Have you ever thought about working from home and becoming self employed? There are so many benefits of working from home. The main being able to work around the other commitments in your life and being able to work from the comfort of your home. However, perhaps figuring out what to do as a business working from home could be the only thing stopping you from pursuing your idea. A great way of loving what you do is to choose something that you’re passionate about and turn your hobby in to a business. So for example, if in your spare time you’re likely to be found in the kitchen baking delicious treats, you could turn that into something that you do every day and earn money from it. Here’s how you can turn your baking hobby into a business the right way.
Have your kitchen up to scratch
While your kitchen won’t be as thoroughly inspected as some larger chain establishments, you can still expect to have an inspection of your premises regularly. Make sure that you’re following guidelines on storage for ingredients and cleaning regimes so that your business won’t be penalised before it’s had a chance to lift itself off the ground. Plus, being able to boast that you’ve had an excellent report from your inspection will work well for you when it comes to gaining customers.
Buy the right equipment
It’s likely that from time to time you’ve had to bodge a utensil or piece of equipment together for your baking purposes. While that’s absolutely fine to do when you’re just baking for yourself, having the right equipment for your baking business is going to make your life much easier and you work pattern much more efficient. Make sure that you’re able to identify your kitchen knives from your butter knives and that you know the difference between your cooling racks from your baking trays so that you’re able to provide the best service to your customers.
Have your own recipes
To put it bluntly, nobody wants to buy baked goods that haven’t got their own unique recipe. So, if your cakes taste like Mr Kipling cakes, you’re not going to get very far with your business. It’s essential to have your own recipes, so make sure that you’re doing some experimenting before you decide to launch your business. It’s always a good idea to have some taste testers come in and help you establish your best recipes. Call your family and friends and have them come over to sample your creations!
Use the internet to help promote and grow your business
As you may already be aware, the internet can be a very powerful tool when it comes to making or breaking a business. Utilise the internet to help you grow and promote your business by building a kick ass website for your customers to find you, and also signing your business up to social media accounts so that you’re able to interact with potential customers and also keep people interested in what you’ve got to offer. Regular activity on the internet can make the world of difference when it comes to your business!
Offer something unique to get ahead of the game
Finally, it’s very likely that there are other people in your area that are trying to run a baking business from home too, so it’s essential to offer something that will put you ahead of the game and the favourite with your customers. Whether it’s offering a delivery service or even a buy one and get the next one discounted, it will put you ahead of the game. The more that you’re able to offer your customers, the better off your new business will be!
Once you have succeeded at setting up your own business and working from home it might be time to consider opening a business to gain more trade.