Originally Posted by mombabytiger
So - in states where you can bake on your property only if you have a separate commercial kitchen, I have a question. How in the name of all that's holy can you justify spending the money it takes to build a commercial kitchen on your property? I'm guessing this would cost $20,000 - 30,000. How many $100 cakes would you have to sell (minus costs) to pay for that?
Some hobbies just aren't supposed to turn into businesses.
I do plan to turn this hobby into a business. It is my passion and I need the money!
I can see it costing every bit of $20k-$30k, and more, even depending on how you do it. The way I plan to do it is Craigslist! I found my house with 2 car garage on Craigslist, as I did, my insulation, 3 bowl sink, 2 commercial convection ovens, door, lumber, electrical lines, various plumbing, fridges, freezers, shelving, cooling racks, cake pans. some things have been cheap, others free, and others a good deal, but not "cheap".
Also, I network at my church. I know licensed electricians, and plumbers from church, and my mom's boyfriend is a licensed contractor. We have gotten a lot of materials used and discounted, and they are giving us discounted labor. I did my electrician's wedding and groom's cake too. (Everything has to be done according to "code" as well, by licensed master workmen, or DH would have had it all done by now!)
It is still going to cost us A LOT!!! And I have had to be very patient. When I do a large wedding cake, I search for something to buy for the business. I have been buying for 3 years now. A little at a time. I refuse to go into debt, I have enough to worry about!
There are restrictions, as well. I cannot have more traffic than "normal" in my neighborhood, I cannot have people eat purchased food here, but tastings are okay, but I have to use disposable serving plates and plastic cutlery, and bottled water. There is a lot more, but it escapes me right now! I still have a long way to go, I'll clarify everything again when I am closer!