Starting a home bakery business

Updated March 23, 2017

Starting a home bakery business is a way for someone to showcase and distribute their baking abilities and create tasty treats to feed customers everywhere. A home bakery business requires making sure there are enough baking materials and food supplies, and producing and packaging the homemade goods.


By starting a home bakery business, a person is able to create recipes, prepare and cook sweet treats and other foods from their kitchen to sell online or to the community. Having such a business allows the owner the benefit of not having an expensive storefront and overhead that comes from renting or buying a commercial building. The potential to give the owner more personal time by being at home with family, along with the family's help in preparing or packaging items, will help the business grow and generate steady income from the sale of one-of-a-kind sweets.


The main function of a home bakery business is to take and complete food orders. In order for a home-based bakery business to become established and get off to a good start, establish a solid plan. The business plan should include details of the initial start-up costs, a cost analysis of other home-based bakeries and costs of kitchen appliances, utensils, cookware, boxes and packaging. Also consider administrative costs and expenses for food, staff salaries and advertising. Orders are eventually taken over the phone, online or in person. Finally, the items are made, packaged and delivered or picked up.


Some of the types of foods created and sold from a home bakery include pies, muffins, cookies, cakes, doughnuts, scones, candies and croissants. Some bakeries specialise in one particular food, while others sell a variety. Having an original recipe for each item sold helps draw customers. Some of the businesses sell speciality coffees and small gifts, and they also create gift baskets for special occasions at an additional charge to customers.


A business owner should realise that the initial start-up costs are higher for a home-based bakery business than most others because of the expenses of ovens and food ingredients. Some distributors such as Gordon Food Service offer affordable food supply options for the cook on a budget.

Commercialised ovens are costly, and some can run between £6,500 and £13,000. Finding a used oven at a website such as Zesco's will help limit the costs. Many ovens are cost-efficient, but these savings may be offset by a significantly higher electricity bill because the appliances are constantly running.

If a owner plans to offer a delivery service with orders, she needs to add the cost of gas and insurance to the business plan, as these expenses can cause expenditures to fluctuate.

Make sure the proper licenses to create and sell food to the public are in place before opening the business. Check the Food and Drug Administration's website for information on how to obtain proper licenses and tips on following the laws in your state.


In the long run, a home bakery business may help you make enough money to clear a profit while delivering satisfying food to customers. Being able to remain competitive with other bakers in the, area whether they be home-based or have their own storefronts downtown, is essential for the survival of the business. Establishing solid business skills, having orders prepared in time and turning out good food and sweets with every order will assure long-term success.

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