Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Starting A Cottage Food Business

So you want to make a little extra money. And you know you are the best cook in the neighborhood. You absolutely know that if you could just sell some of that food to others they would be hooked.
You think that you should sell the items that you are making. You want to start a cottage food business.

What Is A Cottage Food Business?

The definition of a cottage business is a system for making products to sell in which people work in their homes and use their own equipment.

Check The Laws

Each state has different laws that govern cottage food businesses. They range from easy to complicated. The laws also tell where the foods can be sold, and they even dictate how much you can earn. So make sure you do your homework. The website www.Forrager.com has loads of information.

What You Can Sell

Most states allow for you to sell nonhazardous high acid foods. This includes preserves, pickles and salsas. And most states allow for low moisture baked goods that don't require refrigeration. So this allows all of those master bakers to get a start with their business.

Who Can Buy?

You can sell to the direct public, and in some states you can sell products through indirect or wholesale channels. So you could go to a local restaurant or food cooperative to peddle your goods for you.

Making Money

Like I said earlier, there are caps on the amount of money you can make with you cottage food business. It varies from $5,000 to $45,000. Once you've hit those limits you can continue making your food items, but you just have to look at commercial setting to produce your food.


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