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post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by jason_kraft

Does NY allow home-based businesses to legally sell directly to customers? I believe they are only allowed to sell wholesale, if that's the case I would be very careful about printing up any official invoices.



Home-Based processors are regulated by the NY Dept of Ag and Mkts http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/FS/consumer/processor.html and direct sales to consumers are only allowed in certain venues such as farmers' markets. Sales of cakes directly to customers is strictly forbidden. County health departments do not license home kitchens that are used for family meals. The only way I can see the county licensing a "home" kitchen is if this kitchen was in a commercially zoned area and the inspector did not realize this kitchen was regularly used for home meal preparation.

So Jason certainly does bring up a good point.

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post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by SnLSweetEscapes

I am from NY and home based as well. We can sell directly to the customer. I have been inspected through my County Department of Health. If I do decide to wholesale to companies then we need to go through the Dept. of Ag.
Sorry to hear about what happened to you. I hate asking people to pay even though I know that they owe. I think that it is because we are so new and unfortunately have to learn lessons the hard way. I had a miserable customer months back that told me that she did not like my vanilla cupcakes that I made for her and ever since then I am paranoid with the recipe even though I have had nothing but rave reviews from it. It is just something that I need to get over. If I was you, I would probably just take the loss, especially since she is your boss. Hopefully one day you can look at her and say, "I quit because I have become so successful with my cakes, I don't need this job anymore."
Good luck! That is my hope with my loser boss....



Hi Sarah! I just looked at your website (very nice!) and saw that you have a second kitchen built on your property. So you are not classified as a home bakery since you have an Article 20 C commercial license from the NY Dept of Ag and Markets. With your commercial license you have no restrictions about selling products directly to the public. Good luck!

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post #18 of 18
Maybe when you said 70 dollars she thought you meant in addition to what she had already paid you. I would give her an invoice too (make a copy) with what the price is and what she put down and then what she still owes.

I don't think you should have to eat the cost of it at all and if in fact she doesn't pay up then I would never make a cake for anyone in your office again. Boss or no boss she owes you the money. BUT..next time give a price prior to making the cake and get the money PRIOR to delivery. It is only common sense to do that.
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