How to Start an Online Baked Goods Business

Online Baked Goods business
How to start an online Baked Goods Business

Today, I will be sharing steps on how you can start an online Baked goods business. Because my intention is to get anyone who reads my Blog to the point of starting a home business,  I always try to simplify the method of delivery of my posts so that you can get going as soon as you finish reading my post.

I also always try to use the simplest and easiest medium available to propose my home business ideas, so you can understand why I have a bias towards online businesses, it is because they are easy to start and you can start from where you are to grow.

Having said that, I will like to say that Baked goods business is an evergreen business that will be here with us till the end of time. This is because for as long as man lives, we must eat, and if we must eat someone has to do the cooking right?. This is the reason why I know that if all you know how to do is to cook you should never have to look for what to do. For so long as people will eat your food, you are in business.

In this post, I will dedicate my time to teach on the various steps you can follow in starting a Home based baked goods business.  I am always for starting a home based business because my primary audience is people who want to run a home business. They are tired of the 9-5 and will like to ditch it for more control over what they can do with their time.

Steps to starting an online Baked Goods business.

1 Assess your Skills

Before you think of starting a baked goods business, you must have an interest in cooking. If cooking does not give you pleasure in any way then perhaps this is not the best home business for you. For tips on determining what home business suits you please read my post on how to find the right work at home business for you.

Your assessment of your skills will determine what kind of baked goods business you want to go into. There are people whose expertise is basically cup cakes, they can whip up all manner of flavors of cupcakes, they are not willing to make birthday cakes or big size wedding cakes, that’s not their expertise.

If you watch food network a lot, you will notice there are people who specialize in different kinds of baked goods, the reason it’s important to note what you are really good at is that it will help you to zero into your target market, kind of like finding your niche market.

If you find that you have an interest in baking but you do not know how to bake, then you can ramp up and watch recipe videos and learn how to make various baked goods, you can learn at your own pace and keep trying out your ideas until you perfect it. If you meet me up in person, I am a doer, meaning that if I want to do something and I don’t know how to, I will find a way to learn it and perfect it until I learn how to do that stuff so well that you will think it’s in my DNA.

Now if this post is the answer to your question of starting a home based business and you are passionate about cooking, then this might be the right fit for you.  A little personal story here, my younger sister when in college, needed extra money which wasn’t always forth coming because of the fact that my Dad had to cater for a lot of us, we are 12 in my family, talk of a full house. She got tired of waiting for my dad to send her money each month, so she got together the little funds she had and learned how to bake a meat pie.

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She sold those pies and made so much money that she replaced her monthly allowance which she used to wait so much for. My dad only knew about her business venture when he called her to ask how she had been coping, only for him to hear that she was doing fine, talk of when you want to come out of a bad situation you do what you must.

2 Assess your market:

Since you are not baking for your pleasure, you have to check whether there is a market for what you are about to go into. Baking is a type of cooking, I always feel that there will always be demand for food, but you have to take your time to research what kind of demand there is and what is trending in your food niche at these times. This will enable you to match your idea with a demand that is on hand, once you are able to do that you have a business.

To find out what is trending you can use Google Trends and Google key planning tool to determine the moving trend of the baked goods business you want to specialize in. if you are like me, I like to mix things up a lot, I will probably offer a variety of small sized baked goods to see which of my offerings got peoples attention better. To learn how to use the Google Keyword planner, check Backlinko.com . You can also check www.americanbakers.org. For your baking research.

3 Determine which Niche you want to play in

Baked goods just like any other food now have various varieties, paleo cooking, gluten free, nuts free, all kinds of categories, ketogenic compliant and even diabetic friendly cooking. We have various health concerns now when it comes to eating so getting your niche market right from the start will ensure that you know those you are going to serve. For ideas on Paleo cooking, check this Ebook on healthy cooking

Start from where you are; This is my favorite mantra as a home business championer permit me to use that word, it’s a word I often repeat because it helps you cut all the chase and get to doing what you want to do. You can even find it in the bible, remember when Abraham was talking with God when Lot left him to go to greener pastures, he said from where you are, look to the north, south, west, and east all the land you see I will give to you. God wanted him to use his inner eyes and see the possibilities before him.

Okay, enough of the preaching, back to what I was saying, start with what you have,  a kitchen, perhaps some baking equipment start. Remember you are starting out small, so you do not need to buy expensive equipment to start.  Start with your kitchen and make samples that you will use for your taste test.

Get your baking recipe out and begin to bake, it may be a recipe you have in your family that only your family members eat on special occasions, you may be surprised that, that is what will propel your success, so whip out that recipe and start making your first taste batch.

Writing this post reminds me of the story of Bama Pie  that I read while attending  Business school. Bama pie went on to become the number one supplier to Macdonalds. That story so inspired me and I bet it will inspire you too.

4 Get your One-page Business Plan done and keep it simple:

The word Business Plan often evokes some shivers down some peoples spine, especially if you hate numbers. Well, you don’t have to worry, I have a post that simplifies what your business plan should look like, get it here. That said, write out your biz plan and figure out ways you can make your business profitable by selling your products at the right price. Remember that because you have to invest in buying your condiments, you have to learn to keep your costs low.

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5 Get your licenses and permit:

I am all for doing business the ethical way, I will advise you research ways of getting your licenses sorted out before you start out. A good place to start will be the American small business association. It’s a site that offers a whole lot of small business resources to small business owners.

You will also need to check your state laws to see whats obtainable and whats not. While writing this article, I learned that Wisconsin is yet to pass a law that allows home baked goods sale, so you have to be sure of what is obtainable where you live before setting out. While at it, remember that once you have your permit you are a small business and you will require to file your taxes, for consultations on that you can contact e -file .com, they offer such services.



 

6 Marketing & Promotion:

Now that you are all set up to go, you have to learn that marketing is the key to getting your business out there. The next thing that matters about promoting especially for your online baked goods business is that your promotions will basically be two pronged.

-Offline

-Online

For the offline marketing activities here are a few ideas on how to proceed.

Plan a Tasting party and create a Buzz about it

Now because you are going to sell a product which people will eat, you will have to be willing to start by having a tasting party, a tasting party is basically an occasion where you give out free samples of your products and get people to give you their honest opinion about what your product tastes like and what kind of improvements they had like to see.

It’s like a prequel to your launch day for your business, wait a minute you were not thinking that you will start an online business without some kind of launch date, scratch that, not in these days. You have to make people hunger for your product even before you have started selling, that is the new kind of marketing these days, you sell it before the day arrives. Especially if you are planning to have an online baked goods business you can’t afford not to pre- sell your products. Here are a few things to note

-Your ability to presell before your launch date will ensure that the orders come rolling in before your due date. You can post videos of your prelaunch activities on your online platform to ensure your online community is aware of whats going on.

-You can also involve your online community in the tasting party by sending them samples before your party date, that way they can join in and taste and post their own opinions online as you hold it in your physical location.

– Ask them to take a short video describing what it tasted like and their recommendations, you will find that those videoes may become the testimonial you need to draw in sales for your baked goods business.

-Hold a Bakesale in your community or find out the nearest on going Flea market near you and find a way of opening a stand for your business there. Even though your business is geared towards an online platform, connecting with people offline is a must since people can relate with what they have tasted before. Getting your bake sale sorted out can help you connect with your immediate neighborhood people who will spread the word about your goods.

While at the baked goods sale, do not forget to hand out your cards with your online contacts or you can choose to collect peoples emails as they approach your stand, this will help you to develop or start up your email list in other to ensure your marketing and promotional efforts are getting to those who already know you.

-Offer free samples to friends and family and ask them to give you their sincere feedback

Get Corporate clients through this means:

Offer free samples to places where there are likely demands like restaurants, coffee shops, schools and Gas stations, shopping malls. The intent of approaching these groups is to see if you can secure a contract that allows you supply to these set of people at certain times in the month.

Online: Marketing online will require these platforms:

Instagram
-Pinterest
-Facebook.
-Blog.

In marketing to the online media, pictures, videos and words will be used as your marketing tools. Your ability to describe peoples experience with your products will go a long way to help showcase your products. Write the best description for your products to ensure that your site easily comes up during searches.

-Facebook: In considering the above-mentioned platforms, my key advice will be to start with Facebooks groups that engage in sales in your area, join local Facebook groups to market your goods via posting in such groups and your Blog.

-Instagram is based mainly on pictures, so make sure you take cool pictures of your product and leave your details for people who want to reach you.

-Pinterest: Pinterest also deals with pictures and is also a search engine for products so make sure you are able to make pinnable images of what you sell and post it in group boards for maximum exposure.

-Blog: Finally, the killer online medium that ties all these marketing efforts together is your Blog where you get to talk about what you do and how you do it.

For someone who probably has never had a home business before this may sound scary but it doesn’t have to be, remember that blogging can be fun too, and can also be an income channel too. By blogging about your products, you could sell training on how you produce or run your stuff

You can also make it place to connect with your customers not only to take orders but to listen to their preferences and complaints as well. A blog is a platform that unifies all the different aspects of marketing together. If you are tight on cash, you can start with the free blogging platforms like wordpress.com and so forth but as you grow, you may want to move on to paid platform, in moving to a paid platform you can consider using a professional online store application like  Shopify

If you would like to blog about it, I have got your back, here is a post about how you can start a blog when you are not a techie. You will find in that post resources that can help you start your Blog in as little as 2 hours.

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Finally, know that promoting and fine tuning your business strategy will help you run a successful online baked goods business.

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Do you have any other ideas on how to start an online baked goods business, leave your comment below.

 

 

 

5 Top Posts that Teach you how to Make money Online

 

List of Posts on How to make Money Online

At the core of my home business ideas for people who want to start a home business is the ability to make money online.  This is because Online business is easier to run and requires low overhead costs.

When people want to make money from home, they are typically constrained by a lot of things especially if they have other responsibilities which make them home bound. For example, if you are a caregiver to a sick person or stay at home mom or Dad. Your main responsibility requires you operate within the confines of your home, therefore you cannot afford to start a brick and mortar business that will require you to leave the home area to go rent an office. This is why making money online provides you with the best option to create what you desire as a person. Today’s article is about 5 top posts that teach how to make money online.

1   Etsy Selling:

Etsy gives you the opportunity to sell your handmade goods online. This means that you can be at home producing your handcrafted items and then have the opportunity to sell to people who love the kind of products that you make. Etsy is a company that has been around since. I wrote a post how to start an Etsy shop, in that post I went in-depth on the various steps you need to follow in other to start an Etsy shop. With the guidelines provided within this post, you should be able to start the online business of selling on Etsy especially if you already have products you make at home that you require to make money from. To read it click Here.

 

2: Printables

Printables Business: In this day of online business, selling your printables online is the fasted business you can start with your design skills. If you have a little design skill and a knack for bringing together good designs, you should be able to make and sell your printables from your laptop anywhere you are. I wrote an excellent piece on how you can start a printables business withing 2 hours. This article was so good that I even took my own advice, lol. I started two shops on 2 platforms after I wrote that post. Here are the shops that I started, one on Redbubble platform and one Zazzle Platform named Eleoraconcepts. This is a post you should not miss out on reading if a basic designer like me can do it, so can you. Read that post Here.

3 Creating an Ecourse

With the advent of the internet, the world has become an online classroom, meaning that anyone who has a life experience worth sharing can create a course and teach anyone who desires to learn.  This is the reason why online learning platforms like Udemy, Coursera  e.t.c are flourishing. Here is a post that will break down the cost of creating a course. The good thing about the course creation is that once it’s done and uploaded on a platform where it can be assessed.,your major work is done. The only thing required is the promotion to get sales. Want to know more about the cost of creating an online course read it Here

4: Selling other peoples Products to Make Money online.

Selling other people’s products has become mush easier especially with products that you have researched and seen that it’s a good fit for the audience you are targeting. When you have physical products which you want to sell but you don’t want to stock it. You also don’t also have much money for overhead costs neither do you want to deal with packaging and shipping. Then you have to consider Dropshipping Business. Drop shopping allows you to promote other people’s products to your target market, make sales from it and then inform the manufacturers to ship it to your buyers.

The good thing about drop shipping is that you make a sale first before you even spend money to buy the goods the person ordered. You don’t have to go through the hassles of stocking products or shipping product. From the comfort of your home, you can sell thousands of products to buyers without ever touching the product just your money. Hahaha. If you love that idea of business then you have to read this post how to start a Drop shipping business. In that post, I went in-depth on all you need to start up. It includes where you can source your product from, the manufacturers and sites that give you the best list of wholesalers to how you can set up an eCommerce platform that suits your needs. Read it here.

5: Writing to Make money Online.

If you have a knack for writing great articles or you love to tell a good story, then the online business that will suit you will be Blogging. Blogging has given lots of people the opportunity to tell their own individual stories and make a living by sharing it with their followers. By creating a followership, they have been able to monetize their content and get themselves a tidy income all from the comfort of their home. The beautiful thing about blogging is that you can blog about anything and you will find your own tribe of followers that will like your content. I  did a post on how blogging will help you make an income. Read it here. If blogging is what excites you then you have to ensure you know about Plugins, the very great helper of the Newbie Blogger. Read my post on 7 must have  Plugins for a newbie blogger.

 

If you have looked at all these choices and you can’t seem to find something that suits you, then head over to my post on how to pay yourself as a stay at home mom for more ideas and options.

I can’t end this post without telling you that working from home is not always so cool. Therefore here are 7 things to expect when you work from home.

A little dose of inspiration to close for today, read my post on God will outlast your storm.

Thanks.

How to turn your Life experience into a Money printing small business

For stay at home moms who want to support their lifestyle
A post on how to turn your unique life experience into a money making venture while helping others.

This week  starts on a good note, a week in which we celebrate the small business owners. It’s the National Small Business week starting from April 30th to May 6th. The celebration was instituted since 1963 to celebrate the contributions of small business owners to the growth of the American economy. You can read more about their activities here.

Its special to me because I promote and encourage women who are stay at home moms  to start small businesses from their homes, it empowers one to live life at its best and according to your own terms.

Small business owners create 2 out of every 3 jobs in America today and you can be part of the percentage that is making impact in the economy. According to a SBA advocacy report, 52% of small businesses in America are home based businesses, while 78.5% of small businesses are nonemployer businesses( Businesses which have no employees), these are businesses run solely by the owners. This week celebrates the impact of such business in the economy, a testimony to the fact that small business are consistently growing.

The good thing about this trend is that women owned businesses are growing at a rate 5 times better than other businesses, this is according to a research on the State of women owned businesses . So if you are a stay at home mom or even a working mom who has been thinking about how to ditch your 9-5 to start a home based business that will meet your needs, there are reports that support the fact that women owned businesses are on the rise and keeps getting better and better.

For some moms wondering where to start from , know that one of  the businesses you can easily start, is an online business which is based on your various experiences in life. According to an article written by Melanie Deziel for INC , it posits that in these days of information age, creating information products around the subjects you are passionate about is one of the ways you can turn your passion into a 6 figure business.

This is possible because with the internet connecting billions of people on the face of the earth, there are billions of searches for information on how to do things. People are hungry for information and are willing to pay a good amount of money to learn what will move them to the next level. As long as you have skills which you can impart to other people, then you are in business.

Creating a course on how your experience can help some people solve their problems is one of the easiest ways you can make a living form the internet. The good thing about this type of business is the fact that it  costs as little as less than a 100 dollars to start.

For example, suppose you already have an idea about helping new moms take care of their little babies or even first time moms from pregnancy to weaning a child, here is a rundown on what you  need to create an online course based on that topic.

What you need to create an online course.

Discover your Niche: Find out what pain points people  your niche have  a write out solutions to their pain points. This will form the building block of your online course.

Build a followership around this Niche via social media channels   like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram etc.

Start a Blog: Where you can write articles about how your knowledge can help your potential niche. You can get a domain name and a hosting option with a little amount, here is a link Sign up now for hosting

Build an email list: Get to the inbox of your  followers by offering a free training or eBook to them in exchange for their emails.

Sell your courses: Market your courses to your subscribers or offer online coaching classes to them.

Cost breakdown for creating an online course.

Domain Name + Hosting: 8 dollars per month using Jvzoo Host,Sign up now for hosting .

Email Marketing software: 9 dollar per month Using SENDLANE email marketing software.

 Facebook advert cost: Perhaps 35 dollars per month (targeted advertising by Facebook)

Cost of Building you course: 0 dollars, you already have the experience and you can find out how to create the course from google search

 Delivery cost: You can deliver your course via webinars, YOUTUBE or email correspondence course or you can use an automated system like Teachable

for a minimum of 39 dollars per month.

Cost of setup of payment channel: 0 dollars you can set up a payment channel for your courses for free your payment channel can be PAYONEER, where you receive payment for your courses without much stress.

Total costs of starting this business: 52 dollars + or -39 dollars if you choose to use Teachable

The extra 48 dollars can be plugged into Google ads if you choose not to use Teachable and choose instead to use the workflow method in the email marketing software of SENDLANE

The Blog issue is easy to start if you are using Jvzoo host, their customer service support is excellent. Their packaging makes it easy for you to get your Blog up and running within the shortest time possible. Sign up now for hosting

With these simple and easy steps, you are set to go, to encourage you more Read how this 26 year old started a seven figure online business from her Van

You can also read how this South African Woman turned a consistently nagging problem into a solution she is selling, read it here

To know how to go about transitioning into an a mompreneur,Get My Free Ebook

You can turn your life experiences into a money printing business, give it a go. Don’t let this small business week be a waste, tap into it and get moving.

Thanks

Elizabeth.