Hiring a Company to Provide Your Food Service

Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1099 vs W2
  • Sales Tax
  • Financial Viability of Company
  • Questionable Sales Practices
  • It's the Company You're Hiring
  • Conclusion
  • Questions to Ask

Tips and Advice to Help You Find the Right Fit for Your Organization

Running your fraternity or sorority can be an extremely challenging yet rewarding experience. Besides the young men or women themselves that you bring into your organization, one of the most significant aspects of your organization is the food service. There are many different routes to go when it comes to the chapter’s food service. You can go it alone and try and hire your own staff with the hopes that your selected staff will be a homerun and remain a part of the chapter for years to come. This is a great idea on concept but risky nonetheless; no doubt many chapters share the legend of that cook or chef that has been a mainstay in the house for literally decades. Obviously, there are risks in going this route and given today’s challenges regarding culinary tastes & changing demands of students, challenges attaining & managing staff, and general day-to-day management, it’s not surprising that this route is less and less a chosen path by leading organizations.

As an alternative to “going it alone”, more and more chapters are electing to outsource their chapter’s food service operation to a company to manage the in-house food service. While this can be a great move on behalf of the chapter there are a lot of companies out there and not all food service companies are created equal. This report includes a few tips to consider and pitfalls to avoid when hiring a food service company to run your chapter’s meal plan.

Why Did We Write This?

Obviously we're biased and we think we're the best — and we are ;) — but we decided it would be beneficial to help educate customers on best (and worst) practices we've seen in the growing industry of sorority & fraternity food service — especially when it comes to hiring an outside company. The intention of this document is not to scare you away from hiring an outside company; a reputable operation could be one of the best moves you can make for your organization! Our aim is to help you become a savvy shopper so your experience is easy, effective, and enjoyable.

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