[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text text_larger="no"]Do you love cooking? Do you regularly find new recipes to broaden your knowledge of food? If so, you've probably fantasized about opening up your own restaurant at one point in time. But have you considered starting a catering business? Catering can be as fulfilling as a restaurant without all the responsibilities that come with starting a restaurant. But it's one thing to make meals for your close ones for fun - it's another thing to set up huge gatherings and prepare food for hundreds of people.

Many people don't realize the extent of time and money it takes to set up a catering company. But if successful, a self-catering company can be pretty rewarding. Catering is much more flexible and ideal to start compared to that of a restaurant. It's less expensive and allows you the freedom of flexible work hours and a good job market as caterers continue to rise in demand. Keep reading to find everything you need to know to start your own catering business.

What to expect in the world of self-catering

Many people wishing to start a catering company admire the outside shell of what catering is all about; successful events, happy customers, great food, and pats on the back. But most fail to understand the extent of time and willpower it takes to receive these benefits. To truly enjoy catering is to enjoy the countless hours of food prepping, planning, and unusual work schedule that comes along with the job. Each step in the catering process requires time and effort to flourish. 

Before the event, you're going to have early days planning events and late nights gathering paperwork. Before the event, you'll figure out food allergies, take a headcount, and setting up seating and food tables.

At the time of the event, you're g

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