28 Apr Opening Your Very Own Bakery
Baking was always a passion of yours and today, you’ve decided you want to make a living out of it: you’re opening your very own bakery! Before embarking on this entrepreneurial journey, there are some key questions you need to ask yourself (and experts).
Different types of bakeries: Which one is the right option for you?
One of the first, if not THE first decision, you’ll have to make is to decide the kind of bakery you want to open. There are three main choices when it comes to bakeries: counter service bakery, specialty service and sit-down bakery. The counter service bakery is a small commercial space where customers walk in and pick up their baked goods over the counter. It’s the most common one. You can do things a bit differently and opt for a specialty service – where you specialize in a certain kind of baked goods – or a sit down bakery – it’s a growing trend, which requires space for a small eatery.
What equipment do you need?
To open your very own bakery, you will need a range of essential supplies. You know what you need to bake for family and friends but when opening your bakery, forget your regular store where you buy your household appliances. You need heavy-duty equipment. At La Dorade, our wide range of equipment and products includes absolutely everything that the artisans and professionals need to start their business. We offer a wide selection of machines for automatic manufacture of bread, different dough, pastries, pizza dough, donuts and thin products such as faratas. We have your mixers, your ovens, your fridges… we basically have all your equipment, furniture and accessories. Don’t forget shelving! You need storage space where to keep all your ingredients, other supplies and utensils. Whether you will sell bread or pastries, the equipment you will need will differ. That’s why you need to decide on the type of bakery you want to open first. Once you get started, you can also get all your ingredients from us.
Where to go for advice?
Often times, when embarking on such an adventure as a new… venture, you want to get it right and you are thirsty for advice on how to make it right. Well, you can come to us. At La Dorade, we bring our expertise and knowledge of the market to those with projects of opening a bakery but who don’t know where to start. We can also accompany you through the creation of the project until its completion. We provide consultancy services and assist in the development of your workspace to optimise it. We can work out the architectural plans together to make sure that everything has been well though through and all the necessary details are well structured in the plans.
How to finance your project?
Finding money to finance your project can be a challenge. Savings; loans; partnerships… you have several options. At La Dorade, we have a partnership with “La Prudence Leasing” which can ease your access to financial plans for your bakery. We can also advise you on the types of insurance to contract for your business.
So… Are you ready to start?