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Hi there. I'm a stay-at-home mother of 2 small children (2 1/2 and 5 months) and am looking for a way to make some extra money without going to work outside of the home. I'm very skeptical into trying something that I have not heard of, as there are many scams out there. I have had the idea of making baked goods and selling them to businesses in the local area for quite some time now. When I worked full-time at a bank, there was a stay-at-home mother who did this and seemed to fare quite well at our bank anyway. I have always loved to bake and people seem to gobble up the goodies quite fast; but I don't know where to start. Do I need a professional kitchen like caterers? Do I have to make a certain $ amount before required to have it? If anyone has done this themselves, or has done research on the subject, I would appreciate any input - whether positive or negative - on the subject.
Thank you! -Angie-

Answer from our Guest Expert Cheryl Demas, Founder and Editor of

Hi Angie,

You're smart to be wary of work-at-home scams, and it sounds like you have a good idea for a home business.

First of all, make sure you can run this business from your home legally. Regulations vary from state to state, even from neighborhood to neighborhood. Your local city hall and chamber of commerce are good places to start as you begin the process of applying for the proper permits and licenses. In addition, be sure to research and understand your local zoning and health department regulations. You may be able to do your home baking business without a commercial kitchen, it all depends on your local ordinances.

Another option to think about is renting a local commercial kitchen. Again, your local chamber of commerce will probably be able to help you locate available kitchens. continued

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Cheryl Demas
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Cheryl Demas

Cheryl's career included 11 years working at Honeywell and CableData and a degree in mathematics and computer science. From her home in Folsom, CA, Cheryl has built a web site that draws more than 2 million hits per month and, with advertiser support, makes money. In 2000, her book, The Work-at-Home Mom's Guide to Home Business, was published. more