Confectionery business: mini-pastry shop at home
For some reason, in our society there is an opinion that your business is expensive, difficult and long, and not everyone can do it. Of course, there is some truth in this. But this does not mean that if you do not have a lot of money to invest in your business, or specific knowledge, or time to prepare, then you will not be able to start your own business. There are some business formats that virtually eliminate all these difficulties. Take, for example, the restaurant business. He is considered one of the most time consuming. Premises, grocery purchases, recipes, customer service … It’s all very difficult, especially for a beginner.
But if your soul lies in cooking, and you want to make money on it, why not open your pastry shop? We have already written about how to start a pastry business. There you will also find a business plan for a candy store. Now let’s talk about an even simpler format of this business – about a pastry shop at home.
How to open a pastry shop at home
Any person who is interested in such a business will immediately have a number of questions in their head. We tried to give answers to them. So:
How to register such a business?
Home baking should be handled very carefully. Government regulatory agencies are very wary of this type of business, as the production of food at home can have many risks. Organizing all the necessary sanitary conditions at home can be quite a challenge. Therefore, start such a business in small quantities, and you should not hang a sign “Cakes are sold here” at the entrance.
From the point of view of the law, it is necessary to register such a business. The best option would be to register the individual entrepreneur – an individual entrepreneur (if you are a resident of Ukraine, then FL-P – an individual entrepreneur). Also, a person who will be directly involved in baking should get a sanitary book and regularly undergo a medical examination in order to avoid disagreements with the sanitary-epidemiological service. In the same service, you will need to get an opinion that confirms that your products fully comply with all standards and can be sold to consumers.
However, if you plan to sell products to your friends, acquaintances and friends of acquaintances, you can do without registration for some time.
What confectionery to make?
Of course, first of all, those that you do best and that you like to cook. In this case, the main thing is quality. If you have a favorite product with which you work most often, start with it. Anyway, with the experience, the ability to cook practically any confectionery will come to you, and then the question “what to cook” will no longer be so hot. Here is a short list of popular confectionery:
– cupcakes (small cakes, similar to muffins);
– Biscuits (now French macaroni is very popular);
– pies and pies (sweet and savory);
– waffles, puffs;
– bread, bagels, donuts, etc.
To decorate your pastry, use fresh berries and fruits, chocolate and chocolate figures, dragee beads, colorful creams. Try not to use mastic, this is already the last century. Cakes with mastic do sometimes come across impressive, but more and more modern confectioners are moving away from this method of decorating sweets. If you really want, then use it at least in a very original form and forget about the traditional rosettes, petals and bows.
What equipment need to be purchased?
Even in the home business of the oven alone, you obviously will not be enough. Of course, you will do the basic manipulations in the pastry with the dough, and the oven will become your main equipment. But to be able to make a variety of pastries, and not limited to cakes and rolls, you still need:
– a device for cooking chocolate;
– deep fryer;
– confectionery syringe (for working with cream);
– a large refrigerator (it is better to have a separate one and not to store in it the products that you eat yourself);
– molds for baking;
– and a lot of various kitchen utensils – from pans to knives.