How to Start a Cookie Business from Home 1-2-3
Besides being a billion-dollar market, the cookie business can be ideal for stay-at-home parents or someone
looking to start a low-cost business to start part-time. That said, there are some thing you want to consider
before launching your start-up.
Before You Start...
Before you start a cookie business, make sure you have a desirable product that will be able to compete with
both the giant cookie companies and the people who just like to bake their cookies at home.
Pick a specific niche market rather than trying to appeal to everyone. What makes your product different?
Better? If you can stand out from your competition, you can do well in the cookie business.
Licenses and Permits:
The permits and licenses you'll need will depend on where your business operates and if you will be selling
cookies from a shop or from your home. Each state has its own requirements.
If you bake from home, your kitchen will be required to pass an inspection by the Board of Health. Upon
approval, they will license you. You also may need to obtain a food handler certification. You may also be required to maintain
a standard recipe for product labeling purposes.
One of the latest resources I've found, Yummy Arts, piggybacks on the popular trend of cookie and cake
decorating. Sure, virtually anyone can bake cookies, but very few can decorate them professionally.
Knowing how to add amazing decorations can be a huge asset to your sweet
treat business. It give you an instant competitive advantage over other bakers - and customers will pay
more for this type of dessert. In fact, the well-known gourmet gift company Cookies by Design sells 1
dozen cookies in a bouquet for close to $100.In addition to decorating your basic cookies or creating
bouquet arrangements, iced cookie cakes are popular as well (and they can sell for more money than cakes
of the equivalent size!). Or what about a cookie sandwich? There are lots of money-making opportunities as
far as iced cookies go.
Anyway, back to Yummy Arts. They can show you how to do these decorations that sell $100 arrangements.
They have over 100 how-to videos at their website, so you can just learn from home and get
started. They also have pictures and recipes you can use, to make the whole process
Bring your homemade creations to birthday parties, holiday events, picnics or pot-luck dinners - and soon
people will be asking you for your business card...
Home Baking for Profit
Mimi Shotland Fix began her own licensed home kitchen business in 1979. In addition to
undertstanding what it takes to run a successful baking business from home, she also has owned several retail
bakeries and runs a culinary consulting service, where she educates businesses in the baking field.
Mimi has put together a user-friendly guide that includes instructions on operating a business plus recipe
ideas and tips.
Understanding that many people share the same love of baking - yet may need advice when it comes to
business, she provides really helpful information to entrepreneurs.
Some tips that I especially like include how to make the most of equipment you already
have, production tips and shortcuts and how to create gift
baskets and specialized holiday gift items.
- You'll find out how to bake your cookies and treats quickly and cost effectively.
- How to bake professionally with consistent results, including information on ovens and
- How to come up with impressive and unique items for customers, plus she includes her best-selling
recipes that are proven to sell.
Home Baking for
More Cooking-Type Business Plans:
Writing your own business plan can get complicated and overwhelming - and hiring a business plan writer can
An alternative is to use business plan templates or view plans written by existing (and successful)
businesses - it's a great time saver, and no doubt you'll save some money and come out with a solid business
Marketing Your Cookie Business
Cookie Business Resources:
Local Search - More and more
people are looking for local businesses online (instead of the traditional yellow pages) - find these customers
using local search engines and directories for little cost. Local Search sources that are affordable and
receive substantial traffic include: Google Local, Yelp and Super Pages.
You can also set up your own personalized online shop within a community of "food artisans" and gain instant
exposure to your ideal customers through Joyus.com. They make the selling process easy for food producers, and it's a great way
to connect with customers looking specifically for unique food items. Abe's Market is another online marketplace for cookie sellers.
Free Website Builder
Create an online presence for your cookie business and show off a professional visual display of your products
and services. This is a great way to attract local clientele - and your website can do much of the "selling"
for you. It's easier and cheaper than you think.
29 Ways to Get People to Buy Your Cookies
An easy way to meet potential clients and get referrals for free without
having to give a sales pitch is to get involved in your community. Join professional groups and industry
organizations to network with others. Participate and plan events involving people in your local
The more active you are, the more word will get around about who you are and what you do. You'd be surprised
that how the friendships you make can turn into business opportunities - simply because people like you.
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Cooking 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.