Are you someone who is interested in baking and is looking to start a home baking business? Here is the step-by-step guide to help you start your home bakery online and be a successful home baker.
Identify and understand what you are really passionate about: This is the first step you need to ponder about before you start any business. Understand your passion, and your journey towards a successful baking business starts there. Decide on what you want to sell at your home bakery - cakes, cupcakes, cookies, chocolates, or a combination of all. Make this choice after identifying your strengths, tastes, and preferences and work towards it.
Get professionally trained: It is not difficult to start baking by following YouTube videos and trial and error methods. But if you are seriously into this and wish to become a professional home-based baker and serve customers, we recommend you to get yourself professionally trained from an academy or an established baker. This helps you to get the right skills and recipes.
Get your registration for a home baker: If you are based in the UAE and wish to start your home bakery online, it is mandatory to get a Trade License. You can get the information for the same in the official government portal. Also, register your business.
Find the best place to source your ingredients: To bake the best cakes and cookies and sell them profitably, one of the essential things is to get the best quality ingredients at the best possible price. It is easy to obtain basic ingredients like essences, flour, and sugar easily at supermarkets or online. However, you have to be careful while sourcing some baking-specific items like cocoa powder, sprinkles, etc., to ensure their quality.
Get the right equipment: If you wish to be a commercial home baker, here are the basic types of equipment you must have at your place. They include a good quality electric food mixer, cake trays, digital scales for accurate measuring, cooling racks, measuring spoons, mixing bowls, wooden spoons, rubber spatula, cake cases, and a good oven.
Stock management: As part of the home bakery online business, ensure that the ingredients you purchase don't go out of date. Also, maintain proper records of items purchased.
Pricing: Selling cakes at a cheaper rate just to gain more customers won't be sustainable in the long run as you will always be known for selling cheaper cakes, and your customers will not be willing to pay more later. So, value your time, energy, and expertise before you get the price for what you sell.
Delivery: Use the delivery service that works best for you. However, ensure that your product is handled carefully during the process.
Social media marketing: You can create a first impression and attract your customers through proper social media marketing. Get good quality, attractive photos of your products and post them. Make your presence felt on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc., and promote your bakes.
Update your skills: Never stop learning. Practice and practice, attend new workshops and classes, and be up-to-date.
So, if you are planning to start a baking business, we hope you get all these points right.