People who start a catering business do so because they love food and cooking. However, a lot of people in the business don’t last long. There are a variety of reasons for this – getting burnt out from running a business, offering catering services they don’t enjoy, or having to work with limited cuisine. Here are some things you can do to fall in love with food all over again.
Never Lose Your Curiosity or Adventure
Something you might run into after being in the catering business awhile is getting so focused on the business that you lose sight of why you started in the first place. Of course, you’re running a business so you need to focus on that, but there are some things you can do to focus a bit more on what you love – the food.
If you offer business catering services, you may be making the same dishes day after day. During down time, try cooking more exotic or exciting dishes. Take a cooking class or buy a cookbook with dishes you’ve never tried cooking before.
Shake Things Up
Take a look at your menu and see if there is any way to offer dishes you hadn’t considered before. If you re-vamp your menu and do a bit of marketing, letting potential customers know that you offer a variety of services, you may find that you’re able to keep things in your catering business interesting. Shake things up a bit. You may find your passion for food quickly returning.
After you do anything for a while, it’s easy to lose sight of why you wanted to do it in the first place. It can be that way with any passion-turned-business, including the catering business. When you start off, most likely you have a passion eating, cooking, and creativity. Starting a business around what you love is an exciting prospect. After doing it for a while, it’s easy to get caught up in the stress of day-to-day tasks and lose your excitement.
Take some time to remember why you fell in love with food and why you wanted to turn that into a catering business. Write those reasons down and remind yourself of them often.
Hiring people and using business tools will make life easier and allow you to focus on what you want – the food! If you can’t afford to hire someone to help with your catering business, can you invest in some specialty catering software to take some stress off of your shoulders? There are a number of tools specifically for caterers. Do some research and see what might make your life easier.
It can happen with any business owner – getting so caught up in the business you lose sight of why you wanted to start a business in the first place. Try these suggestions to reduce stress, make your life easier, and get back to the passion and excitement you had for your craft in the first place.