Never overlook the power of simplicity.
Simplifying your menu allows you to grow your staff, maintain your costs, and grow your entire catering business! It is a necessity to success.
When you look at your menu, figure out how to execute it with the tools you have.
Maybe you don’t have a fryer in your trailer, but you have fries on the menu. Are you going to do without fries? If so, what can you substitute, or how can you simplify that dish? Crossover ingredients are your best friend in these scenarios. You can bring just what you need, and reduce your food, prep, and labor costs all around!
Simplifying also allows you to grow and develop your staff.
When you have a simple menu, you are able to cross-train easily, which provides for your employees the opportunity to become more and more valuable as time goes on. If a staff member is excellent on one station, and you cross train, they will be available to work more and at a faster pace, knowing more stations. Simplifying back-end processes also helps with to grow your business as a whole. When you have 20 invoices to enter, 3 people to bill, 5 emails to answer, and a person on the phone, it can get a little out of control.
Get a tool such as caterfox that will help you to streamline and simplify the entire process from beginning to end.
This is going to save you so much time and energy, while allowing you to focus on getting more orders, marketing your business, or spending time refining the processes that you have in place! To top it all off, the ability to make something complex into something simple will let your creativity shine. Your personal growth will be astronomical, and your business’ growth will follow suit.
Written by: Kinzington McElvain