Catering: Can I Set Up My Business Premises In My Home?

Many people prefer today to work on their accounts and to turn to auto-entrepreneurship. Indeed, working independently provides advantages on many points. It allows you to have great flexibility in your schedule since you manage your work according to your availability and objectives. If you also work from home, you can save money since you don’t have to spend on travel expenses or invest in renting an office or a workshop. However, is it really possible to set up a professional office at home?

Is it possible to transform a part of your home into a business premise?


Generally speaking, there is no law that prohibits you from transforming a part of your home into a business premise. Moreover, given the difficulty that entrepreneurs have in finding a good location and affordable rent, this option is quite advantageous. However, there are certain rules to follow, especially if you are a tenant. Indeed, the rental of a house for residential use is governed by a lease contract. This document specifies all the details concerning the terms that both parties have agreed upon (amount of rent, use of the building, etc.). Therefore, before taking the plunge, you should discuss it with your landlord. The same is true if you live in a condominium. If your landlord agrees, both parties must draw up a new contract and determine new clauses. Indeed, it is preferable to mention in the document if you have the right to receive customers and merchandise or if you have the right to bring employees, etc. An increase in rent is also possible.

The conversion of a building from residential to business use also involves administrative procedures at the town hall. A change of use permit and a change of use permit are required. In addition to the administrative steps taken with the municipality, you must also notify your insurance company and take out a new policy.

Is it necessary to install a professional kitchen?

Catering is a very exciting and profitable business. However, it requires specific skills and special training. It is a profession that encompasses several specialties, such as fishmonger, butcher, restaurateur, and pastry chef. Indeed, a caterer must be able to master different culinary arts, like making sweet, salty, hot, or cold dishes. But he must also use appropriate equipment in an adapted place. Therefore, it is preferable to set up a professional kitchen in order to be able to work in good conditions. On this point, there is no lack of ideas. However, if you are just starting out and have a certain budget constraint, it is preferable to invest only in the basic equipment. Also, don’t forget to find out about health, property, and safety regulations to avoid problems. Here is a list of some of the equipment that is essential in the catering business:



This equipment is essential in the catering business. Indeed, whether it is to cook bread, fish, vegetables, meat, or pastries, you will always need it. Moreover, there is a wide variety of models (mixed, low temperature, pizza oven, etc.).

Refrigerated cabinet

This equipment is also very useful for a cook or a caterer. Indeed, the products and the food that you will use must be kept cool. Refrigerated cabinets are available in several models and in all sizes. They are also divided into two categories: positive and negative refrigerated cabinets.



Glass and dishwashers are also essential equipment for a caterer. They are much more practical and will save you a lot of time. However, to optimize the life of your equipment and avoid possible breakdowns, soak the dishes in soapy water beforehand. This will rid them of food and grease detritus. Some appliances are also equipped with an integrated water softener.

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