Setting up a bakery requires knowledge and careful preparation. Not only do you need to have professional baking expertise, you also need to know the laws and regulations that apply to business owners in your state. To start a bakery, recruit help and plan carefully to ensure a successful operation.
Familiarize yourself with the laws in your state regarding business organization, ownership and management. Obtain the proper forms and applications to register your bakery with the state.
Choose a location, depending on the size and scope of your bakery. Ideally, choose a downtown or highly trafficked location if your bakery will sell breads and sandwich items to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If your bakery will only prepare baked goods in bulk for distributors or restaurants, do not worry about pedestrian traffic.
Hire help for the projects and duties that you are not willing or capable of performing yourself. For instance, hire a professional decorator to assist you with designing the interior of the bakery and an accountant or bookkeeper to assist with the daily administrative tasks. Staff your bakery with pastry chefs and counter attendants.
Choose a catchy name for your bakery so that it will be remembered. Create a logo or slogan to trademark your business. Print business cards for friends, family and new clients to distribute on your behalf to generate interest and business.
Host a public ribbon cutting or opening day celebration. Prepare donuts and bagels to patrons to showcase your baked goods. Distribute coupons to attendees so that they return again.