As jobs become fewer, many are turning to home-based business ventures in order to make money. A home based baking business lends itself to those who enjoy baking for family and friends and are considering expanding their passion into profit.
Once you decide to go into business selling baked good – be it breads, muffins, cookies, cakes, pies, candies or all of the above – having an acceptable and equipped kitchen to prepare them in can be a dilemma, especially if your kitchen is small or unable to pass health inspections. Or, you may want to produce more than just one cake at a time, but with your oven, that’s not possible. It is possible to find a suitable location to bake your treats outside your home and still be considered a home baking business.
Small baking and food businesses continue to develop. So do food innovation centers. Food innovation centers are also known as kitchen incubators, food ventures, small business development centers and shared kitchens. These are fairly new business models created to assist the small food business entrepreneur.
Shared kitchens, kitchen incubators and food ventures are located throughout the United States. Some of these facilities exist on nearby college campuses or through the local Chamber of Commerce. Here’s a brief run-down of the function of each.
Shared kitchens rent individual workstations to bakers and other food entrepreneurs. Each station is a fully equipped commercial kitchen. Some shared kitchens are available 24 hours everyday, providing a flexible work opportunity for beginning bakers and chefs without substantial investment capital.
Small business development centers are valuable resources for any entrepreneur, regardless of what stage he may be in business. They offer valuable information and networking for people wanting to start a baking business. They offer consultation and assistance in planning and development . They can provide solutions to manufacturing problems new bakers may face by converting a home recipe to a commercial one.
Food innovation centers are normally located on college campuses. They assist the new baking business owner in producing, processing and marketing their goods.
Kitchen incubators provide licensed commercial kitchens for hourly or contract rent. They supply new baking entrepreneurs with needed help with advertising, producing, and selling products. They showcase their client’s products. Yes, they offer them for sale through their own venues.
Food ventures are facilities that are dedicated to helping with the production, development of goods for the home baker. They offer guidance concerning regulations, packaging and labels. And they help their clients get their products to market.
Shared kitchens, small business development centers, food innovation centers, kitchen incubators and food ventures all exist to support new and developing baking and cooking businesses. They are already licensed and equipped for commercial production. Just having one of these type facilities in a city or town is a plus for any new baker starting out who doesn’t have thousands of dollars to invest in buying or renting and renovating a storefront to house their business. The home based baking business will not lose its status by taking advantage of these food venture centers.
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