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Questions about starting a at home business?

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I have many questions about starting an at home business....I live in VA. Would I be able to do this from home with no issues, selling small amounts at first? Even maybe selling on ebay some? (I have sold fudge on there before) Or even online? I have a full time job and cooking and baking is a passion of mine. I love it. I am self taught and I do have a nice home kitchen.

Would love to know any thoughts?

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You need to check with:

  • your local health department
  • your local zoning or land use regulatory agency
  • your local fire marshal
  • your local business licensing authority
  • the sales tax authority

 

Probably in that order, health and zoning will have to go/no go answers, all the others will have a list of the hoops you will need to jump through.

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post #3 of 6

In addition to everything Pete mentioned be prepared to be exhausted. I did what you are proposing and I did not have a full time job. Between marketing, shopping, packing, shipping etc. baking was about 25-30% of the effort. I had my own website and sold on eBay. This is a very, very time consuming enterprise. 

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Yeah, but Kyle's semolina raisin twists are to DIE for!!

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post #5 of 6

Kyle,

Baking out of that small Kitchen. NY trip.

Hope I'm remembering right. How are you?

Jeff

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I'm well. Though it's been a while since I made semolina raisin twists :) I did max out my home kitchen production and the resulting revenue was not paying the bills! So I got a real job...

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