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Starting a Home Bakery Business? Follow These Tips to Succeed

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Follow These Tips for Your Home Bakery Business.


Starting a home bakery business can be challenging. However, it’s also an excellent opportunity for anyone with a passion for baking. Working from home is a flexible way to earn money while raising children, caring for an elderly parent, or dealing with another time-consuming responsibility. In fact, the number of independent home-based businesses has grown by 66 percent since 2005. A home-based bakery is a small business that doesn’t require a lot of startup capital. You can operate it in your house after investing in equipment that won’t break the bank: stand mixers, proofing boxes, and mixing bowls are all affordable and essential. If you’re thinking about launching your own business and selling your baked goods, here are some tips to help you succeed.


Register your business


If you’re planning on selling your baked goods, you’ll need to register your business with your state’s business licensing office. You’ll also need to apply for a seller’s permit to collect sales tax from your customers. You’ll also need to register your business with the IRS to pay your taxes on anything you make. Your business registration process may take as little as a few days, or it may take months, depending on the type of business you operate.


Gain certifications and permits from your state


You’ll also need to research if you sell any food products to ensure your bakery complies with health codes. An excellent place to start is your state’s health department’s website. You’ll need to check if you need a food handler certification, a food permit, or a food safety course to comply with regulations. Depending on where you live, you may also need different licenses and to follow specific regulations regarding your new business, so it’s best to check before you set up to avoid any complications or fines down the line.


Source quality ingredients and suppliers


If you’re starting your own bakery, you need to source ingredients that are both delicious and high in quality. This applies to everything from using citrus fiber for increased freshness to the brand of flour you use, the quality of flavors, and so on. Research your ingredients thoroughly and read reviews on suppliers before choosing a brand. You may even want to test products before purchasing a large order. You may also want to consider growing some of your ingredients at home. This will help you set the bar high for your finished products and give customers a reason to return. 


Get the word out


Before selling your baked goods, you must let people know you exist. There are many ways to get the word out, including setting up a website, joining a local business group, creating a social media presence, writing for online publications, and connecting with bloggers and journalists. Sending press releases to local newspapers, setting up a website, and joining social media groups are good ways to start getting your name out there. Your website should include information about your bakery, photos of your past creations, and an order form where customers can place their orders. You can also reach out to food bloggers and journalists who cover your baked goods genre and offer complimentary products.


Bottom line


While baking can be a lot of work, it’s also an incredibly rewarding career. Starting a home-based bakery is challenging but also rewarding. Before you get started, ensure you’ve registered your business, gained certifications and permits from your state, sourced quality ingredients, and suppliers, and gotten the word out. By following these tips, you can successfully launch your own bakery and create delicious products for your customers to enjoy.


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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.