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!