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July 6, 2023

The Spice of Owning a Catering Franchise

Dear would-be culinary entrepreneurs,

As I raise the cloche on this smorgasbord of a topic, I assure you that by the end of this piece, your entrepreneurial appetite will be adequately whetted. Whether you’re an experienced epicurean, a spirited gourmand, or just a financier with a soft spot for good food and sound investments, you’ll find that owning a catering company is quite the entrée into the world of business.

Firstly, the culinary industry has its own unique resilience, for food, my dear friends, is not just about survival, it’s a delightful necessity. When done right, a catering business can be one of the most stable investments around the globe.

But why specifically a catering business? Is it really a good investment?

Allow me to lay the table with the appetizers of benefits that owning a catering company can serve.

Flexibility: Catering offers an advantage that most traditional businesses don’t – time flexibility. As an owner, you’re in control of your schedule, accepting engagements that work within your preferred timeline and availability.

Profitability: The catering market in the U.S. alone netted a whopping $61.5 billion in 2018, with an annual growth of 6%, surging ahead of the restaurant industry by 50%. One might say the figures are quite a savory stew.

Catering Orders: Remember, these aren’t your average $10 eat-in orders. Catering orders are both incremental and profitable, averaging $283 a pop, and in some industries, reaching up to $395 for a single order. As they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Efficiency: In a catering business, labor costs can be managed more efficiently. Fulfilling a single $300 catering order requires less labor than 30 individual $10 take-out orders. That’s less overhead cost, more profit, and perhaps a few extra pennies to add to your gourmet coffee fund.

Business Sustainability: A catering company can be more resilient than a dine-in restaurant. Owning a restaurant can be romanticized, attracting lifestyle investors rather than strategic ones. A catering company can be a better investment, as it provides a solution for a variety of events, and with proper management, it has the potential to maintain a stable cash flow.

Now, let’s get to the meat of the matter. A successful catering business, like any other, requires careful planning. Luckily, a catering franchise company like Fajita Pete’s has done much of this this legwork and is ready and willing to engage with qualified entrepreneurs ready to explore the opportunity of owning a catering franchise.


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