Nellical, you are not the bad guy. I do understand your frustration and that part about the employees just make me very upset. I run into the same problem in my nail salon and now, I choose to work alone.
Anyhow, in my opinion, if you are going to be in business, any kind of business, you must follow the rules, laws. As a consumer, I do want to know the product I'm buying (eating in this case) was produced in a safe facility. Regardless if it is a retail bakery or Mary Jane house around the corner. If the laws and requirements are there for public safety, it should not change or get more lenient because somebody doing from their home may not do the same volume as a retail bakery. That would level the plane field. If the Nellical and other retail places get fined for not complying with the requirements (because is for the safety of the public) the home kitchens should have to follow the same rules.
I don't have a problem with a Cottage Law if its done fair. I think a lot of people here is not really aware of what that entitles or how it works. We don't have one, so I can just go by other States.
It would not work for me, although the concept of working in my pj's really appeals to me.
I'm not a farmer nor I live in a rural area.
I got dogs and you better believe me, I'm not getting rid of them
The level of business I want to do I could not do out of my regular kitchen without interfering with my household life
I sure dont want strangers in my house for tastings
My target clientele don't go to peoples houses for cakes.
With that said, I don't think a Cottage Law that keeps the safety requirements the same for ALL bakers are not going to put any retail bakery out of business. If you choose to have a place with big overhead, you will have to work much harder just to break even than someone with a much smaller place.
I will tell you makes me real mad, last nigh, after I read the posts here, I went on Craigslist to see about this people advertising there. Personally, I would not put a add there. Anyhow, it was as eye opener
I don't know how I can describe it to you guys without writing a novel...lets just say that aside from a lady selling $5 cakes to pay for her electric bill ( she will be owning more in electric with her $5 cakes) I came across two individuals here in Florida that are doing illegal and they know it and in their adds they mentioned " why should you fill the pockets of custom bakeries when you can come to me and save money"! That got me HOT!
people like that hurts legal business and they will continue to do it illegally even after any Cottage Law is passed.
I'm going to stop here...it is turning into a novel,
Just as a last word...times are hard and we all are looking for ways to make our lives a bit better and help provide for our family. As times and economy changes, we must adapt in order to survive. Unfortunate, some of us won't and this is due to different factors in business not just one. Sometimes, this topics get really heated and I tend to put myself in other peoples shoes. I believe in being fair in business and in life.
You all have a great day! I will be baking my Christmas cookies for my family today.....in my pj"s.