A Collection of Resources Related to Starting Bakery
So you’re considering starting your own bakery. There are a number of things you need to consider before moving forward because the following will determine what is needed.
What kind of baked goods are you planning to make? Will you make bread, pies, pastries, donuts, cakes, tarts, etc.?
How will you distribute your baked goods? Will you be selling in a retail environment or wholesale? Will your customer buy off the shelf in your bakery, or are you planning on having your product available in grocery stores? There are a lot of issues to consider.
For this post, the majority of the focus will be opening a bakery where you sell your baked goods to the local area.
Now you need to consider:
Will you be setting up a café-style bakery for people to come in and possibly have a coffee, tea, or hot chocolate while enjoying some of your delicious baked goods? Or will you be strictly selling your products out the door?
If you’re selling out the door, will your bakery be a home-based bakery or a storefront?
Once you have all the above figured out, you can start to look into what you need to get started.
Is this what you want?
The very first step of opening a business that I would advise you on is you need to know if this is the right business for you. Put money on the side for now. Sure, it’s an important part of your plans — if you’re not going to make money then why would you open your business? But my point here is, before starting a business, you want to make sure you’re getting into something you have a passion for, something you’re interested in, and something that you would do for free if you were financially set for the rest of your life.
Why would I work for free, you ask?
Good question — because starting and running a business isn’t easy, you have a lot of trial and error, and it may take years to become successful. So, if you are looking for an instant success, you probably won’t find it. If you are willing to work for free, then you are dedicated to your business, you are passionate about it, and you’re interested in what you’re doing, so when problems occur, you’ll be looking for a solution rather than a way out.
Demand for Pastries
Once you have your heart set on opening your bakery, you need to check out the competition in the area. If there is a lot of competition, then you may not be able to get into the market, and a less competitive area may be a better option, because in order to succeed in an oversaturated market, you’ll need to bring something that your bakery can provide that others won’t or can’t.
Another issue to keep in mind when there is a lot of competition is that people compete on price, and when there is a price war going, it becomes a test of endurance to see which business can last the longest. With low profit margins and low revenue, it will be very difficult to keep the lights on!
If there is no competition, then either you hit the jackpot or others have tried and there is not enough of a demand to open a bakery in the area. With low demand, you’ll also have a hard time keeping the lights on.
Now it’s time to research the business and research the industry. With accurate information, you’ll be able to make good decisions. With the wrong information, it could be devastating for you. It’s up to you to make sure you take the time and effort to do your research.
This post will get you started and lead you down the trail. You won’t be able to find everything online, but it will get you pointed in the right direction. Have a look at the selection of handpicked resources I have selected and organized into sections so that you can use them if you plan to proceed in this business.
Sections in This Post Include:
- How to Start a Bakery
- Bakery Trends and Statistics
- Profitability and Revenue of a Bakery
- Bakery Startup and Operating Costs
- Bakery Equipment
- Licenses Needed to Start a Business
- Bakery Insurance
- Employee Considerations
- How to Finance Your Business
- Bakery Business Plans
- Bakery Logos
- Software For A Bakery
- Bakery Businesses for Sale
- Bakery Franchise Opportunities
- Is Running a Business the Right Move for You?
- Business Startup Checklist
- A Day in the Life of an Owner
- Skill Set Needed to Run a Business
- Successful Bakeries
- Tips for Marketing a Bakery
- Bakery Article Mix
- Resources for Running a Business
- Blogs Related Baking
- Industry-Related Trade Publications
- Baking Terminology
- Books Related To Baking
- The Latest about Starting A Bakery
- Latest News Related to Starting A Bakery
- Tweets Related to Starting A Bakery
- Videos Related to Starting A Bakery
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How to Start a Bakery
In this section, you’ll find a variety of resources that will give you an overview of what it takes to start a Bakery.
Keep in mind nothing is easy when it comes to starting a business. It’s a serious undertaking and you need to be diligent in your research.
It’s not like investing some money and you’re making money the next day — unless you get a really great deal on a business that is already successful and running, then that is a possibility. When you’re starting fresh, it takes time, money, and a lot of research before you can start generating revenue.
I’m not trying to keep you from your dream. I want you to take the right steps and look into all the aspects involved so you can achieve your dreams.
The resources in this section can get you started on your research and point you in the right direction.
Have a Look at the Resources I Have Included for This Section:
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Bakery Trends and Statistics
Trends and statistics give you data you can use to make decisions about your startup.
Looking at statistics will allow you to determine if there is a decline, spike, or no change in the market.
Trends allow you to prepare for short- and long-term changes in the market.
With trends and statistics, you may be able to identify any opportunities that may be missing in the marketplace that you can fill through your business.
Have a look at the resources offered below that offer trends and statistics related to this startup.
Profitability and Revenue of a Bakery
The purpose of this section is to give you an idea for the profitability and revenue of a Bakery. You need to make sure you are generating enough revenue and making a healthy profit in order to keep the business alive and well. Revenue without profit won’t get you anywhere, and profit without revenue doesn’t work either.
So how much revenue and profit can you expect from this startup? No one will be able to tell you for sure, because there are too many variables involved.
For example, the following affect revenue and profitability:
- Customer service
- Profit margins
You may get an estimate of what to expect, but no one can give accurate numbers without knowing the above.
Have a look at the selection below that will give you a general overview of potential revenue and profit for this startup.
Bakery Startup and Operating Costs
Cost is an important part of the startup phase. You need to find the right balance between what you need to start without going overboard on costs.
If you don’t get the resources you need when you open your doors, you will run into problems and reduce efficiency. On the other hand, if you purchase everything from the start, then your high startup cost may affect your success because new businesses usually struggle for funds during the early stages.
I would recommend you start with what is absolutely needed to get up and running, and then when you start to generate revenue, you can get what you need to run more effectively. Plus, with some experience, you’ll have a better idea as to what is needed.
Once you’re open and operational, you still need to focus on cost. Keeping the cost down and under control is an important management skill.
Cost control is just as important as generating revenue. If you’re generating revenue of $25,000 per month but operation costs $40,000 per month, you’ll be out of business soon.
Have a look at the resources I have included that deal with startup and operating costs.
This section focuses on the equipment needed to operate your business. You need to find a balance between the equipment you need that can do the job and the equipment you can afford.
Along with the equipment and tools you need, you’ll also want to focus on your office if you plan on having one now or in the future.
You’ll also need to consider what you want for your office. There are essentials and there are the things that come with all the bells and whistles.
When starting out, it’s a good idea to get only what you need to get started. Once your business is established and earning revenue, then you can upgrade your office.
You want to find a balance between getting equipment that will effectively do the job and is still affordable.
You don’t want to pay for equipment that won’t do the job — that would be a waste. You pay for the cheap equipment and then pay for the good equipment. So, the cheap equipment ends up costing more than the better equipment.
Have a look at the resources below for tips and insights regarding the equipment you may need for your startup.
Licenses Needed to Start a Business
This section focuses on the licenses required for a business. When starting, you want to make sure you’re doing everything correctly and legally — especially when it comes to permits and licenses.
Have a look at the resources included in this post for an overview of what you need when it comes to necessary permits and licenses.
Having the right insurance for your startup is very important. There are many types of insurance and you need adequate coverage for every aspect of your business. You need to make sure you’re covered for loss, damage liability, lawsuits, and other issues that can harm your business.
An experienced broker can help you get the right coverage and offer insurance for areas you haven’t considered. Having a good relationship with your broker is just as important as having the right insurance company. A broker can guide you, offer advice anytime you need it and be there when something goes wrong.
Have a look at the resources I have selected for this section that will help you get the right insurance for your startup.
Have you considered if you need employees for your startup? Maybe, in the beginning, you’ll be able to do most or all of the work yourself. But when your startup takes off you may not be able to keep up with running the business and doing all the work.
This section focuses on the type of employees you may need now or in the future to run your business.
How to Finance Your Business
Have you given any thought as to how you’re going to finance your startup? Financing a business is difficult due to the fact that most businesses fail in the first few years. Therefore, banks see a startup as a high risk.
In order to get the right financing, you need to present your business plan and provide adequate collateral. Have a look below for the resources needed that will help you finance your startup.
Bakery Business Plans
This section focuses on writing a business plan for your startup. A business plan will keep you focused. When you write a business plan, you have to think about each part in each section. When you are involved in the creation of your business plan, it opens your eyes to many of the questions you need to answer.
So, in other words, it makes you think about every part of your business.
A business plan is your road map for success. It keeps you on track and it’s essential when you have to apply for financing. Your business plan may include a marketing section, as well as a separate, detailed marketing plan.
See the resources below that can assist you with your business plan.
Your business cards should look professional and offer the recipient the main benefit of dealing with your business. You want your design to display a theme that is relevant to your business, and you want your cards to stand out.
Have a look at the samples I have selected below for ideas on designing your business cards to see what design appeals to you.
Your logo is important: it lasts for years and it’s what people will use to identify your business once your business becomes well-known.
There are many considerations when it comes to designing your logo. For example: You need to keep in mind that a logo is rarely changed once it’s out there. Managers will invest a lot of money marketing their logo; therefore, it doesn’t make sense to spend a lot of time and money creating a logo that will change. Do logos change? Yes. But not often, and, if they do change, it’s usually only aesthetic, and the main concept is kept intact.
Once a business is successful, then the logo is Trademarked so that no one else can use it. With all that in mind, you’ll want to spend some time in this area. Don’t rush it. Ensure the right person or company is designing a logo you’ll love and won’t get sick of, because you may be looking at it for the rest of your life.
Have a look at the list of resources I have selected for this section that will help you create a logo that works well for your business.
Software For A Bakery
There is a lot of general software packages used to run a business, like Microsoft Office and various accounting packages. You may already be using some of these packages now.
In this section, I have included software packages that are specific to this startup. Have a look to determine if you need to look into any of these packages, now or in the future.
Bakery Businesses for Sale
This section offers listings for established businesses that are for sale.
There are pros and cons to buying an established business versus starting your own.
A few of the pros:
- Revenue comes in from the day you take over
- The business already has customers
- The business has a proven track record and you know it works, etc.
A few cons:
- The good and the bad come with the business
- It’s harder to change the direction of an established business vs. a new business
- The cost of buying an established business is usually higher than starting your own
Bakery Franchise Opportunities
There are pros and cons to owning a franchise over your starting your own business from scratch.
Some of the pros include:
- A proven business plan that works
- An established business reputation
- Established marketing
Some of the cons include:
- You’re restricted in how you can run the business
- Franchising costs
- Franchising royalties
Have a look at the resources I have selected that offer a franchise related to this startup.
Is Running a Business the Right Move for You?
This section will give you insights that help determine if running a business is right for you.
Running a business is not for everyone. Owning a business is a dream for many people. It offers the chance of working your own hours, being your own boss, achieving financial freedom, and more.
It’s great to focus on all the benefits, but at the same time, you need to be aware of the difficulties involved in running a business.
Some people turn their passion into a business only to find they love what they are doing, but they don’t like the process of running a business.
Others have an entrepreneurial spirit and enjoy managing a business no matter what it’s about, their passion is the process of running a business.
See the following resources that will give you insights as to what’s best for you.
Business Startup Checklist
This section offers checklists that you need when you’re starting a business. There are a few major issues that need attention and hundreds of small details.
Your major focus is to be up and running and generating revenue. It’s hard keeping track of the little things. That’s where startup checklists can help you manage everything and avoid missing anything important.
See the link below for our page offering a list of resources I have selected for business startup checklists.
A Day in the Life of an Owner
This section offers tips and insights from entrepreneurs who are willing to share their experiences with you.
Keep in mind that you’re looking at the experiences of other people, and your experience will be different.
Spending some time on this section will give you tips and insights into what it’s like to run a business, as well as what it’s like working in the industry to show you what your life could be like if you were to start your own business.
See the list of resources below for more.
Skill Set Needed to Run a Business
This section deals with the skills you need to run a business. If you don’t have the skills, it’s not a problem most of the time, because skills can be learned.
Even if you don’t have the skills but you have the budget, you can always hire someone with the skills to do the work and provide the services needed.
Have a look at the list below for more on the skills needed to run a business.
The section is designed for you to look at establishing startups. You’ll get an idea about the industry and market.
Take some time to go through each site for an overview of what you can expect from this type of industry.
Another issue to look for something that may be missing in the industry that you could provide.
See the list of established businesses related to your startup.
Tips for Marketing a Bakery
This section offers tips and insights for marketing your startup. Marketing isn’t just for when you are getting started: It’s an ongoing process. It’s one of the keys that will keep your business up and running.
You could have the best product in the world, but if no one knows about it, then it’s useless. If people don’t understand your products and services or know the benefits, then you won’t have any success in the sales department.
Marketing helps you understand your products and services from different perspectives. When you’re focused on marketing, you start to get experience in human behavior and look at things from different perspectives.
Have a look at the articles below that will give you an abundance of tips that you can use starting today.
Bakery Article Mix
These articles caught my eye as I was doing my research and I wanted to include them in this post.
Have a look at the list below for the tips and insights they provide.
Resources for Running a Business
This section focuses on courses and resources that can help you run your business. No matter how much you know, you can always learn more. Learning and improving is part of life.
As a business owner, you should always be looking for ways to stay on top, improving the way you manage, reducing cost, improving efficiency, marketing your business, as well as improving skills specific to your business.
You can learn a lot from experience, but that takes years to acquire. You can reduce that time by learning from others.
There are a lot of courses on the market that you can benefit from.
You can set 30 minutes a day to study. In around 20 days, this will become a habit. When it becomes a habit, it will feel natural.
Let’s move forward a few years. How much knowledge will you have gained from that 30 minutes a day spent learning?
Have a look at the following resources that can help you start and run a business.
Blogs Related Baking
This section offers some popular blogs I have found related to your startup. Keeping track of industry-related blogs will help you stay on top of trends, news, marketing, industry tips, and more.
Take some time on this section to see which blogs you want to follow.
Industry-Related Trade Publications
Industry trade publications are a great source of information for news, innovations, and tips related to the industry you’re getting into.
These publications go way beyond your business and can give you an overview and knowledge you can use to improve your business and come up with new ideas.
Have a look at the publications I have found related to this industry.
This section allows you to become familiar with all the industry terminology that you need to know as the owner of this startup.
Terminology will come naturally with time and experience. During the startup phase, it’s important that you are aware of the terminology.
Have a look at the resources I have found related to the terminology you need to become familiar with related to this industry.
Books Related To Baking
Books are a great way to gain the years of experience and knowledge of others to mine the nuggets of gold information you can get for a few bucks.
Here’s a little shortcut I have discovered that helps with research. By looking through the table of contents, you can gain a lot of insight as to the areas you may want to look into that you haven’t considered.
Naturally, a lot of effort and research go into writing and publishing a decent book, and the table of contents often offers a road map for the topic.
Have a look at the links below to view the books available related to Starting A Bakery.
The Latest about Starting A Bakery
This section provides resources that will help you stay on top of the latest news, web content, books, videos, and tweets related to this industry.
When you keep track of changes, you’ll always be informed about industry updates and gain ideas for ways to improve or protect your business with changes happening.
Have a look at each section below for more.