how to start a home based catering business
hello i want to start my own home based catering business is it a good idea start of slowly and then gradually grow and hopefully get my own catering mobile please advice me because i dont know where to start please help thank you
Question answered by greeter7
I hope you realize what you are getting into. First you must have a licensed and inspected kitchen before you can start catering. One can not just cook and sell. There are many state health laws you should make yourself aware of.
How to start up a successful mobile catering business?
How to start up a successful mobile catering business? What licences do I need and how long does it take to sort out everything?,many thanks!
Question answered by Trade Guy
If you want to setup this business on small scale with a few regular customers then you don't need any licenses and legal documents. All this needs to be done when you grows so rapidly with huge profit margins from your turn over. At this point in time, you comes under income tax laws and this needs a proper documentation, licence requirement, balance sheet maintenance and audit etc.
Now what potential this business have and why set up this business, you can follow this link http://dir.indiamart.com/indianservices/catering.html
What certification would I need to start a mobile catering service from my own home?
Hi I am a full time stay at home mother to 3 children and very interested in setting up a mobile catering service from my own home but what would I need to get started - I have savings to get equipment and I have my own vehicle, but what documents would I need? Thanks!
Question answered by Kernow Lady
In the UK your kitchen has to be inspected by an Environmental Health inspector from your Council before you can start trading. You need a current Food Hygiene/Safety certificate and a knowledge of catering laws (and there are loads). You need public liability Insurance :
You have to have a proper van which can keep food hot or cold, a domestic car will not do. You cannot do anything without your EHOs permission so they are the people to contact first. If all goes well you will have to register as self employed with HMRC and open a business bank account. You should also inform your Council that you are running a business from home, it could affect your Council tax and house Insurance.
How easy or hard is it to find a pitch for a mobile catering van at festivals, events, boot fairs etc?
I want to (and am determined to) start up my mobile catering business (burger wagon type thing) but have a few questions to ask. I'd really appreciate any advice, tips and suggestions etc etc. My main concern at the moment is buying the vehicle. Can't decide between a trailer, furnished or unfurnished, a catering van or converting a single decker bus as I was pleasantly surprised at how cheap some are! What do you think? thanks
Question answered by blackpool lass
hiya, be very careful, as the reason the mobile catering vans are cheap is because the council and the health are closing them down,as they want them of the roads.i had a mobil burger bar,i was i Business for 10yrs,i was sighted at a Industrial est,and had my place permanent.a FEW years ago,the council clapped down on the van's. it know has to have a license to trade with, they are very hard to get.car boot sale,horse shows and things like that, you have to get a license to go on the venue,and if you are lucky to get one they cost about £2/300and you will be lucky if you make that amount that day.the health dept, does spot checks on you a lot,and you can get a heavy fine,or closed down.its not easy at all now a days.they do every think they can to get you of the road,and won't think twice on shutting you down,for some think and nothing.so if i was you would look into the council to get a licences and the health dept to check your van, your house,because the food is stored there,and yourself,apron etc.
How I should register myself if I am self employed cleaner (part time) but I will run a mobile catering bu?
I am self employed cleaner and would like to operate a mobile catering business with my friend
How we should register ourself sole trader or partnership? but i am self employed already so not sure what to do...
Question answered by Kernow Lady
You do not need to register again as you are already a sole trader. Your friend needs to though, if you are going into partnership. My husband and I were both sole traders but ran our catering business as a partnership. This is one for an Accountant to put you on the right path.
How to i set up my mobile catering trailer buisness? How do i use a generator and gas?
I am about to set up a catering trailer , i know all about cooking. However i don't know any think about setting up the trailer. How do i use a generator and does the gas and generator need to be on constantly, as it'll have a fridge freezer in it. Any advice and help about setting up my trailer would be great fully received! cheers
Question answered by SIMEON S
I see Honda generators at the fairs. Honda's are very quiet. This is important with walk-up customers. I would consider running the fridge at night with 110V in the garage. Set it colder than normal. Don't run during day. "Reverse Engineering": go see what the completion is doing.
What licence do I need to drive a double Decker bus for a new mobile bar business ? not tacking passengers ?
looking to start up a mobile catering business / bar using an ex fleet or ex London type double Decker bus , What licence do I need drive not tacking passengers ?
Question answered by godsdarkwarrior2000
Even if you are not going to take on passengers while the bus is moving, you will need a license for the class of vehicle, depending on the gross weight of the vehicle.
In Pennsylvania, for any vehicle weighing over 26,000 pounds, you need a CDL ( commercial drivers license). These licenses are broken down into classes A, B, and C.
As long as you are not pulling a trailer with the bus, a class C should be enough. If you pull a trailer weighing over 10,000 lbs, you will need a class A, which is the same as a tractor trailer rig.
Also, if a class C covers the bus, but it has air brakes, you will need an "Air Brake Endorsement". This simply means that you understand the operation of air brakes, and know how to check and adjust them.
I know this sounds like a lot, but it is not as complicated as it sounds. Get a book from the driver licensing facility in your area, and read it for more information.
Now if that all wasn't enough to make your head spin, here is one more thing....
Even though you say you will not be taking passengers, if there is seating for people on the bus, you might be required to get a passenger endorsement for the CDL license also. This is because that even though you say you will be taking no passengers, the possibility for you to do so still exists.
Once you get the book on licensing, and read about what class CDL you need, actually getting the CDL will not take all that long.
How can I move the scroll bar from the right to the left handside on Windows Mobile 5?
As left handed user, using a stencil to scroll down on the right just means the screen is covered by my hand. Does windows cater for left handed mobile PC users?
Question answered by Wilochka
Unfortunately, There is no settings or hack to do this. The only thing I can think of is that if your Pocket PC has two buttons on the left side, you could assign them to <Scroll Up> and <Scroll Down>
What is the Italian coloquialism for "travelling" or "mobile?"?
I am starting a business and need a good name. It is a catering business that specializes in slow-roasted meats, like an Italian rosticceria, but on wheels. I would like to call it "Rosticceria _____." What is a good Italian word or phrase to describe this rosticceria on wheels?
Question answered by flyingninja911
You know, "mobile", pronounced "moh bee lay", has a similar meaning in Italian, it's an adjective that means "that can move".
You can simply call it Rosticceria Mobile if you want, if I were to see something with that name here in Italy, I'd know what it is about
I want to start a catering business and I was wondering how much should I have to start out with?
I am taking a cooking and catering class now and was wondering when I finish how much would it cost to start my own small catering company?
Question answered by Sylvan
My brother works as a mobile caterer and started off with a capital of $8-10,000
That included his own savings and loans from friends and family.
Most of his costs went toward getting a catering van, a cooking area within it, and securing the city & food safety permits.