I am a newcomer here at Cake Central and have shared the love of baking & decorating for many many years. Now, especially through these past years, have been frequently commented about considering to take my baking to the next level of being a baker and having my own business. My supportive husband has been closely listening to all these wonderful positive comments and is now too nudging me into seriously considering starting up my own home based business. I never considered myself such an experienced "bakery style baker", I've always baked for fun. Now I'm finding myself truly considering to take what has been my passion, hobby & love of baking and creativity to a whole new level. I have 2 small children one of which is a special needs child which takes a great deal of time, so I would have to make my start as a home based ,"Made to order" type of business.
I have much yet to learn about being a baker and the whole process along with it. It would help me a great deal if those of you who have your own business, started your own business, or have been considering as I am, to give me some feedback and or pointers of how to start, what to do, or just tips of the trade. I have managed to find out that the Bureau of Food and Safety & Lab services from the state of which I live does require one to fill out a Plan Review Process Application and is required to file a Home Food Food Processor Food registration and renew annually. I don't want to start any of this process until I've felt I did all my homework and am truly positive I want to take the plunge and go through with this new venture. So please, I need all the help & support I can get and it would mean so much to me if someone who's been there done that or someone who's just started, or in the same situation I'm in now, would share your thoughts, insight, tricks of trade, etc.
I know we would also have to come up with a name & my family and I came up with a few possible business names. If you could point me in right direction and let me know if you like any (please don't be shy I can take criticism) and/or if you have any suggestions to any new names....
I also realize that I'll be needing some type of way to advertise my baking, if anyone could give me some pointers on how to get started there. I want to also look into some type of accounting system, that will help me track my costs and provide invoicing or receipts...does anyone know of a good program? What is Cake Boss like? I'll also be looking into online suppliers as my area doesn't really have much in terms of retail and baking supplies so I'll be open to any suggested sites that you may favor.
I realize I have written a handful and really hope to get some replies. It would mean so much to me to hear from others who share that love of baking weather your a professional or just a mom in the kitchen as I.
God Bless & Happy Baking