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Become a Caterer

Start a Catering Business

Imagine having a rewarding high-paying job that lets you use your creativity and love of cooking as a caterer.

start a catering business
A caterer or catering business is hired to provide food, beverages, and service for functions ranging from intimate dinner parties to weddings, conferences, and other events for hundreds or even thousands of people.

When you become a caterer, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the freedom and financial rewards of having your own business.

Even if you have no formal cooking training, you can start your own catering business.
With thousands of catered events taking place throughout North America every day, there is tremendous demand for caterers. Catering is a multi-billion dollar a year industry, and is one of the fastest growing food service segments in the U.S. As long as couples get married and corporations host annual parties and conferences, caterers will be needed.

If being a caterer sounds like the career of your dreams, the FabJob Guide to Become a Caterer is for you! In this e-book you will discover how you can successfully start a catering business.

Guide author Lex Thomas started a successful catering and personal chef business which served clients in the United States for six years. In this guide she shares with you her own experiences as well as insider tips and expert advice from other successful caterers.

The guide covers topics of vital importance to anyone who wants to start a catering business in North America, including:

Getting Ready to Become a Caterer

  • Ways to develop your food preparation skills
  • Setting up your own recipe catalog
  • How to quickly get practical experience through volunteer work
  • Getting paid experience before you become a caterer
    • Types of food industry jobs
    • Types of employers (hotels, convention centers, banquet facilities, caterers, etc.)
    • What employers are looking for
    • Tips for preparing a resume and portfolio (includes sample resume and sample cover letter)
How to Start a Catering Business
  • Deciding what services to offer as a caterer:
    • Full-service catering
    • Corporate catering
    • Custom catering
  • Types of events your catering business can cater (buffet, formal dinner, cocktail party)
  • How to create a business plan for your catering business
  • Choosing a business name for your catering company 
  • Getting start-up financing for your catering business
  • Menu-planning for a catering business
  • Setting your prices (including service charges and gratuities)
  • Equipment and supplies you need for your catering business (dishes, silverware, glassware, linens, etc.) and whether to rent, buy or use disposables
  • Setting up your professional kitchen (including where to find kitchens, renting versus buying, licenses and permits)
  • Providers of professional liability insurance for caterers
  • Computer software that can help you manage your recipes and business
  • Working with food suppliers
  • Scheduling what needs to be done to prepare for a catered event
  • How to find and hire great service staff

Getting Clients for Your Catering Business
  • How to market your catering business, including:
    • How to create a marketing plan
    • How to get referrals for your catering business
    • Sample news release to get free publicity
    • Creative ways to market your business
  • How to get corporate clients for your catering business
  • How to do a client consultation
  • How to prepare a catering estimate (including how to deal with possible food price fluctuations)
  • Preparing a catering contract (includes a sample)
  • Getting a deposit and arranging for final payment
  • What to do about cancellations
PLUS, you will discover
  • Tips on quantity cooking and cooking for children
  • Transporting prepared food
  • Helpful samples for your catering business, including:
    • Sample catering project description
    • Sample script for talking with prospective clients of your catering business
    • Sample client consultation form for a catering business
    • Sample corporate consultation form
    • Sample news release
    • Sample catering business contracts
    • Sample catering schedule
    • Sample reference letter
    • Sample catering business invoice
  • And more!
You can have all this and more for an incredible price. It can cost hundreds of dollars to take courses on starting a business, and chances are they will not include specific information about how to start a catering business. The FabJob Guide to Become a Caterer contains some of the best business advice you could get from other sources, plus much more. 

It can save you many hours of research, help you avoid some common mistakes, and give you information you need to start your own catering business.

The first edition of this guide sold for up to $39.95 U.S. for an e-book alone. SPECIAL OFFER # 1: If you buy the e-book today, Wednesday, November 26, 2014 you can have this valuable insider information for the incredible price of only $29.97.

SPECIAL OFFER # 2:  You can get a print copy of the first edition of this guide, titled FabJob Guide to Become a Caterer or Personal Chef, with a CD-ROM that includes sample menus, forms, contract and more. This 2-in-1 Book and CD-ROM Set is only $5 more (plus $5 shipping). Plus, as a bonus, you will also receive an e-book so you can read it immediately.

NOTE: Only a limited number of copies of this guide are still available, on a first come first served basis. Most FabJob print books sell out, so if you would like to have a print copy, we strongly suggest that you purchase it immediately.

You can earn back the price of the guide your very first day in business. Plus this guide can help you start a catering business much more quickly and profitably.

If you believe you deserve to have the career of your dreams, this guide is for you. It gives you what you need to know to start a catering business.

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"The FabJob Guide to Become a Caterer gives you the information you need to get started and succeed in this fun and profitable career. And you'll learn some 'tricks of the trade' from top caterers and chefs."
- Lex Thomas

"One thing I like about the FabJob books is the depth of information they provide for making a change to a new career. They provide actual samples you can use as templates, including: sample resume, sample of what to say when talking to a prospective client, sample invoice, and sample contract."
- Jill Florio, Editor

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"I was very impressed with the depth of information and tips offered in the Catering e-book. It had a lot of great information and a good value. I would recommend this guide to anyone who is thinking about starting a catering business."
- Dawn Hutchinson
Port St. Lucie, FL


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