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Starting a Home-Based Bakery

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Starting a bakery business from home presents an excellent opportunity for showcasing your baking capabilities to your customers while at the same time making good money.

In the event that you’d want to venture into a home bakery business, you need to understand all the specifics in order to ensure you start in the right footing. Whether you want to start selling cakes, cookies or other forms of bakeries getting it right from the beginning by ensuring there are enough baking equipment, food supplies and packaging items. Below are some of the key factors that you need to put in consideration while foraying into a home business.

Below are the key things that you need to consider:

Your capabilities

At the core of setting up a bakery business from home is your ability to incorporate creative baking recipes that will give you an edge in business. You should first of all love to bake and also be in possession of baking techniques with which you can create sweet treats that will attract a huge clientele. A good idea is to specialize in area that you’re good in so as to easily become established in your niche.

Home bakery business plan
A business plan is the blueprint that guides you through the nascent stages of your business. This is where you need to outline your business objectives as well as the best ways to reach your clientele. It is important to note that your business will not serve just about anyone and therefore it is imperative that you identify your niche market. This may require you to get in touch with experienced business owners who may proffer some home based business ideas. Another important thing when developing your business plan is to ensure that you fully understand your competition. This helps in coming up with ways to help you have an edge in your area operation. One of the key things that you need to look into in this regard is pricing. This comes after you have considered your recipes, the cost of operation and the expected profits.

The approximate start-up expenses
As a business owner you need to have a thorough grasp of the approximate cost of starting a home bakery business. Substantial expenses are involved in the purchase of baking ovens together with the essential food ingredients. A typical commercial oven ranges from $5,000 to $20,000. Initially, if you wanted to start a small-time cake or cupcake type of business, you could potentially use your home oven, provided that your kitchen meets the licensing/permitting standards for your Town/City and or County within your state.
Ideally, you can look for restaurants that are about to close shop to see if they’re willing to sell their bakery equipment. It can also be a good idea to check for the equipment from online auction sites. Along with this you should also consider the cost effectiveness of the oven as this helps quite significantly in reducing energy costs. In case you’d want to offer additional delivery services to your customers, then you need to consider the cost of gas and auto insurance when developing your business plan.

Licenses and permits
Just like any other business, you need to have licenses and permits so as to be in the right standing with the authorities. It is imperative that you check with your local county office in order to know the licenses and permits that are needed for your bakery to be operational. These may include a business operation license, sales tax license, fire department permits, health department permit as well as a special federal business license permit. You can also find these details in your local, state and federal websites if you’re unsure of what is expected of you.

Time management
It is of great essence that you develop a reasonable working schedule so that you can have a stable work life. The best way to go about this is to have a thorough grasp of your limits with regard to building your home business. Typically your home business should be in tandem with your customers’ demand and should work both for you and your family.

Marketing your products
Also at the core of starting a bakery business from home is how you will market your products to your target market. The first thing is to design promotional materials that will make people know about the existence of your business. These include business cards, brochures, order forms, and a website with details about your home bakery business. You can also design a website where your clients can make orders for your products.

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