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There is no doubt that the Catering industry is a big business sector, with that in mind it is not too difficult to think of ways find Catering Jobs that you can earn or make a living from it. If you are one of the people that enjoy cooking and preparing food, then running your own catering business could make sense. For example you could provide food for functions such as weddings, parties and other occasions, which could bring you big business on a regular basis.

You may not want to go down this route for your catering business, if you don't then you need to consider what kind of customer base you want to appeal to. Perhaps you would be more comfortable, or even profitable providing a catering service that provides local business with sandwiches and lunchtime snacks?

Perhaps your interested in preparing cold buffets that simply need to be heated by your clients? Or would you prefer to offer a complete service to your customers?

To make your venture a successful one, you will need drive and determination but you will need to have an understanding of your market, combined with a business plan.

You will need to be aware of any rules and regulations that have been put in place by your local authorities. Make sure that what you do is completely within the regulations, as you do not want to find yourself closed down or have any blemishes on your record.

It may not be necessary (depending on your location) but it is a great idea to enrol yourself on various courses, such as food hygiene before you start your Catering business. Proof of these qualifications will always put potential customers at ease and will help you to market yourselves.

In reality your Catering business can be a full time or part time operation. If possible it's always a good idea to begin small and on a part time basis to allow you to develop a reputation and client base.

Once you have began to build up a reputation, or perhaps more importantly a bigger understanding of your client base and local market you could consider expanding. Expansion doesn't necessarily mean going straight into full time work, perhaps you could begin to employ somebody for Catering Jobs or even reduce your hours working in your regular “day job".

Just remember when setting up your business, take a look at what is readily available in the market, plan your attack and begin your Catering Business!

This article is written by Jonathan Walker of Catering Jobs

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