It has become a trend and a very cost effective way of starting a business. There are many home based business like catering, party planning etc. Home based bakeries are not a new thing. Many bakers have their bakery attached to the house. This can lead to many problems and there are lot of things to consider when having a home based bakery. Here are few important things you need to consider.
How will you keep it separate from the house?
This is the first thing you need to consider when opening a home based bakery. Most of the time the bakery will be attached to the house or will be a part of the house. In this case you need to think how you will keep the two entities separate. The reason why you should consider this is that most of the time when the two entities are together it is difficult to maintain them both. If you are using the house kitchen for the baking, then you need to consider vermin control. This is important because in a bakery you would make cakes, and many sweet items that would attract pests like ants and cockroaches. It is important to keep the kitchen clean and tidy. If you are using two separate kitchens it is important to keep both the kitchens clean because the bakery is attached to the house and the pests could crawl from one kitchen to another.
Maintenance of the bakery
Whether you run a small scale or a large scale bakery the maintenance is a key point. You need to constantly clean and maintain the ovens and baking trays. Because when you bake you use items like sugar and butter and these can easily rot and bring a bad smell. Also the oily surfaces can be a paradise for insects. Pest control is important when it comes to maintaining a bakery. You need to clean the shelves and cupboards constantly. Most of the time bakery owners only clean the surfaces and forget the deep cupboards and shelves and dirty insects and pests can peacefully grow there. It is better to consider how you would maintain the place before you expand in to a bigger bakery.
Take orders or put on display
This is an important decision to make. Sometimes there are bakeries who make certain items only on orders and some bakeries bake and put it on display. Based on your location you can decide whether to bake on demand or pre bake and keep. For example items like special cakes and sweet items will not sell easily and if you are not in a city limit then it might be difficult to push the products. This decision should be made based on your location and the target customers.