I am moving from home baker to renting a commercial kitchen. How do you tell future customers "where you are located"?
I will be baking, decorating & customer pick ups onsite but I will not have a display area.
You tell them exactly what you are doing! Most will appreciate the fact that you are operating in a Health Department approved facility. As for consultations, do them from your home, or meet at a bistro, restaurant or coffee shop.
what are the first steps to take when thinking of renting a commercial kitchen?
After I had really thought about it, looked at cost of renting a storefront myself, creating a business plan based on the cost of rent of a location I thought would be good. I was just to scared and didn't have $$ to venture out on my own.
I had already talked to the owner of a cupcake location about selling my cookies in her store, so I went and talked to her about that & mentioned that I would be interested in renting her kitchen. We talked about it and it seems like a dream come true to me, at least at this point in time. Once I get more customers then I might venture out on my own.
But think about all the places in your town that have commercial kitchens. In talking to a lady who has a catering company in her house - she had talked to a preschool in the area that was interested in her doing the lunch for the school and then she would be able to use the kitchen for her business. I even pulled up all the health inspectors reports for the commercial kitchen in my area - those that always had issues - I wasn't interested in even talking to them.
Thank you for responding
I am in the process of trying to find a kitchen to rent in my town