Home Business In Australia

Business By Bunsen Updated 22 Feb 2009 , 11:15pm by Evoir

Bunsen Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 12:18am
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I'm hoping I can get some advice from the Aussies out there; I am currently baking for family and friends but would like to expand and turn it into more of a business.

I contacted the City of Sydney council for advice and was told they won't allow a home kitchen - I would have to use commercial premises. Does anyone else bake from home? Or is the only option to hire premises?

Thanks in advance!

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Bunsen Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 6:32am
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miscue Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 9:16am
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I would love to know more info about this too..
I'm just starting out, but would love to one day turn this into a legit business.

Sparklepop Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 11:18pm
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There are many threads on this subject, just type in Aussie in Search and you will find a whole lot of information will come up. A lot of the threads might be old but most of the information is still relevant.

Only too happy to help if I can thumbs_up.gif

miscue Posted 21 Feb 2009 , 12:47am
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I typed in Australia and Aussie in the search, but nothing is showing up in the forums..... some cute cakes, but no info. icon_sad.gif

Sparklepop Posted 21 Feb 2009 , 1:56am
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Check the forum search - see Cake Decorating Forum then underneath it has Search, Buddy List etc. click on that Search and type in Aussie

miscue Posted 21 Feb 2009 , 2:23am
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cool, thanks. icon_smile.gif

Evoir Posted 21 Feb 2009 , 11:49am
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Hi bunsen and miscue...I am also in Australia, north of Sydney and am about to embark on the same journey. I know our local council are trying to promote home businesses, but am not sure how this applies as yet to cake decorating.

I will 'watch' this topic and add any info as I come across it. It would be nice if we could all have a way to keep in contact on this vast site!

Good luck!


miscue Posted 21 Feb 2009 , 11:56pm
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Hi EVe,

where abouts are you located? I grew up in central coast/newcastle area. icon_smile.gif

Do you belong to any cake decorating groups or anything? I am about to join the cake decorators guild of NSW.

Sparklepop Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 1:09am
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Which Guild are you joining miscue? I've been a member for a few years at Golden West.

Evoir Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 1:22am
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Hi Sparklepop - missed you last time!

Miscue - I am in Newcastle icon_smile.gif

I looked into joining the guild, and also the association (?) but there are no local meetings etc, so I didn't think it would be of much value just yet. There's a fair bit though, I think, that goes on in Sydney. I am focussing at the moment on soaking up the knowledge and expertise of one of the local, big suppliers of cake decorating stuff and classes in the Hunter region. I'm doing a class right now actually, which has been good for picking the brains of then local experts icon_smile.gif

Sparklepop Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 1:44am
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Hi Evoir there is a Branch of the Guild on the Central Coast, they are quite big and there are some terrific decorators there. If you want more info pm me and I'll give you a name and phone number if you like. Believe me you will definitely soak up quite a lot at a Guild meeting and there is nothing better than talking to more cake decorators icon_lol.gif . You will meet decorators from the newest to the most experienced show winners to those that run businesses. Not sure where the Association is though.

Evoir Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 3:44am
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That would be fantastic, Sparkepop icon_smile.gif

Its about an hour's drive tot he Central Coast for me, so yeah, if I can arrange childminding (husband or otherwise!) I'd be interested in joining!

Please pm me those details, whenever yoiu have a free moment icon_smile.gif



miscue Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 5:12am
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I am going to join the Golden West Branch! I live in Northmead, so would probably be the easiest/closest one. I talked to the lovely Shirley on the phone the other week.. I wanted to come to the meeting on feb 14, but couldn't make it - But I will definatly be at the march 14th!!

Sparklepop Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 9:25am
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Will definitely see you there miscue. Shirley is great she is the President and you'll definitely see me I'm Secretary so make sure you come up and introduce yourself icon_biggrin.gif .
Shirley would have filled you in on everything but if you want to know anything just ask thumbs_up.gif

Eve I just sent those details off to you, hope you can get to go icon_biggrin.gif

miscue Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 10:17am
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I will be sure to introduce myself! Shirley was so nice, she told me pretty much everything, I was so upset that I had to work on the sat and couldn't go.
I'm even more excited to come and join now - and I must say, now a little nervous!!

Thanks for all of your info and help today.
Meet you soon!

Evoir Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 10:37am
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Hey thanks for that pm, Sparkle icon_biggrin.gif You're a star!!

Have fun at the meeting, Rebekah...I'd love to hear about how you found the meeting!

Thanks girls,

Sparklepop Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 11:27am
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Rebekah good grief don't be nervous. be excited, we will have a shop from Penrith, demonstrations and you will be guaranteed to learn something, I know I always do, if you don't let me know icon_surprised.gif . Already you know 2 people by the end of the day you'll know more. We are a pretty friendly bunch with ages ranging from young to not so young icon_wink.gif and they're the ones that know it all.

Eve your meeting will be next week, I think, if you can go, there are some really nice people there. If you get there let us know how you go, you will be made most welcome and I'm sure have a good time. I've been to Central Coast before so one day we might get to meet icon_biggrin.gif .


Evoir Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 11:15pm
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Lyn, I'll see how this week goes. We are in the process of selling and buying a house, so its literally the worst time for me to even mention doing something fun by myself like going to the central coast for a meeting, haha!

But I will definitely be going in the near future icon_smile.gif

Thanks again!

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