I'm looking at a place to start a cake business today. I am located in Texas and I'm not sure where to begin. Also, what questions should I ask the realtor about this place and what things do the building really need to have to make it a good bakery.
Can anyone help?
Here is an ongoing current thread about things you need to consider before starting a business. It isn't in Texas, but it was certainly eye opening to me. http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-632277.html
You will definitely need to familiarize yourself with the state and your county regulations. Good luck!!
That's a broad question.
-Do you know the requirements for a legal bakery?
-Have you researched with the Health Department what they require you to have in your bakery (such as 3-bay sink, grease trap, hand sinks, etc)?
-Do you know what kind of equipment you want (mixers, ovens, tables, etc.)? That will help in determining the size you need as well as the type of electrical outlets.
-Do you plan on buying all the equipment or are you looking for a place that already has some of these items?
-Do you know what your equipment is going to cost?
-Do you know how much you want to pay in rent?
-Do you have a business plan (that will help you figure out how much rent you can afford)?
-Have you built up some client base to support you once you open?
The main things are to speak with the health department and to look into doing a business plan. The health department will be able to provide you with all the "must haves" to be legal and the business plan will help you with the numbers. Also if you are looking to get a loan to buy a place you are going to need a business plan. The SBA has a great tutorial to help you get started on a business plan at http://web.sba.gov/sbtn/registration/index.cfm?CourseId=27 .
I hope all that helps!
Thank you mbt4955 and jewelykaye for your suggestions. They will get me started and on my way. Thanks!
Here's some links that I had saved when I was researching this:
Texas Department of State Health Services (all of the requirements):
Texas Online- Guide to Starting a Business:
thanks jewelykaye. i'v visited both websites. there are a lot of info to digest but i have better idea about what, how and where to get started.
Where in Texas? Tx is kinda big! So rules and regulations vary.