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How To Start Catering Service In Nigeria

Business Overview

Anybody attending a ceremony, no matter the caption of the ceremony would expect to eat something. Wedding ceremonies, birthday parties, child dedication and every other event is incomplete if nobody is being fed.

An organizer of an event would not want to leave the whole duty of making sure that guests are satisfied to go and start sharing food.

Catering is the business of providing food service at a remote site or a site such that some of all party food for an event is prepared.

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How To Start Catering Service In Nigeria
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Profitability

Catering service is one good business in Nigeria that is highly lucrative. As a caterer you should be prestigious, you should have all the facilities and expertise for providing quality services.

You should be able to provide both indoor and outdoor catering services to your clients. Being a caterer entails you being your own boss.

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Market Structure

Catering has lots of dimensions. For the cause of this article, we would settle on the area of weddings. Still under wedding catering, we have:

Cook Service

One thing you should bear in mind is that, you are going to be serving a crowd with diverse people from all walks of life who have different taste.

You need to have gained enough experience in this area of cooking service. If you are not a very good cook yourself, you can choose to hire good cooks that are experts in their own domain.

They should not just be good but also be able to offer satisfactory service to clients. These cooks should be versatile such that, they can cook dishes of all kinds.

They should also be neat and exercise good hygiene. The best thing you can do to make sure that you have the best set of cooks, you can put them through tests to ensure that they are capable of offering good services to your clients.

Table Setting

You should work hand in hand with experts in making your clients’ party table look astonished. The table settings must be appealing and welcoming to guest and the host, tables should be well decorated with table covers, cutleries, cups with colorful tissues in them should be well arranged on the table this will make the guest feel homely and comfortable.

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Waiters

You definitely would need people who would go around to deliver the food to the guests when they have been dished.

\Waiters are fast becoming an integral part of every party, you should have a team of highly skilled and professionally qualified waiters and waitresses who are well versed with all the aspect of hospitality, you should be able to choose the best waitress to make your clients’ party a memorable experience.

As a wedding caterer you should be fully competent in creating a creative menu that will not only suit your taste but also matches the theme of your clients’ party.

All the food items should be perfect to taste and also well decorated to match the occasion for making the party a cherished moment for the guests as well as the host.

You should also be engaged in rendering all religious communities. You should have exotic and scrumptious menus, which will delight the mood of the lovers and also create a lip-smacking feast for the guest and host. Steps needed in achieving success in wedding catering business. 

Basic Tips To Start & Run Catering Service Successfully In Nigeria

Startup Capital

Catering business is one that needs a lot of money and time. To be able to have a good catering service outlet, you should first start with a business plan.

This plan would help you plan what you need. It would help you manage your spending. Because we are focused on the wedding aspect of catering, let’s look at the things you need to buy;

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Table Top Accessories

1. Linens and table covering

2. Uniforms for your team

3. Gas cylinders and burners

4. Plate racks

5. Serving carts

6. Glass racks

7. Salad bar item

8. Utensils

9. Stainless steel table food pans and accessories

10. Cutting boards

11. Food pans

12. Napkins

13. Cooking pots of different sizes

14. Disposable catering trays and food boxes

Location

Get a place in a zone with great traffic. You need to be outspoken at all times. A well and neatly arranged office will boost your clients’ number base, your office should be situated in a high profile area this will attract corporate bodies to patronize you.

Management

As I said earlier, you should have cooks, waiters and waitresses who work with you. You cannot do everything on your own. You’d also need a driver who would work with you to help you transport all you want to and from the event centers.

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Summary & Conclusion

You need a good advert that will entice passersby, you advert must be inviting, must be well branded. You will need to print complementary cards, flyers to share at every occasion you attend.

Treat your clients well they will surely introduce you to their families and friends. With the above steps you are assured of making it big in this business.

It would also interest you to know that, your ability to sustain this business is your key to becoming a great person in future.

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