Running A Home Based Baking Business

If you are someone who enjoys baking and you are good at it then you may be interested in starting your own home baking business.  If your friends and family always want you to bake for their parties and the school bake sales then you are just the person who may do well with a home based baking business,

Before you jump into a business mode you first need to research the legal requirements for baking commercially from home.  Is a home based baking business legal in your state?  It is in some states and not in other states.

If your state allows a home based baking business you will need to comply with all the rules and regulations regarding such an enterprise.  Some states simply require that you obtain a permit for the business while other states have more requirements.  Check with your local health department to ensure you can run a home baking business.

If it is permissible you will probably need to modify your kitchen into a commercial kitchen.  This will permit you to sell your baked products to your customers.  The health inspectors will likely come into your home to inspect and ensure that it is safe for you to bake for commercial sale.  Before the health inspectors are scheduled to come check out the qualifications and requirements for your kitchen so you will make a good impression on the inspectors and obtain permission for your business project to go ahead.

Before you begin selling your baked goods make sure you have all the paperwork you need in order.  You will likely be required to have permits, certificates and liability insurance on hand and be able to present these documents whenever they may be needed.

When you start thinking about starting your home based business it is important to have a business plan and a list of your goals.  You need to have a clear realistic idea of where you expect your business to be in the future.  You need to have a plan to stay organized and handle all the aspects of running your home based baking business.  You need to be able to handle the baking, ordering of supplies, paying the bills, handing your income stream and handling any employee costs and issues.

Research your target market.  As part of your planning for your new business you want to have an idea of who you want to sell to and what types of products you want to sell to them.

It is a good idea to develop something unique that your competitors do not offer.  This way the customers will come to you for your home baked items.  In order to keep your customers happy, you will need to maintain the quality of your products.  You can add some additional products to your inventory for sale, but if you have baked goods your customers like it is important to continue making the popular item.  Customers will return to your business and repurchase items they like.  If you let the quality of your product decline the customers will notice and they will not be happy and will no longer be satisfied customers.

Advertise your products both on and off line.  You will probably be competing with other home based baking businesses.  You need to let potential customers know what products you have available.

Be sure to keep up with any new requirements or regulations that apply to your business.  You want to stay away from any problems with the regulators.  Above all, enjoy running your home based business.  Baking can be a lot of work, but it can be very rewarding.