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post #16 of 32
If your business does grow, at some point you will outgrow your state's cottage food law restrictions and have to use a commercial kitchen anyway, so where you live won't matter.
post #17 of 32

If your area as a lot of mobile home, it somewhat becomes the norm. I had a friend who moved from the city for his job and ended up buying a mobile home. Because it's remote, the area where he lives as tons of them so no one would think anything of it.

post #18 of 32
Thread Starter 

That is true Jason I keep forgetting there is a cap of income.

 

Pyro yes that is true, thanks.

 

Thanks for the feedback guys you have helped out a lot and I'll make some changes to the house:) so its easier to find. I'll also pray my flower bushes grow like weeds...lol
 

post #19 of 32

I live in the same situation as yours.  I have a huge trailer that looks like a "modular home".   I deliver my cakes into town which is about 15 miles away.  If you are concerned, just charge a bit more and deliver the cakes.

post #20 of 32
Thread Starter 

ropalma- the only problem I have with that is the cottage food law- they either have to mail me the check or come and pick it up.

I live 45min from the city and I have a PO BOX

I have a PO BOX because ppl steal your mail out in the country and its just safer over all...they stole mail even when we lived in apt in the city.

So maybe Jason with his legal brain can help out with that one.

Is it still ok if they mail the check to the PO BOX or does it have to be the physical address?

 

I usually do deliver even though I'm suppose to have one of the two of those, but I'm trying to get more official and I don't want that to bite me in the butt later.
 

post #21 of 32
There's nothing wrong with asking people to send checks to your PO box, but your address of record (for your business license, insurance, etc.) will probably have to be a physical address.
post #22 of 32
Thread Starter 

Thanks Jason! So it still counts under the cottage food law as sending the check to me? I thought I read it had to be sent to the physical address to verify they knew who they were getting there goods from location wise??? In other words if they send a check to my po box and I deliver the cake is that still ok under the law?
 

post #23 of 32
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Thanks Jason! So it still counts under the cottage food law as sending the check to me? I thought I read it had to be sent to the physical address to verify they knew who they were getting there goods from location wise??? In other words if they send a check to my po box and I deliver the cake is that still ok under the law?

I've never heard of a restriction based on where the check is sent. Which state do you live in?
post #24 of 32
Thread Starter 

Texas
 

post #25 of 32
You could always meet them somewhere central.
post #26 of 32

I am by no means a legal expert but I do operate under the TX Cottage Food Law and my understanding is that under the current law your customer must do one of the following at your home 1) place the order 2) pay for their order 3) pick up the order. I do not think mailing a check will be considered fulfilling one of those three criterias and I really don't want to find out in courticon_surprised.gif. For my business, my customers place an order by e-mail and pay and pick up at my home since I don't want to deal with the possibility of lost checks in the mail. I will say I have changed this protocol for family orders ( I was going to the party after allicon_biggrin.gif) or really large orders for convenience when I was delivering the cake so they just stopped by the house and gave the check to me. btw there are some laws that could loosen this up that have been passed but not signed.

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post #27 of 32

Make sure you send an e-mail or call Rick Perry to get that law signed!

post #28 of 32
Based on my understanding, the only requirements based on the letter of the TX law is that the food is produced in your home and is sold directly to a customer (via delivery or pickup, not shipped). It does not matter where the customer places the order, pays for the order, or picks up the order as long as they buy the product from you directly..
post #29 of 32
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys!

I'll have to google the new bill which I think rdjr is referring too to help with my ? above. I called last time I'll be glad to call again:)
 

post #30 of 32


https://www.facebook.com/groups/TexasHomeBakers/

very helpful group, and any question you have about selling from home has probably been asked and answered there many times ;)

 

 

As for the trailer, if you have the funds you could build a nice porch or patio area in the front, and have a full garden. Just make sure everything is neat, add little details like small garden areas off from the house (around a tree or such), if you have kids make sure bikes and toys are out of sight or corralled neatly. The idea would be to draw there attention all over your yard, not just to your house. When they pull up they'll think 'wow, what a nice garden, patio, what have you' that they wont even think twice about the house being mobile :)

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