It was brought to my notice by Eydie Stumpf that California has a new state law that was effective January 1,2013 relating to the Cottage Food Industry. I was so thrilled to hear this because there are a lot of home cooks who make wonderful food, need the income and want to work from home.
Check out what has been changing in your state or local area.
What Could You Make
Sensibly the law prevents any production of foods that are likely to grow harmful bacteria or other toxic microorganisms at room temperature. In saying that, the list of foods that can be made is quite extensive and to name a few:
- Candy, such as brittle and toffee
- Fruit pies, fruit empanadas, and fruit tamales
- Baked goods without cream, custard, or meat ﬁllings, such as breads, biscuits, churros, cookies, pastries, and tortillas
- Herb blends and dried mole paste
- Chocolate-covered nonperishable foods, such as nuts and dried fruit
I am not sure if other states have made changes to their Cottage Food Laws and it certainly would be great if similar laws were in place allowing for people to start earning an income and start building new businesses.
Starting a Small Home Based Business
If you are reading this then I do not need to introduce my site, but I strongly recommend that you do read up on:
- how to start a business
- how to budget for growth
- how to plan the business not just fly by the seat of your pants
- how to market online
- how to market offline
I have got to say I am so excited for people who take this opportunity because I personally know a number of people who have gone down this exact track – starting a business at home, working hard, building a strong client base and then moving out to larger premises.
Controlling YOUR Finances
But word of warning, all that does not happen unless you plan well and move carefully.
As you grow, manage your credit. You will find as your orders get bigger and bigger from the larger concerns they will try to push you out on payment, but YOU stay in control.
It sometimes is best to lose a good customer than have one that orders a lot but does not pay and unfortunately that is often what happens with bigger customers. They will take you out 60-90 days for payment and then you are left begging to get paid because you cannot pay your bills. Take care with that. That scenario tightens up your cash flow enormously and if you do not have extra funds yourself can close down your business. Grow slowly and steadily.
For more information on the California Cottage Food Industry law visit:http://www.theselc.org/cottage-food-lawscottage-food-law-bill-language/
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