Discouragement — it happens to everyone, especially people trying to run their own business. At the beginning, starting a business was exciting. The prospect of doing something you love for a living was thrilling.
However, things happen and they affect business, and when you deal with such things on an ongoing basis discouragement soon sets in. Pretty soon you begin to wonder whether you should just continue trying to run your business or “face the facts” and close.
Before you make any hasty decisions, remember why you started your business in the first place. And, think about is why the catering business is such a good one.
You Love It
You love food, cooking and people—the three ingredients needed to start a catering business. The catering business really is a savior for people planning events such as weddings or business meetings. And there is nothing more wonderful than seeing the look on people’s faces when they savor the food you worked so hard to create.
There Are So Many Options
Discouragement could mean it’s time to look at the direction in which your business is headed. Are you making the foods you really want to? Are you catering the events that are the most profitable?
There are a lot of options. You can specialize in one area or broaden your scope. Have fun catering parties or gorgeous weddings. Create masterpieces for yachts and hotels. Focus on gourmet foods or specialty foods like appetizers, cupcakes and muffins.
You can work out of a mobile unit, out of your home, in hotels, or even have the title of executive chef in a client’s home.
Whether you like giving your clientele healthy options like vegan cuisine, or you like to show off your artistic skills by creating custom wedding cake designs, the options really are endless. Feeling discouraged could just mean that you need to make a change, add some variety and excitement into your business.
If you’ve been fortunate enough to be able to do something you love, do your best to stick with it. Remember why you started catering in the first place and keep that at the forefront of your mind. If you need to, get some assistance, whether that means getting financial advice or hiring more employees. Getting help will take some pressure off of your shoulders and help you find excitement in your business again.