So I really started thinking about what I’m passionate about.
And that’s when the idea of food, and some sort of business that revolved around food.
My first thought was to open a restaurant somewhere here in Houston. But there are already a lot of great ones. So I voted against it.
And it took me a while to arrive at the idea of catering. And I like the idea.
I can work from home, I don’t need an office or anything.
And I can create the menu myself.
Plus I don’t really need to keep any stock because I can just order the food I need at the time of the catering event.
It really looks like a great business model.
So I Googled “Houston catering for weddings” as my wife suggested that I start catering at weddings.
She reminded me when people are getting married, they usually don’t fret over the cost of things. Great point!
Anyway, I came across this site, treebeards.com catering which I thought was really nicely done.
It seems they are one of the premier catering companies here in Houston.
I think they’ll be my main competition. But that’s okay. Competition is good.
It means there’s money to be made 🙂
So I’ve gone ahead and done a lot more research. Here are the things I am working on…
Choosing the best name for the company
Getting a website up and going
Literature for branding and advertising
Understanding exactly what equipment is necessary and its total cost
Where to reliably source equipment and food
Establishing a budget to begin with (I’m thinking around $20,000)
Where I can poach good employees that can work on a moments notice and are going to be reliable even though they will not have a set number of hours with me. This one is going to be the most difficult part of the business I think!
So those are a few things in no particular order.
It’s amazing once you sit down and start listing all of the things you need to start a company.
Even a simple catering business.
I was thinking it would be a little less as far as setup and costs. But it is what it is.
I’ve already figured out a few menus. The idea being I can offer each event a standard “base” menu and work from their depending on their tastes and budget.
I think I have a solid basic plan. I guess we’ll see.
If any of you readers have or know of someone with a catering company and can help with some tips I’d really appreciate it!
Just comment below!