Sarah joins Eric to talk about how to start a catering business. Sarah has been catering birthday parties and dinners on the weekend, and tells us what its like to do catering, how to get started catering and personal chef business, and what issues she has dealt with in the catering business. The key is that it is a business that Sarah enjoys, as she loves cooking and baking. This is a big thing when starting a business, you have to love what you do. The challenge for her is to make it profitable.
Eric brings up that despite being a mother to a 1 year old, Sarah has been able to do quite a bit, and Sarah talks about how having a child has motivated her to make her future what she wants it to be.
Her first catering job was via a community Yahoo group, Sunset Park Parents, and word of mouth has helped her grow her business.
Neighborhood websites are a great place to spread the word about your new business.
Nextdoor.com is a website that has neighborhood communities, and verifies people’s names when they are joining. One could also use Ning.com to start a community group. Or you can just create a Yahoo or Google group, which is super simple.
We also talk about Sarah’s simple meatball recipe that she posted on HelloBee.com, a pregnancy and parenting website. Sarah is their food contributor.
Sarah’s recipe is inspired by her reading of a book, Long Way On A Little, by Shannon Hayes, Buy Long Way on a Little here
which will be reviewed on GardenFork soon.
photo by kconnors