Last weekend i had my first every catering gig. Since i launched my website (which i am continuously trying to evolve) i have had a few small orders. A platter order here, a meal order for delivery there but nothing of this magnitude. A friend of mine was hosting a birthday party and asked me to cater for 20 kids and 25 adults.
I was very eager and excited for this amazing opportunity so i got right into it; creating menus, invoicing and so on. I quickly realized how i had a lot to learn. Finding suppliers, costing and pricing where some of the issues i had to deal with. Learning to be unapologetic about asking people to pay for your time and labour is not an easy thing for me. I am a very generous person which has often found me giving to my own detriment and this trickles down to how i do business.
I managed to push through and get the orders ready to assemble at the venue. I served up my platters to a great reception and many praises and here’s when it would have been a great time to have business cards to hand out, i didn’t have any (silly me). Before i could even finish assembling the platters, people dived into them and i could hardly take pictures. The two at the top where the best i could do.
So what i have learnt thus far? Mistakes and less than smart decisions will be made. It is a part of trying to establish a start up. Lessons are learnt along the way and the fear of messing up shouldn’t keep you from trying. From this experience alone i have learnt a lot and will definitely do better next time. Most importantly i am learning to value my time, skills and labour and finding the courage to be unapologetic about asking people to pay me for them.
” When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.”
― Paulo Coelho
Please do check out my website http://www.vanillascentedkisses.com for recipes and glimpse at the catering services i offer. The idea is to involve the client in designing their own menu to suit their personalities, preferences and budget. The platters on the website are to give you a guideline but what i look forward to is one on one consultations with clients to involve them in the experience of building their menus.