Kitchen Renters! What Do You Pay?

Business By cattycornercakes Updated 6 Jul 2010 , 7:11pm by 3LittleBeesCookies

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cattycornercakes Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 4:00pm
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I have found a kitchen to rent at a local community center. They've never rented their kitchen out so they aren't sure what to charge me. They asked me to come up with a proposal.

Sooo...not to be nosey but...if you rent a kitchen, how much are you paying? Or if you know of kitchens for rent in your area, how much are they going for?

Thanks!!
Renee

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Younique_designs Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 6:29pm
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I have been checking on this myself and trying to figure it out. I am in Florida and I found a lady renting space in her bakery for $400 a month. I have also seen where people pay $25/hour! I thought $400 was very reasonable, when compared to that. But, I don't know what sort of time frame that is either. I haven't called her yet. Maybe some more will reply and we can both learn something! lol! thumbs_up.gif

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mmdiez10 Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 6:48pm
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I'd love to know the answer to this too.

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cattycornercakes Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 7:36pm
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Well I know of one kitchen in Philly that charges $39 for off peak and $44 for peak (off peak hours being like 10 pm - 6 am and peak hours being daytime). That seemed kinda high to me. $400 a month sounds reasonable. I guess a flat rate scares me in that I have no idea if I'll have enough business to support that amount of rent...but I guess if I don't then I probably shouldn't bother being in business!

When we met last night, we discussed a per hour charge but they'd have a hard time knowing how many hours I'm there. We also discussed a per cake charge. They told me to think about it and come up with a proposal. When I got home last night, I was kicking around maybe like a percentage of sales...although I'm not sure how much. I want to make sure the rent is fair to them as far as covering the extra costs for utilities but also fair to me so that I make some money on the cakes.

Hopefully some other people will chime in with what they pay...maybe no one is home yet icon_smile.gif

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tavyheather Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 7:56pm
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I am looking too......so far I've seen a couple places in San Diego for $20/hr

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timhenk Posted 4 Jul 2010 , 4:14pm
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check out kitchenchicago.com for their rates. But keep in mind that they have stock ingredients on hand for you, and will receive your shipments, etc.

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timhenk Posted 4 Jul 2010 , 4:18pm
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check out kitchenchicago.com for their rates. But keep in mind that they have stock ingredients on hand for you, and will receive your shipments, etc.

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catlharper Posted 4 Jul 2010 , 4:39pm
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Because of how much I use it I get a break. The normal rate is $25 an hour but because I use it more than 12 days a month it's discounted down to $15 an hour. I wish they had a monthly rate!

Cat

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brea1026 Posted 6 Jul 2010 , 2:19am
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I rent from a meal preperation place for $750/month. This includes a $500 rent charge, and $250 for utilities which will be re-assesed at the end of the summer (I am in AZ and the A/C bills are outrageous!)

Good Luck on your new adventure!

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thecookieladycc Posted 6 Jul 2010 , 4:22pm
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I pay $7 an hr or $45 a day.

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cakesdivine Posted 6 Jul 2010 , 6:20pm
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I pay $100 to walk in the door and can have the kitchen for 24 hrs of use. If I only use it a few hours then my loss. If I can pull an all day/all nighter then the price is really reasonable. But how often does that actually happen...never...LOL!

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cattycornercakes Posted 6 Jul 2010 , 6:36pm
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Thanks for all of the replies! Great info!

I'm thinking of proposing to them that I pay a percentage of my sales - ie: 15%. Still working on the numbers....

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kneadacookie Posted 6 Jul 2010 , 6:54pm
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wow, I guess I'm pretty lucky paying $300 per month. I told them I didn't think it would work for me to pay by the hour, because most of the time I am just sitting there decorating.

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tinygoose Posted 6 Jul 2010 , 7:04pm
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$16 hr evening, $20 peak, other place in town is $25 hr anytime.

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3LittleBeesCookies Posted 6 Jul 2010 , 7:11pm
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The cheapest I have found in my area is $35 an hour with no minimum. Some places require a certain amount of hours.

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