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How to Start a Home-Based Bakery Business (How to Start a Home-Based Bakery Business)


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Home-based baking is one of Americas 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 Business—the 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

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - So You Think You Want to Start a Home-Based BakeryAssessing Your Baking SkillsAssessing Your Business Skills

Home-Based Baking Rules and Regulations

Getting Organized

How This Book Is Organized


Chapter 2 – Setting Up Your Home-Based Bakery Business

Setting Up Your Kitchen

Preparing Your Family for a Transition

Employing Family Members

Complying with Local, State and Federal Requirements

Working with Your Local Health Department

Working with Your Local State Department of Agriculture

Renting an Incubator Kitchen

Equipping Your Kitchen

Organizing Your Pantry

Packing and Labeling Your Goods

Transporting Your Products

Customer and Vendor Relationships



Chapter 3 - Getting Started

How to Structure Your Business

How to Organize Your Office

Kitchen Office Essentials

Writing a Business Plan

Business Books, Software, Videos and Online Resource


Chapter 4 - The Legal Aspects of Home-Based Baking

Why You Must Follow the Law

Zoning Issues and Home-Based Baking

The Essentials of Business Liability Insurance

Developing Business Policies and Procedures

Food Safety and Sanitation Rules to Live By


Chapter 5 – Setting Up Prices

How to Price Your Products

How to Calculate Your Labor Cost

Wholesale vs. Retail Production

How to Produce Profitable Products


Chapter 6 – Sales and Marketing

Where to Sell Your Home-Based Baking

Defining Your Niche

Naming Your Business

Positioning Your Products

Designing Signature Products

How to write an eMarketing Plan

12 Steps to a Great Press Release

Developing a Home-Based Baking Portfolio

Online Marketing and Social Networking

Word of Mouth Advertising

Selling Your Products Online

Keeping Track of Your Customers


Chapter 7 Bookkeeping for the Home-Based Baker

Seeking Professional Assistance

Paying Your Food Tax

U.S. Federal Taxes for the Self-Employed

Accounting Software for Home-Based Bakers

Managing Your Business: Why Some Home-Based Bakers Fail


Chapter 8 – Ready, Set, Bake

Home-Based Baking Checklist

Organizing Your Baking Time

Developing a Product Line

Do You Need Help?

Product Delivery and Transportation

Delivering the Goods


Chapter 9 – Selling Your Product Online

Establishing Your Web Site

Selling via Online Food Malls

Developing an eCommerce Web Site

Food Photography: Images on the Web

Learning from Your Online Competitors


Chapter 10 – Interview with a Home-Based Baker

Calling All Cakes – Owner Whitney Couch

Gellocake – Owner Lilian Chavira

Maines Cake and Cookies – Owner Diane Purkey

The Box Turtle Bakery – Owner Abraham Palmer

The Cake Chic – Owner Julie Pietz

Twisted Sisters Barkery – Owners Teresa Hunt, Pam Ray, Diane Willis


Chapter 11 Top Kitchen to Market Products

Top 10 Home-Based Baking Product Ideas

Top 10 Home-Based Baking Products for Shipping

Top 10 Home Food Processing Products



Culinary 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



About the Author


Product Details

Davis, Detra Denay
Globe Pequot Press
Home-based Businesses
Business-Home Based
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Home-Based Business Series
Publication Date:
9.25 x 7.5 in

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Business » Home Based
Business » Small Businesses » By Type
Business » Small Businesses » General
Business » Small Businesses » Operations
Business » Start Up Business
Cooking and Food » Baking » Professional Baking and Desserts
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