Tips for Starting Your Own Business Making Cookies
Gourmet-related businesses are one of the most popular categories of home-based business ideas and a large number of people are turning to cookie making, cooking classes, and online cooking recipes as an opportunity to make money.
If you are interested in starting, chances are that you already enjoy baking and your cookies win the approval of friends and relatives. However, if you’d like a little more training, check out the culinary schools in your area. Baking classes can be a good way to learn more.
Starting this type of venture is appealing to a lot of people because it requires a minimal investment. You may already have most of the equipment. You may need to buy additional bowls, mixing tools, or cookie sheets.
Plan to spend about an hour to make cookie dough, another hour to bake batches and package, and additional time if you are delivering still-hot cookies to a location. After hours include bookkeeping, checking email and voicemail, and preparations for the next day.
Equipment and Supplies:
- Mixing bowls
- Cookie sheets
- Cooling racks
- Great recipes – Grandma’s secret recipe is good!
- Vehicle to deliver cookies to stores or customers
- Food ingredients
- A reliable oven good working condition
- Packaging for cookies
- Separate warming portable carriers or units
- Postal scale and packing materials to ship cookies
- Unique packaging
Expenses and Operating:
In addition to the common business expenses, your Cookie making business will require a budget for the ongoing cost of baking supplies and packaging.
If you are working out of your home, check the zoning regulations to make sure you can operate there. Also, you’ll need to register with the Department of Health as a baker, provided you meet the guidelines set by the FDA and other legal requirements mandated by your locality. Also, See Our Page on Licenses and Permits
Startup Cost Considerations:
Naturally, the cost of your startup depends on the size of the operation you’re planning on. If you’re looking at a side business to make some extra money then a few hundred dollars will get you up and running.