Home-Based Bakers:Just another small business owner
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The whole idea of putting those two words in a business owners title can cause a bit of controversy. The idea that a person operates a “home-based” business brings about speculation that can be positive or negative. Fortunately, when talking about “home-based bakers” this is not the case, it is a good thing!
A home-based baker is not trying to sell you a bill of goods that don’t exist. The baker is not some in-obscure person sitting in the kitchen filling envelopes or gathering email addresses. A home-based baker is just that, a person that bakes from home and sells delicious baked goods to the people who live in their community.
There are some home-based bakers who are lucky enough to live in states where online sales are allowed and they may sell to folks in their own state and consumers outside their state. These small business owners like millions across nation are the foundation of our economy; and with the economy being in dire straits it is imperative that consumers like you, support them by purchasing their goods and services.
Home-Based Baking is a legitimate business operation; the primary difference between a home-based baker and a commercial baker is they often do not produce baked goods on a grand scale and they are more likely to produce custom products and baked goods that are not sold in commercial bakeries or at grocer stores. This does not mean they do not decorate cakes, bake cupcakes with unusual icings and sell heirloom baked goods like snickerdoodles and holiday fruitcakes. Home-based bakers do all of that and more.
A home-based baker operates their bakery in accordance to the rules and regulations set by their state Department of Agriculture or State/County Health Department. Every regulator agency is different and it is your responsibility to make sure that the home-based bakery you purchase baked goods from is operating within the law.
Depending on the state requirements for the home bakery in your community, the owners should have a license/permit, possess liability insurance, submit to an inspection of their kitchen (if applicable by law), operate in a home void of pets. For more information about rules and regulations governing the home-based bakers in your community review the listing of Cottage Food Law States.