Catering is a challenging and demanding job, one that requires you to be good in many and varied ways
You need to be a good cook, a good communicator, a good sales person, but most of all, a good business person, and never forget that is what you are first and foremost – A business person
If you can’t see yourself in these roles then maybe you should think again about catering as your next career move, however, if you like the idea of being your own boss, living in a world where every day is different, and where you really can be in charge of your own destiny, then I can truly recommend catering to you.
The first step is honesty, be honest with yourself and take off the rose tinted spectacles.
Understand that being a caterer is a tough role, you will need determination by the bucket load, a good measure of self motivation , and the ability to be able to plan for the worst to happen, as it very often does. Things like, when staff fail to show up, when the client is unreasonable, and when the food is ruined. If that isn't enough you need to be prepared to put in some long hours, very often when everyone else is having fun.
All that said, from a business perspective there are some major advantages over other types of business that you may have considered such as:
people have to eat and drink
people are getting lazier when it comes to cooking for themselves
catering is a high profit margin business
you don’t need massive amounts of capital
you don’t need loads of qualifications
you can ease yourself into it by beginning as a part timer
There are many aspects to the catering industry some of which are listed below, please have a good look around the site before making any decisions and most importantly before you spend any money. If in doubt call NCASS, we're here to help on 0121 603 2524
Mobile catering –
Trailer based (hot food, cold food, drinks)
Motorised vehicle (purpose built or converted)
Baked potato unit (purpose built)
Ice cream van
Hog roast (purpose built unit)
Marquee/ market stall/gazebo
Fixed Site Catering
Fish & chip shop
Takeaway / Fast food bar
Whichever you decide upon you will find our Profitable Catering Books a very useful reference guide (see shop area) or