The best way to ensure success at any stage of a business venture is careful planning. And if you’re launching a bakery business from your home, there’s plenty to plan for.

From menu strategy to ingredient selection and purchasing to store opening and closing activities, a careful schedule can help you run your home bakery business smoothly and successfully.

Why It’s Important to Create a Schedule

Whether you’re a baker, a student, or a stay-at-home mom, having a weekly schedule has many advantages. For starters, it helps you stay organized so things don’t slip through the cracks.

With everyone leading busy lives, it can be difficult to remember everything on your to-do list and even harder to find the time to cross it off. Writing things down is one of the best ways to keep your mind and life organized and your business on track. There are dozens of attractive and easy-to-use paper planners if an electric calendar isn’t for you.

In addition, scheduling can help you find time to enjoy yourself outside of work. Yes, it’s important to schedule time to shop for ingredients and proof the bread. But it’s also just as valuable to prioritize time with your family or to pursue a hobby. Without mental and physical breaks, you can overwork yourself and become burned out, rather than invigorated by your business.

The Benefits of Scheduling for Home Bakers


One of the great things about running a home bakery business is the flexibility it allows your schedule. From full-time shop keepers to weekends only cake decorators, you can choose the amount of time and energy you’ll direct to your business.

If you’re still in the planning stages of your bakery business, it’s not a bad idea to consider the kind of schedule you want to have and let that inform the business you build. For example, if the bakery business is a side-gig to a full-time job or school, you may want to sell baked goods that are less time-consuming or that have a longer shelf-life. For example, specialty cookies or muffins are easier to whip up in large batches than artisanal sourdough bread or multi-tiered cakes.

What to Include on Your Schedule


The tasks that you choose to schedule will depend on the kind of bakery you’re running. If you’re selling freshly baked bread daily, you’ll need to schedule a time to prepare the dough and give it time to proof every day. To maximize efficiency, use the proofing time to check off other to-do list items like ordering flour or cleaning the kitchen.

On the other hand, if your business is more on an as-needed basis, such as a specialty dessert decorator or caterer, your schedule might change more week to week and even day to day. In either case, taking a few moments in the morning or the night before to set your priorities and schedule for the day can go a long way towards helping you meet your client’s needs.

In general, most home bakery owners will need to schedule a time to:

  • Produce food. This time is called a production day, and it includes everything from prepping and baking to cleaning the kitchen and packaging and storing your products.

Here are some ideas to add to your Production Day:

 

 

  • Maintain inventory. This includes taking stock of your current ingredients and ordering or purchasing new stores before you run out.

 

  • Don’t forget to schedule time to expand your marketing initiatives. From social media marketing to polishing your branding or locating new farmer’s markets to sell at, this part of the business cannot be overlooked.

 

  • Depending on your business model, you may also need to deliver your products to homes or other businesses for sale. If you hand-deliver personally, don’t forget to factor distance, gas, and time into your projects.


Whatever stage your bakery business is in at the moment, prioritizing your to-do list and creating a weekly or daily schedule will keep you on track and producing your best treats without undue stress.


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