More and more, custom designed cakes are becoming the main focal point at parties, weddings, festivals and events. In some cases, it's as important as the catering and decorations. A decorated cake can be a stunning centrepiece, or just a tasty treat to share. If you have a knack for baking and an artistic eye, you may consider starting your own cake decorating business. This is an ideal home business for side income, but the right decorating skills and some business luck can help you launch your cake decorating business into a lucrative and exciting career choice.
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Things you need
- Baking and decorating equipment
- Food handler's license
- Decorating portfolio
Hone your craft. To ensure that you have saleable cake decorating skills, you will need a lot of experience preparing and decorating cakes. If possible, you may want to pursue a degree or certificate program in baking and pastry. There are also classes and seminars which teach cake decorating in many communities. If these are not options, a lot of hands-on experience decorating cakes will prepare you for this line of work.
Create a portfolio that details some of your best work. In order to assemble this portfolio, you might need to invest money into both ingredients for the various cakes and decorating tools, as well as professional equipment to take high quality pictures of your work.
Take on some lower paying cake decorating gigs to launch your business. This will allow you to build your portfolio and help you network your business. Starting from home by only supplying cakes for family and friends will also help you get around having a commercial kitchen and food handler's license initially. This is also an excellent networking tool as word of mouth will help you develop a built-in client base.
Research the laws in your area regarding licensing for home-based businesses. Especially with food businesses, rules and regulations vary from state to state and even among counties. In some cases, you may need to rent or own a commercial kitchen that you will use to prepare your food. If you are able to work from home, you might have to have a health inspector come and check your home before you can receive your business license.
Secure funding for your business. If you are starting your business from home, your start up costs should be low, especially if you already own much of the equipment you will need for your business. If you open a retail location, you will need to work with lending agencies to help secure the funding you will need to start your business.
Market yourself by designing a website with a portfolio of some of your best work. You should also promote yourself in print and online classifieds, phone books and through various community events, such as event planning fairs. Again, word of mouth will be an invaluable resource, so treat each cake as an opportunity to help your business grow.
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