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Catering Business Ideas

What is great about any catering business ideas is you can create a lot of food for events without having to start a full scale restaurant, a serious investment of time and money and incredible risk in current circumstances.

Catering business ideas to inspire you

BBQ Bob was the pen name of someone I met when in full time work once. Essentially "Bob" wanted to turn his love of BBQ into a business where he could get paid for doing his favourite thing.

So whilst we idled in the corridor on the way to the lunch room we had a little chat...

Fish Finger Fred (Food Truck Idea) is a about a chance meeting in a carpark with someone I know who told me they were thinking of starting a fish finger food truck. Genius is my opinion, as we love our fish fingers in UK.

Catering business success for this Vegan

Creative Small Business Idea Vegan Cookery

Vegan Coaching & Cooking Classes  oline solopreneur Sassy loves her business online because it fits in completely with her beliefs and also her way of working.

She has truly designed a business around who she is and how she wants to live her life and completely with her values in mind. As she says...

"It is one of the highest forms of creativity.  I get an idea, and I can make plans to implement it.  I have complete control over all aspects of my website.  I have never liked working for others because I don’t like to be told what to do, so working for myself is critical to my happiness!"

Have you considered a franchise?

The Menopause Chef

A different sort of catering business, ideas from the world of franchising maybe something for you to add to the mix.

For example The Menopause Chef, hits several notes.

A growing trend:  women are much more in tune about the menopause these days and seek active help rather than just passively taking medication from their doctor. Food and diet play a large part in peoples lives these day and nutrition to aid symptoms are hot new catering business ideas.

Food business ideas such as this one are a great way to combine passion for health as well as the cookery side.

If you want to work in the area of nutrition and health, perhaps you are a nurse who is looking for a business idea, this idea could hit  all the bases.

You can contact them for more information.

Are you struggling to get started?

If you know you have got it right about your  business idea but you can't seem to get yourself going to get it off the ground you might need to just take a step back and give your business idea a validation check, or a resistance check or even run it through the obstacle analysis grid.

There is a reason you are procrastinating, right?

And you know you don't have to cook to start a catering business don't you?

There are other catering business ideas you could start

You can work in the field in other ways

Just because you love to cook,  it doesn't mean you have to make that side of it the business, especially if it brings you out in a rash just thinking about it.

Some people want to keep their cooking to just evenings and weekends as a bit of a hobby but still want to make some money out of it, but don't always see how they can do that without staying up all night make lots of x, y or z and have their stress level go through the roof.

This, in turn then takes away the joy of the hobby in the first place and then they stop doing what they love... which is a real shame.


You can keep the product side as your hobby and offer a service instead.

Here is how, you can,  among other things:

Be a Blogger: build a website around  one of your catering business ideas and sell how to information & products for that craft without making a thing, if you don't want to. You could be an affiliate and sell other peoples products/services only.

You can be an expert of one with any aspect of food or drink

Be a Course Creator:  You could  build and sell a course to show people how to undertake some specific form of catering business ideas.  For example it may be food or drink? How to make cocktails or create a wedding catering business?

Be a Video Producer: You could build this into your course and show people how to do things as well as have it just in writing in a book.

You can create your own YouTube channel around catering business ideas just like Private Chef German Sozzi from Argentina did when he was unable to return back to London from a family visit after the Corona Visit hit the world.

Unable to leave the country or help with the catering in the  family tourism business, German started his own cooking channel demonstrating food from argentina.

He is building it up slowly but is seeing results and it will serve as a wonderful live CV for when his life returns to normal and he can continue his catering career for the well heeled in London.

How about going on Facebook Live? Carol did just this for her specialist catering company for cake makers. She created her own product in the flavoured icing sugar market, and she shows people how to use it on her FB live each week. She also invites other creative people to her kitchen to keep her show fresh and sells their products as well, plus she has a warehouse full of over 4000 cake related products. And she never sells a single cake to anyone...

Be a Podcaster: You could interview people in your specific food or drink area area who are successful with their  own catering business ideas and share their success tips with an audience who are just as interested as you are. Michelle Green did this with baking.

Work in Wellness: You might be a nurse for example  and use food as a tool to help people with their mental health or with older people or school children?

Write a book: You could write a book (that may tie in with a course/video series/podcast) about your craft to share your how to knowledge.

Howard went on The Great British Bake Off, which culminated in a Gluten Free bread book he was commissioned to write.

Be a Publisher: You could become a publisher for others as well as yourself in your specialist catering field.

Be a Product Reviewer: You could review products people can use in their catering business ideas  and publish on a blog, in video form or as a podcast episode.

Be an Article Writer: If you like to write your could niche right down into lots of catering ideas and get to write about lots of different elements of a catering business. Ideas and lots of them are especially useful if you are what is know as a multi-potentialite. Someone who cannot pick one thing to do.. they have to have lots of areas they are working on at once.

You could also if you like writing become...

Start an association/magazine: Build a go to base for your catering specialism , a place where people can come for some great content, interview some great people, sell some great products and become the go to place for your thing and charge people for access like associations and magazines do

If you are stuck for ideas, slice your thinking a different way and try to think how your business idea could fit into:

  • A trend
  • A personal experience or crisis
  • A demographic group or niche
  • A problem or threat or complaint

I cover how to use this formula in detail in my course

Can I help you at all?

Are you stuck about which catering business idea to come up with or you have one rolling around at the back of your mind but you can't quite square it away?

Perhaps my create your perfect business course might help you organise your thoughts just that little bit better so you can launch  your business with complete confidence.

The key to your success is getting the right business idea in the first place.

One that is centred around you and your strengths and you are sure it will fit in with the lifestyle you want to lead.

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