Here’s some things to keep in mind:
- You’ll need certain licenses & permits.
Serving food to people is kind of a big deal so states / cities have extensive procedures set in place for heath purposes. To serve from your home, some jurisdictions require your kitchen to conform to commercial kitchen standards. For example – here’s a laundry list of what you need to do in New York City to serve food.
- Protect your personal liability.
If people get sick or you run into contractual problems with customers / suppliers then your personal assets could be at risk if you fail to legally form a company. By forming a limited liability company (LLC) or corporation, your personal liability is preserved (assuming you follow the rules for running one). Learn more on forming a business entity here.
- Make sure your contracts are solid.
Business owners, especially caterers / restaurants, deal with a lot of paperwork. Not only is turn over high in food establishments, which requires employment contracts to be readily available, but contracts are constantly exchanged between restaurants and their distributors. Make sure you have everything you need before you open your doors.
It might be helpful to speak with an attorney if you’re thinking of serving food to the public as they would be the best person to assist you with your compliance.