I am looking into renting kitchen space, so I can be legal. Although I can do it from home, "legally" you shouldn't. Anyway, I have contacted a few people about renting, and I am looking for advise. I know I should have a business plan, but where do I even start with this? How did you all know what to do? I am young, and not business savvy. Thank you in advance!
I'm gonna bump you because I was getting ready to ask who all wrote a business plan and how and where did you start?
I've written two biz plans. Both times, three years apart, I decided I did not want to move to a retail space. I used software purchased at Staples for $39 or so.
I hope this isn't a stupid ?? Leahs but what do you mean retail space? Is that what a storefront is considered if you don't have a licensed kitchen in your home? Or do you have a licensed kitchen in your home?
Leah, if I go to staples to get it, will it say something about business planning on it? So I know what I'm looking for?
I'm working on my business plan right now. Go to www.score.org and there are free templates to help out. It can be a little overwhelming at first, but is a great thing to do if you're seriously thinking about opening a storefront and is a must-have if you're going to be trying to get financing.
I bought Kathy Moore's book "Starting a Cake Decorating Business" which I found really helpful to give me a plan on where to go. She cuts it down into bitesize sections and is really easy to follow. It is a lot of help for basic what to do next.
Amy....is that the one you download after you buy it? Or does it come bound??
I don't really want a retail space at this point. I just want a place to "legally" cook and be licensed, so I can advertise, and sell to businesses. My husband knows the wealthiest/most well known person in our city(who actually owns about 1/2 the city). His wife loves my work, and wants to start buying only from me, as well as have her friends only by from me. She has tons of parties with vendors at them, and wants to give my name to them, and add me to the list. She also knows higher ups in a huge nearby city who are wedding people, and wants to add me to that city vendor list. I also have a caterer who wants to recommend me to people, and there are NO wedding cakers in this area, aside from publix. So basically, I've got a ton of potential high end clients, but no approved kitchen to cook in. So right now I'm not interested in storefront! Do I need to do anything different b/c I only need a kitchen?
Michelle: I bought it on Amazon. Here's the url http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1905113064/?tag=cakecentral-20
Pipe dreams: I've been told by my local council and other people on here that as soon as you have your premises inspected than your off. If your baking from home or renting it then you need to get it inspected and legalised. Afterwards you can start
Ok, so once I have a kitchen rented and get it inspected..I am good to start. that's great news! now I just have to find a kitchen! Now, once i have a kitchen, I need a license, right? Then do i have to do anything tax/irs wise? Like do i need to start keeping records of everything(ingredients costs, rent, sales) and hook up with hrblock or something?Then claim my taxes next year as a business owner instead of on my husband's as a non-working spouse? Sorry, I know it sounds like a stupid question, but I don't know the legalities/business aspect of it. Thanks!
I'm not sure on your taxes but I do know that you have to keep track of everything you spend. Maybe look into book keeping or accounting to get some general knowledge of it? Good luck x
OK friends here on CC - I am in the really early stage of writing my business plan (which is going quite nice). I am looking at retail space that is awesome but it has nothing in it. I have to start from scratch at equiping this space. I know the obvious, sinks, ovens, refridgerator, work tables, mixers etc. I would like to hear from all of you experts on what you missed when you set up or what you have that you can't live without.
I don't want to miss including anything on my plan when I start looking for financing.
Thanks in advance - I hope this makes sense!
I am very blessed that I had a kitchen designer do my kitchen, so I got a few things extra that I never would have thought of. She didnt' charge me for her services since I bought the equipment from her.
My ONLY two regrets are no garbage disposal (how the heck did we overlook THAT one!?) and I wish I had a 3-door freezer instead of a 2-door.
My niece found a silver 3-shelf cart at a restaurant sale that she bought and gave me. I keep this next to the mixer and use it for storage for gloves, wax paper, measuring cups, trash bags .... misc stuff that I use every single day. It's GREAT (this falls under extra storage).
Things to consider though .... you will need more shelving/storage space than you plan for. Yes, you will.
The purchase that STILL irritates me is paying fifty bucks for a commercial mop bucket. (fifty bucks! that is SO nuts that those things cost that much!).
It's the little things, though, that start to add up, so up your budget for smallwares and misc items, like trash cans ... one by the hand washing sink, one in the restroom and at least 2 in the kitchen area. The mop bucket. The mop. Brooms and dustpan. Paper towels for the hand sink. All the soaps .... sink, handsink, floor, cleaners, sanitizers, windex I(I bought mine thru Sysco, in cases ... cost me $700 up front for soaps. They lasted more than 6 months, though); wax paper, parchment paper, gloves, ziplocks, the dishwashing tools (scratcher, washcloths, yellow rubber gloves), trash bags.
Then the expenses no one told me about so they weren't planned for: dumpster expense, fire extinguishers and semi-annual inspection, grease trap ($1000).
If I ever open up a place I will never get over a $50 mop bucket either LOL