You love to bake. . .and friends and family members have started to say “You should sell your stuff!” But you’re not sure where to begin. Can you start a cottage baking business in your state? What about local or state health codes? And, how much should you charge for your products? You’re not really a professional, after all.
You Can Become a Pro
Here’s the thing: Over the course of the next several months (and years) you can become a pro. You can take your passion for baking and turn it into a business that will bring in money for you and your family.
Here are a few links to get you started:
- Cottage Food Laws by State: Knowing and understanding the cottage food industry in your state is key. No matter where you live, this site has answers to help you get started in the business of baking.
- Cottage Food Home Bakery: This site offers a plethora of helpful cottage food industry tips.
- How to Start a Home Bakery: Startup Tips
- How To Start a Bakery at Home: Laws, Licenses and Marketing Tips
- Selling Baked Goods from Home: This article will help you with small business information.
- 8 Mistakes when Starting a Home Bakery Business: This YouTube video will help you avoid some common pitfalls.
- How to Start a Bakery: The Ultimate Guide for Bakers: Several bakers came together to offer their best advice.
- The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Bakery: This article offers 12 steps to help you kick off your business.
- How to Start a Home Bakery: From business plans to home bakery laws, this tutorial will help you build a solid foundation.
- 21 Steps to Starting a Bakery Business from Home With No Money: This is a well thought-out tutorial covering a variety of topics of interest to those starting a bakery business.
- Cottage Nosh: Connects bakers and potential customers.
- Tips for Selling Baked Goods at a Farmer’s Market: Helpful YouTube tutorial
Social Media Groups for Bakers:
I belong to many, many groups on Facebook. I have found that these bakers have answers for a host of different types of questions, (not just advice on how to decorate cakes and/or cookies, though that’s helpful, too).
Here are a few of my favorites:
- Cottage Bakers Cookies and Cakes
- Cookie Decorating 101: A Beginners Guide For Getting Started
- Baking with (Sugar Cookie Marketing)
- The Cookie Squad
- Chocolate Covered Treats, Cookies, Cakes & All Sweets
- Cake Baking and Decorating for Beginners
- Cakes, Cakes and Even More Cakes
Cake and Cookie Decorating Tutorials on YouTube
- Daniela’s (Decorating Tips and more)
- JuliaMUsher: Master cookie decorator
- My Little Bakery
- The Flower Box Shop
- Emma’s Sweets
- Liz Larson (cake decorating)
- Cakes Step by Step
- Man About Cake
- The Scran Line
- How to Cake It
- Cupcake Jemma
- Artisan Cake Company
- Global Sugar Art (Cake decorating)
- Edna De La Cruz
- Gretchen’s Vegan Bakery
GENERAL BAKING TUTORIALS
For years, I ran a cottage bakery from my home. Because I live in Texas, I had to get my Food Handler’s license and pass an online test.
Every year I had to update my license with the state, but it was a simple matter of testing online.
I also created a DBA (Doing Business As) and registered with the state sales office, where I paid quarterly.
Once I got my licensing in order and registered with the state sales tax office I began to promote my business. I narrowed my list of what I would provide (just cookies and cakes) and put myself out there.
I ended up shutting down my business about a year ago so that I could focus on my books and this blog. Keeping up with customers while juggling a full-time job turned out to be too much for me.
You, though? You have a completely different situation. I hope these articles will help you, no matter where you live or what your baking plans might be!