Home-based baking is one of America’s best-kept business secrets. This sleeper industry offers even novice bakers the opportunity to bake from home for profit using tried and true recipes and equipment already on hand. And yet its many rules and how-tos are so elusive that few people out there who love to bake and dream of taking their products from the kitchen to the market actually end up doing so. Enter How to Start a Home-Based Bakery Businessthe first book to cover every essential aspect of planning, starting, and running such a business successfully.
About the Author
Detra Denay Davis has been a home baker for more than twenty-five years. She has worked as a cook, food stylist, and caterer and has been featured in Bon Appetit magazine. In 2008 she designed and taught a popular Lifelong Learning course for adults on home-based baking. When not baking, Delta works as a consultant and online instructor working with food entrepreneurs nationwide. Visit her at www.cookingwithdenay.com
Table of ContentsOutline Table of ContentsChapter 1 - So You Think You Want to Start a Home-Based BakeryAssessing Your Baking SkillsAssessing Your Business Skills Home-Based Baking Rules and RegulationsGetting OrganizedHow This Book Is Organized Chapter 2 – Setting Up Your Home-Based Bakery BusinessSetting Up Your KitchenPreparing Your Family for a TransitionEmploying Family MembersComplying with Local, State and Federal RequirementsWorking with Your Local Health Department Working with Your Local State Department of AgricultureRenting an Incubator KitchenEquipping Your KitchenOrganizing Your PantryPacking and Labeling Your GoodsTransporting Your ProductsCustomer and Vendor Relationships Chapter 3 - Getting StartedHow to Structure Your BusinessHow to Organize Your OfficeKitchen Office EssentialsWriting a Business PlanBusiness Books, Software, Videos and Online Resource Chapter 4 - The Legal Aspects of Home-Based BakingWhy You Must Follow the LawZoning Issues and Home-Based BakingThe Essentials of Business Liability InsuranceDeveloping Business Policies and ProceduresFood Safety and Sanitation Rules to Live By Chapter 5 – Setting Up PricesHow to Price Your ProductsHow to Calculate Your Labor CostWholesale vs. Retail ProductionHow to Produce Profitable Products Chapter 6 – Sales and MarketingWhere to Sell Your Home-Based BakingDefining Your NicheNaming Your BusinessPositioning Your ProductsDesigning Signature ProductsHow to write an eMarketing Plan12 Steps to a Great Press ReleaseDeveloping a Home-Based Baking PortfolioOnline Marketing and Social Networking Word of Mouth AdvertisingSelling Your Products OnlineKeeping Track of Your Customers Chapter 7 Bookkeeping for the Home-Based BakerSeeking Professional AssistancePaying Your Food TaxU.S. Federal Taxes for the Self-EmployedAccounting Software for Home-Based BakersManaging Your Business: Why Some Home-Based Bakers Fail Chapter 8 – Ready, Set, BakeHome-Based Baking ChecklistOrganizing Your Baking TimeDeveloping a Product LineDo You Need Help?Product Delivery and TransportationDelivering the Goods Chapter 9 – Selling Your Product OnlineEstablishing Your Web SiteSelling via Online Food MallsDeveloping an eCommerce Web SiteFood Photography: Images on the WebLearning from Your Online Competitors Chapter 10 – Interview with a Home-Based BakerCalling All Cakes – Owner Whitney CouchGellocake – Owner Lilian ChaviraMaine’s Cake and Cookies – Owner Diane PurkeyThe Box Turtle Bakery – Owner Abraham PalmerThe Cake Chic – Owner Julie PietzTwisted Sisters Barkery – Owners Teresa Hunt, Pam Ray, Diane Willis Chapter 11 Top Kitchen to Market ProductsTop 10 Home-Based Baking Product IdeasTop 10 Home-Based Baking Products for ShippingTop 10 Home Food Processing Products AppendixCulinary Schools/Pasty Program Online Culinary Resources Top 10 Baking Blogs Recommended Reading for the Home-Based Baker Professional Baking Books Industry Magazines and Online Resources Professional Organizations Suggested Workshops and Seminars IndexAbout the Author
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How to Start a Home-Based Bakery Business based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
There are only a few home-based baking books available so I read all of them. This is the worst one. Ms Davis has very little original content and directs the reader to use other sources for setting up their business. She also directs readers to purchase a membership in her on-line club where she supposedly tells them what she should have explained in her book.
Please do not consider the negative reviews. There is a group that has been going after this book and it is suspected they are against the cottage food movement. Please contact the author directly is you have questions about home-based baking and home food processing.