STORAGE TIPS FOR CATERING BUSINESSES
March 16th, 2021
The catering industry is without a doubt an industry experiencing rapid growth, especially as the concept of pop-up events has grown in larger metro areas. With $11 billion in total revenue as of 2019 and a 4.6% annual growth since 2014, it seems like business will continue to grow into the foreseeable future. A study from IBIS World shows that in 2019 there were more than 68,000 catering businesses, all ranging in size.
However, a growing market also means an oversaturated market. So what does that mean for someone interested in starting a catering business, or someone who wants their existing catering business to stand out from the rest of the market? It starts with the principle of being organized and efficient. Since a catering business is always on the go, you will need someplace to store all of your food equipment and tools.
Too often you see restaurants offering their services via a catering opportunity for weddings, meetings, etc. Those tend to be very cookie-cutter, and while the menu might be slightly different than what is offered at the restaurant there is no real unique differentiation between catering and restaurant, but smaller catering companies that focus on custom menus, and truly trying to match what the customers preferences are, have an opportunity to win the day here. But as stated before, organization and efficiency are key to come out on top.
Here are a few tips on how using self-storage can help your catering business run smoothly while providing you peace of mind that your materials are safe and secure.
First, let’s start with what you need to be a functional catering business. Now we realize the equipment you use depends on your type of catering business. However, if you are pretty serious about catering long term, it will likely mean purchasing additional equipment. Here are a few examples:
- Cookware (pots, pans, frypans, woks, saucepans, crockpots, cauldrons, blenders, mixers, Thermomix®, coffee pots, cooktops, ovens, bratt pans, bain-maries)
- Tableware and utensils (silverware, plates, glasses, cups, cutlery, serviettes, plate stackers)
- Serving trays
- Catering racks
- Buffet tables
- Folding tables and chairs
- Storage containers
That is just scratching the surface. Storing all of this must be a hassle. Well, it doesn’t have to be! Having a storage unit big enough to store all of your valuable equipment can solve your problems. All of our self-storage units are monitored around the clock, so you can be sure that your equipment is secure. Even better, units are available with ramps and loading/unloading docks to make access easier and save time.
Seating for Eating
Now that we’ve covered equipment, it’s time to think about seating. Caterers can usually expect to serve on average of 100-150 people per event. Let’s just assume that an event uses tables that can fit 10 people. That’s 10-15 tables and 100-150 chairs traveling with you to every event. Why not lighten the load? By placing it all in storage, you’ll free up space in your catering vehicle or storeroom and increase efficiency. You’ll have everything you need under one roof – properly organized, properly protected.
Set the Bar (and the Tables)
Last but not least, you can’t have people eating out of their hands. An event with 150 people means 150 plates, forks, knives, spoons, napkins, and cups. Don’t forget, some clients might expect you to bring tablecloths. Now that’s a lot of boxes. But surely you have more than enough. Of course, you do! You’re the catering business that stands out from the rest because you have figured out a smarter way to store all your equipment and tableware plus, a few extra supplies. If your catering business uses large vehicles (i.e. trucks or vans), it would be even more useful to take advantage of a unit with drive-up access. This access will allow you to back your vehicle right up to the door and make loading and unloading a smooth and stress-free task.Here is our list of amenities:
- Access to a FREE moving truck for simple move-in (locations vary)
- Drive-up units for easy access
- Free online bill pay that works with your busy schedule
- State-of-the-art security options to help keep your items safe
- Convenient month-to-month leasing
- Deliveries accepted at our facility on your behalf – for free
- Climate controlled units
We can help your catering business improve efficiency and organization, keep equipment and supplies in top shape and safely secured under lock and key! Remember, if you find that your business is still filled from end-to-end with equipment, A-AAAKey Mini Storage/Key Storage has locations in different states. Ask our team about our climate-controlled units.