Do you love to cook or bake? If your family and friends rave about your delicious kitchen creations, you could possibly turn your passion into a profit.
But you might be thinking, where can I sell my baked goods? This article will look at how you can start selling your goodies and what to consider when starting your business.
The good news is that there are multiple places to start selling your home baked goods!
Of course, before you get started, you’ll want to draw up a business plan. It should include details like your mission statement, brand, and ideal customer.
Also, consider the business side of things. What will your carrying costs be? Where will you store your inventory? What will your shipping and handling process look like?
A beautiful product label design is also important. Putting a label on all your goods will ensure people know who made their treats and where to buy more of them.
Selling goods locally can be a great way to get your business started. Chances are you have friends, coworkers, or neighbors who might love the convenience of buying baked goodies from you.
First of all, decide what products you’ll offer. It’s a good idea to sell only a few different products, at least initially. This will make less work for you as you get the wind under your wings. You’ll also want to think about who will buy your baked goods.
You might start by selling goods at your local farmer’s market or other events. Or, you could advertise on social media, at work, or in public places around town with fliers letting everyone know you’re open for business so people can get in touch with you.
If you want to sell from the comfort of your own home, eCommerce could be a great avenue. Once you have a solid plan for your new business, you can choose an eCommerce platform and set up shop.
A good marketing strategy is essential to your online success. Consider how you’ll get the word out about your new business and grow your customer base. For example, building an email list is a powerful way to gain customers and sales.
Once you’ve tested your site and have everything in place, put it on blast that you’re open for business!
But wait — before you start selling baked goods, whether online or locally, you should get familiar with your state’s cottage food law.
You may not necessarily need a permit to sell food from home. But cottage food laws are guidelines for selling baked goods and other homemade foods to the public. They vary by state, so you’ll need to search for your state’s specific laws and ensure you’re in compliance.
Some things state cottage food laws might stipulate is how much money you’re allowed to make from selling home baked goods per year. There may be a cap on how much revenue you can bring in and still be considered a cottage food operation. Furthermore, some states may prohibit you from selling your goods to restaurants or stores, only allowing sales directly to individuals.
Under cottage food laws, foods must be non-potentially hazardous, meaning that they’re not prone to harmful microorganism growth if not refrigerated.
Cottage foods can typically be made in almost any commercial, residential, or public kitchen, as long as it meets hygiene requirements. For example, animals may not be allowed in the food preparation area.
There are many eCommerce platforms out there. Selling baked goods through Castiron makes it simple and easy to get started. Starting a business inevitably comes with some hurdles, but Castiron can take the guesswork and stress out of marketing and selling your baked goods.
Castiron is a convenient small business solution where you can handle all the aspects of running your home baked goods store. From customer service and messaging to inventory and payment, everything is in one place.
With Castiron, you won’t pay any listing fees — because Castiron was founded by entrepreneurs just like you who are here to support you and your business. We want to see you succeed!
Manage your product listings, order forms, and fulfillment right within Castiron. And when you’re ready, try our email list building and marketing tools to scale your business.
If you want to take your love of baking to the next level, Castiron can help you get there. And no matter where you decide to sell your home baked goods, there’s never been a better time to start.
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Castiron provides me a professional site to my customers increasing my credibility and value while giving me the tools to effectively market and manage my business in an easy, user-friendly manner.
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Castiron has made my cottage bakery shine, and my business easy to manage. As a platform they care about my business as much as I do.
Before Castiron, I was taking orders really manually, through emails or texts or Facebook. Now I can send customers straight to my website, and I don’t have to worry about missing any details.
I couldn't run my business without the Castiron platform. It made it so easy to get my shop up and running — it truly removed a massive barrier to me getting started!
I realized that the barrier of having to DM or text me to order was holding a lot of potential customers back.
Now that I have a professional website and a simple ecommerce checkout, I'm seeing a huge increase in new customers and they appreciate how easy Castiron makes ordering.
Easy to start, created specifically for local, handmade food: Castiron’s website builder was created to help you grow. Create a website in minutes with our templates, sell where and how your customers want to buy, and look professional without being technical. Keep customers coming back with email marketing tools, customer records, and more.
Food entrepreneurs, this is your moment. Your community is more and more conscious about what they buy and where it is from. They want food made with love. With ingredients they can pronounce. And they want to support their community while doing it.
Castiron is the best fit for your food business because we're not a one-size-fits-all tool. Selling local food is different from pre-packaged warehouse products. Whether you sell cooking classes, need local pick up, utilize pre-sales to plan inventory, or need a fully custom order form — we got you.
No code required. Add pages, sell your products, build order forms, and show off your beautiful work. We'll handle the tech so you can focus on growing your food business.
Never track down a payment or oversell products again. Real-time inventory tracking and secure payment processing make life easier for you and your customers, and our order form builder makes managing custom requests a breeze.
With our marketing tools, your email marketing can go on autopilot. We make it easy to promote your latest products, announce custom order availability, and stay connected with customers.