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It takes gumption to be a caterer. It’s challenging enough to operate a restaurant, but catering involves the additional challenges of preparing food offsite, and serving a lot of guests at once. And as if that wasn’t enough pressure, you’re also typically working at high stakes events such as wedding receptions and large parties. But you were born to be a caterer, and it’s time to take your business to the next level!

Don’s Supply has been partnering with caterers since 1969, and we’ve enjoyed watching our clients grow over the years! We always offer premium equipment and supply at value pricing, and include decades of expertise at no additional charge! Whether you’re establishing a new business, or expanding your operations, we’ll be with you every step of the way! Here are a few things to keep in mind when preparing for continued success in the catering industry:

Get everything in writing-Even if you’re the type of person who prefers doing business with a cup of coffee and a handshake, a written contract is a must for every catering job. Your clients will have a lot of things on their mind as their event approaches, and a written agreement is the most effective way to ensure them the peace of mind that comes with being properly prepared.

Underpromise, and overdeliver-One of the keys to providing outrageous customer service is exceeding expectations. You should never sell yourself or your services short, but you should always be realistic about what services that you can effectively provide. There’s nothing like booking a large job for an important client, but only if you can do it well. The catering business depends on word of mouth advertising, and you owe it to yourself to protect your reputation at all costs!

Expect the unexpected-Event planning is challenging, to say the least. Hosts don’t always estimate attendance accurately, delays happen, and guests show up with special dietary requirements that you didn’t know about in advance. That’s why it’s so important to develop contingency plans for common problems, and to be a creative problem solver for uncommon problems.

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