I am getting my courage to go ahead and get my home kitchen licensed. I've gotten to the point that I need to be able to charge for cakes but I can't afford renting space.
Does anyone who has recently had their home kitchen licensed/inspected have any advice on where to begin the process and what other items I need to get started? (insurances etc).
Any help is greatly appreciated!
Your first step should be to contact your local HD and they will point you in the right direction. Each county may have their own requirements so I don't want to give you any false information.
Once you know exactly what is needed in your kitchen, then you'll go ahead and schedule an inspection. In my county I also had to submit my recipes for approval, since I can't sell perishable baked goods, i.e. cream pies, mousses, cheesecakes, etc....basically anything that needs refrigeration.
I have well water so I also had to have that tested.
After I passed inspection and got licensed, I searched for business insurance.....I used MetLife because we have our homeowners and life insurance with them so I received a multi-policy discount.
Good luck....it's a long process, but it's not difficult and it's definitely worth it.
The very first place to start is your local building/zoning inspector to see if you can have a business in your residence. Then off to your HD, and AG
Good point Mike....I assumed she knew the answer to that already! We all know what can happen when we assume
Thanks for your help! I know there is a lady the next street over that has a hair salon business out of her house, so maybe that will be in my favor. I am hoping to get to the Zoning, HD this week to see what is possible. Thanks again!