Originally Posted by warren.miller
Thank you for the quick response. I am in the infancy stage of this. I am working on a website and acutally trying to figure out a name. My competition name is AddcitionBBQ. Which seems to abrasive for a catering business. Any IDEAS??? I honestly did not know you had to cook out of a licensed kitchen!?!? How do you do this rent one or build one ect???? Can you run one out of your home??
I was aware of all this:
Do you have a food license? Do you have liability insurance? Do you have a business license (if your city, county, state requires it)? Are you remitting sales tax to your state department of revenue?
But I could use all help I can get with the red tape part of it.
My advice for starting a new BBQ biz is always as follows:
The very first thing you should do is contact your local Health Department. They should inform you of all the requirement to meet code to run this type of business. Most if not all States do not allow you to use your home kitchen. In KS if you use your home your "business kitchen" and any other "business space" must not be accessible from your home. They can be attached but must have separate entrances.
Work up a detailed business plan. Topics in the plan should contain Capital Investment costs, Initial Setup costs, Operational costs (labor, insurance, utilities, licenses, etc), Projected Sales, etc. This will guide you through the rest of the process and help you to decide if the prospect is profitable.
Once you have decided to go ahead then get all of your business requirements setup. If you operate as a Sole Proprietorship all of your personal assets are at risk. An LLC will help to protect you. Obtain business/tax licenses, etc.
Just remember that you are entering into business and not a hobby. Be prepared for red tape.