Are you a baker? Do you have a bakery? Are you planning to open a bakery? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, then you should consider many things before the opening doors to your business. Carefully making sure everything is ready before opening could make a big difference in how customers view you and if you will be successful with your new business.
Obviously, people will be coming to your bakery because of the treats you are baking. Whether you are selling cookies, cakes, pies or specialty desserts or a combination of all of these, your food must be good. Make sure before you open the recipe has been perfected. Make sure you have all the supplies and resources in order to operate your new business. Make sure you have what you need from the administrative end and for baking your confections. Perfect these delicious confections. You want treats that are completely different than what the other bakeries are offering. Create an iconic flavor of giving one of your delicious creations a unique name. Doing all of this will set your bakery apart from other bakeries. This will also help customers to remember your bakery by having something special in it.
Pests like sweet treats. Check your bakery before your grand opening to make sure no pesky pests have hidden anywhere in your bakery. It is always safe to have your business treated for pests before you open. Pest control services St. George businesses trust can help with controlling pests and making sure your new bakery is free of pests. You will want to treat your business regularly. A customer finding any pests, especially in an establishment that serves food, would cause a customer to not want to return. Multiple customers finding pests would cause your bakery to gain a reputation for not being clean and professional. This would ultimately slow down business and your revenue could decline significantly. The health department would rightfully get involved and may shut your business down for a temporary amount of time until you could meet their standards and regulations.
Marketing is vital to all businesses but especially new businesses. Before opening, get the word out about your new bakery. Create flyers and pay a team of people to pass out these flyers. Consider having your flyers be apart of the mail. Run a commercial on television. Develop a social media advertising campaign to reach people in your local area. Truly understand the customer who wants your products and reaches out to those people. Give special offers for the first few customers. Marketing will create buzz around your new business and will help with branding.
Before opening, make sure your finances are right. Have accurate prices for all your delicious baked treats. Check out what our surrounding bakeries are selling for the same product. It’s best to be close to their prices. Make sure you have calculated how much it costs to run your business and put at least fifty percent markup in your prices.
Staff is important. Hold a meeting a few days before you open with anyone that will be working at the bakery. You need to have enough staff to bake your sweet treats. You don’t want to run out on the opening day. Make sure everyone on your team is dedicated and hard working.
You will have to have enough inventory before opening your bakery. Not enough inventory means you will run out of supplies and equipment and may not be able to fulfill orders for customers. Having too many supplies or too many perishable food items could potentially be a waste of money. Have enough to get you started, then order more supplies and food items and eventually you will have to carry a large stock of items due to the demand from your growing customer base.
Most importantly, before you open the doors to your bakery, remember to have fun. You began a bakery for a specific reason. If this is your passion. If you are trying to do something good for your community or if you like the entrepreneurial side of running a bakery, remember why you began and allow that to push you forward when things get hard.