How to Start a Catering Business in Dallas, Texas From Home

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If you enjoy cooking for large groups of people, you may want to open your own catering business. Caterers are needed in different events such as Bar Mitzvahs, weddings and work functions. Dallas is a thriving metro area and therefore offers a lot of potential business to new caterers. The most important part of opening a home-based catering business in Dallas, Texas, is filing the correct paperwork to receive the proper business licenses.

  • Create a business plan for your home catering business. Your business plan should include information such as who your potential clients will be, pricing and funding methods. Your business plan will also be able to help you in acquiring additional funds in case you need a loan from banks or seek an investor.

  • Choose a unique menu for your catering business. Include a mix of dishes that are inspired by your heritage or your favorite meals. Make your menu unique, and this will set you apart from other Dallas caterers.

  • Buy equipment for your home catering business. Purchase cookware such as serving platters, dishes, silverware, glasses and mixing bowls. Stock up on all the food that you will need to prepare your recipes.

  • Register for the proper business permits for your catering business at the country clerk’s office in Dallas. You need a Texas Occupational Business Tax Business License. This is a Dallas business permit for home businesses. You also need to apply for a Texas Seller’s permit. You need this because you are selling your catered food at retail and possibly buying raw food materials at wholesale. You should also contact a local representative from the Health department to find out if they require any additional permits.

  • Create a name for your business. Obtain a Doing Business As (DBA) form permit from your County Clerk’s office and register your business’ name.

  • Advertise your new home catering business. Put ads in Dallas newspapers. Give your business card to local photographers, musicians and event halls and ask them to pass your name on to their clients.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep an eye for wedding announcements in the paper and try contacting newly engaged couples and offer your catering services to them.

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