If you are just starting up a catering business then there are a lot of different things that you are going to need to know. One very important thing to know is how to buy the catering supplies that you are going to need to be able to run your business successfully. You won't be able to run your business efficiently if you don't have the right supplies or equipment. You can find your supplies in a variety of different places and for a variety of different prices. You will want to pick and buy the supplies and the equipment that is going to best suit your catering needs.
The first thing you should do is to figure out what your budget is going to be for your catering supplies. Your budget is going to dictate what you can buy and what you may have to end up renting if you can't afford it immediately. You can always buy the things you rent later when you can afford to do so. Whatever you do, you don't want to go into immediate debt over your supplies.
You should also go over the things that you might already have and then make a checklist of all the items that you still need. Believe it or not, but, you might discover that a lot of what you need to start your catering business off with, you already have like small utensils, saucepans and even storage containers. By using things you already have is going to save you some money.
Next you need to figure out what equipment that you absolutely must have to be able to run your catering business. These items might include things like a really good set of knives, food processor and perhaps a free standing mixer.
You might want to consider going to a food show or food event. If you live in a big city, often there will be food shows where different equipment companies and catering suppliers will go to showcase the items that they have to offer business owners. Often, they will sell their items at these events. You can also get some good tips and find some interesting things that you might not be able to buy locally in town.
You also need to find a reliable restaurant supply store that is in your area that you can start dealing with. These places will allow you to buy your catering supplies in bulk and these are often the places where you can rent the equipment that you need but can't afford to buy at the time of setting up your business.
If you discover that you don't quite have all the money that you need to make a large investment in your catering business, there is no reason why you can't start by getting a small amount of catering supplies and start doing some business out of your home so that you can build your client list and save a little bit more money so you can get your own shop opened up. You can also rent kitchens if you don't want to do it from your home.