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Home-based cake business in New Jersey

post #1 of 28
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Hi everyone,

I tried to find some info on this on line via my local government web sites but I had no luck. Does anyone out there currently run a home based cake business in New Jersey? If there are any of you out there can you give me a few pointers on what I might need to do to get started? I've done cakes for family and friends who have paid me for the ingredients but it's been pretty few and far between but the more I do it the more I love it and would love to start a small side business. Anyone have any ideas??

Thanks for the help!!
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post #2 of 28
I'm also in NJ and have tried to find out, but with no luck. The best (or worst) I got was from my township stating that there were no provisions for a domestic (i.e. out of your home) bakery. I am so busy with life, that I did not follow it up any further. Please let me know if you do find out something though.
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post #3 of 28
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I live in Mercer county and can't seem to find anything for my area related to the subject! They don't make it easy, do they? I will keep you posted! Please do the same for me if you should come across anything useful!
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post #4 of 28
I have tried to find some info also, but have not gotten a clear answer. The few things that I have heard is that in New Jersey you can not have a cake business out of your home due to health code reasons. My only problem with that is that I read in the Couirer-Post a newspaper in South Jersey that a women had a catering business out of her home. What would be the difference? The one thing I was told was that I could bake my product in a church, a private club or such that was inspected by the health department, but who wants to lug all that stuff back and forth?
Pleas let me know if anyone finds something out.
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post #5 of 28
Just got done talking with the Department of Health for New Jersey and they state you can NOT have a cake business from your home. You can bake from a church or private club, but that you would need a letter from the location stating they are registered with the department of health. icon_sad.gif
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post #6 of 28
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THANKS MICHELL! That's a bit discouraging but at least we know.

Now im getting technical.. I wonder what they consider a cake business? I mean what if you didn't advertise but by word of mouth friends and family were to pay you to make cakes? I'm just thinking out loud icon_smile.gif
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post #7 of 28
Michie21 -

Honestly, that's what I do. I have heard if they catch you then you get a warning the first time. I was wondering if I could make my business a LLC without actually having a business. This way if someone (god forbid) got sick from something I made, at least they couldn't take my house.

Any thoughts?
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post #8 of 28
From what I heard as long as you're not putting out more than 2 or 3 cakes a week and not advertising in the yellow pages or such they seem to over look it. I have also heard that the first time you are caught it is just a warning. My husband and I are thinking about become a LLC. that way I could bake from an outside facility. I would just be careful and sell to family and friends.
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post #9 of 28
Thread Starter 
stupid question.......
what is an LLC?????
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post #10 of 28
where did you hear that it is just a warning? This is my concern as im a worry wart and always think about gettign caught icon_sad.gif Anyone know what the fine is???

I hand out business cards that i made on my computer but thats my only form of "advertisment" and i only give them when asked.

*shrugs*
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post #11 of 28
LLC is a limited liability company. basically an inexpensive way to legally protect your private assets should someone try to sue your company. They could take the company's assets, but your private assets couldn't be touched.

At least that's how I understand it.
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post #12 of 28
HI,

Does anyone know if New Jersey allows you to run your business from your home basement like other states do?

thanks

lin
post #13 of 28
You can not sell foods from your home kitchen at all in NJ. Although you as an individual do not have to be licensed, you must work out of a licensed, inspected kitchen. There was an article in the Star Ledger last week about how the health inspector stopped the farmer's markets from selling pies because they were baked in their home kitchens and not in legal kitchens. I don't believe they were fined, however they are no longer allowed to sell home baked goods at farmer's markets.
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post #14 of 28
Ladies I recently posted about someone going after me... and I'm not even baking for money yet (I am getting licensed first - I live in Oregon).

It doesn't take someone getting sick it only takes someone getting mad.

I wish you NJ gals the best of luck in your adventures with the regulations you have in place.
post #15 of 28

Hi everyone...I have been following this for quite some time now. This might help you all also..http://cottagefoodlaws.com/state-regulations/new-jersey-cottage-food-law/

Please make sure to start writing Legislature about the Cottage Food Laws. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/ Let's work together to get this passed!!

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