How to Start a Dessert Business

Save

You make great desserts. Your family looks forward to eating your desserts during the holidays. You've given them to friends, co-workers and neighbors---and they rave about your baking skills. As a result, you've probably wanted to start a dessert business for a while, but have been dragging your feet. Perhaps all you need are a few tips to help get you started.

  • Check with your city or county business licensing office to see what type of licensing/permits you would need to start a dessert baking business. See if you require any certifications from the health or sanitation department.

  • Prepare for a health inspection. Your local health department will check that your location is ready for service; that your equipment works properly; that there is proper ventilation for ovens; that all areas are adequately sanitized; that there is food awareness and proper hand washing and that you do not have a pest problem. According to the National Restaurant Association, you should also review your local health code for any special, local requirements.

  • Find out the type of equipment you would need for your dessert business, such as ovens, refrigerators, work sinks/tables, mixers, storage shelves, baking sheets and pans and how much they cost.

  • Look for wholesale and retail stores in the area that carry the baking ingredients you need at an affordable cost.

  • Decide on a name and catchy slogan for your dessert business. If no one else is using the business name, register it. According to Business.gov, you may use your full name as your business name if you are the sole owner. However, if your business name is different from your name, you may need to file a fictitious name with a government agency, depending on your state (see Resources).

  • Plan what desserts you will sell. If you have a secret recipe that everyone seems to like, include it in your menu.

  • Attend business and baking classes to get ideas on growing your business and study creative ways to make your desserts. Keep updated on food safety regulations through training programs in the area (see Resources).

  • Give out samples of your desserts when you can---at school functions, potluck dinners, local offices. Offer to make desserts for a child's birthday party and leave business cards on the table for parents to pick up.

  • Place your dessert business online, so people can purchase them from your website or advertise it on a free ad page. Add shipping and handling costs to save money when you shipping your cookies. Again, include your business card and maybe offer a discount for repeat customers.

  • Sell your dessert at craft shows, special events and grocery stores. Check local stores and restaurants to see if they can use your services.

References

Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

Resources

You May Also Like

  • How to Start a Catering Business

    While success in the catering arena requires creating tempting menus customers will want, it’s how you promote and financially manage your food...

  • How to Start a Cake Business

    If you are a gifted cake baker and decorator and you would love to share your creations with others, consider starting a...

  • How to Start a Pastry Business

    Imagine owning your own pastry shop and tempting people each week with homemade desserts and coffee. It can give you a sense...

  • How to Start a Home-Based Catering Company

    Much of the paperwork for a home-based catering business will depend on your local regulations. Your HOA also may have a say...

  • How to Start a Frozen Food Business

    Starting a frozen food business is fairly simple and can be done with very little overhead. However, it will take some planning,...

  • How to Arrange a Dessert Buffet Table

    Having a buffet when you entertain guests allows for movement and conversation while people are eating. However, just because you're dining casually...

  • How to Name a Cookie Business

    When starting a business, you will spend time thinking up just the right name. You want something memorable that catches the imagination....

  • How to Start a Dessert Catering Business

    In this difficult economy, many people are looking for ways to expand their income and ensure financial stability. If you are a...

  • How to Start a Wedding Candy Buffet Business

    A candy buffet is a creative addition to a wedding reception that allows every guest to indulge in a few tasty treats....

  • How to Open a Dessert Bar

    As a food service provider, you want only the best for your patrons. Nothing says "I care" more robustly than a well...

  • Opening a Small Catering Business

    Turn your love for cooking into a profitable business. If your friends and family constantly rave about your food, and you have...

  • How to Start a Delivery Business

    A delivery service is one of easiest businesses to start. Many people do not have the time or resources to run simple...

  • How to Start a Buffet Business

    As a budding buffet entrepreneur, you see great potential in opening a business that offers patrons a wide assortment of food for...

  • How to Open a Bakery Café

    It's the quintessential small business: a cozy bakery café filled with trays of delicious desserts, the fragrance of baked goods fresh from...

Related Searches

Check It Out

Are You Really Getting A Deal From Discount Stores?

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!