Catering Schools are places where people are being trained to become caterers. The Catering School business falls into the food and culinary industry in Nigeria.
It is one of the most lucrative businesses for young entrepreneurs given its good returns on investment potentials. It has the capacity to create employment opportunities which in the long run will boost Nigeria’s economy.
However, many Catering Schools today seem to lack the basic groundwork in modern Catering School operations, thereby making their business to slack.
This leaves a profitability gap for you who is interested in this business to take advantage of. Here in this blueprint, I discuss how to start a Catering School in Nigeria. If you already own a Catering School, with this guide, you are bound to take your business to next level.
The motive of business is to make profits. To establish the profitability of starting a Catering School in Nigeria, let us establish some profitability indices first.
There is a high demand for Catering Schools in Nigeria, given the fact that people eat every day and also wish to learn how to cook better meals.
Nigeria has a high population density which continues to grow exponentially, meaning that you will always have ready trainees.
Thirdly, people’s food demand is heterogeneous. That is, people have different food demands and tastes, and wish to diversify their meal preparation plans.
Furthermore, people do not just want to eat, but to be served right. So, they want to know the science and arts of food servings, and general catering services.
All these culminate in the business profitability indices of starting a Catering School. As you can see, Catering School business is in high demand in Nigeria. Little wonder then why there is a proliferation of Catering Schools across the states of the federation.
How to Start A Catering School
Get Professional Catering Training in Catering Services
You need to first get professional training and certification in catering services from a recognized training school in Nigeria if you must go far in this business.
However, where you do not want to do that, simply employ someone (a trained personnel) to manage the school for you.
However, being trained yourself will put you in the capacity to offer the best training service to your students. It will also help you manage the school effectively.
Develop a Good Business Plan
You need a Catering School business plan. This will state clearly the aim, objectives, and goals of your Catering School. There, you will state the name of your Catering School, the business structure, management portfolio allocations, mission and other essentials.
Register Your Catering School
To run a Catering School in Nigeria legally, you must register it with the appropriate parastatals of Government, starting with the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria, CAC.
This legalizes your business and puts it in the proper perspective of your target audience. It also reduces the risk of you losing the business, especially to competition.
The procedures for registering a Catering School is similar to that of any other business in Nigeria. Go to CAC office in your town for a full briefing on this.
Location (environment) of a business could constitute a profiteering factor or a major constraint to business success. Site your Catering School in an area with high human and vehicular population density. Get a large space to accommodate your buildings, laboratories, structures, equipment, staff, student, and logistics.
Generally starting a Catering School is capital intensive, but it will not be if you start small. In other words, your scale of operation foots your capital base. A rough estimate of the amount needed to start a Catering School in Nigeria runs between N500, 000 – N10, 000, 000.
The cost of equipment usually gulps much of the startup capital. The number of trainees is also a deciding factor while estimating the startup cost, as well as rent fee, power supply etc.
Licensing & Certifications
For you to be original and run you Catering School legal you need to register it. And in the process of registering its certificate will be issued to you i.e. licensing required.
Mind you that your Catering School may have to undergo accreditation and screening. This will cover your teachers, equipment, tools, and apparatuses.
You and your staff need at least an SSCE certificate, but it is highly recommended that you obtain formal certifications from a recognized higher institution or Catering School.
Management covers staffing and advisers for Catering School in Nigeria.
You need periodic experts advises from veteran and established practicing caterers, marketers, etc. These have age long experience in the business which will go a long way in helping you to run the school successfully. Listens to them and take their expert advice seriously. This will go a long way in helping to reach success.
This covers staffing and management. A Catering School can have two management streams. In the first instance, the founder is not a trained caterer.
This can happen when the founder of the Catering School is not a trained personal in catering services. Here he employs skilled or professional personnel to run the school academic activities.
In another instance, the Founder is a trained caterer. In such a case, he or she runs the school affairs and manages it completely.
You, the founder of the Catering School could serve as the proprietor. Catering School management could lie on your shoulder or you could delegate it to a manager. Hence, you can make the final decisions, or the manager can.
Today, everything in the world needs promotion. For your Catering School to have a breakthrough, the need to create awareness and get people informed about the school cannot be overemphasized.
The marketing strategies for catering business in Nigeria is multifarious. You can use the social media to promote and advertise your school or push out publicity on the radio and television.
Print and distribute handbills and hoist posters. However, note that the best way to advertise your school is through its product and works.
When your products are good enough, your school will market itself.
Profitability and Sustainability lie in the points discussed above. Advertising and marketing strategy tells of your profitability.
If marketing and advertising are done well, you will have high gain or profit in the business. this increases the existence of your school (Sustainability).
Inculcate proper environmental maintenance culture in your school. Provide your students with the best tools and equipment. Endeavour to produce the best (students) which will tell well of your school. in fact, this is a better advertising strategy.
Screen your teachers regularly, know their problems and try to solve it if possible. Regularly update your Catering School library to keep your students and staff updated too.
Conclusion and Summary
I believe I have discussed all the basic things needed to start a catering business in Nigeria. We saw in detail the procedures and what to do to run a successful Catering School in Nigeria.
We also discussed how to develop a business plan and ways to market your Catering School in Nigeria. Catering School is a highly profitable business in Nigeria.
Finally, start small, dream big and expand the business with time. Following the guidelines above is a sure way to the top.
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