Bake sale tips! Small (very small) business starting tips?


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anyone have tips on starting a bake sale in your community? I’ve relocated to Florida, and read that licenses aren’t necessary in homemade food sales. Anyone have insight in how I could go about having a bake sale?

anyone have tips in starting a small baking business, small treats and what not? Long term I’d love to have a small business, so I’m trying to take the baby steps. (Any potential partners out there)??
 
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Hey Shay,
I had a small bake business last year. Food licenses are not strict in my country.

best tips I got was from Norcalbaker.
1. NEVER ever give discounts to friends and family unless I am giving same discounts to everyone.
2. Perfect your recipe that you intend to sell and make sure you can repeat it EXACTLY.
3. find out the the competition prices and price yours CORRECTLY.

I fed my test bakes to close friends until the bakes were fine tuned. Then counted my costs and profit and started selling to wider network of friends.

due to covid then, I didn’t get sell at public places.

but someone got me to supplmuffins to a small bakery.

My tips for you:
1. start with a VERY small number of bakes that you have perfected and are memorable.

For a home baker, a few favorites seem to do better than many but meh.

2. Remember to include packaging into pricing.
Ribbons, boxes, paper dollies, carrier bags. Gift tags. Your name cards. Heating instruction cards. Bubble wrap. Etc.

These cost add up! Especially for a small baker ordering in small volumes.

My friend priced her delicate cookies at $10, got some orders. Found that paper boxes crushed them. Orders plastic boxes at $8 each. Made a loss.

good luck! Happy baking ❤️
 
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Hey Shay,
I had a small bake business last year. Food licenses are not strict in my country.

best tips I got was from Norcalbaker.
1. NEVER ever give discounts to friends and family unless I am giving same discounts to everyone.
2. Perfect your recipe that you intend to sell and make sure you can repeat it EXACTLY.
3. find out the the competition prices and price yours CORRECTLY.

I fed my test bakes to close friends until the bakes were fine tuned. Then counted my costs and profit and started selling to wider network of friends.

due to covid then, I didn’t get sell at public places.

but someone got me to supplmuffins to a small bakery.

My tips for you:
1. start with a VERY small number of bakes that you have perfected and are memorable.

For a home baker, a few favorites seem to do better than many but meh.

2. Remember to include packaging into pricing.
Ribbons, boxes, paper dollies, carrier bags. Gift tags. Your name cards. Heating instruction cards. Bubble wrap. Etc.

These cost add up! Especially for a small baker ordering in small volumes.

My friend priced her delicate cookies at $10, got some orders. Found that paper boxes crushed them. Orders plastic boxes at $8 each. Made a loss.

good luck! Happy baking ❤️
Wow thank you so much for this insight, this is extremely helpful <3!
 
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Hello, the best way to sell your baked goods is to set up a website and advertise it, this is probably the only best idea because I don't see another one, unless your friends tell other people and come to you
 
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Hello, the best way to sell your baked goods is to set up a website and advertise it, this is probably the only best idea because I don't see another one, unless your friends tell other people and come to you
I was thinking of doing this im just unsure about what platform to set it up on, but I’ll keep on with the research. Thank you!
 
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I was thinking of doing this im just unsure about what platform to set it up on, but I’ll keep on with the research. Thank you!
Hey Shay.

If cost is a an issue - go with free to use platforms first.

a website has
- annual domain name cost
- web hosting cost
- design costs,
- design updating costs etc.
and no one will find your website unless you are
1. Writing shit loads of blog articles to get the search bots to rank your website highly
2. Paying a digital marketing agency to buy digital ads to advertise your website.

companies with websites tend have a viable biz first before they spend on a website.

but this depends on your pockets.

going with free to use, such as Instagram/ Facebook/ Twitter or whatever is popular in your are. I love Instagram for food. And
Extremely importantly - using hashtags. They will bring likeminded browsers to your instragram.
eg: #floridahomeba

this keeps costs Low at the start, and gives you a public link that you can pass on.

when you business picks up, consider e-commerce sites.
I don’t have Florida context, but www.Shopee.com is popular where I am at. The platform takes a fee. But you just need to focus on getting your orders out.


Finally, when you are ready for a website, instead of designing from scratch, consider Shopify - they are semi ready made and intuitive for small biz owners dOing retail

good luck.
 
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Hey Shay.

If cost is a an issue - go with free to use platforms first.

a website has
- annual domain name cost
- web hosting cost
- design costs,
- design updating costs etc.
and no one will find your website unless you are
1. Writing shit loads of blog articles to get the search bots to rank your website highly
2. Paying a digital marketing agency to buy digital ads to advertise your website.

companies with websites tend have a viable biz first before they spend on a website.

but this depends on your pockets.

going with free to use, such as Instagram/ Facebook/ Twitter or whatever is popular in your are. I love Instagram for food. And
Extremely importantly - using hashtags. They will bring likeminded browsers to your instragram.
eg: #floridahomeba

this keeps costs Low at the start, and gives you a public link that you can pass on.

when you business picks up, consider e-commerce sites.
I don’t have Florida context, but www.Shopee.com is popular where I am at. The platform takes a fee. But you just need to focus on getting your orders out.


Finally, when you are ready for a website, instead of designing from scratch, consider Shopify - they are semi ready made and intuitive for small biz owners dOing retail

good luck.
Thank you so much, you have no idea how helpful that is! I was told Facebook marketplace might be good to start. I had Instagram but deactivated it I feel like Facebook may be more productive. Thank you again
 

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