When you work as a caterer, you need to have a contract that is between you and your client. You need to know how to write a catering contract that will bind you and the client. The contract must be written in a way that it covers every aspect of the business transaction. Once you know what to cover in the contract, you will be ready to take on business. You should also have your price list with you when you conduct any business related to the catering business.

Things You Will Need

Price list of services

Foods you prepare

List of services provided

Step 1

Type a contract template to be used for all business transactions. This should be on letterhead for the catering business. On the template, you should include a place for the clients name, telephone number and address.

Step 2

Add an area for the time, date and how many people the event will have. The section should also include a place for the location of the event and any specific information regarding the date.

Step 3

Next, have a place to list all foods that are ordered. Have enough room for any special instructions. The section must be large enough to include every item ordered. At the end of the section, add a place for the sub total of this section.

Step 4

Add a section for the services other than food preparation that you will provide. In this section, you can include a sub-section for any items that you must provide such as dishes, silverware and glasses. At the end of this section have an area for the sub total.

Step 5

End the contract with a section that lists food, services, tax and gratuity. You can take the sub total from each section and place in the specific space. Then add tax and gratuity. Total that column for a final total owed. You can also have an additional space for the deposit you received. Then subtract that total for a balance due.

Step 6

End the contract with a disclaimer at the bottom before the space for your signature and the signature of the buyer. The disclaimer should be about the deposit, cancellation times, your responsibility, and the buyer's responsibility.


Tips & Warnings

Always include a disclosure that you can agree with as well as a buyer. Don't be unreasonable when you add this section.

How the deposit is refunded after cancellation should be detailed.