AHi everyone! I'm new here to CC and new to the business aspect of this venture in general. I live in southwest PA and would like to start a home bakery business. I've been unofficially baking for years and have found (since losing my job in Jan.) I have a passion for this. However, I am completely lost as to the steps I need to take to be a legal business. I've googled a lot and I get no specific information. I started with filling out the dept of agriculture form and the pa sales tax form. I've contacted my local zoning board to make sure I can do this.... That's about it. Idk if I need a general business license, a home occupation permit, a health permit, a mercantile license, do I need to contact the local dept of health? Idk how to register my DBA name, set up insurance, if I should be an llc or a sole proprietorship, if I need an EIN? And do I need a detailed business plan to send in with my dept of agriculture form or should I just send in the answers to the 8-9 questions listed? I am so lost.... Any help would be GREATLY appreciated! TIA!
AThank you! That helped sooo much!
ARight here with you. Been baking for family and bday cakes of all kinds for years..I live in good old mississippi. Laws vary I looked at the link above, try looking in to cottage laws...if your state has them we are passing a new one now I'm happy it is in play july. Good luck!