Have you ever wondered what it would be like to cook and serve your own delicious recipes to others? Do you have a strong business ethic as well as a passion for food and events? Perhaps the catering business seems like the next big business venture that you could consider pursuing.
There is a certain excitement and fulfillment that goes along with planning and executing your own catered event. Watching people enjoy your food and services is an experience unlike any other. Weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays are all meaningful occurrences in a person’s lifetime, and to be a part of that and offer your talents to someone else's special experience is beyond rewarding.
As well as being able to cook and create visually appealing food and dishes, anyone interested in the catering business should have the ability to work well under pressure and have strong skills in problem solving and crisis management.
Handling Pressure and Swiftly Changing Circumstances
Pressure is not uncommon in the catering business. External influences such as weather, transportation, and unannounced guests may completely change the organization of the planned event. A successful caterer must be able to face these challenges while remaining calm. Losing your composure may cost you in terms of reputation and overall result of the event. A good caterer handles adversity with style and grace.
Using Problem-Solving Skills When the Unexpected Happens
Along with being able to handle pressure in this type of industry, one must be able to use their problem solving skills and alleviate a situation where things did not necessarily go as planned. A good caterer should not dwell on the problem, but instead quickly try to brainstorm ways to fix them. Problem solving skills also prove to be valuable in such a volatile industry because in every job there will be times when unplanned circumstances occur and prevent a successful outcome. Problems that happen are not always bad, however, because a caterer is able to learn from these mishaps and hopefully avoid them in future jobs.
Although pressure, problems, and unforeseen circumstances are inevitable at a catering job, these make having a business in this industry exciting. Every day is a new challenge and you never know what each event will bring. The happiness and pleasure that your good food brings to an event and its attendees is also a satisfying aspect of the business.
In the book Start & Run a Catering Business
, author George Erdosh explores what it is like to be part of this business and explains some of the ways to go about starting a career in the catering industry. His book deals with the business aspects of catering, as well as the minute details that are important to starting out in such a skill-specific industry.
The book is available in our Web store
. If you are looking for a change of career, have always been interested in food, and want to explore some of the ways in which you can showcase your talents, a catering business may just be the answer. The author currently blogs at What Recipes Don't Tell You
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