I want to finally get over my fear and start a home based cake business in Fort Riley, KS. My husband is deploying next Saturday, so i need to keep myself busy. I called the Dept. of Agriculture, and the lady told me that I did not need a license to operate. However, I am still confused. Can someone please tell me if it is safe to invite potential customers in my house for tasting and consultation? I have two little boys. What else needs to be done? Any suggestion will be deeply appreciated. Thanks a million!!!
Hi there! I'm not sure what the rules are with Kansas, but I just wanted to wish you luck. My husband is also deployed and that's the main reason I started my cake business up. Being busy has really helped the time fly by.
Go to your local Health Department, They will give you all the information you need. Find out if you need a separated kitchen to do baking and the type of equipment needed to run a home base buissenes.
I have a home-based bakery in Kansas. I spoke with my county health department and checked my city's regulations on home-based businesses. For me, the answer was that I didn't need to be licensed. My city does have strict rules on operating a store-front operation from home, so I try to limit the number of people coming and going. I deliver orders as much as I can afford to in order to keep the traffic down. I agree, check with your county's health department. Best of luck to you and your family.
I want to thank everyone for their suggestions. I will forever be grateful to Cake Central forum and members!!!!
I am moving back to Kansas when my house sells. I also have spoke to the Dept of Ag. The policy is that you can operate a home business baking as long as you sell non perishable items. Also you cannot sell to someone who is going to resell. ie, gas station selling your muffins. I think as far as bringing people into your home. I would say a clean home is key. Also if you have pets, i would not have them roaming around. Although I think most people are careful about pets in there kitchen, it could influence peoples thoughts. I wish you luck.