There are many women who want to start up their own home business but simply do not know where to begin. Many feel that they need a huge amount of start-up capital when this is simply not the case. For women who desire the flexibility and freedom to work from home in their own business one of the first things to consider is what they love to do and what they do well. If you are one of the many women who want a home business but have no idea where to begin then consider what you already do at home. Baking is one of the things that many women do well.
If your family events have everyone begging you to create something simply because they know how delicious your baked goods are then put that skill to work for you. You can begin a home business selling your delectable home baked goods. There are several ways that you can begin a home baked goods business that require very little to no money to begin.
You can use your cooking and baking skills to begin a catering service. Catering services can be run completely from home. You simply need to make a list of any supplies and equipment that you need. Incidentally if you cook much at all you probably already have all the supplies that you need to begin a successful catering business at home. You can simply advertise your catering services and when you have customers call and tell you what they need you cook it. You can have them come by at a specific time and pick up their order or you can invest a little extra money into a van or SUV and deliver it yourself. If you are planning to deliver you should charge a little more for your service to offset the costs of gasoline and automobile repairs when needed.
You can also simply open a home based bakery. People love home baked pies, cookies and cakes. You should inform customers of what your services entail as far as bakery selections and give them a specific time frame for orders. For instance you should not expect your customers to call and request several pies with only a few hours notice. Be sure to outline in your advertisements or brochures what you bake and how much advance notice they should give you for orders.
Again, you may already have all the equipment and supplies that you need to begin either of these services. You should allow some startup money for food ingredients but you can always demand a deposit be made before you begin cooking. This will not only give you the funds for grocery supplies but will also ensure that your customers will not back out on the orders that they place.
Advertise locally in your newspaper or other publications, by word of mouth and even over the internet. You can offer home baked goods over the internet and possibly have more business than you can handle. Be sure to find bakery boxes that will protect your products if you need to ship them. You can typically pick up bakery items at craft or department stores.