Bakeries are popular businesses to open. In fact, some areas, like big cities have bakeries on every block. Many people want to start a bakery, but they do not know how to start. They also be afraid of the stiff competition in the market. However, starting any small business is scary and a bakery can develop a reputation and become very popular, depending on the location, staff and products offered. While there are a series of steps involved with opening a bakery, one should begin by asking themselves if they honestly have a baking skill that people might be willing to pay for. Having special recipes for baked goods is also smart. If an individual thinks they have what it takes to own a bakery, then they may decide to give it a shot, even if they are scared.
• The first thing that an individual should do is figure out what type of bakery that they want to open. There are some bakeries that specialize in certain products, such as wedding cakes. Other bakeries are more traditional and serve the usual cakes, pastries, cookies, pies, bagels and croissants that bakeries are known. The type of bakery that one wants to open should depend on their baking skills. If the individual excels at making exotic and special baked goods, they may wants to open a bakery that is known for having unusual items. If an individuals is exceptional at the basics, then starting a traditional bakery may be a better idea for them. In the same token, the area that one wants to start their business in can also be a factor. Upscale areas may be the place to start a specialty bakery, while other traditional bakeries may thrive in other areas. This is especially true if there are no other nearby bakeries.
• The next step may be very difficult for some. Finding financing for the bakery must be done before it can become a reality, unless the individual has the money to start it with no help. One should figure out what their costs will be for the first year to determine their budget. Usually, the start up costs will be the biggest part of the budget. Some people can borrow money from banks if they have collateral and good credit. Others may need to ask for help from family and friends. After the individual has secured the capital they need to get their bakery running, they should get in touch with their local license commissioner in the district they are starting their bakery in. They can tell the individual what certifications and licenses that will be needed to open a business that is serving food. One should acquire those necessary licenses.
• After all of the technical work is done, it is time to purchase the baking equipment that will be used. If an individual is moving their bakery into a building that was a bakery, most of the necessary equipment should still be there. If not, one will need to purchase a minimum of special baking ovens, mixers, display cases, pots, storage areas and other items that may be needed. It may be a good idea to move into a location that was a bakery at some point; having the equipment already set up can save time and money. Finally, one should hire a staff if they need one. A family operated bakery may not need anyone else. Many small bakeries do tend to be run by one family. However, if staff is needed professional bakers should be hired. An accountant may also be necessary.
When an individual’s bakery is ready to open, they should try to make the opening into a celebration. Advertising in the local paper may be a good idea in a smaller town. Even handing out free samples on the street can draw in new clientele. A grand opening should be an event that people remember.