cakesonoccasion Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 10:16pm
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OK- so I've read so many posts about "How much does it cost to start up my own bakery?" That I thought I'd tell you my answer. $13,000.00.
Health inspector gave me the go ahead today- and we are in business! It's been a long 9 months since I moved into this location- and it's finally ready to go! Now- granted- I moved into a historic site, which did not have a kitchen in it, and had to add plumbing and a grease trap, but I did find all of my equipment used at auctions and craigs list. I had originally budgeted $8,000.00. I always laugh at people on those home improvement shows, and think "what idiots" when they go over budget. Now I'm one of those idiots icon_smile.gif But seriously- if you're planning to start up a biz- estimate your cost and time to do it, and then double both of those- and you'll be just about right icon_smile.gif I'm happier that words can express about getting it all finished- and excited that it's all mine- but now the real work begins- cranking out tons of cakes to pay for it all! icon_smile.gif
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sari66 Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 10:21pm
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Congratulations!! You kitchen looks great.

-Tubbs Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 10:23pm
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It looks wonderful - congratulations! I wish you lots of luck with your business.

iamcakin Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 10:29pm
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Congratulations, and warm wishes.

May your orders be many, bridezillas be few, and your profits great! icon_biggrin.gif

hilly Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 10:31pm
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Everything looks wonderful! Congrats! icon_smile.gif

cupcake_cutie Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 10:41pm
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It's beautiful! Congratulations!

neecerator Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 10:43pm
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Congratulations! Enjoy your new business, and all the best to you! icon_wink.gif

Occther Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 10:48pm
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Looks great!! When I started my coffee shop, I figured $5000 to $10,000 - Try closer to $25,000 just to open the doors. You were smart to purchased used equipment. I didn't because I lived in a small town where getting it serviced was next to impossible!! Always plan on it costing you a lot more than you initially planned!!!

Meowcakes Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 10:54pm
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Oooooo, that is pretty! Congratulations!

aej6 Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 11:02pm

Very nice!! Congratulations!!

tanu Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 11:13pm

I think you have given many others who are thinking to open their own business a great boost that it can be done!

asanchez Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 11:14pm

congrats!!!!

I always wanted an oven like the one you have.

KHalstead Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 11:16pm

It is absolutely gorgeous!!! Almost seems a shame to mess it up by baking in it huh? LOL

newbaker55 Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 11:17pm

How wonderful for you!!! May your buttercream be dreamy and your fondant never fail, your piping hand stay steady and artistic soul prevail icon_biggrin.gif

kkbritt8 Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 11:21pm

How exciting! Looks fantastic. Have fun with it!

cakeandpartygirl Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 11:24pm

congratulations. I can only dream that one day I'll be able to do this also.!!!!

tweeter_bug98 Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 11:37pm

Congrats and Best of Luck to you!

ksmith1012 Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 11:39pm
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Originally Posted by newbaker55

How wonderful for you!!! May your buttercream be dreamy and your fondant never fail, your piping hand stay steady and artistic soul prevail icon_biggrin.gif




"May your orders be many, bridezillas be few, and your profits great! "



- What they said! icon_biggrin.gif Congratulations and all the best!

JulieMN Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 11:42pm

How fun! Congratulations and happy caking!

Joyfull4444 Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 11:42pm

Congratulations! Kitchen looks perfect, lots of room for all your future cakes & cake toys.

Wishing you many years of happy caking!! thumbs_up.gif

Bakingangel Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 11:56pm

Looks GREAT! So excited for you! Best Wishes!

cakesonoccasion Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 11:57pm

Thanks, y'all! I guess I should add that I've "been in buisiness' for almost 3 years now...have a very successful business doing lots of wedding cakes, party cakes, and sugar cookies. Already had a very solid customer base, belong to professional organizations, and have all of the decorating tools one would need, etc. but have been renting space. I'm soooo glad I waited and did it this way- it would be so scary to think of starting out without all of that in my favor. So if you're brand new to the art- don't jump out and start something without putting in some serious time in a rental kitchen. Renting was not the most ideal situation, but I'm sooo glad I did!

classiccake Posted 23 Jun 2010 , 12:11am

Congratulations on "the next step up!" You were very smart to do it in steps. That is exactly what I did 15 years ago and I have never regretted it!

newbaker55 Posted 23 Jun 2010 , 12:12am

My 'caker's blessing' for you still holds, but...what the heck are you still doing on CC!!! Get off and get to cakin', hon...you gotta pay for that new kitchen icon_lol.gif

tesso Posted 23 Jun 2010 , 12:51am

Looks wonderful. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

indydebi Posted 23 Jun 2010 , 1:50am

waht a beautiful space!! You did a great job putting that together!

rosiecast Posted 23 Jun 2010 , 2:04am

Congrats!! and best of luck to you...

newmansmom2004 Posted 23 Jun 2010 , 2:05am
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Originally Posted by sari66

Congratulations!! You kitchen looks great.




Ditto - it looks amazing!!! I'm jealous! icon_wink.gif

LoveMeSomeCake615 Posted 23 Jun 2010 , 2:05am

Wow, beautiful! Congrats! Thank you for sharing what you did about how you started by renting a kitchen! That's very encouraging to me that we are on the right track because we are starting that way! icon_smile.gif

mbark Posted 23 Jun 2010 , 2:13am

what a great space! ahh, one day hopefully me too....

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