Of the many bakeries established in your area, you may find it difficult to put up your own, especially since a lot of them already have a loyal following. But don’t be afraid to take a risk. With these helpful tips, and some hard work and determination, your new bakery is sure to take an edge off the competition.
On experience: Sure a lot of bakeries boast of well-trained bakers, but without a passion for baking, you’re probably just gonna grow tired and risk losing your business. To add, you might also want to join baking organizations, have some experience in professional kitchens and maybe enroll in small business courses to gain more insight into how food businesses really work.
On money: if you don’t think you can finance this new business venture on your own, your gonna want to go apply for a loan. But instead of approaching bigger banks, it is more recommended that you got to community banks. These banks have a better understanding of how your bakery can impact the local community, and so you have a good chance of having your application approved.
On products: Take a look at all the other bakeries in your area. What do you have that they don’t? Once you know the answer, focus on that. Or just find your niche. Focus on a certain baked product that you’re good in and offer those to the public.
On ingredients: For some reason, an increased number of people, kids especially, are now developing allergies. Be careful about the ingredients you use, and as much as possible, include a list of ingredients onto your packaging so that people are aware of what they are buying and prevent the occurrence of an upset stomach or anaphylactic reactions.
On location: As with any type of business, it is always important to select a good location. Choose a place where a lot of people go to while also considering the people you want to market your products to. If you put up a cake shop in a quiet street in front of a gym, you won’t be gaining much customers. And gym buffs will probably hate your for getting them to cheat on their diet, or they’ll surely want to avoid you at all times.
On staff: It is also important to hire well-trained and dependable staff. Take your time evaluating applicants and continuously observe your employees after hiring them. Make sure they do their jobs well, but also see to it that you maintain a good working environment.
On legalities: Don’t forget your permits and submit your bakery to health inspections. While on the verge of success, you don’t want to end up shutting down the place all because you failed to process all the necessary requirements. If you’re going to do something, do it right.