OK, so I live in WI and as I understand it we have no cottage laws. I have signed a petition to get one enacted. I am pretty business savvy, but have never dealt with business' in the food industry. I know there is a lot more to know and deal with there. I haven't the slightest idea where to even start to find more information on this topic. I thought that maybe I could get some help here.
It is my understanding that it is not legal for me to have a food business from my home. If it is not a business, but rather just a hobby right now is there any loopholes in that?! For example, my cousin wants to hire me to do cupcakes for her son's birthday. I am guessing legally I can make cupcakes for her if I give them to her for free. I just can't charge her for them. Is this true? I know you lovely people are bakers, but thought your experience/knowledge could at the very least point me in the right direction on where I could find such info.