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Become a Caterer or Become a Personal Chef

Start Your Own Catering Business or Personal Chef Business

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

start a catering business become a personal chef
Caterers and personal chefs both offer food services to a variety of clients. Caterers are hired to provide food, beverages, and service for functions ranging from an intimate dinner party to weddings, conferences, and other events for hundreds or even thousands of people. Personal chefs are hired to prepare a limited number of meals for individual families or to provide in-home catering for small dinner parties.

Both careers give you the opportunity to enjoy the freedom of having your own business.

Even if you have no formal cooking training, you can start your own catering business or personal chef business or do both.
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.

Personal chef services are also in great demand. According to Entrepreneur Magazine, the personal chef business is among the fastest-growing in the country and one of the best home-businesses to start this year. Annual revenue from personal chef businesses is expected to hit $1.2 billion by 2010.

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

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

Getting Ready to Become a Caterer or Personal Chef

  • Ways to develop your food preparation skills
  • Setting up your own recipe catalog
  • How to quickly get practical experience through volunteer work
  • How to create a business plan for your catering business or personal chef business
  • Choosing a business name for your catering company or personal chef business
  • Getting start-up financing for your business 
  • Getting paid experience before you become a caterer or personal chef
    • Types of food industry jobs
    • Types of employers (restaurants, hotels, private clubs, seasonal facilities, caterers, etc.)
    • What employers are looking for
    • Tips for preparing a resume and portfolio (includes sample resume, sample cover letter, and sample thank you letter)
Starting a Catering Business
  • Deciding what services to offer as a caterer: 
    • Full-service catering 
    • Corporate catering 
    • Custom catering 
  • Types of events you can cater (buffet, formal dinner, cocktail party)
  • Menu-planning for caterers 
  • Equipment and supplies you need for your catering business (dishes, silverware, glassware, linens, etc.) and whether to rent, buy or use disposables
  • Working with food suppliers 
  • How to do a client consultation 
  • Setting your prices (including service charges and gratuities)
  • 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 
  • Scheduling what needs to be done to prepare for a catered event 
  • Tips on quantity cooking and cooking for children 
  • Transporting prepared food 
  • Helpful samples for your catering business, including: 
    • Sample menus for dinners and receptions 
    • Sample client consultation form 
    • Sample estimate 
    • Sample contract 
    • Sample schedule 
    • Sample invoice 
start a catering business become a personal chef
Starting a Personal Chef Business
  • Deciding what personal chef services to offer:
    • Fresh versus frozen service
    • Regularly scheduled personal chef services
    • Occasional or on call personal chef services
  • Ways to specialize as a personal chef:
    • By type of client
    • By type of cuisine (organic, vegetarian, etc.)
  • Tips for selecting menu items
    • How much variety to offer
    • Styles of cooking and ingredients to choose from and avoid
    • Nutritional analysis and special diets
  • What to keep in stock in your home pantry
  • Best places to shop for ingredients
  • A tip for meeting minimum order requirements with suppliers
  • Preparing a shopping list to maximize your efficiency
  • How to do a client consultation (includes a sample personal chef client questionnaire)
  • Setting your fees for personal chef services
  • Tips for scheduling your clients and planning a timeline (includes sample)
  • Strategies for handling complaints
  • Useful tips for providing personal chef services:
    • A checklist of what to take with you on the go
    • Standard portion sizes
    • Freezing food
    • Labeling and cooking instructions
    • Sanitary food handling 
    • Cleaning up (including what not to leave behind)
  • Helpful samples, including: 
    • Sample entrée and side dish menu
    • Sample shopping list 
    • Sample client questionnaire
    • Sample invoice
    • Sample timeline
Running a Catering or Personal Chef Business 
  • Setting up your professional kitchen (including where to find kitchens, renting versus buying, licenses and permits)
  • How to find and hire great service staff
  • How to market your catering business or personal chef business, including:
    • How to create a marketing plan
    • Sample slogans that can get your phone ringing
    • Sample press release to get free publicity
    • Creative ways to market your business
  • Providers of professional liability insurance for caterers and personal chefs
  • Setting up your catering or personal chef office 
  • Computer software that can help you manage your recipes and business
start a catering business become a personal chef
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 starting a catering business or personal chef business. The FabJob Guide to Become a Caterer or Personal Chef 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 or personal chef business.

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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 or become a personal chef.

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"The FabJob Guide to Become a Caterer or Personal Chef 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


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