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There are lots of different ways you can make money with cupcakes.

You can open a cupcake bakery - but you can also make baby shower cupcakes or wedding cupcakes from home. You can run a cupcake truck business, sell mail order cupcakes in jars and even design and deliver cupcake bouquets!

You guessed it - pretty much any event that would have a cake or cookies would surely enjoy cupcakes too.

There is also a growing market for gluten-free products, organic baked goods and healthier desserts. With a cupcake business, you can start small, from your kitchen or other baking establishment. You can make deliveries to customers or sell to retail stores or markets. As your business grows, and if you choose, you can open a cupcake shop and sell your cupcakes direct to customers.

The permits and licenses you'll need will depend on the city, county and state your business operates. Each state has its own requirements. If you prepare and serve food, you are typically required to have a business license and obtain food handler certification.

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

How to Start a Cupcake or Cake Decorating Business

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

Home Business ExpertExpert 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. Cupcake and Cake Decorators share their experience so you can achieve success in your own business.

Imagine the perfect person to learn from - cake decorating experts and business owners can show you inside tips and expert advice that you can't find anywhere else.

See what you get:

  • As Seen in Oprah's NewsletterHow to decorate cupcakes and 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

Go!Cupcake/Cake Decorating Business Start-Up Guide


Cupcake Business Resources:

T I P : Wedding Cupcakes - Free Online Videos
If you're interested in getting into the wedding cupcake business, take a look at these free videos, which show you how you can be successful in this new and growing market.


Marketing Your Cupcake Business

Cupcake Business Card
Like this business card? Design your own with the Cupcake Business Card Templates
Get Free Publicity
Besides advertising in your local yellow pages and placing ads in newspapers and neighborhood mailers, you can save money by writing a brief press release or "letter" to your local paper announcing the opening of your cupcake company.

Offer a special discount or free offer for first-time customers, and publications will find this more newsworthy. This means that they're more likely to publish news about your company.

Include a photo of previous work you have done to demonstrate your skills and entice new customers to try out your service. Your press release doesn't have to be long, and you can find press release samples here: How to Get Free Press.

Free Website Builder
Create an online presence for your cupcake 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 with a Free Website Builder

Advertise in Local Search Directories
More and more people are looking for local businesses online (instead of the traditional yellow pages) - and you don't want to miss these valuable customers. Local search sources that are affordable and receive substantial traffic include: Google Local, Yelp, Super Pages and more specialized sites Urban Spoon and Insider Pages.

Advertise with Signs
Use a car magnet to advertise your business while you are on the road, a yard sign to announce a sale or a banner to promote your store's grand opening. You can design and create your own signs cheaply online. Find out how here.

Advertise with Coupons
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!

If you are serious about getting lots of customers, and you don't want to pay thousands of dollars to an ad agency, the Small Business Marketing Guide shows you how to attract a steady stream of buyers - on the cheap.

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.

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