Starting a catering company can be profitable if you provide a reliable service with good quality food and beverages. People will network and your referral base will grow to create a stable operation that you may either sell or privately maintain. Pro Business Plans has worked with many catering companies to create professional business plans for investment and strategy by collaborating one-on-one with their management team. The following article provides information about what should be included in a catering business plan.
Catering Business Plan
There are several things to consider if you are planning to start or grow a catering company. Among the most important are the positioning and size of the catering business. Some catering companies are very lean operations that hire part-time staff on an as-needed basis. Other catering companies are much larger and target all areas of the market - gaining an advantage of lower costs through their size to bid lower and provide comparable quality levels.
The business model for a catering business plan depends upon what the company specializes in, where it is based, the management team, and size of the operation. A small three person catering business in a rural location is much different than a large scale catering operation with 200 + employees in a central urban area. If your catering business is seeking investment, it is important to clearly communicate the business model, particularly the unique competitive aspects that it delivers to the market relative to the existing competition.
The standard financial statements are common in a catering business plan, which may be requested by a bank or private investor. They will also help you to determine the appropriate pricing and budgeting for each event, along with how many events that you need to perform on an annual basis in order to break-even. The financial projections are likely to have several assumptions if the plan is for a startup company, but Pro Business Plans will use the financial of comparable catering operations, along with the unique dimensions of your business model in order to perform reasonable financial forecasts.
If your Catering business is seeking investment from banks or financiers, it is likely that you will require financial projections. The typical set of forward looking projections covers a three to five-year period in the form of an income statement, cash flow forecast, and balance sheet. Having a custom financial model to form these projections not only helps investors to estimate risk, but also helps your company to make more effective decisions.
In some cases, a break-even and sensitivity analysis is also performed. These financial indicators will help your team and investors to more precisely determine how many customers you need to satisfy before breaking even from fixed costs. The sensitivity forecast will demonstrate how considerable revenue variances will impact your bottom-line profitability and ability to meet investor obligations.
What is Included in Our Custom Catering Business Plan?
- Marketing Plan
- SWOT Analysis
- Competitive Analysis
- Profitability Analysis
- Personnel Plan
- Organizational Chart
- Company Valuation
- Executive Summary
- Company Description
- Keys to Success
- Three Year Objectives
- Product or Service Description
- Market Research
- Fundraising Support
- 12 Month & 3 Year Profit & Loss
- 3 Year Balance Sheet
- 12 Month & 3 Year Sales Forecast
- 12 Month & 3 Year Cash Flows
- Break-Even Analysis
- Financial Ratio Analysis
- Management Team