If you enjoy baking, there’s a huge customer base of those who love baked goods out there. That means there are plenty of opportunities out there for entrepreneurs to build businesses around baking. Here are 50 different baking business ideas you can use to showcase your talents as a baker.
Baking Business Ideas
If you want to start your own baking business, the most obvious choice would be to open a bakery where you can sell a variety of different creations.
Home Baking Business
Where permitted, you can also start a baking business where you simply make the items in your home kitchen and then sell them online or to local bake shops.
Online Treat Sales
Sites like Etsy allow you to sell cookies and other specialty baked goods from an online shop. Then you can ship those items directly to your customers.
Wholesale Cookie Sales
If you don’t want to start a whole bake shop on your own, you could just sell your creations to local bakeries or coffee shops on a wholesale basis.
Pastry Chef Service
You could also work as a pastry chef either for personal clients or on a freelance basis with local restaurants or bake shops.
Healthy Bake Shop
Baked goods aren’t usually known for their nutritional value. But you can carve out your own unique niche and take advantage of a growing trend by offering some baked goods that are a bit healthier than those found at your average bakery.
Wedding Cake Creation
Wedding cakes are always in high demand. So that can make for a profitable niche for anyone with some baking skills.
Or you could get even more specific and offer your services as a cake decorator, making unique creations on wedding cakes and other items.
You don’t have to specialize only in wedding cakes though. You could simply open a cake shop where you sell items for birthdays and other occasions as well.
Bread is another popular item for bakers. You could open your own bread shop or bake bread for use in various cafe items.
If you want to specialize in a smaller type of baked item, you could open a cupcake shop with lots of specialty flavors and sell batches or individual cupcakes to customers.
Or you could bake batches of various cookies and sell them online, in a cookie shop or in other stores in your community.
Artisan Donut Shop
Artisan donut shops are a growing trend right now. Start your own by creating your own unique flavors and menu items.
Cake Pops Sales
Cake pops are also becoming increasingly popular. So you can specialize in this type of treat and offer them in batches or single servings.
You could also specialize in baking pies and open your own pie shop or restaurant that sells pies as its specialty dessert.
Or you could make various candy products in large batches and sell them online or on a wholesale basis to stores.
Invent Your Own Unique Treat
You don’t have to specialize in one a category of baked goods that’s already popular. As an entrepreneur, you can come up with an idea for a whole new type of treat — or at least put your own spin on an existing favorite, like giant cookies.
There aren’t as many baked goods out there for people with gluten allergies. So that can be a profitable niche for bakers who want to provide baked goods without any gluten.
You could also specialize in making baked goods that don’t use any egg, dairy or animal-based products to appeal to vegan consumers.
Or you could start a bakery or brand that only uses organic ingredients to appeal to health and environmentally conscious consumers.
Coffee Shop Owner
Coffee shops often also include plenty of baked goods like muffins, donuts and scones on the menu. So you can start your own coffee shop and offer those items as well.
Or you could open up a breakfast restaurant or shop where you sell pastries and other types of baked goods that people can enjoy in the morning.
If you’re a skilled baker and chef, you could start your own catering business where you provide dessert along with your main course items.
You could also start a mobile business to show off your baking talents by utilizing a cart or other setup that you can wheel around to various locations.
Dessert Food Truck
Or you could capitalize on the growing food truck craze and simply put a baking twist on it by offering dessert items.
Fair or Carnival Vending
Desserts are particularly popular at fairs, carnivals and similar events. So you can start a business where you travel to those events and set up stands offering various baked goods.
Farmer’s Market Vending
Even though farmer’s markets are known more for produce and healthy items, there are some that will allow people to set up stands selling prepared food items. So you could bake items and then sell them directly to customers at local markets.
Dessert Delivery Service
Instead of setting up shop at a fixed location, you could offer baked goods to customers where they are. Set up a website and menu and then let customers order specific items for delivery within your general area.
Gift Basket Service
You could also offer more general products that simply incorporate the items you bake. A gift basket service can be a great way to accomplish this.
Holiday Treat Making
Around holidays, plenty of customers go out of their way for specialty baked goods during holidays like Christmas and Halloween. So you can offer treats that are specifically suited for those events.
In states where medical and recreational marijuana is legal, you can create a baking business where you sell various edibles and dessert items to businesses or customers who qualify.
Artisan Dog Treats
Even pets enjoy specialty baked goods. So you can use your baking skills to create dog treats and then sell them to pet stores or directly to customers.
Freelance Cafe Baking
If you want to bake at an actual bakery but don’t have the time or resources to set one up, you could travel around to different cafes and bakeries to offer your services as a guest baker or on a freelance or contract basis.
Baking Supplies Store
For those interested in owning a retail business, you could open a store that sells baking pans, cookbooks and other essential baking supplies.
Specialty Ingredients Sales
Or you could specialize in selling actual ingredients, especially those that might be difficult for bakers to find at general grocery stores.
You could also start your own baking school where you teach some of the basics of baking to students, or even specialize in more advanced baked goods.
Online Course Creation
Or you could create courses and offer them online to share your expertise with students from other areas as well.
Cookbook Authoring or Publishing (or Both)
You could also write a cookbook with various baking recipes and tips in it.
Or if you want to constantly update your readers with new recipes and content, you could start a food blog with recipes and tips specifically about baking.
Video is also a popular format for sharing recipes and information about food and baking. So you could start your own YouTube channel where you share recipes and more.
Baking Video Sales
Or you could create video tutorials and sell them individually online, similar to online courses but on a bit of a smaller scale.
Baking Competition Organizing
Baking competitions are popular on TV and in person. You could organize your own event where you make money from admissions or sponsorships to highlight local baking talent.
Baking Kit Sales
To help other bakers make specific items, you could sell kits that include all the items needed to make a specific types of desserts.
Baking Subscription Service
You could also set up a subscription service with supplies and ingredients for other bakers to make various items regularly.
Baked Goods Subscription Service
Or you could set up a subscription service that includes the actual finished desserts instead of the supplies needed to make them.
Cookie Cutter Manufacturing
You can get a bit more specific with the products you offer. For example, you could specialize in creating cookie cutters in fun shapes for other bakers.
Cake Mold Manufacturing
Or you could make and sell cake molds and pans to help cake makers obtain quality supplies.
Baking Product Reviews
You could also serve as an expert who reviews various baking supplies and equipment on a blog or other publication.
You might also consider selling recipes or other printable guides online. It’s a way to offer some content for sale without having to put together an entire book.
For those who are tech-savvy bakers, you could even put together a mobile app that offers baking tips, recipes and other baking related content for users.
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