By Lanee’ Blunt
You may get a lot of compliments from your family and friends about your cakes and pies. Owning your own bakery may be your dream and you want to open a bakery. A degree in pastry arts may help, but it's not necessary to open a bakery. You can learn the craft with time and experience and you have the potential to make good money.
Write a Business Plan
A business plan will be required if you are going to request financing, considering constructing, remodeling or taking over an existing food establishment. It can help you by getting you a business loan and investors.
Evaluate your funds and make sure that you have enough money to carry you through 18 to 24 months. Baking entrepreneurs often self-finance. You may need to secure outside funding. Try your local community to bank.
Look for a high traffic location, for example near a school, college, bus or train terminal.
Buy commercial sized equipment that will be able to stand the heavy cooking you will be doing. Talk to equipment dealers for the best technical advice.
You will need to check with your state for information or contact the Bureau of Consumer Health Services to get a health inspection. Once the inspection has been passed, fill out the necessary forms and pay for the permit. For a mobile bakery stand you will need an inspection of your kitchen and apply for a separate mobile food permit. Visit or go to your local health department website and find out the licenses and permits you will need to apply for.
The Street: A Dozen Hot Tips for Starting a Bakery; Lan Nguyen; 2008
City of Houston; Opening a Food Establishment
Entrepreneur; How to Start a Bakery Business; 2011