Opening Your Own Bakery

Do you have a baking addiction and would also like to turn it into a profitable business? It can be a very lucrative idea, especially if you are a skilled baker and have exceptional entrepreneurial skills. To make your bakery business profitable in this industry, you need to understand how to plan and effectively run the company. To generate enough revenue in order to stay in business, planning is very essential. The following steps will help you to learn how to open your own bakery.

Decide On The Type Of Bakery

First thing you will need to do is choose the type of bakery you would like to open and what kinds of baked goods you want to sell.

As for types of bakery you have several options. Your bakery can sell only baked goods or you can additionally sell coffee and sandwiches. You can open a bakery as just a shop or with a seating area for customers. It can also be an online service of baked goods delivery and you can start a home-based baking business.

Choose the baked goods you want to sell. Do you want them to be conventional, organic, vegan or gluten-free?

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Research the Local Competition

Before starting out any business, one of the first things on the list is research of competition and demand for the product or service. In your local area do some research to see if the people would be ready to buy your baked goods. Also check the competition. Is it over-competitive in your area? If not, think of what you can do to stand out. For example, open a bakery with specialty baked goods. Also offer a seating area, where the visitors could enjoy them with coffee.

Write a Thorough Business Plan

The business plan should contain all the details on the calculated costs of the location, equipment, staff, taxes, marketing and supplies. Determine who will be managing the business, your marketing strategy and how you will finance the business. Then determine the profit you plan to make in the first couple of years by projecting the costs against the projected income. To help you with the financial part of the business plan, you might need help of an accountant to make sure that no expenses are overlooked.

Find the Perfect Location For Your Bakery

Research the areas of your city and select a location where you could have many potential customers. The ideal location should be easily accessible, shoudn’t have any zoning guidelines, has plenty of traffic passing through and meets all the safety requirements.

Register Your Business

Before opening the bakery you will need to register your business with the city. To sell the bakes goods you will also need a sales permit. Check with the state’s health services department.

Get and Install the Equipment

Depending on the baked goods you will be selling, determine the equipment you will need. You will need a commercial oven, mixer, commercial blender and more. Make sure that you buy all the professional equipment that is safe and up to the code.

Determine the Menu and the Ingredients

Develop you standard menu. Calculate the ingredients and how much you will need for each of the items on the menu. Find suppliers and buy enough materials.

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Hire Employees

Make sure that the staff you hire is friendly, trustworthy and efficient at work.

Advertise

Place an ad in a local newspaper and online, and give out flyers.

You are ready to open!

How To Become a Chef?

If you are passionate about cooking and would like to make it your profession, then consider becoming a chef. The career of a chef can be really rewarding, but the path to becoming one is also not that easy. It involves long hours and there’s heavy competition. But as a chef you will have the opportunity to run a kitchen or you could go further and run a restaurant. To start your career as a chef, you will need the following education and experience.  Continue Reading

Staying Healthy With the Foods You Eat

Our health greatly depends on the foods we eat. But healthy eating does not mean following strict dietary limitations or avoiding the foods that you love. Eating healthy is more about the foods that give you energy and make you feel great. By following some simple health-building principles you can achieve looking your best and feeling great. Continue Reading

Food for Healthier Heroes

There are many uncertainties in your daily job as a police officer or a firefighter. The only certain thing about it is that you’ll get pretty hungry throughout your shift. Unfortunately, you usually have very limited access to what you can eat, due to your busy and hectic schedule.

For you to perform at your best in all situations, emergency or not, you’ll have to be cognizant of what you put into your bodies, because what you eat can have great adverse effect on your health. Just like the analogy says: would you put cheap fuel into a Lamborghini if you owned one? So why would you do that to your body, filling it up with junk food is the same as putting cheap fuel in to a Lamborghini. Being at optimal health is a must for all firefighters and police officers like you.

What are the best foods and diets for you guys? Well the truth is, it’s really whatever fits best in your daily lives. It will be different for each and every one of you. For every meal, you should focus on eating the right kinds of meals that are loaded with vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Doing so will help promote mental longevity, recovery, muscle growth, and cardiovascular and muscular endurance.

Have you ever taken a peek inside the kitchen of an elite athlete? I guarantee that you won’t see much variety of food in there. Why, because they eat the same thing over and over. The reason behind this is because they know for sure that these types of foods are the best for them, and don’t need to switch to anything else. Below are the types of food we recommend you start eating. Even if you’re the average Joe, these foods will help you.

The following foods on this list are make up the “Warrior Food Diet.” Filling your kitchen with these types of food will get you at optimal health in no time.

Protein

Did you know that most people don’t get enough protein in their diets? Eating very little protein hinders muscles from their repairing and building processes.

1. Eat Whole eggs. It’s best to look for free range, or cage free eggs that have omega 3 fats in them.

2. Eating lean meats like turkey, chicken, lean cuts of pork, wild game elk, and rabbits. Yes, I said rabbits.

Vegetables

Vegetables are loaded with minerals, fibers, and vitamins. Mom was on to something when she told us to eat all our vegetables. We just didn’t listen.

1. Eating tomatoes can help improve your vision and also help with connective tissue strength.

2. Eating spinach will help you get your K vitamin. This will also help you build stronger bones. This is very important when you start to get a bit older.

The current list you see above is a prefect list to start with. This is really for anyone who struggles with trying to find the right food and a balance meal. Focus on the food that are outlined and soon you’ll be moving towards a healthier body.

Careers In Food

If you have an interest in working in the food industry, there are plenty of career choices that you can choose from. Aside from the obvious choices of becoming a chef or working in a restaurant, there are many other exciting professions that are highly involved with food and nutrition. As we examine a few professions below, they may just be a great way of turning something you love into a rewarding career.

Catering Manager

Catering managers are responsible for a number of duties that include the managing of events, scheduling, supervision of food prep, service and even cleanup. They are also in charge taking care of contracts, planning menus, decorating, stocking of supplies and food and supervision of the staff. The catering manager is basically in charge of a catering operation, bringing in new clients and booking repeat customers as well. As a catering manager, you need to be well organized, have good communication and teamwork skills while being able to work with vendors, clients and other managers.

Clinical Dietitian

Clinical dietitians work to provide patients with nutritional institutions. Like other professionals working in the healthcare industry, clinical dietitians can be found working in hospitals, nursing homes and other health or medical institutions. They are responsible for assessing the nutritional needs of the patients and coming up with the proper nutrition program. They will evaluate the results and report to physicians or managers. Many clinical dietitians will often specialize in certain areas such as managing weight issues with overweight patients or working with diabetics and patients with kidney issues.

Food Stylist

Food stylists are responsible for making food look as attractive as possible. This can include misting, propping, arranging, torching, polishing and shellacking of food. Generally, food stylists work with photographers or producers to create visually appealing food displays for advertisements, magazines or commercials. While there are some culinary schools that do offer courses in food styling, most stylists learn the craft from other food stylists.

Nutritionist

Food is a big component when it comes to nutrition. However, it isn’t always easy to achieve the right balance between good food and good nutrition, especially when there are so many processed foods and fast food choices available. As a nutritionist, you will be responsible for teaching people how to incorporate healthy foods while bringing out the best of its flavor. Nutritionists offer people a career in a field that is quickly growing with the opportunity to help others, an ideal choice for foodies looking to make a difference.

Research Chef

If you have an interest in food that goes beyond just wanting to work in a restaurant, becoming a research chef may be the right profession for you. As a research chef, you will be creating and testing foods to see if they are market worthy. As chefs and food entrepreneurs get new ideas for food products, they are often sent to research chefs for some feedback and analysis. Oftentimes, research chefs are also presented with concepts or ideas and are responsible for developing an edible product.

While there are plenty of more traditional jobs related to food, these are a few of the more interesting and unique careers in the industry. So if you have a passion for food, know that there are plenty of options to choose from. You are not limited to being just a chef or restaurant owner if you want to work with food.