How to open a bakery in many places is dependant on how good you are at jumping through hoops (the bureaucratic kind). AND, Let’s face it there are quite a few to jump though. As always, expectations and realities are two completely different things. Ask any entrepreneur, maybe you have experienced it yourself.
Ok let’s look at all the initial things you SHOULD be doing before you open a bakery.
- The First Task: Check out the Local Food Laws.
- Next: Check out the Cost of Bakery Equipment.
- More Investigative Stuff to do: Get Prices for Bakery Ingredients.
- Check the Labor Laws and Pay Rates for Hired Staff.
- Look at the Cost of Leases in Good Locations.
- Cost of a Shop Design and fit-out, Gas and Power Connections.
- Create a Business Plan.
- Next: Apply for a loan.
- Happy Days. You Got the Loan
- Submit the Application for the Required Licenses and Permits.
- Go and Visit the Relator and Sign the Lease.
The First Task: Check out the Local Food Laws.
Just visit your local authority get the guides and maybe some advice.
You spend all day walking lonely aisles in 5 different buildings before you located the relevant knowledgeable person.
Next time just download them from Google and forget about visiting bureaucracies and asking questions.
Next: Check out the Cost of Bakery Equipment.
You will no doubt get your equipment from more than one supplier.
Maybe even go to some auctions.
You needed a case full of $100 dollar bills for an old oven.
More Investigative Stuff to do: Get Prices for Bakery Ingredients.
Expectation matches the Reality:
Like the equipment, this will take some shopping around.
Check the Labor Laws and Pay Rates for Hired Staff.
You only anticipate having a couple of employees so you should be able to manage it yourself.
It looks like something that will do your head in, so you ring a few Bookkeepers and Accountants to get their charges.
Look at the Cost of Leases in Good Locations.
Really at this point you only want an idea of the costs of leasing so you can complete a business plan.
You can either ask other businesses in the vicinity or visit your friendly local realtor.
If you find a good position you may be able to sign up “Subject to approval of business finance” just so it is held for you until you complete your financing arrangements.
Cost of a Shop Design and fit-out, Gas and Power Connections.
It will cost a fortune.
Well it may not be as bad as selling bread on the side of the road, but keep your options open.
Create a Business Plan.
Now that you are armed with all that information go ahead and create a business plan.
Should be a cinch.
What does “Validating a business” mean?
So you downloaded a business plan from the internet.
Next: Apply for a loan.
Should be a piece of cake (pun intended). Business plan done, credit history ok.
He couldn’t understand how you validated your business plan with an email from a Nigerian Prince.
He asked for your 2 year and 5 year business plans, culinary school certificate, business course certificates, previous business experience, copy of your most recent tax certificate, what the insurance premiums are? How much it is going to cost to fit the store out? Are you going to register as a LLC? what does your father do, and what crimes have you done time for?
Happy Days. You Got the Loan
Your father had a friend at MI5 give the bank manager a call.
One more painful thing to do before you can start (if you are still enjoying the argy bargy).
Well, maybe two, but the Relator should not be too much of a hassle.
He may even buy you a coffee. ?
Submit the Application for the Required Licenses and Permits.
Another day wondering waiting in long queues.
I need coffee…
Matched the expectation.
You need more coffee:
Go and Visit the Relator and Sign the Lease.
That is all the fun stuff done. Now you can start doing.
Running a business can be challenging, especially in the baked goods industry.
It can be hard to compete with big chains, which causes a lot of bakeries to shut down after only a couple of years.
Often it is not about competing with big chains or being the best baker in town, but the one with the best service, or the best unique style of bread or some other unique speciality.
Often these days bakeries include a coffee shop.
You can see more bakery stories here.