Originally Posted by Creativebakes
Originally Posted by jasonkraft
You would need to talk to your local health department to determine the requirements for a "business kitchen". Depending on the local rules, you may need a completely separate building or a separate entrance for your business kitchen.
Our business uses a rented commercial kitchen, it's a great way to get started since you typically pay by the hour and there are few startup costs. Google "houston commercial kitchen rental" to see the rental options in your area, it look like Houston has quite a few.
Note that there is a big difference between a rented commercial kitchen and a rented storefront. We pay about $500/month for our rented kitchen, a retail storefront would be $2000-3000/month or more.
Right now I'm just making cakes every now and $500 is alot especially when you're not doing it full time.
You also have to remember that Jason is in CA, my guess is that his rental per month is a lot more than what it would be in your area just because it's california. You may also be able to use a churche kitchen and have it inspected, typically these kitchens are free to members or have a much smaller fee.
Have you had a chance to call your health dept?