Have you considered a consultant?

05/26/2015 by ReServe Interactive

BusinessSuitConsultantOpening or running a profitable restaurant or catering business can be challenging. Good consultants can provide solid advice and results-driven solutions to help you overcome challenges and succeed. Whether hired for one specific need or a cross section of services, a good consultant will approach your business with a knowledgeable and objective point of view. In addition, a good consultant will not only provide the guidance and expertise to identify a problem, but will also give you a solution and the tools necessary to fix it.

Here are just some things to consider before hiring a consultant:

  • A consultant will measure his/her success by the success of his/her clients and provide a list of referrals on demand
  • A consultant will have reputable industry affiliations
  • A consultant is not hesitant to rely on those affiliations when necessary
  • A consultant should be well educated in the industry and have a track record of successes within said industry

Consider working with a consultant for the following:

  • Event management processes/procedures
  • Catering sales training
  • Menu design and development
  • Budgeting and resource management
  • Selection of service styles
  • Design and decor
  • Equipment and supply management/logistics
  • Vendor referrals and management
  • Kitchen design and back-of-house management
  • Staff training and development

To find a reputable consultant, reach out to industry organizations like the National Restaurant Association, the National Association of Catering Executives or the Association of Club Catering Professionals. Connect with industry professionals on LinkedIn or reach out to your vendors and industry peers for their recommendations.

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