Introducing myself and my vision ^_^
I am an entreprenuer at heart, and every hobby of mine is always thought of as a possible business opportunity. I'm a full-time mother, student, and housekeeper. On the side I compete with my horse, teach my son dirt-bike racing, and try to boycott the corporate giants by making as much of my families diet from scratch!
I love baking~ my son's birthday cake was such a hit... gluten and dairy free... that mother's began asking me to bake birthday cakes for them. I also have been experiementing with different bread recipes/ techniques and have a real passion for it. My mother-in-law is on a strict, gluten-free diet, so I began trying bread without the craveable wheat-gluten.
So my latest business vision is to start a desireable bread bakery, with the possibility of goodies to be sold at local coffee stands (which there are a lot of around here, near Seattle!). The closest full-scale bakery is 15 miles away and there is a Harvest Wheat store about 10 miles away, so I feel like I would have an advantage.
Gluten-free and whole-some ingredients would be some of my selling points. It seems as though there is a lot of hog-wash around making and selling out of your home. I don't have a lot of start-up cash right now... the reason to start small. Would it be worthwhile to begin by selling to family and friends, then to outreach with a local kitchen?
The plan is to stock up on ingredients from Oregon (there is a good retailer for gluten-free flours) and keep good records (the business side of me). If my vision begins to look promising then I could sell at the many local farmer's markets around and possibly sell to some of the local-minded stores.
Any insight is always helpful. I've just began the feasability research of this plan so I'm not 100% ready to invest! ;-)
Thank you in advance for your helpful wisdom!!! Happy trails!