Opening a bakery is a risky venture, especially if your new to the food industry. So if you want to do things right, make sure you learn all there is to know about what you’re getting into so you don’t end up like other bakery owners who’ve managed to make the same mistakes, which are:
- Failing to understand the importance of getting insured: Even id you are confident about your baked products, the way your run a baking business and the manner in which your employees work, it is still important to get insured. Insurance helps you protect your investment and prevents you from losing a large sum in case something does go wrong.
- Failing to take not of all the ingredients you use: Different people go in and out of your bakery buying your products, and not everyone is the same. Some may have allergies, some may have lactose intolerance, and so on. That said, you need to provide a list of ingredients so people have an idea of what they’re about to consume.
- Not being careful when changing up recipes: There’s really nothing wrong with changing recipes, but if your product’s a hit, why change it? Sometimes people make adjustments to their recipes and their plan backfires. So if you do want changes, make sure to think about it carefully. And if you want to experiment, make sure to test it out first with a small group before offering it to a whole lot of people.
- Failing to come up with a properly though of shipping process: If you want to accept orders and deliveries, make sure you can keep up with them. It may seem intimidating, but you just need to get a good system going. The thing about baked goods is that you always want them fresh and in good quality for all your customers, so make sure that is still the case when your deliveries arrive at their destinations or when orders get picked up. See to it that they look presentable and remain undamaged en route.
- Failing to regularly track income and expenses: Keep a record of all the comings and goings because without it, how will you expect to keep business moving and growing and how will you expect to keep your staff happy and working? Be smart about money and track your income and expenses and know how and when to adjust.