If you are planning to have your own small food business, renting a commercial kitchen can be more advantageous and can give you a further edge against your competitors. There are a lot of good sides to just renting a kitchen space such as a speedup of production, a convenient place to set up your working space, and having all the right tools at your fingertips.
However, there are still some considerations you need to think about when renting a space for your small business such as the costs and maintenance of your kitchen equipment.
Know what type of kitchen you need
Are you just starting out and want to just share a space with another food business or do you want a kitchen all for yourself? Do you need a commercial space where the kitchen is already equipped with appliances or do you want to choose and customize the kitchen on your own?
Decide the type of appliances you need
You and your team will need to plan and purchase the type of appliances you need at your disposal. If you are focusing on creating a catering business your equipment will be different from that of a cake business.
Know what you need
Before renting the kitchen space make sure you know the other requirements needed such as the required insurance, its charge per hour if it is shared or not, and so on. Make sure to get your business license, food handler’s certificate, and liability insurance prepared. You can check this with your local health department about licenses and requirements especially if you are going to outfit the kitchen yourself.
You may have to install a commercial dishwasher and a three-compartment sink together with a separate prep sink to wash produce. You will also need a refrigerator that is below 41 degrees Fahrenheit to perfectly store and hold food.
Will you share space?
There are also some commercial kitchens to rent where you can rent by the hour, day or month, and some spaces can also be shared. If you decide to share with another business, this will allow you to save more on cost. However, this could also limit your potential for growth especially if you are on the same business.
If possible, share the commercial space with another type of food business other than caterers. Find food vendors from the food market or wholesalers so that both of you can use the kitchen at different times and not compete for space at the same time.