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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.

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written by RebekahSCHNEIDER32, July 06, 2012
Buildings are quite expensive and not everybody is able to buy it. But, home loans are invented to aid people in such cases.
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Catering question
written by Finrod Felagund, May 30, 2012
Hey, thanks for posting. I have the same question as above: "..need to know what permits or licenses I need." I have a catering business myself. Thanks for the info!
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written by SchneiderJohanna23, May 04, 2012
Some time ago, I did need to buy a car for my firm but I did not earn enough cash and couldn't order anything. Thank God my sister suggested to try to get the loans from reliable creditors. Therefore, I did so and used to be satisfied with my credit loan.
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written by NicholeNolan, April 06, 2012
Every body remembers that modern life is expensive, but people need cash for various stuff and not every person gets enough cash. Thence to get quick mortgage loans or just short term loan will be a right way to start a business!
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written by Xena, March 22, 2012
Hi, I'm Almost 12 and me and 2 of my friends really love to bake. smilies/cheesy.gif We had an idea to start a bakery from home, but of course, my mom said It was too much of a hassle with the law and stuff.

Does anyone know if there could be any laws about the age, or special qualifications to start an in home bakery?

Thanks! smilies/smiley.gif
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written by ann, March 07, 2012
As a suggestion for those of you who want to make money cooking- try individual meals for home bound elderly, in the area I live, MANY people could benefit from square meals they don't have to cook. I see many older ones basically starving to death slowly because of poor quality meals. Frozen meals would be a hit. good luck.
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written by ann, March 07, 2012
I am very interested in renting a commercial kitchen facility for a month or so next jan/2013 in the coachella valley/riverside california area BUT any information is IMPOSSIBLE to find on the internet, I am surprised that so little info is out there, especialy in an area that grows so much food! If anyone knows of a place I would greatly appreciate the info. I appreciate your frustrations.
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Catering Company
written by Brett Rodgers, March 02, 2012
I'm getting married this April and I need a really good place to do our catering for us. I'm so excited to find a really tasty place that can be affordable. I really want a place that has an array of food. Who knows a good catering company?
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I want to start a muffin business
written by Amber May Leigh, February 26, 2012
Hi my name is Amber and I'm nearly 14. I really want to start my own muffin service from home but my mam says there are certain requirements for example the way your kitchen is designed. Is this correct I'm not sure and also do i need to take a course in catering i already know the basics as i am taught cookery at school but would i need any more education in this area before i begin? Please help! smilies/smiley.gif
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Very interested in this thread
written by Michael, February 22, 2012
Wow... I am so happy I found this discussion. I am researching opeing an accredited cooking school and am looking into the possibility of offering it as an incubator site.

Essentially renting space out helping fill my time slots and giving opportunity for those looking to build a business for themselves.

I hope to do this on the south shore of Long Island in NY

would love to hear different people's thoughts and needs... KOSHER
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bakery
written by malissa, from Ky, February 20, 2012
I live in Ky and am interested I starting a bakery or even a catering business from my home... Could you tell me what steps I would need to take to get started... Thank you so much...
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written by Kip, February 18, 2012
There seems to be a lot of people wondering how to find out about the laws regulating home baking, (me included). I've heard the Mid US are able to sell baked goods out of their kitchens, but all other states have strict laws against it. If dog hair and cat hair is the problem, what about the roaches, mice and just general vermen I have seen in some of the commercial kitchens I have worked in. I know my kitchen is cleaner and freezer and refridgerater are more regulated than some of the kitchens I've worked in. I have a certificate of kitchen sanitation and am aware of how to run a kitchen, but I can't find out how I can sell my goods. I have heard that a person can sell baked goods as long as they call it a craft and I have also heard that there are special inspectors that check on those people, but again I can't find out a real answer on this subject. I also know about a coffee shop that buys all of their backed goods from Costco and sells them seperatly. I have to say its a good idea, but once again, is their a regulation on this or have they found the loop hole???
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written by Kip, February 17, 2012
Can I sell baked goods in nevada farmers markets without owning a commercial kitchen, and can I get a licence to do so??? some one please help me and tell me who i need to contact to find out
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written by Lilly, January 24, 2012
Help,I need any information I can get to sell pastry from home in AZ, Please Help
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Fluff Article
written by Bryan Sears, January 24, 2012
There is almost no real information in this article. Everybody is looking for actual leads regarding forms, contact information, sites, agriculture, departments, home goods, etc. This piece told me nothing about how to do any of this, and indeed did not indicate where to start, as mentioned in the first paragraph. Baking seems to be the easy part of opening a bakery, or selling baked goods. The hard part is figuring out how to do it legally, according to state laws. I think this article was copied from a book in the 60's.
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starting a home baking business in california
written by katie, January 18, 2012
I would like to start a baking business in my home in California. Does anyone know if there is a way to start up without all the regulations? I need to make some.money before I can pay for all the regulations, i.e. a renting a commercial kitchen or remodeling my kitchen to states liking.



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written by Elizabeth , December 13, 2011
ok so my only concern is, if you are doing this to raise money for a charity do you need permission from them or any permits or anything from the government? smilies/cheesy.gif i also need tips and or recipies HELP! smilies/cheesy.gif
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written by Finch29ROSIE, December 06, 2011
All people deserve good life and personal loans or commercial loan will make it much better. Because freedom relies on money.
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written by HENDRIXDianna, December 03, 2011
I had a dream to begin my commerce, but I did not have got enough of cash to do it. Thank goodness my friend advised to utilize the credit loans. Thus I took the short term loan and made real my desire.
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Home baking
written by Lori, November 29, 2011
I know you can not do it in Connecticut unless you have a separate kitchen. NC allows it. Some counties in TN allow it but I believe there are only 9 states that allow home bakeries with exceptions. No canning, no custards or puddings and no meringues. And we all understand why. There are over a thousand home bakers in connecticut baking without a license and many of us are pushing to have that law which varies by town changed. I have seen restaurant kitchen 10x dirtier than mine would ever be. you can eat off my floor. Most HD know people do it and turn the other way until you start advertising your business and then they have to come after you. I think the best alternative is for all home bakers to push for a community kitchen. Either raise them money themselves or go for state and federal grants. That is what I am going to do here in the no so small business friendly state of Connecticut. I have a mind to move to NC.
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NJ Update and a Recommendation to Home Bakers in Other States
written by Grace DeStefano, November 26, 2011
The NJ Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens just held a Committee Hearing on Monday, Nov. 21st and S2734 - permits the sale of home-baked goods under certain circumstances was released (or passed that hearing and will go on to the next reading) after some ammendments are made. Also a companion bill was introduced into the Assembly that same day - A4307. To keep up with the latest information, please visit www.Facebook.com/NJHomeBakersBill or Twitter@NJHomeBakerBill. Please help us push these bills through!! There's less than two months left until the end of this session! I need as many NJ residents to help as possible!

For those in other states, such as GA, LA, MD, MN and SC (I hope I remembered those correctly) there are Facebook pages and petitions that are up and running in an effort to have bills introduced or passed. Please visit them and support your state's bills and those trying to get this done!
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written by peg, November 22, 2011
do i need a licenses to sell home made candy's in GA that i make at home like fudge ect
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written by peg, November 22, 2011
do i need a licenses to sell home made candy's in GA that i make at home like fudge ect
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very cool
written by jonny, November 19, 2011
i like this nice topic.
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baked goods
written by heather, November 09, 2011
can i sell baked goods without a liscence
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Char And Mel's Happy Kitchen.
written by Charlene, November 07, 2011
Hi can some one send some more information on line to let me know just what I need to have to do some baking in my home to have my own bussiness in baking cookies to sale on line. Thank you at this timm. Charlene Have a great day.
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Char And Mel's Happy Kicthen.
written by Charlene, November 07, 2011
Hi I am trying to find out some more information on how to have a my oown bussiness in my home. Can some one get back to me and maybe give me some information about iti. I Thank you so much for your time have a great day.
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"Is Baker's Wax Illegal?"
written by carrie, November 04, 2011
I checked the FDA website and it looks like parafin or baker's wax might have sort of a pending petition to ban it as a food additive. What about yellow beeswax as an alternative?
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Bay Area, CA
written by YFWInc. - self-employed..., October 23, 2011
I know in my county, you have to use/rent a commercial kitchen - so expensive though! The home based business regulations are ridiculous. Can't even get a hold of anybody in the Health Dept. office, probably because of cutbacks. Our gov't only cares about the big corporations who give them big bucks... mom & pop businesses are getting kicked to the side. I'm at my age where I wanna be more creative in earning my money rather than sit in a cubicle all day long and work for these corporations that don't care about their employees. Thanks for all the infos posted here...
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Petition?
written by Sweetertimes, October 15, 2011
Wish there was a way to "soften" the regulations. Wonder if a petition would get through to the politicians? Most of them live very comfortably, and probably can't imagine the hassle and expenses a stay at home mom has to deal with, hoping for extra income, simply to make ends meet. There has got to be a way for us to get through to the big guys! These laws are ridiculous... Freedom in this country is incredibly overrated! This issue is getting on my nerves...
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written by Bjonz, October 09, 2011
After reading all of this, I just think all these laws are ridiculous! If you brand the box as being "homemade", then the consumer knows they are eating at their own risk. They impose way too many regulations to "protect", when people need to just have the freedom to use their own judgement. There could be so many more business and jobs if there wasn't so many stupid regulations! I would love to sell out of my home, but now that I have read this, I'm pretty sure it would be illegal. So, what happens if you get caught?
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written by JamesAshley, September 27, 2011
I had a dream to begin my own firm, but I did not have enough of cash to do that. Thank goodness my colleague proposed to utilize the personal loans. Thus I used the commercial loan and realized my desire.
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written by JanMATHIS28, September 26, 2011
Do you know that it's high time to receive the home loans, which can realize your dreams.
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written by Julie, September 24, 2011
It really all depends on what state you live in as to whether you can legally open a home catering/bakery...In South Carolina it is illegal to do this, unfortunately smilies/sad.gif
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Commercial Kitchen for rent on Long Island
written by Jim, September 20, 2011
I am researching the feasibility of opening a certified commercial kitchen on Long Island. I want to try to assess what the interest level is for opening a rental based kitchen on the Nassau-Suffolk border. Please reply directly to keepondign at gmail.com. Jim
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written by BrendaMEDINA26, September 15, 2011
This is cool that people are able to receive the loan moreover, it opens completely new chances.
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written by Kavilla, August 31, 2011
hi everyone, im from memphis and i wondering if there are any laws here in memphis,tn that say i cant sell chocolate candies out of my house. plus i would love it if some of u could email me what kinds of chocolate that you think others o your may o may not like and what fillings would taste great mixed with the chocolate, email me please at tempest4life @ gmail.com, please and thank you smilies/cheesy.gif
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written by Baby Bouncer, August 29, 2011
Happy to see your blog as it is just what I’ve looking for and excited to read all the posts. this topic is very good,I am agree with this view.
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handmade foods
written by kelli, August 27, 2011
People always like handmade foods.Women who are excellent in it can give a try and check the result.
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I'm out of ideas... PLEASE HELP ME!!
written by Jennifer from NC, August 09, 2011
Ever since I was younger I made homemad candy with my mom. Now that I am older, I have been trying to make a business out of what I love to do... make homemade candy and other sweet. I have been in a local festival a few times and basically just sell to friends right now. I had a guy come up to me at the festival and ask how I got my chocolate to harden on my products. I told him my mom taught me how to use "baker's wax". He went into a long story about how it's illegal to do this. I've been on dozens of sites and can't find anything on the subject. Any ideas?
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THE ILLINOIS COTTAGE LAW.
written by Gene E., August 01, 2011
Does anyone know why Gov. Quinn will not sign the Bake and sell law so as to sell at farmers market or otherwise. ALL the states that surround Illinois have the law. I have heard nothing neg. in those states. Some of us need to make a few bucks more because of the economy and How about that gas for the car. Come one Gov. Quinn. Sign the law already.
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Regulations in Las Vegas
written by kris Las vegas, July 26, 2011
Hi, i have plans on selling baked products from my home, i was just wondering if anyone out their knew the laws Governing my State . Please feel free to let me know

Thanks
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Ashlae i have an idea
written by My Name is Nancy, July 26, 2011
Hi ive research on this home base business to sell online i also have chef training certifications and you do need a health inspection for your home there is alot of regulations. Ive always loved baking and know im good at it ive research so much that im just scared to jump on it, my husband is the only one working so i get scared of even considering failure i cannot affort it. I also live in Houston TX. I have some proffesors from my college that give me some good advice one of them is a health inspector for harris county. Have you ever though about a business partner my email is nsanch7 @ sbcglobal.net for consideration or more advice. Thanx smilies/smiley.gif
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what do i need??
written by ashlae, July 25, 2011
i am trying to help my sister with an online baking shop and we have no idea where to start! i can build the website and get cards and brochures made... that is the easy part. but the real question is: does she need to have the home inspected? does she need a legitimate licence? does she need certificates? can anyone answer these questions for me? we live in houston texas and i know the guidelines are different from state to state....and i can find nothing anywhere online! please help as soon as possible
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written by Internet Marketing Blog , July 13, 2011
Thanks for sharing great information. I want to sell my cake to the grosery store what has to include ?
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Home-Based Baking States
written by Jae, June 30, 2011
As with any other business endeavor there are certain rules and regulations that govern the industry. These rules and regulations are set by the individuals states and cover the types of items that can be sold, where vendors can sell, how products must be packaged and labeled and much more. There are currently 31 states that allow citizens to bake from home for profit in some form or fashion (i.e. selling directly to the public or selling via state sponsored farmers markets); these states include: *Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, *Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, *Kentucky, Maine, *Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, *New Jersey, *New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, *Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming. While some states allow bakers to sell commercially, other states have major restrictions. You must check with your particular state in order to get complete details on how, what and where you may sell your products. Remember all state cottage food laws are different.
The cottage law for the state of Illinois has not been signed into law by the governor.
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Home Baked Goods Business
written by Mary Cossins, May 26, 2011
Where do I go to find out step by step how to start a home based baking business on the website. Free info please.
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Home based bakeries
written by NJ Home Inspector, May 03, 2011
Many cities do not allow for home based bakeries in NJ. Some zoning laws and required Health Officer inspections are required.

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written by foofie dawgz, April 16, 2011
I am looking to start a home based dog treat business. What do I have to do as far as meeting all the legal requirements for the state of NJ to do this? I don't know where to start! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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cakes
written by renee, April 13, 2011
i love baking cakes anyone know about new orleans la what i have to have to bake and sell cakes out of my house
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In NYC, cupcakery...looking for bakery space
written by Melissa Beamon, April 12, 2011
This is for Dorian Douglas. You wrote back in November about trying to find people to help with rent. I live in Queens. Well, Rockaway Beach. If you are still looking, i am very interested.
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Commercial Kitchen in St. Louis
written by MJ, April 07, 2011
I know that you can't do any form of catering from your home in St. Louis. That includes baked goods. Does anyone know of a commercial kitchen that i can rent in the St. Louis City area. Thank you.
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Home-Based Baking
written by Denay Davis, April 06, 2011
If you search for a baking forum, several will pop up showcasing discussions about women worldwide using their home-based kitchens to bake cakes, cookies, pies, cupcakes, breads and more, all in an effort to make extra income and show-off their culinary talents.

In 2002, Warren Brown, moonlighted as a cake baker, eventually leaving his job as a Washington DC lawyer to take his deliciously amazing cakes to the masses two bakeries. Today Brown has seven locations across Maryland, Virginia and the nation’s capitol.

Everyone knows someone who can create a delicious cake or pie; In fact, if you stroll through any community farmer's market you will see folks selling their homemade baked goods, apple butter or heirloom candy?

The ability to sell a food specialty is made possible in most United States (U.S.) communities by the existence of "cottage food laws;" a special law giving home food processors permission to make potentially non hazardous food products from the home kitchen. In the U.S., “cottage food laws” are different for every state so home food processor's must check with their individual state regulatory agency to learn about specific food processing rules and food labeling requirements; while all other states may require the use of a licensed commercial kitchen.

Today eleven states currently have "cottage food law House Bills" pending, and the residents are hopeful these cottage food laws will pass bringing that much needed shot in the arm to their local economies. There is really no way of knowing how many home-based bakers and small food processors there are across America, however one thing is for certain, today the consumer’s desire for homemade, clean label foods with no preservatives opens the door for all food entrepreneurs ready and willing to become essential commodities in their community.

Locating information about home-based baking or food processing is tricky and you may need to contact a number of agencies i.e. the local Health Department, your state Department of Agriculture, your state Extension Service, often associated with a state university or any state sponsored Farmers Markets.

There are currently 27 states that allow citizens to bake from home for profit in some form (i.e. selling directly to the public or selling via state sponsored farmers markets); these states include: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia (non-profits at state farmers markets only), Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, *Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, *New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming. While some states allow bakers to sell commercially, other states have major restrictions. You must check with your particular state in order to get complete details on how, what and where you may sell your products.

*Legislation for cottage food law pending or home food processing is allow if vendors are selling at state approved farmers markets only.
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Online ideas
written by GiGi, March 23, 2011
I would like any advice on shipping baked goods. I too want to start a home based baking business but unfortunately in GA you have to have a separate kitchen. (Pricey!) My dream is to sell my baked goods online and made to order only. Any ideas?
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Church kitchens
written by BeLinda, March 21, 2011
My sister and I are starting a home baked bakery in Georgia. We are renting a church kitchen to save on cost. These kitchens have already been inspected by the health dept. Check with your state's agricultural dept for more regulations. State colleges and universties can offer good info too. Good Luck!
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It is Illegal to Sell Home-Baked Goods in Certain States - Please Check with Your Dept of Health First
written by Grace DeStefano, March 07, 2011
Right now there is legislation going on to 'remedy' the laws in states that do not allow for the legal sale of not potentially hazardous home-baked items. Please Google your state and Cottage Food Law to find information on whether or not your state is in this category.

As for NJ, please check out this site where a group of home-bakers have already worked to get a bill introduced in the state Senate (S2734) and are working to see it go all the way into becoming law: http://www.facebook.com/pages/...0845646404

For TX: the same idea as above except the legislation they're trying to pass is House Bill (HB1139) and you can get more information by clicking here: www.texascottagefoodlaw.com

Hope this helps. smilies/wink.gif
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Commercial Kitchens for Rent are everywhere.
written by MJ, February 21, 2011
My sister and I opened a home based bakery in NC. We had to apply to the NC Dept of Agriculture. There are some restrictions. For example we can't sell any whipped items.
We also wanted to move out of the house but don't have quite enough customers to afford our own location. I googled commercial kitchens for rent and there are several all over the US. Try that.
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Advise in Illinios
written by JM, January 20, 2011
My wife is from Germany and owned a bakery there for many years. She always bakes and all our family, friends and neighbors tell her that she really needs to start a business and sell her baked goods.

Can anyone here advise me of the requirements for DuPage County in Illinois or where to go to get this information? I am not sure if it is even allowed to bake in your home kitchen or not. Not sure if the Health Dept., needs to be involved, licensing, etc. and if anyone has any suggestions as to what stores are good to try to get into, how to do so, a place for packaging for the products, etc. I have found a few books online that help in setting up the business, but not really specific to area locations and requirements.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'd love to see my wife doing something she loves. She doesn't know I am looking into this, although we have talked about it some in the past. I'd love to surprise her with a business plan and a way to make it happen.

Hoping to find a mentor and/or a person knowledgeable in our area of the U.S. that can supply some good information.

Thanks,

Joe
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written by dd, January 18, 2011
I live in CT and am not planning on opening a bakery, are the rules still the same?
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baker of custom bakes
written by Jyl , January 18, 2011
alright i want to know if you rent a rental home in ny long island and dont live in it , can you use it for your cake shop? i do it out of home to family and friends and word of mouth but i need to have a bigger place, will ny state see it as a business place or a living home ?
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cake decorator
written by amanda, January 04, 2011
does anyone know specifics about MN? Just curious.....
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Regs in Illinois
written by Baker , December 25, 2010
Does anyone know the regs in Illinois
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Unbaked good
written by Lyn, December 19, 2010
Hi, I want to sell just the DRY ingredients in a Ball jar for people to make the bread at home. Does anyone kow if a license is required if "home baking" is not done? Thank you....

I'm in Colorado
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How to make inoice
written by Jan, December 13, 2010
I want to sell my cake to the grosery store what has to include ?
is any tax on it?
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Las Vegas, NV
written by Barbara, December 07, 2010
Does anyone know the requirements for doing doggie treats as a home based business here in Nevada?
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written by SDF, December 06, 2010
What are the laws in Texas on commercial kitchens, taxes, how you sell your baked goods (grocery stores, onlines,etc)? Do you need that $35 food handler's license? Basically, what's the skinny?
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written by nora, December 02, 2010
what about in texas? anyone know anything about whats needed here??
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response to tara kurkowsky, in calgary ab
written by susan mcgee, November 29, 2010
hi tara, i am a first year baking and pastry arts student at sait. i too was thinking of starting a home baking business. this is what i found out today, if you go to www.calgaryhealthregion/envhealth website, go to welcome page, then click on frequently asked questions which specifically state that a separate kitchen, separated from the personal kitchen, would have to be built if you wanted to do this. this rules it out for me. it does suggest an option, of approaching an approved food vendor, (think bakery, church kitchen, community hall kithcen and renting their space), then when all of the above is met you contact the city of calgary for licencing issues.
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Found a restaurant close to home
written by Dorian Douglas, November 23, 2010
The email address above is incorrect. However since then I have gone around my neighborhood checking on restaurants and bakeries to see who would rent space to me. One gentleman has to talk it over with his partner and the other with her husband. Meanwhile I have given away 8 small sample cakes to various bake shops and restaurants. The logic: folks will taste it and want a whole cake. Hopefully by then I should have my business up and running. Just thought I would share that with you guys out there. Okay gotta get back to the man at USDA see what I need to do next.
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NYC homeowner looking for others to share baking space
written by Dorian Douglas, November 18, 2010
I have been reading these articles avidly as I too have been wondering about the feasibility of doing a home baking business. So I did the research on NYS laws. Okay so I called the number for NYC. You can bake from home provided you follow the list given and as long as you confine your sales to restaurants, bake shops, flea markets, fairs etc. You must submit the plans you have and the ingredients you will use and make labels etc. No you cannot advertise on the internet. So-ooo I had a long discussion with a very nice gentleman today from the department of agriculture in my area and he suggested renting commercial baking space this way you eliminate the need for a licensed kitchen. Okay so I am looking at all the ladies who live in Nassau and Suffolk and I feel it for you. I also feel it for myself because I live in Queens closer to Nassau Cty. and I bake Black Cakes which are very expensive and time consuming to make but since I make them the right way I really want to send it out there for all those people who are fed up with phony reproductions. The other day I stopped in a little restaurant and they were selling slices of this spongy replica bathed in black coloring for $3.50 Per slice. Now imagine how much of a mark up that is after buying it wholesale from the home baker!

So I went searching for a bakery renting space and I called one in Levittown, LI. The rent was a little unsettling for a start up commercial baker, but I figured since my items are shelf stable I would only need the space for one or two days a week, he said regardless it would still be $1000.00 per month. Okay I asked him if I would have storage space etc. Yes! Okay I decided I would go check the place out. Now if I could find two or three others to share the space and the rent then why not? We could work out a schedule and perhaps end up paying $250.00 per month each. Hey then the whole world is open to you, you can sell wholesale, and on the internet. Anyone interested get in touch with me and we can work something out.
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Start a business at home
written by Tara Kurkowsky, November 15, 2010
Hello, I live in Calgary Canada and I was wondering if anyone else who lived in Canada knew of their regulations to start a business at home. I have a 3 year old little girl who takes up a lot of my time and is in school part time so I only have a few hours a day to bake anything. I do get quite a few things baked before I pick her up. But I am looking in a few years to start my own bakery business from home and would like to know some input form anyone who is in canada for some information on starting a business from scratch. I could really use some help. I am not to sure who to contact about a permit or where I could go to make brochures displaying my products online and in the flyers.If anyone could help meout that would be wonderful!! I look forward to hearing from you!!
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Pa Regulations
written by Carlos, November 15, 2010
Do you know of any permits I would need in Pa.
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NYC
written by xi an, November 15, 2010
@ Karen: I think you are mis-understanding that by raw eggs they mean an UNCOOKED ingredient. In other words, like a cream filling that might be made with an uncooked egg. We all know that you need an egg in cakes, cookies, etc. but that egg will get COOKED within the batter. Even if you did an egg wash UNCOOKED on a pastry crust, it would be baked, therefore COOKED.
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baking except no raw eggs
written by Karen M., November 12, 2010
I'm in NYC. It sounds like good news about baking, except the raw eggs part. Many things take eggs, and that simple little ingredient is going to force me to find a commercial kitchen?!
It also looks like I have to package everything and put nutritional labels on it. All this for my few dozen cupcakes per week?
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written by Michelle, November 11, 2010
smilies/kiss.gifHi Gwen
im in NZ - Auckland would love to chat to u re your cupcake business and further opportunity.
please be in touch
michellepitout @ yahoo.com (remove spaces)
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commercial space ?
written by rewer, October 16, 2010
in some state you DO need a commercial kitchen to use
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Cupcake home based business
written by Gwen, September 28, 2010
Hi all, thanks for you comments. I'm from New Zealand and we have the same regulations and rules we have to comply with before you proceed. I'm determined to make it work and I'm not willing to give up and neither should you. Investigate and plan your next step. Even though you may not be able to cook or bake your home cooked products in your own kitchen, their are other ways, your nearest church or community hall. And once you make the capital invest in a shop to lease or a small merchanding unit in a mall. Dont give up...good luck.
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baking at home and selling those goods
written by Jules, September 18, 2010
What are the regulations for AL?
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written by Kate Rogers, September 07, 2010
I live in Oregon. All my friends say I should start my own baking business anyone know laws in Oregon?
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STILL confused in NY state...
written by Karen, September 05, 2010
I cannot seem to get clear on regulations in NY state though I have visited Ag and market site, etc! I have not gotten response from emails sent to them to clarify.
I hear that home baked products can be sold if you are operating as a caterer--then I hear that is not true and that you need to have a separate facility for the baking. IF you do not do your baking at home and use a licensed kitchen for baking what regulations then come into play and who do I contact about commercial regulations? Individual county Health Department?
It seems like these are simple queries and that someone must know what the law is!
Additionally, does anyone have any knowledge of operating out of a food truck? Thanks!
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written by karen, September 03, 2010
What type of License do you need in CT. What is it called?
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Does anybody know anything about hamebaked goods in Alabama?
written by Paige, August 16, 2010
I want to start a simple homebaked goods business but from looking at other comments it may not be easy. If anyone knows anything let me know I really would appreciate it.

Thanks ya'll!
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Just called NYC/NYS dept of agriculture
written by SSK, August 16, 2010
In NYC you can absolutely have your kitchen health inspected and sell goods that you make here. I just spoke with them.

They said that you have to make specific goods (they can give you a list--anything with raw eggs is out, for ex) only.

You have to package the materials you are selling and give it a label with your address (of the inspected kitchen), the ingredients in order of weight, net weight of product and name of product.

Once you have your labels, you mail them to the dept of agriculture and they approve them and set up a time for the inspector to check out your kitchen. They said that the turn around is generally very quick--you might only have to wait a few days.

During inspection they are really only looking for basic cleanliness. Additionally, if you have bugs or rodents, the deal is off--forever. So don't. Also, you need to have hot water, soap/dish soap, gloves for touching already baked items, and your hair needs to be covered!

Last of all, because the Internet and phone open up sales to other states, you cannot advertise online or have a website for your baked goods. This is why many people choose to rent already approved restaurant kitchens. But if you only sell at markets, fairs, stores, etc, it's totally kosher.

Hope this helps!
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found NYC information!
written by BakedfromtheHeart, August 16, 2010
http://www.agmkt.state.ny.us/F...essor.html
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Runaround from Health Dept
written by Randi, August 09, 2010
I was just told by the health department in Nassau County that I would be able to get a permit to sell foods baked from my kitchen. They told me the NYS Agricultural and Markets are the people to call, and they are very selective. There has so be some legal way around this. Any advice???
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License for CT
written by Ryan, July 21, 2010
In CT you need a license. Typically cost between $20-$200 based on the number of people baking. The main thing is you need a seperate kitchen from the one your family meals are cooked in to run the bakery out of your home. I do believe there are inspections to be done when license is applied for.
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Find more help on the phone!
written by Laura in Ohio, July 18, 2010
Trying to find useful home-baking info online will be frustrating and time-consuming. Try getting on the phone: call your local Agricultural Department, Health Department, even a local Chamber of Commerce to get the information you need. Keep making calls until you get your questions answered. Every state has different laws, sometimes even different counties have different laws.

I live in Ohio, and the County Health Department here regulates what/how I can bake at home, and what I can not. For example, if I want to sell 'cream-based items' (anything containing cream fillings, cream cheese, different kinds of cheese) I am required to have a commercial license, pay a fee for that license, be inspected, and have a seperate facility other than my family kitchen. BUT...I CAN make and sell (with the required labeling) any other baked good I want. Everything must be packaged and labeled...no serving from trays anymore. Know your laws before you start-you may have to adjust what you want to bake to what you are allowed to bake.

Also...if you have a local Farmer's Market the President should know what the local baking rules are and who to contact for info. I sell my baked goods at a Farmer's Market here in Ohio, and am doing very well. It's amazing how many regular customers I have already, in my first season!

Don't give up! You can figure this out. Good luck to all of you...

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Arizona home baked goods
written by Jamie, July 11, 2010
Does anyone know the regulations on selling baked goods from my home in Arizona. Having a hard time finding information
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SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY (LONG ISLAND)
written by Jennifer S., June 17, 2010
Okay, I ready the comment "YOU CAN DO THIS!!" (written by S.F, March 05, 2009) - I called my local Health Dept. (I am in Suffolk County, NY - 631-852-5998 - here is their link - http://www.co.suffolk.ny.us/de...ction.aspx) - I was told they do NOT provide permits to sell cake out of a home, but that the NYS Agriculture & Markets DOES. So, I called them (718-722-2876) and the woman I spoke to said I was misinformed. She said that they JUST had a meeting about this with the Suffolk County Dept. of Health, and she doesn't know why they're still giving out incorrect information. She the Suffolk County Dept. of Health can allow Catering from home (which includes cakes, but you would have to have a facility to do that) - not an option for this stay-at-home mom! The NYS Agriculture & Markets does Not allow Catering from home, but they DO allow selling in wholesale to retail stores & farmers' markets... reason being: when people buy home-made goods (ex: cakes, jams...), there is a certain level of expectation that it's not regulated the same way that it would in other facilities. You don't have to sell in bulk to do this, but you cannot make special orders. I also asked if it's legal to sell cakes like that if you're using boxed mix (since my specialty is in the decorating and I don't bake from scratch), and she said YES... her words were "Duncan Hines is a wholesaler; they're EXPECTING for their products to be resold." It's unfortunate news to stay-at-home moms like myself, who have no other way of making any money in this disgusting recession we have, especially when we cannot afford childcare. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, a Certificate in Medical Transcription, and years of experience as a Customer Service Supervisor of a large Long Island company, and I STILL cannot find a job from home!!! What a shame. There are people out there selling CRACK from their homes, and yet I could get in trouble for making a $20 profit on a cake!!!??? Disgusting.
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NY
written by Nikki Slocum, May 27, 2010
I don't know much about the rules in New york yet, But I do know that my grandmother has been baking pies, cakes, breads, cookies, and all that yummy stuff for years, right from her own kitchen, and selling it. I haven't spoken with her yet on what she did but at least you know in most cases you can do it in your own kitchen, She has a very very small kitchen that is right in the middle of her house and there are not any walls to make it seperated it is completely open to the hallway, living room, and dining room.
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New York
written by Tina DiGregorio, May 16, 2010
I live in Brooklyn, New York. I just want to make and sell cakes out of my home. I can not find out how to do this!!! Is it legal to sell out of your home? Do I have to have a seperate kitchen???? I did not see anything on the NYS Dept of agriculture website>

Thanks
Tina DiGregorio
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baking
written by katie, May 01, 2010
what about making dog treats/foods and selling them ??
i heard that publix gets all thre bakery goods from home catererssss , people that cook and sell to ppublix , how can i accomplish this
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KEEP IN MIND
written by Siera, March 16, 2010
If you do this, and the law in your state prohibits this practice...you can leave yourself open for a lot of different things. Not to mention that if you provide a service and "for any reason" a person gets sick (even if it wasn't your food) if they know you are oporating illegally--they can sue you...DON'T DO IT unless its out of a PRO kitchen AND you have insurance!
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written by mary jane smith , March 16, 2010
my dauhgter and i want to earn a little money for the summer mainly my 12yr old daughter and i want to support her but i can't seem to find all the regulations
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written by nikola, March 15, 2010
i live in ma. and i want to start to sell my baked goods for mail order and in fairs and stuff and i need to know if i need a permit to sell online but i cant find anything online about it.
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Home-Based Food Business
written by Mimi Shotland Fix, December 31, 2009
Greetings! In New York State the Dept of Agriculture and Markets is responsible for home baking permits. It's surprisingly easy to begin using your home kitchen. There are requirements, but most kitchens will pass inspection. I started my home business 30 years ago. Just remember that you will be running a business not just baking for family and friends. Look for my book "Start & Run a Home-Based Food Business" published by Self-Counsel Press. It details everything you need to run a successful business.

Good luck and happy new year!
Mimi Shotland Fix
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written by starr, December 10, 2009
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what are the regulations in maine for home based baking business?
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cookies
written by Joan, November 02, 2009
Did anyone find out what the restrictions are in New York
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written by Shannon, October 15, 2009
You may not be able to start your business right away but i started by just baking for friends and family and word spreads fast! I even opened up a little baking liners online store too. This helps advertise my baking and baking liners while showing off my work and bringing in a little extra money too. It can't hurt!
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No Info!
written by Roberta, August 14, 2009
I still can't figure out what permits I need to start this! It didn't mention a thing about permits.
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baking brownies
written by tiana b, August 13, 2009
I love to make many brownies from my kitchen how can i do so
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Not in Colorado!
written by TNS, July 29, 2009
As in CT, Colorado requires a commercial kitchen. The laws are very specific in prohibiting selling any food product produced at home, unless that commercial kitchen is in your house (not likely, since the startup equipment alone is $100,000+), and inspections are very difficult to pass - need I say "impossible" if based in your home. They require no pets, no wood floors or carpeting, separate ventilation systems, separte entrance, etc.
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written by C.L, June 28, 2009
Contact your local church and find out if you are able to work something out to use their certified kitchen. Good luck!
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written by DM, May 05, 2009
Although my state (KY) does allow you to sell baked goods from home. You first must have a kitchen that is not connected in amy way to your living quarters. A basement or someites a garage converted into a kitchen will work. You are also required to pass a health and safety inspection and to pay a license fee. Your best bet will be to look for a church that has an already licensed kitchen that they will rent to you.
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written by Wanda, May 02, 2009
I feel so sad about these restrictions. This is cutting back on my dreams to have my own home baking business. smilies/sad.gif
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What about in New York
written by Michael, April 01, 2009
Does anyone know what NY requires?
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written by b.a.s., March 26, 2009
Unfortunately that is not the case if you live in CT. My sister and I contacted our local health department and were told that they haven't certified home kitchens in many years. We were told if we want to start a 'home baked goods' business we have to find a commercial kitchen with all commercial appliances (plus other regulations). Without any capital our plans are on hold until we find someone with a commercial kitchen who is willing to donate it because we don't have the funds to lease or rent it! Good luck!
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YOU CAN DO THIS!!
written by S.F, March 05, 2009
smilies/smiley.gif Rest assure, I have looked extensively into this project and yes you can sell baked goods from your home without having any inspections. What you need to do is contact your local food and agriculture office and tell them what you ar elooking to do and they will mail you an application to fill out. This is a FREE process and all it requires is a little paperwork then you will be able to sell your baked goods in your state only but to grocery stores, individuals and restuarants. Good luck with your dreams!!
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get all the information you can before starting from home....
written by KD, January 29, 2009
for where i am .. you can apply for a permit through state tax office, where they should be able to direct you to where you need to be for food services. Also in my state, like in the first comment you are not allowed to sell baked goods to the public from your personal family kitchen; they require you to have a seperate kitchen altogether, as well havew that inspected and meet the codes they have in place. kinda difficult here to do such ventures due to you almost always never pass that inspection.. espcially if you have any indoor pets...and the list of what will make it difficult is ratehr large.. so for me even though i would love to do this type of work it wil cost me more to start then it will pay off in a year so its not a good venture for me .. on a larger profitable level..
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need a little more help .
written by Marion, September 29, 2008
I need to know what permits or lisences I will need . who do I talk to , to get these . Do I need a food handlers certificate?
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written by Stephen, July 23, 2008
Be aware that many states do not allow at home bakeries without a permit and many will not allow goods to be sold from a home kitchen at all.
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