For people who love dogs, enjoy baking, and have a keen interest in canine nutrition, a doggie bakery can be a highly profitable business opportunity. A doggie bakery can be started for as little as $300 to $500 in your own kitchen.
Thousands of free dog treat recipes are available on the Internet. Modify recipes to develop your own unique product line.
The necessary equipment and utensils needed for a dog bakery are readily available in most kitchens: oven, food processor, measuring spoons, measuring cups and cookie sheets. Plan to spend about $20 to $30 for decorating aids, such as cookie-decorating bags and tips, and cookie cutters in fun shapes like bones or gingerbread men.
The cost to stock the bakery pantry and refrigerator will initially be about $150. The ingredients for an organic bakery will cost significantly more.
Design your own business cards at one of the several print on demand shops on the Internet. Some offer logo design services, do-it-yourself websites, brochures, vehicle signage, and other business-marketing tools. Depending on your budget and requirements, this aspect of your business may cost less than $100 or more than $200.
Invest in small business accounting software, like Quickbooks or Simply Accounting, or download an open source bookkeeping program for free.
Based in Ontario, Susan Dorling has written professionally since 2000, with hundreds of articles published in a variety of popular online venues including the Houston Chronicle, SF Gate and Work.chron on a diverse range of business topics. Self-employed for more than 35 years, she enjoys writing about entrepreneurship and small business.