So, firstly you will need to select the specific food market you wish to pursue, whether it be home baking or opening a café. The possibilities in the food industry are endless.
|Photo taken from the 'Make Food Your Business' course in 2016.|
How to tackle the financial costs of your food business: The financial costs of running your own business vary depending on the business model. However, don’t be put off by this. There are many options for you financially. You can get advice on this from our organisation to understand your options. Ultimately, the main tip for starting a food business is to start small and grow at a sensible pace. Invest in low-price equipment and then progress in time rather than rush into this. If you start small you will get a much better idea of what you need and where to get the best deal.How to promote your food business: Utilise social media to market your food. Make samples of the items and take pictures. You could even cater around seasonal events to upsell your business. For example, Valentine's Day or Mother's Day are great events to market for.
Know Your Food Laws and Regulation: Know what the laws and regulations are. From labour laws to food safety laws understanding and achieving compliance with legal and regulatory requirements can have a huge effect on the success of a food business. Certain regulations will depend on what type of food business you are thinking of starting and where your customer base will be. All food premises must be passed by environmental health, so it’s a good idea to have a meeting with your local environmental health officer (EHO) to explain and see exactly what you are intending to do.
Quality: The most important aspect to the food business is the quality. You can experiment with recipes and test them out with family and friends to ensure your food is appetising!
So, if you want to find out more information and take your passion for food that step further, come along to our upcoming business advice event. On 30th March from 10am – 1pm, our organisation will be hosting a ‘Make Food Your Business’ free event! We will be covering topics such as working from home, looking at premises, who your target customers are and what qualifications and certificates you will need. If you want to make your food business a success, then this is the event for you.If this is something that interests you, then register for our FREE event! Click here
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This event is open to women in Merseyside starting a new business FREE as part of our Enterprise Hub programme.