Deciding Not to Be a Caterer
If you're dejected after reading this chapter, evaluate why. Is it because you're overwhelmed? Is it because you didn't realize all that's involved in starting a catering business? If that's the case, then make a list of the skills you need to acquire and start looking for classes and people that you can learn from. Instead of starting your business this year, it makes better sense to start in 18 or 24 months when you're better prepared. You'll have a better chance at success.
If you realize that you're not cut out for the catering business, that's fine too. It means you took an honest inventory of your skills and abilities and realize that you won't enjoy the whole business of catering. Chances are you now have a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses and have a better idea of what you'd like to do. Maybe it's food styling, event planning, or starting a cookie business from home. Catering is only one way to channel your passion for food and entertainment.
If you decide that catering isn't for you, starting a personal chef business might be the answer. Personal chefs generally work fewer hours and can design their own schedules.