You love to try new recipes for sweets and treats. Your friends always ask what is in the oven when they walk in your door. Your family members beg you to make every birthday cake, holiday pie and desserts for get-togethers. If this sounds like you, consider turning your hobby into a lucrative, home-based business.
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If you are considering starting a baking business in your home, you might want to find your niche. While you may be good at baking many things, you will do best if customers recognise you for being great at baking one type of confection. If you have a flair for icing and decorating, you may want to specialise in cakes and/or cupcakes. Does everyone rave about your perfect, flaky crusts? Consider focusing on pies and pastries. Other specialities to think about include cookies, breads and muffins, or scones and tarts.
Every business, no matter how small, needs a business plan. This written plan will help you set goals and lay out the methods you plan to use to reach those goals. This plan can also help you determine what your smallest and largest orders will be. This will help you avoid being overwhelmed with a job too big or too many small jobs. You will need to make sure you have the proper equipment and ingredients, room to make and store your products, and a way to deliver them, as well.
There may be legal requirements in your area, such as health regulations, which you need to meet prior to starting your business. Talk to owners of bakeries or similar establishments in the area as a good jumping-off point. If it looks as though there are legalities, contact your local health department or business licensing office. Making sure you meet all regulations will allow your business to grow without worries of legal issues down the road.
The best way to grow a home-baking business is by word of mouth. Make sample sizes of a few of your best recipes. Wrap them in colourful packaging such as beribboned cellophane and attach a flyer or business cards with your information. Pass them out to neighbours, employees at local businesses, and locally owned grocery stores, delis, or other fitting shops. Consider a good time to market, such as pies close to Thanksgiving, and spread the word.
People love homemade goodies; however, everyone is so busy these days that they simply do not have time to bake. The fact that you make your treats in a cosy kitchen rather than an assembly line will appeal to many folks. By focusing on your best recipes and adding a personal touch, customers will likely request treats from you repeatedly. If you catch the attention of a few stores or restaurants or create a website and provide mail-order options, your business could really take off. Who knows, maybe you could be the next "Famous Amos" or "Sprinkles Cupcakes!"
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