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post #136 of 222
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Originally Posted by Niliquely

I live in Nebraska and according to our laws, you can sell cakes (and other baked goods - except cream pies!) at the local farmer's market on Saturdays. But now I'm all scared to try that even because of this site! I was going to try that until I can save up enough money for opening up a business. I am also thinking that we are a state that permits licensing home bakeries without a 2nd kitchen...but then I read all this and I feel guilty about that even...
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Why feel guilty? That I don't understand. First start at your city level to evn see if it is allowable. Then go to county HD, then state AG. Find out was is allowable under your state laws.

I would think even at a Farmer's market they would need some kind of license. Even if it is to protect the owner of the market.

Mike
post #137 of 222
As far as my city level - I live outside of any city limit and Ellsworth is unincorporated. I am checking on the state level - lucky me, my father-in-law is a state senator and he is helping me out with this BIG TIME - and I am planning to get licensed! Nebraska is not as strict as many states are. I still can't get over the guilty feeling though...I feel like someone who has been told she can have the candy when the other kids can't, do you know what I mean??? It just feels like a lot of people will be mad at me because I don't have to build a 2nd kitchen to get my license.
As far as the farmer's market goes - there is an inspection that goes into it (for all foods) and they CAN come look at your kitchen (but none of the ladies have ever had that happen) and you do have to have a temporary permit for canned and baked goods. If you really, really want to know how we do this you can go to the website at http://www.agr.ne.gov/pub/daf/farmmkt.htm
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post #138 of 222
Don't feel guilty.. it's not your fault that some states are more strict than others. icon_smile.gif
post #139 of 222
By the way, I personally appreciate this discussion and read it top to bottom. I have never sold a cake for money (YET) and I now know that I should not without a license. Because of all the information posted here, I plan to get a license (my plan is by Jan. 2010) and until then I will practice, practice, practice and give them away (which is free advertising to build a customer base!). A great website that I found thanks to all of you fabulous cakesters is a planning site for small businesses and it includes an assessment to see if you are ready and what you need to do if you are not. So, even though I may not have as many hoops to jump through as others, I wanted you all to know that I am inspired to jump them thanks to this discussion! Oh, and here is that site:
http://www.sba.gov/smallbusinessplanner/index.html
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post #140 of 222
Wow, I just realized how long my posts are - OOPS!
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post #141 of 222
I know I'm not upset you don't have to build a 2nd kitchen. I'm just jealous LOLOL

Mike
post #142 of 222
Even though we all should follow our state's rules, I do sympathize with those who are just starting out. It totally stinks to think that the first time someone asks to buy a cake from you that you can't charge them unless you immediately find a way to get licensed and start a business! I'm a teacher by day and cake decorator for family and friends only, always as my gift to them for whatever the occasion. I've thought of making it into a business, but how could I leave teaching my adorable students on a whim that I may have a great business with cakes just for that one person who asks to buy one...just a thought to vent. princess.gif
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post #143 of 222
I dont think you have to really have a liscense to do it. I started selling cakes to family and friends and i made business cards and put one on the box. then by word of mouth i started getting more people. I am still trying to get new clients but i dont think you have to have a seprate kitchen and all that stuff. like me i live in KY and there arent many people who makes cakes beside grocery stores and most people doesnt like them. so it spreads by word of mouth. so if you decide to sell cakes make some flyers and hang around and stuff. it mainly happens by word of mouth.
post #144 of 222
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Originally Posted by TSmith

I dont think you have to really have a liscense to do it.


I'm pretty sure you are wrong on this. I'll invite the KY CC'ers to confirm or clarify.....
post #145 of 222
TSmith, you are 100% wrong. You absolutely need a license in KY to sell cake. You either need a manufacturing license if you're wholesaling, or a catering license if you're selling retail.

It sounds like you're doing retail. Therefore you need to immediately do the following:
1) get a resale license from the State Department of Revenue
2) take a Food Sanitation course and pass the test
3) have your kitchen inspected by your local Health Department
4) pay your catering license fees
5) if you are in Jefferson County, you will also need to register with the local Department of Revenue and pay those business license fees also

Your kitchen will be inspected every 6 months.
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post #146 of 222
Oops - I forgot some stuff.

You should also incorporate, register your business name with both the state and your local county clerk (fees involved) and of course, purchase business liability insurance. If you're delivering in your personal vehicle, you might as well confess that to your car insurance carrier. And unfortunately your vehicle then needs to be insured as a commercial vehicle, rather than a personal vehicle. That costs more too.

The business world is wonderful is it not?
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post #147 of 222
I keep forgetting stuff! You first need to check your local zoning laws and subdivision deed restrictions to even see if you can have a business in your home.
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post #148 of 222
I read all of the posts and I was almost discouraged. Oh well, I refuse to be dicouraged! Famous cake makers like Sylvia Weinstock and Ron Ben-Israel started very small. It would be preposterous for someone to just open a business right from the beginning. For those of you who are not legal yet, be discreet and secure enough clients before becoming legal.
post #149 of 222
Yeah, good luck with that strategy. I was operating on a "limited license" and got caught the second week. Had to get the full catering license immediately. And I was not advertising. The Health Department inspectors live and work in the community too.
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post #150 of 222
I am new to this site and I love it !It is very helpful.I was just wondering if anyone would know the laws for Ky.I am wanting to start a homebased business but don't know where to start.
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