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We’ve tailored Castiron to fit the needs of kitchen-based creators who are selling their products to family, friends, and followers through word-of-mouth and social media. After a super fast setup (if you can create a social media profile, you can set up a Castiron shop!), you’ll have a single place to sell, manage orders, and communicate with customers.

Build a Customized Shop

No code required. Add products, upload your logo, share your story, and link to your social profiles from your flexible store.

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Never track down a payment or oversell products again. Real-time inventory tracking and secure payment processing make life easier for you and your customers.

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With our magical marketing tools, email and social media marketing are on autopilot. We make it easy to promote your latest products and deals.

Starting a Bakery From Home: A How-To Guide

If you love baking and baked goods, if your friends and family are always wondering what you'll be cooking next, or if your wares are a big hit at bake sales, holiday gatherings, and fundraisers, you might be a great candidate for a home bakery business owner/operator.

If so, you're probably already convinced. The question is, how to start a bakery business from home? This is our brief guide to doing just that. You'll need to study further to create a successful home bakery business, but this will help you start the planning phase.

In this brief guide, we'll answer the following questions:

And more.

Your Brief Guide to Starting a Bakery from Home

Equipment Needed to Start a Small Bakery

Naturally, every kitchen needs some basic equipment to function. You may be able to bake a few things with what you have but to transform your kitchen into a genuine baking production center, you're going to have to upgrade. Here are just a few of the basic kitchen requirements for a home baking business.

List of Equipment Needed for a Bakery

Basic baking equipment

Storage & Supplies

Packaging & Display

Depending on the number of goods you intend to produce and sell, the size of the oven, the food processor, and other essential gear will vary. Also, the number of supplies and utensils needed will depend on your intended output. You can expect that time and experience will be needed to get the equipment/production ratio just right. But that's all part of honing your craft.

Home Bakery Rules and Regulations

Every commercial food production business needs to comply with state and local regulations. Your first step is to become familiar with “Cottage Food Laws” in your state. Start with a Google search term including your state of residence. Search terms like;

“cottage food laws for selling food from home in Texas

“what are the regulations for selling food from home NYC”

You might have to try different terms until you find your state's dept. of health page describing the process.

Certified kitchen requirements may be confusing. But your goal should be to run a kitchen that is as clean as you would expect a quality restaurant kitchen would/should be. To obtain and keep your home bakery license, you will need to submit to testing and inspections. In addition to your permit to sell food from home, you will also need a business license.

It is wise, and may be required, to obtain food management training. Even if you don't think you need such training, it's still a good idea, as there may be new products and techniques that will make your kitchen cleaning duties easier and more effective.

Promoting Your Home Bakery

Of course, any successful home bakery business is going to have an effective, ongoing advertising campaign. An online bakery website is going to be a big help, but not a necessity in the very beginning. Your social media presence will be a great place to start, especially if you're already engaged with baking forums on Facebook or elsewhere.

Begin by researching the best baked goods to sell from home. Put some effort into discovering what are the most profitable bakery items you can sell. Build your business, your social media presence, and your website around these items.

Begin with your “about us” page for your bakery website. The best home-based bakery websites will revolve around your personality and the character of your brand. Search online for good bakery website examples. This will help you develop your business plan, and may give you some interesting baking business name ideas.

In an upcoming article, we'll discuss creating a successful home bakery business plan and go over some proven home baking business ideas to help you structure your home baking business and make your home bakery a hit.

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