The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Starting a Baking Business

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There is nothing better than turning your hobby into a business! People love making money from the things they love doing and new baking businesses are more popular than ever. It seems as if everyone knows one small baking business as the number of businesses have increased throughout 2020 and beyond. There are multiple things to consider when starting a baking business, especially if you want to succeed and do well. Keep reading to find out four things you should consider when helping your baking business take off.

Purchase the right items

Starting a baking business is an exciting journey, but it can be rather daunting if you’ve never done anything like this before. This is why we recommend that you do enough research to ensure you are led down the right path. You’ll be putting a lot of effort and money into your business, so you’ll want to ensure you are purchasing the right equipment and investing your money where necessary.

For example, you’ll soon realise that your business picks up and you have more orders coming in than ever before. This is when good items come in handy, especially if you are going to be producing a large quantity of products. You should be investing in items like an electronic weighing scale so that you can measure exactly how much of each ingredient goes into a product on a large scale. This can also help with assuring customers of any allergens in your products. Purchasing the right items at the beginning of your baking career will save you a lot of time when you become stretched for time.

Hire an extra pair of hands

Baking takes up a lot of time, you of all people will know this. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that you should consider hiring some help in the future. When your business grows in popularity, you’ll soon notice that orders pick up and more people are requesting your services. It may even be that your services are requested in larger amounts. With this, we recommend that you recruit staff within your means to help you in your busier periods. You can help train aspiring bakers and even give some younger bakers practical hands-on experience. You don’t want the quality of your products to suffer as a result of doing too much!

Follow regulations

Depending on where you are growing your company, like any other food-related business, you will be required to be certified in following strict regulations and guidance. For example, in the UK, many catering businesses are recommended to have a food hygiene certificate and be trained to follow great hygiene practice. Avoiding cross-contamination is key in ensuring you are providing excellent services and products. This will attract new customers and also give them peace of mind when purchasing from you.

Engage with your customers

As well as playing by the books, it is also your job – as a business owner – to ensure your advertising your business efficiently and effectively. We recommend that you develop an online presence for your brand and engage with your customers at all times.

Follow these steps and do some extra research when starting your own baking business!

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What You Should Know about Proper Packaging if You are Selling Online

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You may be running an online shop selling various items, whether they’re food items, gadgets, books and magazines, artwork or jewellery. But whatever it is you are selling, you need to know how important it is to have the right packaging for your items – the proper packaging will add to your customers’ impression of your business, and when your items are packaged properly, they will be better protected as well. But packaging doesn’t just mean making sure you choose the proper shape, size, or width for your boxes and use high-quality packaging materials such as vinyl tape and bubble wrap – it consists of other factors as well. Here, then, is what you should know about the proper packaging if you are selling your wares online.

  • Packing it with care

For customers who shop online, nothing is more annoying or frustrating than receiving a parcel that hasn’t been packed properly or is damaged. If your customer has ordered from your shop for the first time, this won’t give them a good impression at all. So first things first: choose good packaging materials, and if you can, choose boxes made from high-quality materials like cardboard or kraft board, such as white postal boxes where you can easily and prominently stick your label or logo so customers see it right away.

It’s also important to pack your item inside the parcel as carefully as possible, and for this, use void fillers and bubble wrap or packing foam or peanuts. The item should not touch the sides of the box, so leave five centimetres in space between the item and the box’s sides. Many online shoppers will often leave negative feedback if a parcel is untidy, and you don’t want your items damaged whilst in transit, either.

  • Promoting your brand

Did you know that most consumers also value the branding of a company on the envelopes and mailing boxes they receive? Consider customising your envelopes and boxes with personalised labels, tape, and packaging. The label you stick on your parcel will give your customers a better perspective of your brand, so make your label neat and avoid writing the address of the recipient by hand! A well-designed label is seen by customers as proof that you are a reputable brand and you have high standards as well. There are handy label-makers that you can use to customise your parcel, and some can even be operated wirelessly using your smartphone. Invest in this apart from the proper packaging materials.

  • Make it just right

Of course, you already know that your items should be adequately protected so they don’t get damaged whilst in transit, especially if you are shipping internationally. But you should also make it ‘just right’ and avoid too much packaging. When the packaging is excessive, this can also be annoying to shoppers, not to mention wasteful and unsustainable to the environment. Additionally, if you have a small item and it is placed in a box that’s too large, it is more likely to become damaged, so make sure your items are packed compactly in a box that’s right for its size and surrounded by protective packaging material. If you want to impress customers further, add a personalised note or flyer; this encourages loyalty and makes customers feel more special.

 

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