You have the baking skills and the drive to turn your home bakery into a successful business venture, and you’ve decided now is the time to create your own business! For most bakers, however, they know a lot about how to put icing on a cake and less about the specifics of running a business. What are some tips to turning a home bakery into a professional bakery business? Flores Bakery Services has some ideas.
1. Partner with a trustworthy business partner
If you don’t have any experience in running a business and don’t know the first thing about obtaining licensing or paying taxes, it would pay dividends (literally) to go into business with someone who knows how to operate a company. Some people can figure things out over time, but it will save you a lot of hassle, time, and money to learn from a knowledgeable partner. Of course, you should rarely go into business with someone you don’t trust, especially if it’s your first business.
2. Don’t overcomplicate your menu
Learning in your home bakery, you could make almost anything you want. But in a business, you’ll find that people won’t just buy anything. Keep your menu tight (to a few specialties like cupcakes or breads that people have enjoyed from your home bakery), including custom orders (to keep your menu open for people that are adventurous). If you have too wide a menu, you’ll end up preparing too many variations and end up with a lot of waste. At the same time…
3. Don’t be afraid of waste
No matter how hard you try, no matter how accurate the prediction about the foot traffic coming through your door, you’ll end up with wasted product at the end of the day. This is okay. It’s also okay to throw away product that ends up burnt or bad looking (though even bad-looking product can be sold at a discount for being bad looking but still tasty). Customers will thank you for it.
Flores Bakery Services is here to help small businesses create wonderful products and earn profit with our depanners, proofers, and expert maintenance. Contact us today for quotes on our equipment and service!