Hey Cake Friend! Does this sound familiar to you at all?
🎂🧁🍰You enjoy baking cakes and have even become pretty good at it.
🎂🧁🍰You post your pictures and your friends comment. You get a few likes. Your Instagram follower count starts to go up. Each post gets more popular.
🎂🧁🍰People ask “how much?” or say “you should open a bakery!”
🎂🧁🍰You take a few practice cakes to work and everyone loves them!
🎂🧁🍰They start to ask you about doing their friend’s baby shower, or their son’s birthday cake. They’re interested!
🎂🧁🍰They even want to add on decorated cookies, cupcakes and cake pops to match their theme!
🎂🧁🍰You get excited but nervous. Up until now you just baked for fun. It’s been a hobby.
🎂🧁🍰Then you start to panic a little bit. You’ve never sold your cakes before. You didn’t even think you would get any interest this soon. You’ve only posted a few cakes.
🎂🧁🍰You know there are cottage food laws but that’s it. You’ve never sold anything. You’ve set up your social media, but don’t have a website.
🎂🧁🍰You definitely don’t have any contracts. How will I take these orders?
🎂🧁🍰You know you can definitely make their cakes, but you’ve been a hobby all of this time.
🎂🧁🍰You know there’s a lot of resources available, but what do you do first? Where to start?
The team at Sweet Success Magazine has created the Cake Business Start-Up Checklist as part of our Baking Business Basics series. This checklist serves as your initial step into building a successful baking business. It serves as a guide to remind you of each step needed to ensure you have set up your cake business correctly.
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Congratulations! You have finally decided to turn your love of cakes and baking into a business. While the cake decorating aspect can be creative, enjoyable, and fun, the business aspect can often be stressful and difficult. However, it doesn’t have to be that way!
Practical Cake Business Education and Resources for Cake Decorators
The team at Sweet Success Magazine has compiled thousands of hours of business knowledge, research, and first-hand cake business experience into one resource for you to use and reference as you build and grow your baking business. If you are a brand new business, or a long-time hobbyist transitioning to a professional, or even launching a cottage food operation–start here. Sweet Success Magazine is here to support you on your baking business journey.
Sales and Marketing Tips for New Cake Business Owners
We have compiled helpful tips and resources that are best suited for someone who is a brand new baking business, or anyone who wants to improve their cake business. Please note, that due to a global audience, we have made the information generic so you will need to do additional research on the tips that are specific to your local area and laws.
If you have been baking as a business for more than a couple of years, you will find the information listed below as a good refresher, and you might even learn a few new business lessons that you can incorporate into your cake or baking business! The following list will help you get started.
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The Cake Business Start-Up checklist is step one to building a better and stronger baking business that is built on the foundations and principles of business management. We’ve designed it for the cake decorator who wants to make money by selling their cakes. Here is a preview:
- Create a business plan.
- Register your business and business name according to the local laws, rules, and regulations of your local area. You will also need to decide on a business structure: sole proprietorship, limited liability corporation, s-corporation, or partnership are common options.
- Use the Tools & Resources we have identified as helpful essentials you need when running a cake and baking businesses.
- Ensure your facility/kitchen meets the legal requirements of your local area.
- and more!
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