If you are considering setting up your own catering business, you more than likely know that it is going to be a fun as well as a profitable possibility, at the same time however, you also know that there is going to be a lot of work that will need to be put into it before you can even serve your first client. Buying catering equipment is just one of the things that you are going to have to do in order to bring life to your new business.
There are a lot of different sources out there available to you where you can buy your catering equipment from. Here you will find a few steps that will help you get through some of those sources and make sure that you have the right items that you need to succeed.
Probably the most important step you can take is to make a list of the catering equipment that you think you are going to need in order to start up your business. This is of course going to depend on the kind of catering that you are planning on doing. This can include dishes, serving pieces, linens, large equipment, even a catering truck.
You then want to decide whether or not if you are going to buy or rent and if you are going to buy your own catering equipment, then you will need to decide whether or not you are going to buy the equipment new or used. After going over your list, you might decide that it will be a combination of new and used items. It will all depend upon the budget that you have.
If you already have catering contacts, you should start talking to them. This is a very important step if you are just starting up. You should ask them what kind of catering equipment they think is absolutely necessary to run a catering business. You also might want to ask around and find out if there are any catering businesses going out of business, this way you might be able to buy some items you need from them.
You also should go and visit a restaurant supply store. Take your list with you and make sure that you find out if they are open to the public or just those who are already working in the industry. You'll want to know this before you make a trip to the store. By visiting one of these stores you will be able to get an idea of just what kind of equipment is available and what the prices are.
You can also do some comparison shopping by going online and doing some research on eBay as well as Craigslist. You might also want to consider posting your own wanted ad on Craigslist to see if there is anyone out there selling any catering equipment that you could use for your business.
Finally, if you have a tight budget, you really might want to just consider renting your equipment, especially any of the larger items. This way you can rent all the items you think you are going to need and then after you have started your business you will be able to figure out which items you really need and ones you really don't need. This could make it easier for you to decide which items to eventually purchase.