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Stacey's Sweet Treats
Uniform Off and Apron On
Don't let the steel toe shoes fool you. She takes her uniform off, puts her apron on and whips up a dozen. Baking is her thing and she's stirring up success in the kitchen with Stacey's Sweet Treats.
Success is creating a pleasing product that sell's itself and doing it on your terms. Stacey has the perfect recipe. She's doing something she enjoys, she's good at it and yes, the money will follow. Stacey is testing the waters first before committing to even a part-time venture. She bakes on demand with orders placed well in advance.
I met with Stacey on her way to deliver an order for a wedding reception this weekend. She brought me a sample of some of her popular cookies. Yes… they made it back to Studio 482 to be staged for a photo shoot. Confession... the Lily Cookie got the best of me by the end of the shoot. Temptation, so I pulled 2 Lily Cookies from the basket and inhaled them. I'm willing to worry about the consequences later and it was worth it. The Lily Cookie is a buttery soft, lightly sweet, melt in your mouth cookie, worthy to be called PERFECT.
Passion to Dollars
If you have passion and skill in the kitchen, you can make a few extra bucks. I’ve seen it time after time. You bring in a baked good for a potluck and the next thing you know, you’re taking orders. You may not have the time, resources or desire to bake for a living, but it sure is a good side hustle.
10 Tips to Get Started Selling Your Homemade Baked Goods
1- Start with one or two recipes that you have perfected
2- Buy in bulk and DO THE MATH to determine your profit
Don’t forget to include the cost of :
Utilities, Gas for deliveries, Containers, Ingredients and Labor
3- Create an order form using a simple PC program
4- Order simple business cards and make a flyer
5- Establish payment options and order requirements
6- Take photo’s of your product or hire a good Food Photographer (HINT)
7- Start marketing:
Use your Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites
Tell your family, friends, co-workers, club and church members
Let coffee shops and small diners know about your bake goods
Stop in to small businesses and drop off your card and order form
8- Create a professional voice message
9- Get a receipt book and attach your business card
10- Cover your hair completely when you cook
I love to see people living the dream and my contribution is always a word of encouragement. Pull out that recipe book tonight and get started!
"Look Good, Cook Good and Entertain in Style"
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Heidi L. Smith