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I am trying to find out all the information that I would need to become a home-based business making cakes. I currently live in CT but I will be moving to Prospect, VA. Was wondering if anybody knows what are the proper steps to take? All comments are accepted except rude ones. Thank you in advance my fellow cakers...
post #2 of 6
Start by googling cottage food laws for the state you need information for, there's loads out there on the internet. This is your very first post, what's up with the rude comments statement? Why would someone be rude about a question like this?
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Thread Starter 
Thank you. Yes, this is my first post and I say the 'no rude comments' because there is always that one person who has something smart to say. But hey maybe all my fellow cakers aren't rude on here.
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Va has some pretty lenient CFL's from what  hear. I live in the one city in Va that doesn't allow it. Just Google it and do your research. People do get frustrated from time to time with people that don't want to do any of their own leg work and expect all of the answers here. Not saying that's you. Besides you can't take legal advice from people. You really need to read the actual regulations for your region. If there is anything you don't understand then the folks here will be more than willing to help you decipher it. Alot of regions have a small business associations that do forums and classes. See if yours does and go! Find out info from the Chamber of Commerce. One thing I will definitely recommend after you find everything out and get your business license (if required) is to get an LLC. It costs $100 if your go straight through the site and not a service. This will protect all of your personal assets. Also insurance...mine is only $35/mo for $2M coverage. WIthout these one little mistake could ruin your life. Google is an awesome tool. The dept of ag will also tell you what you can and cannot produce from your home and where you are allowed to sell. SO much to learn.

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Originally Posted by BatterUpCake View Post

Va has some pretty lenient CFL's from what  hear. I live in the one city in Va that doesn't allow it. Just Google it and do your research. People do get frustrated from time to time with people that don't want to do any of their own leg work and expect all of the answers here. Not saying that's you. Besides you can't take legal advice from people. You really need to read the actual regulations for your region. If there is anything you don't understand then the folks here will be more than willing to help you decipher it. Alot of regions have a small business associations that do forums and classes. See if yours does and go! Find out info from the Chamber of Commerce. One thing I will definitely recommend after you find everything out and get your business license (if required) is to get an LLC. It costs $100 if your go straight through the site and not a service. This will protect all of your personal assets. Also insurance...mine is only $35/mo for $2M coverage. WIthout these one little mistake could ruin your life. Google is an awesome tool. The dept of ag will also tell you what you can and cannot produce from your home and where you are allowed to sell. SO much to learn.

Thank you very much... I am trying to do my leg work but it seems like I am doing it all wrong... There is so much to learn... I can't wait to get started on it more.
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Well since I am in Va you can PM me with specific questions and although I won't give you the answers I will point you where to find them yourself. You learn better that way. In the Navy we always say dont BS through an answer...reply "I am unsure but I know where to find it" memorizing regs does you no good because they change. Knowing where to find answers....priceless

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