Hi! ive been doing cakes for friends now for couple of years and been thinking of doing it as a business so i can advertise and sell my cakes in public.I live in seattle area. I really dont have idea how this works. I appreciate all the help.
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AHi Mocharella, I agree that you need to see what the local laws are for your area. In Missouri where I live, I can sell to individuals out of my home, but must use a commercial kitchen if I'm selling retail, say to an area cafe or something like that. Good luck with your business.
You would be working under what is called a "Cottage Food Law" Most states have one and they can vary greatly from one state to the next. Here is a good place to start
They should have a FAQ's page as well.
I am doing the same thing in Michigan . Good Luck
FYI - When we sell directly to the consumer, it's called retail. Selling to an area cafe, as you mentioned above, is selling to a business, which is wholesale.
Thanks for the clarification regarding retail vs. wholesale. It is retail when we sell directly to a consumer and wholesale when selling to a business. I totally skipped that part of the equation when saying that a commercial kitchen is needed to be able to sell to a business (wholesale for us, but those businesses are, in and of themselves, retail establishments.)
I apologize for the confusion. Thanks again.