I am hoping to start a home based business as my husband is in the military and this will not be a permenant residence for us. I want to start a home based bakery with delivery service. I am hoping someone can tell me if it is a MUST to have some kind of degree or certificate or if I can just start kinda freelance. My mom used to be in the biz and I leared alot of technique from her. I am also under the impression you have to have the name of your business registered before yuo can get licenses, bank account, etc., is this true? If anyone can answere my questions, my ears are wide open. Thanks and God bless
#1. "RE: HOME BASED BIZ ?'S" In response to Reply # 0
You don't need a degree, but you should get a DBA (doing business as) certificate (also known as an assumed name certificate). You can get that from the county offices. And you will need the DBA certificate to open a business bank account. You will also need the business bank acct to set yourself up to accept credit cards (should you opt for that).
What you should look into is whether or not you can legally carry out your bakery/delivery business out of your home. Some cities don't allow it. Some may require a license or may need to pay a visit to see if your space is compliant with regulations that govern the making and selling of food items from a private residence.
Again, your county and city offices should be able to guide you.
#4. "RE: HOME BASED BIZ ?'S" In response to Reply # 0
I will tell you this the food industry is one of the highest regulated industries there are due to communicable diseases, and allergies ect. You will also need to contact the USDA and see what they require.
In Oregon most people cannot even dream of doing any type of food business from a home setting without a sperarate building and commercial kitchen set up.
And if you have any pets not at all.
I knew a lady with a commerical candy business and she has six licenses. And had to redo her lable like very other month.
#5. "RE: HOME BASED BIZ ?'S" In response to Reply # 0
I would suggest you check the requirements with your local county and city for their regulations and requirements. In the beginning, you may not need everything you inquire about but in the long run, it may be better. Just check it out and get cookin'.
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#14. "RE: HOME BASED BIZ ?'S" In response to Reply # 0
You have a great business idea. Definately get with your local county clerk about running the bakery from your home, I'm sure those experienced in this market that posted reference the commercial kitchen are correct, of course a basement with an installed kitchen for the sole purpose of baking for your business is commercial to me
Anyway, as far as the business aspect is concerned:
1. Register your business with your county clerk, ask them about the business license and anything else needed. I know where I'm at you have to register with the county clerk and also go to a bank and register there for the city portion.
2. You don't have to get a business bank account right away especially starting out, just have a good accounting program to keep up with the profits and business expenses because you will now be filing takes at city, state, and federal most likely using your SSN as the tax ID.
3. Sounds like you are doing local deliveries but a website is a must, you can even accept payment via PayPal. You definately need a quote form for your website. There are many opensource (free) solutions out there for your website. Look in to Joomla and osCommerce for your website software.
4. I'm military myself, actually active duty and run two successful businesses on the side, at least in my mind they are successful.
#16. "RE: HOME BASED BIZ ?'S" In response to Reply # 0
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I went in to my bank and asked about an accout, I do not have to have a liecense for the county that I am in in my state but I do have to reg my business name and the bank does need that information in order to open an acount for the business. Hope that helps!!
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#25. "RE: HOME BASED BIZ ?'S" In response to Reply # 0
I had a good friend that started a business like this from home in NC. She was baking cookies, and making designer dipped apples. She made the mistake of not getting her license ahead of time and finding out the laws regarding a cooking business from home and was almost closed down. It's not as easy as Paula Deen shares of how she started. Check with your towns licensing board. Have a business plan prepared ahead of time. Your City's licensing and Chamber of Commerce will have tons of information for you to get started on the right track. God Bless and may you richly prosper in your endeavor.