Start a Cake Decorating Business For Fun & Profit

Start a cake decorating business if you are looking for something different in the line of home based businesses. Do you have time and creativity? Cake decorating allows you flexible time and the freedom to be artistic in a consumer filled field.

People have special occasions all the time that they celebrate with specialty cakes. Think of all the times you have purchased cakes for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and other events and you will soon see how this could be a fun and lucrative career. Cake decorating businesses are also simple to start and requires little overhead. Most of the essentials for a home based business of this kind are very inexpensive and easy to come by. If you possess an oven and a microwave, you are already on your way to success.

If you have ever made cakes before, you are already ahead of the game. Do you have children in daycare or school? Think of all the birthday parties you go to in a year and you will see how this occasion alone can be profitable. Most parents today have never even made a cake, preferring to purchase one that is already baked and decorated.

You would be fulfilling a service that these parents are already taking advantage of in the retail market. A home based cake business can bring in business for graduations, weddings, baby showers, Easter, Christmas, and many more occasions and holidays throughout the year. Once it is known that you have quality service and beautiful cakes, your schedule will fill every month.

There are a variety of sources you can draw from when choosing materials and supplies after you start a cake business. The Internet is an invaluable source of ideas, as well as magazine publications and specialty cookbooks. You will need some specific cake decorating tools of the trade such as baking pans, icing flutes, spatulas and of course cake mixes and basic instructions on the decorating process.

All of these items can be found at your local department stores and on the Internet. Specialty items, such as wedding toppers and the like are easily found on the Internet as well. There are cake decorating lessons available at many trade schools and there are even some available on the web. In some cities, there are dedicated cake decorating schools. Professional cake decorating is taught in some groceries as well. Once learned, there is no end to the cake decorating opportunities available to you. This fun and fulfilling career can be started with minimal monetary investment and your dedication.

You may find that word of mouth advertising will do you sufficiently in the beginning, with fantastic results. Word of mouth is still a very powerful tool in any kind of business. Often, one happy local customer can breed several referrals and steady income. Remember, people are already purchasing this service somewhere else, why not you?

Don’t forget that the Internet is also a great way to get your business known. If you are looking to increase your scale and expand your services once you are successful, the Internet provides a great advertising outlet for a cake decorating business. Having a web site to view your creations will go a long way in helping people recognize you and your work. This can also help your local customers learn about your skill and see your product before purchasing, without having to go to the store. If you take orders online, they may not even need to call you. At this point you are providing a service to them without them even having to leave the comfort of their home.

Cake decorating is a trade that is going to be around forever. A little training and a little practice will provide you with a rich career, full of fun and satisfaction. Opening a home based cake business will provide you with regenerative income, freedom over your schedule, and the joy of customer satisfaction.

Starting A Cupcake Or Cake Decorating Business From Home

Are you thinking of starting a cake decorating business from home? If so, you are not alone. And lately, people are becoming interested in the cupcake business as well. But as with any business idea, having the dream is only the first part of the equation. And working with food usually involves quite a bit more preparation, health department requirements, and possibly licenses that must be in place before you open your doors for business.

One of the most difficult things for people who want to run a cake decorating business from home, or even a small cupcake business from home, is wading through the regulations, zoning, and licensing requirements. It can be discouraging for someone who has never done this before! But don’t worry. There are plenty of people who have accomplished this before you, and you can now learn from them.

Here are a few tips to get you started on the right foot, before you go out and buy your equipment and business cards!

Business Plan or Blueprint

Whether you are starting a cake decorating business from home or any other business, you should not do anything before you have written out a business plan or at least an outline of how you are going to conduct your business. For help with a business plan, you can contact the Small Business Administration for assistance, or pick up any number of books on the subject. Paula Spencer, who is a well-known cake decorator, has a book dedicated specifically to the start-up of a cake decorating business. This is discussed in further detail, below.

What about Licensing?

First things first. As part of your business plan, call or get online with your State or Local government, and explain that you are interested in running a cake decorating business. Let them know specifically if you are planning to use your home, or if you are planning on renting kitchen space. Ask them exactly what you need to do, and what regulations you will need to follow.

Every state or city is different, so it is very important to start off on the right foot. The resources noted below can help you create a step by step plan of how to proceed.

Is my kitchen big enough?

One problem many people have is a lack of a commercial style kitchen. If this is your biggest stumbling block, here is a very creative idea that many others have used! Most towns have churches and various organizations that already have commercial kitchens in place.

You can ask the directors of any of these organizations if you could use the kitchens part-time in exchange for either a donation (perhaps even a donation of one of your creations for their events!) or a set fee.

You might be surprised at how welcoming one or more of these places might be!

Once you know that you will be able to legally open your business and have your necessary permits in place, here are a few ideas to get you started without breaking your budget.

Start small.

If you already have some cake and cupcake decorating experience behind you, you probably have at least some basic baking and cake decorating supplies.

Unless your business plan allows for some larger purchases, start small and build up some business before buying tons of supplies. The resources listed below can help guide you in the essentials that you’ll need before opening your doors. Here are some ways you can test the waters fairly inexpensively. You can put the word out at day cares and elementary schools that you are available to make cake pops or cupcakes for parties or school events.

You can offer a theme party; for example, you can bring unfrosted cake pops or cupcakes, and supervise the children in dipping the cake pops in a topping, or having a “cupcake bar” where the children tell you what type of frosting they want on their cupcakes. If they are old enough and if there is enough supervision, they can frost their own cupcakes.

With a little ingenuity, you can make a name for yourself as a cake or cupcake decorator without spending thousands of dollars.

You will need to learn the correct way to price your cakes, how to prepare orders and contracts, and how to determine the size cake you will need for any given job. Don’t worry! There are formulas available that will help you learn this.