNI, Business Networking International. There is a $400+ annual fee, but you're surrounding yourself with other business professionals, none of whom will be caterers, so you have a captive audience that will market your business for you. There is an incubation period where the other members get to know you, trust you and develop a working relationship, but it will pay for itself several times over within the year.

Networking, join chamber of commerce in your area, join networking groups. Stop by businesses and drop menus, also you can call businesses and ask them if they have any events coming up that you would love to do it so they can try you out. Bigger companies set a appt. to bring food in for the discussion maker to drop off samples or lunch . Have a great website.

A solid website, advertising in the correct places, word-of-mouth, and getting back to clients in a timely fashion (good customer service). Solid bids are also a great way to guarantee a paying customer. Liability insurance, as Kristy said, is a must as well as a bulletproof contract with T&C spelled out.

Follow up with people that inquired on a weekly basis.

You can also donate to big ticket fund raisers to market your business. Only ones that you can man the table and hand out pamphlets and set up a beautiful display.

First, you need to determine if catering is for you. Catering is not for everyone in the food industry. Just because someone may make a decent meatball, does not mean he or she should become a caterer.

Or, just because people are asking you to cater or cook for them applies as well.

Catering takes EXTREME organizing, passion and commitment. Especially in the details. You can't be an absentee owner. Catering will take 100% of you and your time. Your family will miss you.

You may be a great cook or chef, but if you are not a good organizer or not good with time management, or a procrastinator, catering is not for you.

After all of this, if catering is a passion you want to pursue, then you must be able to manage staff, create recipes, create menus and menus with outlets, cost analysis, overhead analysis, profit, vendor sales, etc.

There is fine line between getting excited about pleasing others with your catering and profitability.

Something else, catering is really for younger people.

It takes a HUGE toll on your mind and body, especially over time. It demands alot of physical abuse and very long hours.

You must be a great organizer, able to plan ahead, not waiting to the last minute, but expecting the unexpected. Catering insists on a preventative offense. Cannot always be on the defense.

SOCIAL MEDIA! I have numerous groups here in my community and I am an active participant in them. Also, donate your time and product when you can to fundraisers. it will help get the word out about your company, its basically free publicity, and then once someone comes forward to claim their "free dinner for two" or whatever. it becomes word of mouth.

Business cards are important too. Good quality ones. Hand them our where you go, and keep up to date with events in your area that you can showcase food and service.

Hope this helps, good luck!!

Use Instagram, advertise in local HOA newspapers, word of mouth, constant contact - start building your list of "clients" and how to keep them advised with

what you have to offer. Holiday specials, Summer/BBQ/Picnics, etc.,

Word of mouth has been the best form of advertising for us. Albeit, it is a slow method, but, it will attract the types of clients you will prefer to work with in the end. I agree with another answer given. Find an organization that you can align yourself with that has high end fund raising. The value of the food and labor you donate will be the best advertising dollars spend. It's a great way to meet people with disposable income that will also lead to networking.

You can't do without a website these days. Even if you don't rely on it for steady business, it keeps your company's name and you out there for all to consider. Spend the money to have it done professionally. You will not regret it.

Host an event of your own. If you don't have a physical location to do it in then look for a community building and get the local newspaper, your website and Facebook page to get the word out. Pick the food items you feel are your best and make sure you have a nice variety. This is your opportunity to showcase your style without trying to please a single client.


How Do You Get Started as a Catering Business?

How do you put yourself out there to get known and pick up business.

Answers (1-10)

As you can see, there are lots of ways to 'get your name out'. And it will take a lot of effort. But they are all right. Nowadays running your own business requires more from you. And I bet competition is huge in Cincinnati.

Here are some key factors for you:

That means what sort of clients are you looking for? Do you seek to cater to big weddings, corporate events, small dinner parties, bbq parties, cooking classes. High end catering for celebrities or mid range for family feasts? All have a different approach and different tone of voice. If you want to do get businesses to hire you, invest time and money in getting to know the right people. Like ceo's, managers, business owners and if you can get to know their partner. Families and tourists will seek out you, so make sure you are easy to find. To summarize this, Know your niche market

You might have read about it in other answers. And it is vital. But where and when do you network? Answer to that would be everywhere and all the time. Have a short 10 second answer to the question what you do for a living. Have a 20 second 'sales pitch' to explain more details of your business (when did you start, what is unique about your business, what is your passion). If you network with people, steer away from just talking about you and how great your company is. Rather ask questions about what they love to cook for instance (this is the subject that connects them to your business), just be interested in them, then they will be interested in you :).

Enough writing, just a list know:

- Website easy to read and understand, pictures and contact form

- Business cards create one that explains in one sentence who you cater to

- Reviews Essential this one! It gives credibility and trust. have some on your website, google, even yelp or tripadvisor.

- Grow your network Alignable and Linkedin might help

- Social media Use it as your resume, stories and pictures of your food

So that would be my advise. Hope it helps. Have a look at my catering website to get an idea.

P.S. A food blog could also be an idea to get people's attention

I started with having "pretty" parties at my home and received requests for helping some of those who attended my parties. Of course, you need to invite people who can appreciate your efforts and skill and have the money to afford your services. This works well with work/business acquaintances too. Get business cards and hand them out everywhere you go. Trust me, someone WILL CALL YOU. Go to a restaurant that you'd like to emulate and get a copy of their menu to help you make up a menu of your offerings. It doesn't have to be an exhaustive menu but, things that you do well from appetizers to complete meals or something less if you want to start with niche catering. Social media works great with PICTURES. Make sure your get great pictures of your food presentations, table decor, event decor. At some point a website is necessary . . . very necessary so, start looking at other caterers websites and if you like one, call their designer who is usually listed at the bottom of their site. Website can be expensive so look for deals with web designers who can create similar sites. Always have a "Join my mail list" link on your website or your social media page. Facebook is great for that. One more important thing, get a liability policy! Even if you're not licensed yet, make sure you have liability insurance and please take the food manager's training through your local comm. college, church, restaurant association, or with Premier Foods. Finally, don't spend time selling to people who can't appreciate the value of your work.

May you be blessed as you pursue the desire of your heart.

Lots of good answers here for you to work with. I've had the most success through an organization known as BNI, Business Networking International. There is a $400+ annual fee, but you're surrounding yourself with other business professionals, none of whom will be caterers, so you have a captive audience that will market your business for you. There is an incubation period where the other members get to know you, trust you and develop a working relationship, but it will pay for itself several times over within the year.

Networking, join chamber of commerce in your area, join networking groups. Stop by businesses and drop menus, also you can call businesses and ask them if they have any events coming up that you would love to do it so they can try you out. Bigger companies set a appt. to bring food in for the discussion maker to drop off samples or lunch . Have a great website.

A solid website, advertising in the correct places, word-of-mouth, and getting back to clients in a timely fashion (good customer service). Solid bids are also a great way to guarantee a paying customer. Liability insurance, as Kristy said, is a must as well as a bulletproof contract with T&C spelled out.

Follow up with people that inquired on a weekly basis.

You can also donate to big ticket fund raisers to market your business. Only ones that you can man the table and hand out pamphlets and set up a beautiful display.

First, you need to determine if catering is for you. Catering is not for everyone in the food industry. Just because someone may make a decent meatball, does not mean he or she should become a caterer.

Or, just because people are asking you to cater or cook for them applies as well.

Catering takes EXTREME organizing, passion and commitment. Especially in the details. You can't be an absentee owner. Catering will take 100% of you and your time. Your family will miss you.

You may be a great cook or chef, but if you are not a good organizer or not good with time management, or a procrastinator, catering is not for you.

After all of this, if catering is a passion you want to pursue, then you must be able to manage staff, create recipes, create menus and menus with outlets, cost analysis, overhead analysis, profit, vendor sales, etc.

There is fine line between getting excited about pleasing others with your catering and profitability.

Something else, catering is really for younger people.

It takes a HUGE toll on your mind and body, especially over time. It demands alot of physical abuse and very long hours.

You must be a great organizer, able to plan ahead, not waiting to the last minute, but expecting the unexpected. Catering insists on a preventative offense. Cannot always be on the defense.

SOCIAL MEDIA! I have numerous groups here in my community and I am an active participant in them. Also, donate your time and product when you can to fundraisers. it will help get the word out about your company, its basically free publicity, and then once someone comes forward to claim their "free dinner for two" or whatever. it becomes word of mouth.

Business cards are important too. Good quality ones. Hand them our where you go, and keep up to date with events in your area that you can showcase food and service.

Hope this helps, good luck!!

Use Instagram, advertise in local HOA newspapers, word of mouth, constant contact - start building your list of "clients" and how to keep them advised with

what you have to offer. Holiday specials, Summer/BBQ/Picnics, etc.,

Word of mouth has been the best form of advertising for us. Albeit, it is a slow method, but, it will attract the types of clients you will prefer to work with in the end. I agree with another answer given. Find an organization that you can align yourself with that has high end fund raising. The value of the food and labor you donate will be the best advertising dollars spend. It's a great way to meet people with disposable income that will also lead to networking.

You can't do without a website these days. Even if you don't rely on it for steady business, it keeps your company's name and you out there for all to consider. Spend the money to have it done professionally. You will not regret it.

Host an event of your own. If you don't have a physical location to do it in then look for a community building and get the local newspaper, your website and Facebook page to get the word out. Pick the food items you feel are your best and make sure you have a nice variety. This is your opportunity to showcase your style without trying to please a single client.


How Do You Get Started as a Catering Business?

How do you put yourself out there to get known and pick up business.

Answers (1-10)

As you can see, there are lots of ways to 'get your name out'. And it will take a lot of effort. But they are all right. Nowadays running your own business requires more from you. And I bet competition is huge in Cincinnati.

Here are some key factors for you:

That means what sort of clients are you looking for? Do you seek to cater to big weddings, corporate events, small dinner parties, bbq parties, cooking classes. High end catering for celebrities or mid range for family feasts? All have a different approach and different tone of voice. If you want to do get businesses to hire you, invest time and money in getting to know the right people. Like ceo's, managers, business owners and if you can get to know their partner. Families and tourists will seek out you, so make sure you are easy to find. To summarize this, Know your niche market

You might have read about it in other answers. And it is vital. But where and when do you network? Answer to that would be everywhere and all the time. Have a short 10 second answer to the question what you do for a living. Have a 20 second 'sales pitch' to explain more details of your business (when did you start, what is unique about your business, what is your passion). If you network with people, steer away from just talking about you and how great your company is. Rather ask questions about what they love to cook for instance (this is the subject that connects them to your business), just be interested in them, then they will be interested in you :).

Enough writing, just a list know:

- Website easy to read and understand, pictures and contact form

- Business cards create one that explains in one sentence who you cater to

- Reviews Essential this one! It gives credibility and trust. have some on your website, google, even yelp or tripadvisor.

- Grow your network Alignable and Linkedin might help

- Social media Use it as your resume, stories and pictures of your food

So that would be my advise. Hope it helps. Have a look at my catering website to get an idea.

P.S. A food blog could also be an idea to get people's attention

I started with having "pretty" parties at my home and received requests for helping some of those who attended my parties. Of course, you need to invite people who can appreciate your efforts and skill and have the money to afford your services. This works well with work/business acquaintances too. Get business cards and hand them out everywhere you go. Trust me, someone WILL CALL YOU. Go to a restaurant that you'd like to emulate and get a copy of their menu to help you make up a menu of your offerings. It doesn't have to be an exhaustive menu but, things that you do well from appetizers to complete meals or something less if you want to start with niche catering. Social media works great with PICTURES. Make sure your get great pictures of your food presentations, table decor, event decor. At some point a website is necessary . . . very necessary so, start looking at other caterers websites and if you like one, call their designer who is usually listed at the bottom of their site. Website can be expensive so look for deals with web designers who can create similar sites. Always have a "Join my mail list" link on your website or your social media page. Facebook is great for that. One more important thing, get a liability policy! Even if you're not licensed yet, make sure you have liability insurance and please take the food manager's training through your local comm. college, church, restaurant association, or with Premier Foods. Finally, don't spend time selling to people who can't appreciate the value of your work.

May you be blessed as you pursue the desire of your heart.

Lots of good answers here for you to work with. I've had the most success through an organization known as BNI, Business Networking International. There is a $400+ annual fee, but you're surrounding yourself with other business professionals, none of whom will be caterers, so you have a captive audience that will market your business for you. There is an incubation period where the other members get to know you, trust you and develop a working relationship, but it will pay for itself several times over within the year.

Networking, join chamber of commerce in your area, join networking groups. Stop by businesses and drop menus, also you can call businesses and ask them if they have any events coming up that you would love to do it so they can try you out. Bigger companies set a appt. to bring food in for the discussion maker to drop off samples or lunch . Have a great website.

A solid website, advertising in the correct places, word-of-mouth, and getting back to clients in a timely fashion (good customer service). Solid bids are also a great way to guarantee a paying customer. Liability insurance, as Kristy said, is a must as well as a bulletproof contract with T&C spelled out.

Follow up with people that inquired on a weekly basis.

You can also donate to big ticket fund raisers to market your business. Only ones that you can man the table and hand out pamphlets and set up a beautiful display.

First, you need to determine if catering is for you. Catering is not for everyone in the food industry. Just because someone may make a decent meatball, does not mean he or she should become a caterer.

Or, just because people are asking you to cater or cook for them applies as well.

Catering takes EXTREME organizing, passion and commitment. Especially in the details. You can't be an absentee owner. Catering will take 100% of you and your time. Your family will miss you.

You may be a great cook or chef, but if you are not a good organizer or not good with time management, or a procrastinator, catering is not for you.

After all of this, if catering is a passion you want to pursue, then you must be able to manage staff, create recipes, create menus and menus with outlets, cost analysis, overhead analysis, profit, vendor sales, etc.

There is fine line between getting excited about pleasing others with your catering and profitability.

Something else, catering is really for younger people.

It takes a HUGE toll on your mind and body, especially over time. It demands alot of physical abuse and very long hours.

You must be a great organizer, able to plan ahead, not waiting to the last minute, but expecting the unexpected. Catering insists on a preventative offense. Cannot always be on the defense.

SOCIAL MEDIA! I have numerous groups here in my community and I am an active participant in them. Also, donate your time and product when you can to fundraisers. it will help get the word out about your company, its basically free publicity, and then once someone comes forward to claim their "free dinner for two" or whatever. it becomes word of mouth.

Business cards are important too. Good quality ones. Hand them our where you go, and keep up to date with events in your area that you can showcase food and service.

Hope this helps, good luck!!

Use Instagram, advertise in local HOA newspapers, word of mouth, constant contact - start building your list of "clients" and how to keep them advised with

what you have to offer. Holiday specials, Summer/BBQ/Picnics, etc.,

Word of mouth has been the best form of advertising for us. Albeit, it is a slow method, but, it will attract the types of clients you will prefer to work with in the end. I agree with another answer given. Find an organization that you can align yourself with that has high end fund raising. The value of the food and labor you donate will be the best advertising dollars spend. It's a great way to meet people with disposable income that will also lead to networking.

You can't do without a website these days. Even if you don't rely on it for steady business, it keeps your company's name and you out there for all to consider. Spend the money to have it done professionally. You will not regret it.

Host an event of your own. If you don't have a physical location to do it in then look for a community building and get the local newspaper, your website and Facebook page to get the word out. Pick the food items you feel are your best and make sure you have a nice variety. This is your opportunity to showcase your style without trying to please a single client.


How Do You Get Started as a Catering Business?

How do you put yourself out there to get known and pick up business.

Answers (1-10)

As you can see, there are lots of ways to 'get your name out'. And it will take a lot of effort. But they are all right. Nowadays running your own business requires more from you. And I bet competition is huge in Cincinnati.

Here are some key factors for you:

That means what sort of clients are you looking for? Do you seek to cater to big weddings, corporate events, small dinner parties, bbq parties, cooking classes. High end catering for celebrities or mid range for family feasts? All have a different approach and different tone of voice. If you want to do get businesses to hire you, invest time and money in getting to know the right people. Like ceo's, managers, business owners and if you can get to know their partner. Families and tourists will seek out you, so make sure you are easy to find. To summarize this, Know your niche market

You might have read about it in other answers. And it is vital. But where and when do you network? Answer to that would be everywhere and all the time. Have a short 10 second answer to the question what you do for a living. Have a 20 second 'sales pitch' to explain more details of your business (when did you start, what is unique about your business, what is your passion). If you network with people, steer away from just talking about you and how great your company is. Rather ask questions about what they love to cook for instance (this is the subject that connects them to your business), just be interested in them, then they will be interested in you :).

Enough writing, just a list know:

- Website easy to read and understand, pictures and contact form

- Business cards create one that explains in one sentence who you cater to

- Reviews Essential this one! It gives credibility and trust. have some on your website, google, even yelp or tripadvisor.

- Grow your network Alignable and Linkedin might help

- Social media Use it as your resume, stories and pictures of your food

So that would be my advise. Hope it helps. Have a look at my catering website to get an idea.

P.S. A food blog could also be an idea to get people's attention

I started with having "pretty" parties at my home and received requests for helping some of those who attended my parties. Of course, you need to invite people who can appreciate your efforts and skill and have the money to afford your services. This works well with work/business acquaintances too. Get business cards and hand them out everywhere you go. Trust me, someone WILL CALL YOU. Go to a restaurant that you'd like to emulate and get a copy of their menu to help you make up a menu of your offerings. It doesn't have to be an exhaustive menu but, things that you do well from appetizers to complete meals or something less if you want to start with niche catering. Social media works great with PICTURES. Make sure your get great pictures of your food presentations, table decor, event decor. At some point a website is necessary . . . very necessary so, start looking at other caterers websites and if you like one, call their designer who is usually listed at the bottom of their site. Website can be expensive so look for deals with web designers who can create similar sites. Always have a "Join my mail list" link on your website or your social media page. Facebook is great for that. One more important thing, get a liability policy! Even if you're not licensed yet, make sure you have liability insurance and please take the food manager's training through your local comm. college, church, restaurant association, or with Premier Foods. Finally, don't spend time selling to people who can't appreciate the value of your work.

May you be blessed as you pursue the desire of your heart.

Lots of good answers here for you to work with. I've had the most success through an organization known as BNI, Business Networking International. There is a $400+ annual fee, but you're surrounding yourself with other business professionals, none of whom will be caterers, so you have a captive audience that will market your business for you. There is an incubation period where the other members get to know you, trust you and develop a working relationship, but it will pay for itself several times over within the year.

Networking, join chamber of commerce in your area, join networking groups. Stop by businesses and drop menus, also you can call businesses and ask them if they have any events coming up that you would love to do it so they can try you out. Bigger companies set a appt. to bring food in for the discussion maker to drop off samples or lunch . Have a great website.

A solid website, advertising in the correct places, word-of-mouth, and getting back to clients in a timely fashion (good customer service). Solid bids are also a great way to guarantee a paying customer. Liability insurance, as Kristy said, is a must as well as a bulletproof contract with T&C spelled out.

Follow up with people that inquired on a weekly basis.

You can also donate to big ticket fund raisers to market your business. Only ones that you can man the table and hand out pamphlets and set up a beautiful display.

First, you need to determine if catering is for you. Catering is not for everyone in the food industry. Just because someone may make a decent meatball, does not mean he or she should become a caterer.

Or, just because people are asking you to cater or cook for them applies as well.

Catering takes EXTREME organizing, passion and commitment. Especially in the details. You can't be an absentee owner. Catering will take 100% of you and your time. Your family will miss you.

You may be a great cook or chef, but if you are not a good organizer or not good with time management, or a procrastinator, catering is not for you.

After all of this, if catering is a passion you want to pursue, then you must be able to manage staff, create recipes, create menus and menus with outlets, cost analysis, overhead analysis, profit, vendor sales, etc.

There is fine line between getting excited about pleasing others with your catering and profitability.

Something else, catering is really for younger people.

It takes a HUGE toll on your mind and body, especially over time. It demands alot of physical abuse and very long hours.

You must be a great organizer, able to plan ahead, not waiting to the last minute, but expecting the unexpected. Catering insists on a preventative offense. Cannot always be on the defense.

SOCIAL MEDIA! I have numerous groups here in my community and I am an active participant in them. Also, donate your time and product when you can to fundraisers. it will help get the word out about your company, its basically free publicity, and then once someone comes forward to claim their "free dinner for two" or whatever. it becomes word of mouth.

Business cards are important too. Good quality ones. Hand them our where you go, and keep up to date with events in your area that you can showcase food and service.

Hope this helps, good luck!!

Use Instagram, advertise in local HOA newspapers, word of mouth, constant contact - start building your list of "clients" and how to keep them advised with

what you have to offer. Holiday specials, Summer/BBQ/Picnics, etc.,

Word of mouth has been the best form of advertising for us. Albeit, it is a slow method, but, it will attract the types of clients you will prefer to work with in the end. I agree with another answer given. Find an organization that you can align yourself with that has high end fund raising. The value of the food and labor you donate will be the best advertising dollars spend. It's a great way to meet people with disposable income that will also lead to networking.

You can't do without a website these days. Even if you don't rely on it for steady business, it keeps your company's name and you out there for all to consider. Spend the money to have it done professionally. You will not regret it.

Host an event of your own. If you don't have a physical location to do it in then look for a community building and get the local newspaper, your website and Facebook page to get the word out. Pick the food items you feel are your best and make sure you have a nice variety. This is your opportunity to showcase your style without trying to please a single client.


How Do You Get Started as a Catering Business?

How do you put yourself out there to get known and pick up business.

Answers (1-10)

As you can see, there are lots of ways to 'get your name out'. And it will take a lot of effort. But they are all right. Nowadays running your own business requires more from you. And I bet competition is huge in Cincinnati.

Here are some key factors for you:

That means what sort of clients are you looking for? Do you seek to cater to big weddings, corporate events, small dinner parties, bbq parties, cooking classes. High end catering for celebrities or mid range for family feasts? All have a different approach and different tone of voice. If you want to do get businesses to hire you, invest time and money in getting to know the right people. Like ceo's, managers, business owners and if you can get to know their partner. Families and tourists will seek out you, so make sure you are easy to find. To summarize this, Know your niche market

You might have read about it in other answers. And it is vital. But where and when do you network? Answer to that would be everywhere and all the time. Have a short 10 second answer to the question what you do for a living. Have a 20 second 'sales pitch' to explain more details of your business (when did you start, what is unique about your business, what is your passion). If you network with people, steer away from just talking about you and how great your company is. Rather ask questions about what they love to cook for instance (this is the subject that connects them to your business), just be interested in them, then they will be interested in you :).

Enough writing, just a list know:

- Website easy to read and understand, pictures and contact form

- Business cards create one that explains in one sentence who you cater to

- Reviews Essential this one! It gives credibility and trust. have some on your website, google, even yelp or tripadvisor.

- Grow your network Alignable and Linkedin might help

- Social media Use it as your resume, stories and pictures of your food

So that would be my advise. Hope it helps. Have a look at my catering website to get an idea.

P.S. A food blog could also be an idea to get people's attention

I started with having "pretty" parties at my home and received requests for helping some of those who attended my parties. Of course, you need to invite people who can appreciate your efforts and skill and have the money to afford your services. This works well with work/business acquaintances too. Get business cards and hand them out everywhere you go. Trust me, someone WILL CALL YOU. Go to a restaurant that you'd like to emulate and get a copy of their menu to help you make up a menu of your offerings. It doesn't have to be an exhaustive menu but, things that you do well from appetizers to complete meals or something less if you want to start with niche catering. Social media works great with PICTURES. Make sure your get great pictures of your food presentations, table decor, event decor. At some point a website is necessary . . . very necessary so, start looking at other caterers websites and if you like one, call their designer who is usually listed at the bottom of their site. Website can be expensive so look for deals with web designers who can create similar sites. Always have a "Join my mail list" link on your website or your social media page. Facebook is great for that. One more important thing, get a liability policy! Even if you're not licensed yet, make sure you have liability insurance and please take the food manager's training through your local comm. college, church, restaurant association, or with Premier Foods. Finally, don't spend time selling to people who can't appreciate the value of your work.

May you be blessed as you pursue the desire of your heart.

Lots of good answers here for you to work with. I've had the most success through an organization known as BNI, Business Networking International. There is a $400+ annual fee, but you're surrounding yourself with other business professionals, none of whom will be caterers, so you have a captive audience that will market your business for you. There is an incubation period where the other members get to know you, trust you and develop a working relationship, but it will pay for itself several times over within the year.

Networking, join chamber of commerce in your area, join networking groups. Stop by businesses and drop menus, also you can call businesses and ask them if they have any events coming up that you would love to do it so they can try you out. Bigger companies set a appt. to bring food in for the discussion maker to drop off samples or lunch . Have a great website.

A solid website, advertising in the correct places, word-of-mouth, and getting back to clients in a timely fashion (good customer service). Solid bids are also a great way to guarantee a paying customer. Liability insurance, as Kristy said, is a must as well as a bulletproof contract with T&C spelled out.

Follow up with people that inquired on a weekly basis.

You can also donate to big ticket fund raisers to market your business. Only ones that you can man the table and hand out pamphlets and set up a beautiful display.

First, you need to determine if catering is for you. Catering is not for everyone in the food industry. Just because someone may make a decent meatball, does not mean he or she should become a caterer.

Or, just because people are asking you to cater or cook for them applies as well.

Catering takes EXTREME organizing, passion and commitment. Especially in the details. You can't be an absentee owner. Catering will take 100% of you and your time. Your family will miss you.

You may be a great cook or chef, but if you are not a good organizer or not good with time management, or a procrastinator, catering is not for you.

After all of this, if catering is a passion you want to pursue, then you must be able to manage staff, create recipes, create menus and menus with outlets, cost analysis, overhead analysis, profit, vendor sales, etc.

There is fine line between getting excited about pleasing others with your catering and profitability.

Something else, catering is really for younger people.

It takes a HUGE toll on your mind and body, especially over time. It demands alot of physical abuse and very long hours.

You must be a great organizer, able to plan ahead, not waiting to the last minute, but expecting the unexpected. Catering insists on a preventative offense. Cannot always be on the defense.

SOCIAL MEDIA! I have numerous groups here in my community and I am an active participant in them. Also, donate your time and product when you can to fundraisers. it will help get the word out about your company, its basically free publicity, and then once someone comes forward to claim their "free dinner for two" or whatever. it becomes word of mouth.

Business cards are important too. Good quality ones. Hand them our where you go, and keep up to date with events in your area that you can showcase food and service.

Hope this helps, good luck!!

Use Instagram, advertise in local HOA newspapers, word of mouth, constant contact - start building your list of "clients" and how to keep them advised with

what you have to offer. Holiday specials, Summer/BBQ/Picnics, etc.,

Word of mouth has been the best form of advertising for us. Albeit, it is a slow method, but, it will attract the types of clients you will prefer to work with in the end. I agree with another answer given. Find an organization that you can align yourself with that has high end fund raising. The value of the food and labor you donate will be the best advertising dollars spend. It's a great way to meet people with disposable income that will also lead to networking.

You can't do without a website these days. Even if you don't rely on it for steady business, it keeps your company's name and you out there for all to consider. Spend the money to have it done professionally. You will not regret it.

Host an event of your own. If you don't have a physical location to do it in then look for a community building and get the local newspaper, your website and Facebook page to get the word out. Pick the food items you feel are your best and make sure you have a nice variety. This is your opportunity to showcase your style without trying to please a single client.


How Do You Get Started as a Catering Business?

How do you put yourself out there to get known and pick up business.

Answers (1-10)

As you can see, there are lots of ways to 'get your name out'. And it will take a lot of effort. But they are all right. Nowadays running your own business requires more from you. And I bet competition is huge in Cincinnati.

Here are some key factors for you:

That means what sort of clients are you looking for? Do you seek to cater to big weddings, corporate events, small dinner parties, bbq parties, cooking classes. High end catering for celebrities or mid range for family feasts? All have a different approach and different tone of voice. If you want to do get businesses to hire you, invest time and money in getting to know the right people. Like ceo's, managers, business owners and if you can get to know their partner. Families and tourists will seek out you, so make sure you are easy to find. To summarize this, Know your niche market

You might have read about it in other answers. And it is vital. But where and when do you network? Answer to that would be everywhere and all the time. Have a short 10 second answer to the question what you do for a living. Have a 20 second 'sales pitch' to explain more details of your business (when did you start, what is unique about your business, what is your passion). If you network with people, steer away from just talking about you and how great your company is. Rather ask questions about what they love to cook for instance (this is the subject that connects them to your business), just be interested in them, then they will be interested in you :).

Enough writing, just a list know:

- Website easy to read and understand, pictures and contact form

- Business cards create one that explains in one sentence who you cater to

- Reviews Essential this one! It gives credibility and trust. have some on your website, google, even yelp or tripadvisor.

- Grow your network Alignable and Linkedin might help

- Social media Use it as your resume, stories and pictures of your food

So that would be my advise. Hope it helps. Have a look at my catering website to get an idea.

P.S. A food blog could also be an idea to get people's attention

I started with having "pretty" parties at my home and received requests for helping some of those who attended my parties. Of course, you need to invite people who can appreciate your efforts and skill and have the money to afford your services. This works well with work/business acquaintances too. Get business cards and hand them out everywhere you go. Trust me, someone WILL CALL YOU. Go to a restaurant that you'd like to emulate and get a copy of their menu to help you make up a menu of your offerings. It doesn't have to be an exhaustive menu but, things that you do well from appetizers to complete meals or something less if you want to start with niche catering. Social media works great with PICTURES. Make sure your get great pictures of your food presentations, table decor, event decor. At some point a website is necessary . . . very necessary so, start looking at other caterers websites and if you like one, call their designer who is usually listed at the bottom of their site. Website can be expensive so look for deals with web designers who can create similar sites. Always have a "Join my mail list" link on your website or your social media page. Facebook is great for that. One more important thing, get a liability policy! Even if you're not licensed yet, make sure you have liability insurance and please take the food manager's training through your local comm. college, church, restaurant association, or with Premier Foods. Finally, don't spend time selling to people who can't appreciate the value of your work.

May you be blessed as you pursue the desire of your heart.

Lots of good answers here for you to work with. I've had the most success through an organization known as BNI, Business Networking International. There is a $400+ annual fee, but you're surrounding yourself with other business professionals, none of whom will be caterers, so you have a captive audience that will market your business for you. There is an incubation period where the other members get to know you, trust you and develop a working relationship, but it will pay for itself several times over within the year.

Networking, join chamber of commerce in your area, join networking groups. Stop by businesses and drop menus, also you can call businesses and ask them if they have any events coming up that you would love to do it so they can try you out. Bigger companies set a appt. to bring food in for the discussion maker to drop off samples or lunch . Have a great website.

A solid website, advertising in the correct places, word-of-mouth, and getting back to clients in a timely fashion (good customer service). Solid bids are also a great way to guarantee a paying customer. Liability insurance, as Kristy said, is a must as well as a bulletproof contract with T&C spelled out.

Follow up with people that inquired on a weekly basis.

You can also donate to big ticket fund raisers to market your business. Only ones that you can man the table and hand out pamphlets and set up a beautiful display.

First, you need to determine if catering is for you. Catering is not for everyone in the food industry. Just because someone may make a decent meatball, does not mean he or she should become a caterer.

Or, just because people are asking you to cater or cook for them applies as well.

Catering takes EXTREME organizing, passion and commitment. Especially in the details. You can't be an absentee owner. Catering will take 100% of you and your time. Your family will miss you.

You may be a great cook or chef, but if you are not a good organizer or not good with time management, or a procrastinator, catering is not for you.

After all of this, if catering is a passion you want to pursue, then you must be able to manage staff, create recipes, create menus and menus with outlets, cost analysis, overhead analysis, profit, vendor sales, etc.

There is fine line between getting excited about pleasing others with your catering and profitability.

Something else, catering is really for younger people.

It takes a HUGE toll on your mind and body, especially over time. It demands alot of physical abuse and very long hours.

You must be a great organizer, able to plan ahead, not waiting to the last minute, but expecting the unexpected. Catering insists on a preventative offense. Cannot always be on the defense.

SOCIAL MEDIA! I have numerous groups here in my community and I am an active participant in them. Also, donate your time and product when you can to fundraisers. it will help get the word out about your company, its basically free publicity, and then once someone comes forward to claim their "free dinner for two" or whatever. it becomes word of mouth.

Business cards are important too. Good quality ones. Hand them our where you go, and keep up to date with events in your area that you can showcase food and service.

Hope this helps, good luck!!

Use Instagram, advertise in local HOA newspapers, word of mouth, constant contact - start building your list of "clients" and how to keep them advised with

what you have to offer. Holiday specials, Summer/BBQ/Picnics, etc.,

Word of mouth has been the best form of advertising for us. Albeit, it is a slow method, but, it will attract the types of clients you will prefer to work with in the end. I agree with another answer given. Find an organization that you can align yourself with that has high end fund raising. The value of the food and labor you donate will be the best advertising dollars spend. It's a great way to meet people with disposable income that will also lead to networking.

You can't do without a website these days. Even if you don't rely on it for steady business, it keeps your company's name and you out there for all to consider. Spend the money to have it done professionally. You will not regret it.

Host an event of your own. If you don't have a physical location to do it in then look for a community building and get the local newspaper, your website and Facebook page to get the word out. Pick the food items you feel are your best and make sure you have a nice variety. This is your opportunity to showcase your style without trying to please a single client.


How Do You Get Started as a Catering Business?

How do you put yourself out there to get known and pick up business.

Answers (1-10)

As you can see, there are lots of ways to 'get your name out'. And it will take a lot of effort. But they are all right. Nowadays running your own business requires more from you. And I bet competition is huge in Cincinnati.

Here are some key factors for you:

That means what sort of clients are you looking for? Do you seek to cater to big weddings, corporate events, small dinner parties, bbq parties, cooking classes. High end catering for celebrities or mid range for family feasts? All have a different approach and different tone of voice. If you want to do get businesses to hire you, invest time and money in getting to know the right people. Like ceo's, managers, business owners and if you can get to know their partner. Families and tourists will seek out you, so make sure you are easy to find. To summarize this, Know your niche market

You might have read about it in other answers. And it is vital. But where and when do you network? Answer to that would be everywhere and all the time. Have a short 10 second answer to the question what you do for a living. Have a 20 second 'sales pitch' to explain more details of your business (when did you start, what is unique about your business, what is your passion). If you network with people, steer away from just talking about you and how great your company is. Rather ask questions about what they love to cook for instance (this is the subject that connects them to your business), just be interested in them, then they will be interested in you :).

Enough writing, just a list know:

- Website easy to read and understand, pictures and contact form

- Business cards create one that explains in one sentence who you cater to

- Reviews Essential this one! It gives credibility and trust. have some on your website, google, even yelp or tripadvisor.

- Grow your network Alignable and Linkedin might help

- Social media Use it as your resume, stories and pictures of your food

So that would be my advise. Hope it helps. Have a look at my catering website to get an idea.

P.S. A food blog could also be an idea to get people's attention

I started with having "pretty" parties at my home and received requests for helping some of those who attended my parties. Of course, you need to invite people who can appreciate your efforts and skill and have the money to afford your services. This works well with work/business acquaintances too. Get business cards and hand them out everywhere you go. Trust me, someone WILL CALL YOU. Go to a restaurant that you'd like to emulate and get a copy of their menu to help you make up a menu of your offerings. It doesn't have to be an exhaustive menu but, things that you do well from appetizers to complete meals or something less if you want to start with niche catering. Social media works great with PICTURES. Make sure your get great pictures of your food presentations, table decor, event decor. At some point a website is necessary . . . very necessary so, start looking at other caterers websites and if you like one, call their designer who is usually listed at the bottom of their site. Website can be expensive so look for deals with web designers who can create similar sites. Always have a "Join my mail list" link on your website or your social media page. Facebook is great for that. One more important thing, get a liability policy! Even if you're not licensed yet, make sure you have liability insurance and please take the food manager's training through your local comm. college, church, restaurant association, or with Premier Foods. Finally, don't spend time selling to people who can't appreciate the value of your work.

May you be blessed as you pursue the desire of your heart.

Lots of good answers here for you to work with. I've had the most success through an organization known as BNI, Business Networking International. There is a $400+ annual fee, but you're surrounding yourself with other business professionals, none of whom will be caterers, so you have a captive audience that will market your business for you. There is an incubation period where the other members get to know you, trust you and develop a working relationship, but it will pay for itself several times over within the year.

Networking, join chamber of commerce in your area, join networking groups. Stop by businesses and drop menus, also you can call businesses and ask them if they have any events coming up that you would love to do it so they can try you out. Bigger companies set a appt. to bring food in for the discussion maker to drop off samples or lunch . Have a great website.

A solid website, advertising in the correct places, word-of-mouth, and getting back to clients in a timely fashion (good customer service). Solid bids are also a great way to guarantee a paying customer. Liability insurance, as Kristy said, is a must as well as a bulletproof contract with T&C spelled out.

Follow up with people that inquired on a weekly basis.

You can also donate to big ticket fund raisers to market your business. Only ones that you can man the table and hand out pamphlets and set up a beautiful display.

First, you need to determine if catering is for you. Catering is not for everyone in the food industry. Just because someone may make a decent meatball, does not mean he or she should become a caterer.

Or, just because people are asking you to cater or cook for them applies as well.

Catering takes EXTREME organizing, passion and commitment. Especially in the details. You can't be an absentee owner. Catering will take 100% of you and your time. Your family will miss you.

You may be a great cook or chef, but if you are not a good organizer or not good with time management, or a procrastinator, catering is not for you.

After all of this, if catering is a passion you want to pursue, then you must be able to manage staff, create recipes, create menus and menus with outlets, cost analysis, overhead analysis, profit, vendor sales, etc.

There is fine line between getting excited about pleasing others with your catering and profitability.

Something else, catering is really for younger people.

It takes a HUGE toll on your mind and body, especially over time. It demands alot of physical abuse and very long hours.

You must be a great organizer, able to plan ahead, not waiting to the last minute, but expecting the unexpected. Catering insists on a preventative offense. Cannot always be on the defense.

SOCIAL MEDIA! I have numerous groups here in my community and I am an active participant in them. Also, donate your time and product when you can to fundraisers. it will help get the word out about your company, its basically free publicity, and then once someone comes forward to claim their "free dinner for two" or whatever. it becomes word of mouth.

Business cards are important too. Good quality ones. Hand them our where you go, and keep up to date with events in your area that you can showcase food and service.

Hope this helps, good luck!!

Use Instagram, advertise in local HOA newspapers, word of mouth, constant contact - start building your list of "clients" and how to keep them advised with

what you have to offer. Holiday specials, Summer/BBQ/Picnics, etc.,

Word of mouth has been the best form of advertising for us. Albeit, it is a slow method, but, it will attract the types of clients you will prefer to work with in the end. I agree with another answer given. Find an organization that you can align yourself with that has high end fund raising. The value of the food and labor you donate will be the best advertising dollars spend. It's a great way to meet people with disposable income that will also lead to networking.

You can't do without a website these days. Even if you don't rely on it for steady business, it keeps your company's name and you out there for all to consider. Spend the money to have it done professionally. You will not regret it.

Host an event of your own. If you don't have a physical location to do it in then look for a community building and get the local newspaper, your website and Facebook page to get the word out. Pick the food items you feel are your best and make sure you have a nice variety. This is your opportunity to showcase your style without trying to please a single client.


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