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Making a Catering Contract
Caterers and their clients use Catering Contracts as a means of documenting their engagements. When it is drafted correctly, this legal contract may help to reduce the volume of disagreements between the signers. Rocket Lawyer offers more than a blank PDF catering contract template. Under a Premium membership, this Catering Agreement is supported by Document Defense®, an optional membership benefit to help enforce your rights.
Even if you are being contracted by a friend or family member, it is always a best practice to create a Catering Contract. Making this document most likely will be good for your business due to the following benefits:
Any caterer choosing not to use a Catering Agreement ought to anticipate some issues, including ambiguity about fees and the miscommunication of requirements. This document can be used by anyone who owns a catering business or restaurant or by event planners who are hiring a catering service.
Catering Contracts make sure that everyone is on the same page regarding what menu options will be served, when service is expected, payment details, cancellation policies, health and hygiene compliance, and insurance requirements. Specific details to cover are:
As expected, the Catering Contract will also contain standard legalese in relation to the non-employer relationship between the caterer and event organizer, force majeure events or "Acts of God", the method(s) of dispute resolution, and lastly, indemnity for losses. During the process of making your agreement, you also will be able to pick its state of jurisdiction. With the Rocket Lawyer document tool, you are able to make more custom modifications, as necessary.
During your early conversations with prospective catering clients, they may have questions like:
Having answers prepared for these questions can help you win business and put your catering clients at ease.
Fortunately, you won't need to pay an expensive lawyer to get your agreement in writing. When using Rocket Lawyer, any caterer should feel empowered to create a Catering Contract for free today. Your agreement is built piece by piece, as you provide more information along the way. Simply click the button that says "Make document" to begin.
Having someone double-check your agreement might take a lot of time if you attempt to do it on your own. Another approach to consider is to request help from the Rocket Lawyer On Call® network of attorneys. Premium members can request a contract review from an attorney with business experience or pose additional questions. As a small business owner or operator, you can work confidently knowing that Rocket Lawyer is by your side.
Each Catering Contract will come with its own list of next steps you can take once the document is finished. With a Premium membership, you can edit, download, make copies, print out, or sign it electronically with RocketSign® whenever you are ready. Most importantly, you should make sure that everyone has a copy of your final contract. Depending on your specific payment terms, you may find it helpful to make an Invoice as a next step. Your catering invoice can include an invoice number, the catering services provided, the tax rate for the transaction, and contact and payment information.
No one is going to tell you that catering is an easy business. It's more difficult than running a restaurant since it is more like running a moving restaurant. If you are just starting out, we can help you incorporate and write a Business Plan. Since operating a catering company can be tough, it is always a good idea to try to find ways to improve your business, such as: