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We’ve tailored Castiron to fit the needs of kitchen-based creators who are selling their products to family, friends, and followers through word-of-mouth and social media. After a super fast setup (if you can create a social media profile, you can set up a Castiron shop!), you’ll have a single place to sell, manage orders, and communicate with customers.
No code required. Add products, upload your logo, share your story, and link to your social profiles from your flexible store.
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.
With our magical marketing tools, email and social media marketing are on autopilot. We make it easy to promote your latest products and deals.
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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