Become a Successful Entrepreneur – Build Your Own Cookie Business From Scratch

Let’s get one thing straight. Cookies are great! Everyone from the smallest child to the oldest adult can always appreciate a good cookie. They are made at home, bought at the store or bakery, given as gifts and party favors in nearly every situation imaginable. A stake in the cookie market can be very lucrative, as well as rewarding for you and your wallet.

So if you are looking for a great business opportunity, why not try your hand at selling cookies. Your business may sell the kinds of cookies that you can normally only get from your grandma. Or perhaps yours will be the business to sell the most flavors, or the biggest cookies, or even the smallest. There are literally thousands and thousands of styles and combinations for business ideas that can make you very successful. What about a cookie delivery business where fresh baked homemade cookies arrive at customer’s doors in thirty minutes or less? You could even just go with a basic sugar cookie recipe, but cut them out into all different shapes, sizes and decorations to go with every holiday or occasion.

Personalized cookies are also a fabulous gift, and can also be used to commemorate dates like weddings and anniversaries. In the cookie business, it is easy to see that such cheap ingredients such as flour, sugar, eggs, and other flavorings can easily be turned into a product that is not only eye catching and tasty, but also one that can bring in a fabulous stream of income for years and years to come.

Home Business Ideas – How to Start Your Own Business Doing Something You Love

Who don’t want to have a job that is fun and filled with excitement? Or, who don’t want to do something that they can enjoy all day long for a living. Everyone wants to have a fun job, or even better start a home business doing something you love. It’s possible to make profit by doing something you have passion for, in fact, many people have done it.

I have a friend who loves to collect different types of perfume and she has the most unique perfume collection I have ever seen. Now, she’s not just loving looking for new addition to her collection, but she’s also busy selling it to other people. My elder sister is operating a small business selling homemade cakes and cookies from home, and that’s all started from her hobby experimenting with pastries ingredients. Those people that I know take their hobby and turn it to profit are not extra ordinary people. They were just a normal people like you and me, but the different is, they have what it takes to start and run a business.

No matter who you are, if you are willing to take some challenges and think outside the box, I believe you too could make money with your hobby. However, before you could start there are few things that you will want to confirm, and you need to think like an entrepreneur of course.

First, check whether your hobby has good market potential. If you love baking like my elder sister, your market potential is good. People love cakes and cookies. My sister is good at baking, everyone in her neighborhood loves her home made cakes and cookies. She begins with a birthday cake for her friend’s daughter, and the next thing she knows, few people from the neighborhood started to ask if she would be interested to take few more orders. She said, “Yes”, and started from there she put in some effort to expand her network. As I have said, you need to think like an entrepreneur.

Second, how would you approach your potential customers or promote your product. This part was a little easy for my sister. She gave some samples to friends and the words travel fast. Once you are convinced you have good product, you will have less thing to worry. Apart from giving sample, my sister also uses pamphlet and online classified ads to get the words out. Marketing part is very important for any business, even if you are just running a small home based business.

Third, you need to have plan for your business. Lay out your objectives and clearly define your goal. A business without a goal is as good as shooting blank. Without goal, you would easily have no motivation. When my sister started her homemade cookies business, her first goal was to have enough money for the household expenses. Equipped with a clearly planned business strategy, she worked her way out. After almost a year in business, she now has almost 300 individual customers and a constant amount of daily order from some groceries stores. Now, my sister’s earning is more than enough to pay the household expenses.

Now, are you thinking how to transform a hobby into a business? As long as you willing to go a bit further with your imagination, there is always possibility to start your own business doing something you love. Even if your home business ideas might sound a bit crazy, don’t let it back you down.

Using a Scrapbook In Your Cookie Business

If you own a cookie business, you should have scrapbooks both online and offline of your creations.

I was blown away when I attended my cousins wedding and saw all of the various things that were done with cookies. Oreo cookies were dipped in a chocolate and then in white icing, the names of the bride and the groom were on the cookies.

I’ve also seen very large cookies with designs on the front of the cookies. One store advertises a very large cookie with white icing and then in pink the words “will you marry me?” Seeing a photo of this is much more of a sales tool than just a verbal description.

I have seen cookies in the shapes of a suit jacket, in the shape of a person and even in the shape of a 3-D rose.

I have seen icings in every possible color and I’ve seen multiple shades of icing on one cookie. I’ve seen large cookies and small bite-size cookies, along with everything in between.

For a new baby, I’ve seen cookies in the shape of a bottle, and for a birthday, I’ve seen cookies in the shapes of a balloon and a heart. For a wedding, I’ve seen cookies monogrammed with the letters of the wedding couple, and I’ve seen cookies shaped as red roses and left by each place setting.

Cookies on a stick are a favorite of mine. We’ve all seen flowers in a vase, but cookies on a stick in a vase always make me smile. What could be more fun than a dozen chocolate chip cookies on a stick, in a vase?

If you sell these items, you know my words are not doing the products justice. Words alone just can not sell cookie decorations like photos in a scrapbook can. Add some journaling. Let potential customers know what the various designs pictured were used for. I believe a scrapbook of your designs will help create more sales by allowing the customer to see visually exactly what they are ordering.