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Unread 08-30-2009, 06:00 PM   #1
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I just applied for a mobile catering license and it was approved...lord have mercy...what have I just gotten myself in to?... Everyone (family and freinds) asks "when are you going to start your own business"?...well...I guess I just did.

I plan on it being a part time gig in the off season as a way for Brian (Swamprb) and I to raise some extra $ for all the summer comps...

I'm just now delving in to all the legal chit involved and haven't even hit the HD page yet...

Advice is most welcome...

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I just applied for a mobile catering license and it was approved...lord have mercy...what have I just gotten myself in to?... Everyone (family and freinds) asks "when are you going to start your own business"?...well...I guess I just did.

I plan on it being a part time gig in the off season as a way for Brian (Swamprb) and I to raise some extra $ for all the summer comps...

I'm just now delving in to all the legal chit involved and haven't even hit the HD page yet...

Advice is most welcome...

JD
Can I have a job with your catering business?
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Unread 08-30-2009, 06:11 PM   #3
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Start drinking,,,,,,,,Heavily! It's alot of work, but does come with some rewards. Try to start out small, work your way up into the larger jobs, you don't wan't to overwhelm yourself in the begining.

Read lots, ask lots of questions, be a good friend with you HD dept.

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I just applied for a mobile catering license and it was approved...lord have mercy...what have I just gotten myself in to?... Everyone (family and freinds) asks "when are you going to start your own business"?...well...I guess I just did.

I plan on it being a part time gig in the off season as a way for Brian (Swamprb) and I to raise some extra $ for all the summer comps...

I'm just now delving in to all the legal chit involved and haven't even hit the HD page yet...

Advice is most welcome...

JD
I say HD first, as they determine a lot of the "legal chit". Plan, stick to it, know your costs, and don't be afraid to say no.
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Can I have a job with your catering business?
Yes...you can take the pics for the website I do not have yet...

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...and it's all YOUR fault...my wife took one look at your website and said "That's what I want us to do"... She forgets we do not live in California anymore...

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I say HD first, as they determine a lot of the "legal chit". Plan, stick to it, know your costs, and don't be afraid to say no.
Noted...thanks!
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The best way to make a small fortune in catering is to start out with a large fortune.

The key to a successful catering business is to have a spouse with a good job
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The best way to make a small fortune in catering is to start out with a large fortune.

The key to a successful catering business is to have a spouse with a good job

thats what i did.
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Thanks for the link bro...I've got some serious homework to do!
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Good luck bro lots of help here!!!
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What do you mean by a mobile catering license?
Do you already have a mobil unit?
What did you do to get this license?
Is it just an expensive piece of paper to get you going?

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This has been an INVALUABLE thread...

And congrats... starting mine was the best move ever (don't tell the Mrs. i said that...)
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Start drinking,,,,,,,,Heavily! It's alot of work, but does come with some rewards. Try to start out small, work your way up into the larger jobs, you don't wan't to overwhelm yourself in the begining.

Read lots, ask lots of questions, be a good friend with you HD dept.

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What do you mean by a mobile catering license? On-site catering...
Do you already have a mobil unit? Nope...
What did you do to get this license? Just applied on line...
Is it just an expensive piece of paper to get you going?
Is it just an expensive piece of paper to get you going? Yep...pretty much...but ya gotta have it to do things legally. It was not that much...less than 50.00 bucks. The biggest problem is finding an approved kitchen to do my prep work......I may have a line on a local church though...keep your fingers crossed!
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