How to start a home based bakery: a simple guide for bakers
Article by: Kgalalelo Mothibedi
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The definition of a small business is an independently owned and operated company that is limited in size and in revenue depending on the industry. A local bakery that employs 10 people is an example of a small business. https://www.yourdictionary.com/small-business (DOFOLLOW)
There are a lot of home based business opportunities for stay at home mothers. There are a numbers of home based business opportunities with no start up cost.
If you are still not sure which career to pursue, at home raising a baby, you can try starting a small home based business of your own and see how far you can take it. You can start a small home based bakery business with no skills and no big sums of money
This a guide that is meant to assist you with a simple start up home based bakery that will not require large capital start up amounts.it has some information that will assist you to grow a success small bakery , but you will keep empowering yourself to grow bigger. A home based bakery is a small business that you can start up with very little capital
Why a home based bakery
I started a home based bakery in 2017. The main reason for starting the bakery was financial set up. I was in state where I needed extra income to cover for the expenses of my family. I discussed with my family and we agreed on a business that can give us at least a R100 per day, it was the main aim / goal of the business. I started with no baking experience, but with passion and motivation to grow.
I was motivated by my sister in law as she was already in the home based bakery business in another town. I gave her a call to ask how she is running her home based bakery business and offered some tips that I will be sharing with you. Starting every small home based business requires motivation, and disciple. Every individual has that thing in them to start a small home based business. You just need to find it and unleash it.
How it all started with the home based bakery business
I started my home based bakery business by buying affordable ingredients. It was a small business indeed. Starting a small business with R250, unbelievable story of a small business
- 2x 1kg muffin mix for R50
- 30 eggs for R45
- 2 litre milk for R15
- 2 litre Cooking oil for R40
- Muffin cup papers for R25
- Electricity/ gas for R50
I already had an oven and the baking tins in my house. If you have them you can start too with that amount. But if you do not have them you can check a small oven in the shops for not more than a R1000.
Out of the ingredients that cost me around R250 I started the home based small business bakery. Baked the muffins following the instructions on the packet and it gave me beautiful 48 muffins. In the morning I went with them to office and sold each for R5 and in total made R240. Then I saved R190 and used R50 to buy another mixture packet and used the remaining other ingredients and day two I made another R240. This scenario of saving R190 was repeated for 5 days. By end of 5 days I had R950. Then I took 250 to buy all ingredients for another week and made a profit of R700 for 5 days.
The above story is to share with you that you do not need a big loan or a big overdraft to start a business. All you need is you being available to push the business. We grew bigger and bigger and we are still growing. My son is now working with me. Please visit our Facebook page to like and followhttps://www.facebook.com/Cookie-bucket-535740759932715/
Now that you started, let’s focus on the following guideline to plan growing
The type of bakery you want
A home based bakery business is also known as a as an online bakery store. It is a store that does not require a storefront to start it. You start it by word of mouth, but having social media platforms where you will upload pictures of your work to attract customers. It is a business that you can run from home. But if you can afford a small commercial space to run the bakery you can but bear in mind that start-up cost will be much higher that starting at home.
But bear in mind that as you bake from home you will be challenged by maybe small fingers in your cakes, someone requesting a taste because they cannot handle the smell from the oven, nonetheless you will enjoy.
Write a business plan
When we started we did not have a business plan but as we continued we drafted a business plan. A business plan entails how the business will be run as well a full list of all the tools we will need to grow the business. Identify the needs of your customers and note the. Make a list of all your expenses and note the. Find out which ways you can use to generate more revenue. Learn more recipes on you tube channels and on baking blogs.
Pricing your good
It is important that when you price your good you take into consideration few factors such as: your time, your electricity, your start-up cost, how much you use on promoting the products.
Be sure to have a policy that will protect your pricing, especially for the family and friends, yes they will request discounts. If you end up deciding on discounts make sure you remain consistent.
Packaging your products
Package your products in a pack that is secure and will keep the products in their fresh state. You can also use canva to design a note to attach to your package where you will write contacts details and bible verse to motivate them
Marketing your products
There is a saying that if you sell something that you are not marketing, it’s like you winking to someone in darkness, where they won’t even notice what you are doing. So it’s important to market your business using the following strategies
Word of mouth to mouth marketing
Tell the people you know that you started a home based bakery and they will tell others that they have bought nice fresh tasty cookies from you. Create flyers using and print them out to circulate around.
Social media platforms
There are social media platforms like Facebook where you open a Facebook page for the business, invite people to like it, increase traffic to it. Upload the pictures of the work you have done and interested customers will get back to you. Always make contacts numbers available for your customers.https://www.facebook.com/Cookie-bucket-535740759932715/
Use WhatsApp to upload pictures of your work too. Create a blog where you will share your ideas, a blog will be a cherry on top.
Focus on growing through customer feedback. Meet the needs of your customers. Be considerate of them, they are your source of income. Engage with them if need be do some freebies for them.
Deuteronomy 18 v 8
We have been running our home based bakery business on the verse which says “that we should remember your God for it is he who gives you the power and the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant which he swore to your ancestors as it is today”
A small home based bakery business is not the only small business that you can venture into. There are other small home based business and include the following starting a cleaning services small company. You can also start laundry small business; you can start a small catering business.
keep posted we will be sharing more of small home based business to venture into
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