Originally Posted by sharon24
Hi I agree you need to be legal.
I would like to know what you have to do to become legal too.
So far I have only made for friends and family but people keep asking if they can buy cakes from me so am thinking of setting up after my kitchen renovation.
I am in the UK too so could you outline the prossess please idontknow?
I will only be doing 2 or 3 cakes a month as thats all I have time for but want to be legal and have insurance.
Here in the UK it is quite an easy process to become "legit", so I thought why not rather than suffer the worry of not registering. First, you will need to complete your Food Hygiene Level 2 certificate (you can do it online for £30, just google it) this course will teach you all the things you will need to consider when baking for sale - like cleaning rotas, fridge temps etc a lot of which is common sense.
once you have this, call up your local council's environmental health department and ask them what is involved in registering a cake business from your home. My EH told me that once I sent off the simple form to them I could start trading and they would contact me to make an appointment for inspection. I asked about surprise visits and they said they could happen, but as it was also my home it's not something they do often and also, I could also refuse entry and ask them to make an appointment to visit.
In addition to these two steps, you will also need to register as self-employed (you can do this online very easily, again just google it) you can be self employed and an employee at the same time, so for example I have a full time job so I am an employee but I have also registered as self-employed for my cake business which I plan to do around one or two cakes a month.
After you've sorted the above out, you can then think about getting some insurance - if you join the British Sugarcraft Guild you can get their insurance tailored for home-bakers who don't make more than £7000 profit
so for a part-time caker this is more than enough.
That's really all there is to it, and as I said earlier I've found everything to be quite straightforward so far - although I haven't had an inspection so far! The thing that took the most time relatively speaking was going through all the material for the online course, around 3 hours.
I'm now about to start working on dummies to build a little portfolio and I've registered the domain too.