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THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU START YOUR HOME CATERING BUSINESS

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Catering has become increasingly popular in the past few years. Weddings, business retreats, funerals, and many other events need to feed people, and food companies have taken notice. The odds are good that both mom and pop and well-known restaurants in your area are advertising their catering services.

Now, you want to join the group. This is a good thing and it has the potential for you to earn extra money and even turn a part-time hobby into a profitable business. But if you don’t have access to a commercial kitchen and are planning to make the food from your home, there are a couple of things you need to do before you begin.

Check Your State’s Laws and Guidelines

Very few things could be worse that starting your catering business and then finding out that your state doesn’t allow people to cook from their own home. And this is the case in some states. Others allow you to cook from home provided the kitchen you use for your catering is different that your personal one. Still others allows you to cook from your personal kitchen, but you are subject to health inspections. Make sure you know the laws, rules, and guidelines of your state before you begin. 

Get Insured

When you are making food for dozens – and sometimes hundreds – of people, there is always the chance that a guest could have an allergic reaction, or someone might accidentally touch a heating plate and burn themselves, or any number of other things that could go wrong. The best way for you to protect your finances is to have catering liability insurance. The safeguards that a policy can provide can give you comfort even if an accident occurs.

Doing these two things is a great start for your catering business. All of us here at FLIP wish you the best of luck now and throughout your career. And if you’re a food vendor in need of insurance, FLIP has you covered.

BY AUSTIN DYKSTRA

Austin Dykstra writes about marketing, business, and insurance for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Austin Dykstra has written about everything from Instagram marketing to online reputation management. He is now firmly entrenched in the thrilling world of insurance. You can find Austin on LinkedIn, Instagram, or Twitter, where he’s meekly re-entering the fray after quitting during the 2016 election cycle.

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