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post #31 of 121
I went legal at the beginning of this year, and what was aggravating to me was that the inspector was trying to tell me that as long as I did not advertise, I would PROBABLY be fine. WHAT?? From the inspector coming to check my house!! I told him, I really wanted to do things the right way, and he was trying to talk me into something else. I had the inspection, he was very nice. He did a thorough inspection because he was training someone, but when he handed me my copy he said do with this like you want to, but I would just keep doing what you are doing now, but if you want to spend the money getting licenses and stuff, go ahead. Well, I went ahead and did everything I was supposed to, and business is booming!! Where would he have been if I got caught!!
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post #32 of 121
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I went legal at the beginning of this year, and what was aggravating to me was that the inspector was trying to tell me that as long as I did not advertise, I would PROBABLY be fine. WHAT??



I know of someone who wrote to her State Rep to get the law changed -- he called her and said that no one cared about people making cakes at home, and she wouldn't get in trouble if she did it.

Look at what happened to CakesbyAllison this week. I just get so mad when I hear about people in positions of authority COUNSELLING people to break the law! Are those same people gonna be there for you when you get fined and shut down? Hardly.
post #33 of 121
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Where would he have been if I got caught!!



He would have been denying that he ever said that to you. tapedshut.gif I'd bet on it.

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post #34 of 121
Just wanted to chime in on this one, I usually try to stay out of these tiffs.

But I am in Ohio, and you have to see what is required in your area.

Ohio still has a Cottage Industry, which allows baking from the home as long as you are not selling anything that has to be refrigerated (cheese cake, pumpkin pie, etc) after baking. And proper labeling is being followed.

Found this out just 5 minutes ago from the agricultural dept. If you are making items that require refrigeration you have to have your kitchen inspected at a $10.00 cost for the license.

So before we get in a huff about this again, check the rules in your area to see what you need to do to get a license or not. It may cost just pennies on th dollar and keep some of our fellow bakers in their shoes.
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post #35 of 121
I'm not "legal" and I sell cakes. I live in a really rural town and it just started as me making a few cakes for my family. I was really horrible too at it but liked doing it. Then after awhile my family was telling other people and I was getting cake orders. It was just one every few months, but ever since the summer now it has gotten to one a week.

I was really worried about this and talked with Kim Morrison a few weeks back while taking a class from her. She lives about an hour from me in a small town but close to bigger cities. Anyway, she said she stayed illegal until she was doing 2-3 wedding cakes a week, after she started competing and winning and her name was getting out there. She told me not to worry about it too much, especially because of where I live, until I get to a point where I'm doing a lot of business and could actually make a decent living on that business. I haven't even done a wedding cake yet.

She told me if I'm going to worry about anything, it should be using characters and other copy righted things on cakes. I'm not really concerned with this either, as I don't really make too many of those anyway.

It just made me feel better and right now I'm not going to worry about it too much. There are people in my town that sell pumpkin rolls and other holiday treats from their home and advertise and aren't legal.

I'd rather risk it until I know for sure I'll be doing this for awhile. I'm not normally a rule breaker by any means, I've always followed rules and laws and never gotten into any trouble whatsoever. But this is just something I'm not going to follow until I know it is worth it for me to do, plus I'm only selling to people that I know and I only charge for supplies basically at this point.

I think to each their own and nobody should be judged either way. We all have our reasons for doing things...right? If I get caught, than I'll have to pay the fine. That is just how it goes. Though, I'm hoping that won't happen...maybe I'll get warned firsticon_smile.gif
post #36 of 121
ashley87, you might find this link helpful (scroll all the way to the bottom where it talks about catering):

http://www.scdhec.gov/health/envhlth/food_protection/permits.htm

I stumbled upon it this weekend when I was looking around for information about what's legal/what's not in SC. Looks like unless you only sell 4 cakes a year to one single person, you're supposed to have a license.

Here is the full document describing what the requirements are:
http://www.scdhec.gov/administration/regs/docs/61-25.pdf
post #37 of 121
This article brings me to my biggest worry! I am not licensed. And I don't want the responsibility of owning my own bakery. I have often thought of getting a job at a bakery but I don't think I can afford the pay cut. I love cake decorating but I can only make so many cakes for my family before the want to be sick from all the sweets. I could give them away as presents but that would be a lot of money to be throwing out. So this leaves me to What do I do??? A lot of my friends requests cakes and they love them but I'm affraid I'll get caught. And I definitly can't afford the fines. AAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
post #38 of 121
Kelleym, I have no idea where the thread is you said was "pinned" to this forum? I really want to find and read what you are talking about but can't find it? Help? I'm in Iowa, not licensed and don't have a clue how to change that or if I even need to and don't know how to find out! HELP! Thanks! Anna
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post #39 of 121
Oh, I also forgot to mention that I live in a very small town and sell an average of about 2 cakes per week. Nothing that needs refrigerated, just cakes and the occasional cookie. Anna
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post #40 of 121
Anna -- the thread is second from the top of the Business forum, but here is a link:

http://forum.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-32550.html

The good news is that you are in Iowa, and according to my information, you can get legal from your home. icon_smile.gif
post #41 of 121
I wonder how many people remove those pain in the backside tags from pillows and mattress's. "protected by law" Legal? or Illegal? icon_confused.gif


sorry couldn't resist.
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post #42 of 121
Thank you for the link and the info! You are most helpful! Appreciate that! icon_smile.gif Anna
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post #43 of 121
KellyM
I went to the thread you had posted - Thank You! I actually just make cakes for my friends and family. Everyone told me that I really should go into the business and in my town there is absolutely no one that makes cakes anymore. I know of a lady who use to out of her home and never was licensed, and everyone bought cakes for weddings, bdays etc. I live in NY and I know it says depending on County. I went to the site and how do I know if my county will allow it? Sorry if anyone could help me!

Thanks
Angela
post #44 of 121
What happened to cakesbyallison?

Mitty
 

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post #45 of 121
kelleym, I have read through it several times and the way I read it, I am not required to get a license. I don't sell wholesale to restaurants or grocery stores, just the general public. Also, I don't advertise. It's all word of mouth in my small town. Sometimes gossip is a good thing! HA! I will have my DH read through it when he gets home and see what he thinks. But I thank you for the info. Thanks for taking the time to help me out! And thanks to whoever it was that started this thread! Anna
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