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With a little creativity, you can launch your own professional cake decorating business, even if you're working with a limited budget.

How to Get Started:
Use the Cake Decorating Business Blueprint to jump-start your business with simple cost-cutting strategies and creative money-making ideas.

Or if you want to specialize in weddings, you can get step-by-step instructions form professional Dede Wilson from designing to baking to decorating in her guide "Wedding Cakes You Can Make" sold at bookstores.

Cookie Decorating is also a profitable business, since cookies can be sold on their own - or as part of a package like a gift basket, year round.

The permits and licenses you'll need will depend on where your business operates and what type of food products you are selling. Each state has its own requirements. Businesses that prepare and serve food tyically need to obtain a general business license and food handler certification.

Your cooking space will be required to pass an inspection by the Department of Health. Upon approval, they will license you. If selling packaged gourmet cakes, you may also be required to maintain a standard recipe for product labeling purposes.

Getting Started:

After putting together a business plan for your cake business, come up with a business name and register the name with your county clerk. Obtain the necessary business licenses and get a business bank account so you can receive payments from customers to your business name.

Next, get a merchant account so you can give customers more ways to pay you. Download a free invoice template that you can use to bill customers and get accounting software to track business income and expenses ro hire a bookkeeper. You'll save time when it's time to file your tax return and be better prepared to take advantage of tax deductions.

If you plan on opening a bakery, lease or buy commercial space for your shop. Working with a commercial real estate broker will help you find vacancies and calculate rents that fits your budget. You can also rent commerical kitchen space or set up a baking area at home. Your cooking space will be required to pass an inspection by the Department of Health.

Get prepared with cake decorating equipment and supplies. Also stock up on product packaging supplies like cake boxes, bags, labels and wrap. You don't have to buy in bulk to get discount prices, and some companies can help you with custom designs and labeling.

How to Start Your Own Cake Decorating Business

Here is a step-by-step guide which will teach you how to get your cake decorating business off the ground and how to run it successfully.

Expert Jennifer James shows you every aspect of this creative and fun business so you can be assured you are taking the right steps to start your venture. Cake Decorating Business Owners share their experience so you can minimize your risk and maximize your success in your own business.

cake decorating businessFind out:

  • As Seen in Oprah's NewsletterHow to decorate cakes - from style to assembly to the right tools and supplies and more.

  • How to start with little money, getting licensing, how to find/rent a commercial kitchen.

  • What are the hottest baking industry trends now? How to find clients - and get orders. Plus samples of business forms, pricing lists and lots more

Cake Decorating Business Start-Up Guide


More Tips for Finding Cake-Buying CustomersCake Decorating Business

29 Ways to Find New Customers

Take the guesswork out of finding customers by picking up a marketing guide specifically designed for small business owners.

This complete marketing resource contains free and extremely low cost ways to attract new clients to your business with minimal effort - saving business owners lots of money and time.

Expert David Frey shares exactly which techniques have worked for him and other business owners. Plus, he includes shortcuts, time-saving tools and easy step-by-step instructions - so you can find lots of clients without having to pay an expensive marketing firm. >> The Small Business Marketing Resource

  1. Get Found by Local Shoppers - Online
    With today's mobile devices, shoppers are turning to local online directories instead of using the yellow pages when they want to find a local business. This can be an affordable means of reaching your local cake-buying market, and there are a variety of resource you can use to do it.

  2. Postcard Marketing
    Introduce local prospects to your business by mailing them postcards announcing a sale, event or special coupon. You can create postcard designs online for minimal cost. First, choose an offer. Second, design your postcards online using professional postcard templates with VistaPrint (you can get 50% off here). And third, get targeted leads through a lead source company like Resource Nation.

  3. Email Marketing
    Email is still one of the best techniques of reaching out to and keeping in touch with customers. No email list? No problem. If you have a website, email marketing companies like ConstantContact will help you build a customer list using their simple sign-up form.

    They also provide email templates that you can use to design professional emails. Their program delivers emails for you, and they include real-time reporting. You can try their service free for 60 days, no credit card is required. Start now: ConstantContact 60-day free trial.

  4. Groupon
    This is a popular online coupon marketing tool that doesn't cost lots of money. Get a ton of new prospects fast (in 24 hours) through at site called Groupon. No up-front marketing costs!
Baking Business Associations

American Bakers Association
The leading trade association for the baking industry.

American Society of Baking
The American Society of Baking is a professional organization that brings together individuals in the grain-based food industry for personal development, recognition, education and leadership.

Culinary Business Academy
This educational institution is dedicated to helping people be successful in culinary businesses.

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