Before you start a home based baking business, you should know that it takes a special kind of person to run this sort of enterprise. Not only do you have to have full knowledge and be very experienced in this activity; you must also have the dedication, organization, and will power to succeed.
First and foremost, you would need to fill all tax requirements and get any licenses and permits that might be required. If you are unsure that you are the right person for this job, it’s better to find something else right away, because if you come into this career with too much expectation and not enough patience and preparation, you will only be disappointed in the end.
If you feel that you have what it takes to get started in a home based baking business, then you should be ready to move on to the next step: deciding on your niche. What exactly is it you want to do? Do you want to offer a wide variety of baked goods? Do you want to create custom made specialties for festive events? Or run a catering service, or an online bakery store?
Make sure you are specific about what kind of clients you want to reach. This will make marketing that much easier, and allow you to move on to the next step: buying supplies. Everything you buy should be strictly cataloged, with full records, receipts, and without surpassing your pre-determined budget. Never buy more than planned, and only purchase ingredients based on the number of clients you are able to draw in. After all, wasted food is wasted money.
If you don’t already have an accountant, you should get one right at the beginning stages of the company. Having someone else ready to deal with your budget, purchases, tax issues, and other financial issues, allows you to focus on what is most important to you: running your bakery enterprise. This is especially useful when it comes to keeping track of tax-deductible expenses, of which you should have plenty.
Owning your own business in this field can be difficult and overwhelming at times, but if you are prepared and love to bake, it is also a rewarding experience that can lead to financial success and a profitable career. So good luck, and keep on baking.