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3 Reasons I Chose to Become an Event Caterer

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When I decided to start a catering business, I knew right away that event catering was the type of catering I wanted to do. While event catering definitely isn’t for everyone, it is the only catering that I would ever consider doing.

Stress is Best

I am the type of person that thrives under stress. There are few jobs more stressful than event catering, but that is ok with me! There are a million little details that need to come together just perfectly when I am catering an event like a wedding or a party. This can be really stressful. I don’t want a spoiled dinner to be a horrible wedding memory for a beautiful bride, and it is up to me to make sure that the meal goes off without a hitch. Because I perform best under pressure, I seldom have a problem with making sure that things turn out perfectly.

Organization is Key

One quality that a good caterer must have is organization. I like to think that being organized is one of my better traits. It is very important to stay organized because I need to keep track of all the little details. There are a lot of factors that play into organizing and catering an event, and if I was disorganized there is no way I could do it. I like to keep things in order, so the organization side of catering comes very easy to me.

I Love to Cook

Of course the primary reason I decided to become an event caterer is because I absolutely love to cook. Event catering really appealed to me because there is a lot of creativity involved. As an event caterer I can really showcase my talents by making a masterpiece meal. Most people who want a caterer for an event like the meal to be show-stopping. Event catering allows me to take the talent I have for cooking and put it on display for a multitude of people.

When I looked into starting a catering business, I knew there were several types of catering but I really felt that event catering was right for me. If none of these things appeal to you, there are still other ways to make money such as a home party business or a carpet cleaning business start up. I felt that my organization, ability to work under pressure, and my love of cooking made event catering the perfect choice for me.

Getting Started With Your Own ATM Machine Business

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If you are looking for a hands-off way to make money, you should consider starting an ATM machine business. While an ATM machine business is very enticing, there are certain steps you need to take to help your business reach its full potential. Following these steps can help start you off on the right foot.

Location is Key

Location is paramount when you are setting up your business. You can’t expect to just put your ATM machines anywhere; a proper location is necessary to ensure your success. Look for a location that has a lot of foot traffic where people need money. Consider places with valet parking or cash-only restaurants. Many of these places will already have an ATM, but it if you do a little hunting you will likely be able to come up with a good spot.

Find a Machine

There are many types of ATM machines and places to find them. You can choose to buy a brand new machine, secure a second-hand one, or lease from a distributor. If you buy a used machine, make sure to have it inspected thoroughly and find out why it is for sale. Buying a machine that needs maintenance could end up costing you a lot of money in the long run. The ATM machine is a significant up-front cost, and could set you back several thousand dollars. This may seem like a big chunk of change, but if you picked a lucrative location you can expect to make it back in several months.

Level of Involvement

You can decide how involved you want to be with the operation of your business. You will choose an ISO to run bank transactions for you, but you can then choose to hire an armored car company to stock your machine with cash, or you can do it yourself. Also decide if you want to be on-call for maintenance requests, or if you would rather hire someone to do that job.

Setting up an ATM machine business isn’t difficult, but it does take some work. If this doesn’t sound like fun to you, there are other ways to make money from home. Internet marketing or home party businesses for women are also popular ways to make money. If the ATM machine business works for you, it is a great way to make an recurring income with very little work.

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