Things I Wish I Knew Before Opening a Bakery
Opening the Miami Cakery Co. was one of the most exciting and off the wall things that I have ever done in my life! I remember saying to myself “OMG I’m doing this” and “OK now, how do I do this???” all in the same breath. However, if I had to do it all over again I would. Going into business for myself was one of the best and self-fulfilling ventures I have done. And as always, still working at it. It is extra special because I am selling a product that I believe in, it tastes really, really, Good; and best of all it will save you time, money and frustration!! Bringing something onto the market that’s going to do these things is a good thing.
Opening a bakery doesn’t come with a set up kit you can purchase from Amazon. It’s more like a “learn from your mistakes” and “baby steps” type of deal.
So, I’m blogging this quick and quirky information for others to 1. Start to know about The Miami Cakery Co., and 2. To know that if you’re a newbie Baker trying to get your feet wet in your own venture, you can feel free to reach out and ask any questions. I’m more than happy to share what I’ve learned so far.
So here are three common tip topics I would see during the many hours of research and my quick thoughts on them...
1). Worker Smarter Not Harder
Well, that’s not me.... lol. It’s all a work in progress. As a new business owner, you will find yourself working countless hours on research. It is a mission to find and decide which is the way to go for everything bakery. Information on commercial kitchens, food trucks, licensing, permits, laws, regulations, lab testing, web design, e-commerce, trademarks, product branding, supplies, packaging, upc’s, distributing co.’s, nutrition labels...The above are all of the challenges I’ve had to deal with so far.
You range from trying to get accurate information from a half dozen websites and companies about the legalities and requirements into starting a business to also finding the best deal for your buck for... your supplies, website build out, branding, etc. Oh, and somewhere down the line with research in my back pocket, I bought a 1985 step truck to convert into a food truck. That is a whole other monster to deal with altogether. And of course, that is...still in progress. I will blog the Food Truck Diaries soon enough. Let me get through this first blog, first.
So yeah, fast forward... I’ve worked hard and I’m smarter ;).
2) Know When It’s Time to Get the Help You Need
Always reach out. If you’re good at networking, you will reach your goal quicker. How unfortunate for the recluse. There is great truth in “The power of relationships!” Friends, family, other small businesses. Locally and on the web. “Always reach out!”. You can learn valuable information from networking that will make your work easier and grow!
3). Business Planning
Easiest way to answer this is for YOU to answer all these questions...
What are you selling?
Who are your customers?
Where are you selling your products?
Is it worth selling your product financially?
Easy peasy right? Easy enough questions to be on your way to success!!
And in the Production Plan....There is this great businessman I know that once said, “Always deliver the product the same way every single time, every single time.” There is deep truth to this for base building and stability for your company. Until you get a contract with a major company where they will mass produce your product, stick to this motto.
Ok everyone.... until the next time.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my first blog.