If you're looking to start a home business and you know how to bake, you may want to consider a homemade cookie business. Homemade cookies are popular gift items, especially if offered in batches as gift baskets or tins, in bouquets, or as oversized or specialty cookies. Starting a homemade cookie business can allow you to become a part of this industry, but as with any business be aware that your success depends upon a myriad of factors.
Create or select your cookie recipes. You may want to choose a signature recipe, and then have four or five more options just to begin with.
Determine how your cookies will be packaged or wrapped, and stored, and in what format you are going to sell them (i.e., oversized, bouquets, batches, gift baskets).
Write a business plan. Even if you aren't going to be taking out a loan, it is a good idea to have a plan down on paper that you can refer to as needed. Include things such as what specific cookie recipes you will sell, what your estimated costs and selling prices will be, how and to whom you will sell your cookies, and how you will advertise your homemade cookies.
Determine a name for your business and register this name according to your local government's regulations. If you plan on creating a website for your business and selling online, you may wish to see if a suitable domain name is available before finalizing your business name.
Check with your local government or small business association regarding the rules in your area and take the appropriate steps to maintain your business legally. While many governments do not require a permit for home-based businesses like a homemade cookie business, some require state permits and others might require a county business license.
Begin advertising your homemade cookie business. You could take out an ad in the local paper, put up fliers or posters, or even offer free samples to local businesses with your business card attached. Additionally, you may want to consider selling your cookies at craft shows, local festivals or other appropriate events in order to promote your business and increase profits.