How would I start my own from home baking business?

Question by Kristen: How would I start my own from home baking business?
Everyone always tells me that I should start my own baking business. After a lot of thought I figured I’d look into it. I’m not talking about having a storefront, or cafe type atmosphere. I figured I’d start off with flyers at the local schools and work my way up. Would I still have to get a food license, health inspection if its more of an offsite catering type thing?

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Answer by Perselfphanie
I don’t believe so , a women in my area cooks all types of pastries , she gives out flyers and people order what they would like and everything , and a resterant in my are also has some of her dishes in a pastry glass in which they sale and she gets profits and from what Ihear she is very good at what she does and she has a lot of clientele . Good luck .

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4 Responses to “How would I start my own from home baking business?”

  1. A Hunch says:

    In the United States, you need a health permit which requires a commercial kitchen to get approved. It’s almost impossible to get a home kitchen approved as a commerical kitchen.

    Many restaurants rent their kitchen when they are closed. Check craigslist in your area for places for rent or post a wanted advertisement.

  2. Diane A says:

    To sell food yes, you need a health inspection and a commercial kitchen. The risk to giving someone a food illness is just too great a liability for you and anyone who also carries your products. this is the law in the US.

  3. Elaine M says:

    Any food sold to the public has to be baked in a commercial kitchen for health code reasons. You rent the kitchens by the hour. Contact any caterer for referrals. You are not allowed to bake/cook things at your own home to sell to the public.

  4. Andrew Strauss says:

    1. Decide what kinds of baked goods you will supply. Choose whether your baking business will specialize in whole grain breads, or extend to pies and specialty cakes. Your decision may weigh upon the baking facilities available to you, your baking experience and the amount of time you have to dedicate to the business.
    2. Check with your state attorney general’s office to find out if you need a license to operate a baking business from your home kitchen. If you do, expect periodic inspections and regulations to be enforced by your state’s Department of Agriculture.
    3. Think of a name for your home baking business and register it with your county, often in the form of a DBA (Doing Business As). The cost of licensing is usually minimal and it will allow you to maintain a business bank account as well as take advantage of wholesale supply discounts.
    4. Find your customers. Bring sample baked goods to local offices, civic clubs, delicatessens, restaurants and even catering firms. These are the types of accounts that result in consistent orders and high volume profits.
    5. Keep up with needed supplies. You’ll likely want to replenish perishables weekly and staples monthly, preferably through a food co-op or a wholesale baking supply vendor.
    6. Keep good track of the “bread” coming in as income and how much you’ll need to give to Uncle Sam. This process also includes tracking the cost of supplies to do business, advertising fees and operating expenses that you may be able to deduct at tax time to reduce your tax liability. Without adequate records at the time such expenses are incurred, you won’t be able to make these claims later on.