I bake for friends right now, but thinking to expand it. I've combed through my lease, and there aren't any clauses restricting me from using my apartment. I've read through the cottage rules of Illinois (http://cottagefoods.org/laws/usa/illinois), but where to start?
I have to register with the health department.
I need a tax ID number.
I need insurance.
I need a class about sanitation.
Is there a normal sequence to doing these?
Any help is greatly appreciated.
PS, I don't want to use a commercial kitchen unless necessary.. I already have a job so I don't plan on doing more than 3-4 weekly.
as best as i can tell from perusing the law--just as a fellow cake person--you need to check locally with your county health department--
and as i understand it--you can direct sell at farmer's markets only--it does not seem to allow for decorated cakes--
not sure about illinois but in tennessee decorated cake comes under catering--different localities will use the cfl to allow for decorated cake but this law is not written for it--it's all in how it's interpreted at the individual county level--
best to you
Start with the county/city/municipality in which you live. They will guide you through the whole process. You will need to contact the department dealing with business licenses.