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Hello all!

So my girlfriend and I are looking to start up a private chef/small catering business this summer. We're both culinary school grads (me culinary, her baking/pastry) with years of line experience each in high volume a la carte and banquet kitchens-mainly fine dining country clubs.

Seeing as how our jobs are primarily seasonal here in south Florida (read: snow birds), summer work is always slow and money can be tight. So we'd like to start a business together.

The concept is private gigs focusing on small parties, in-home cooking lessons and possibly small end catering. I want to do the bulk of the work (ie prep) at our house and bring it to them (the customer) the day of for final cooking and plating.

The questions I have should be pretty basic:
1. Do we need licensing/insurance?
2. Do we need a proper "business"or can we freelance?
3. Aside from word of mouth, how can we best advertise and get our name out there?

Thanks all for your input!
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The questions I have should be pretty basic:
1. Do we need licensing/insurance?

Licensing, i.e. business license, catering license, sales tax permit, etc., varies by jurisdiction, more than likely yes on all three.

 

Insurance is only really necessary when things go wrong lol.gif, I would get the insurance, should run $500-$1,000 for the year, at least it does here in California

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2. Do we need a proper "business"or can we freelance?

Well, if you don't get caught, you don't need anything. I wouldn't risk not having the necessary licenses, permits, etc.

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3. Aside from word of mouth, how can we best advertise and get our name out there?

Thanks all for your input!

When you find out, please let me know, after 13 years, I still do not know the answer crazy.gif

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Two words for marketing, "Google Ads". I use many different marketing avenues from door hangers and car flyers to package donations to charities, print ads and even a publicist. My Google ads have delivered far more return than any other marketing effort, OTHER than my website and organic search engine optimization efforts.

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Brandon O'Dell

 

Friend That Cooks Home Chef Service

www.friendthatcooks.com

O'Dell Restaurant Consulting

www.bodellconsulting.com

 

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