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Release Notes 24-April 2024

We just recently pushed a large update with the following: Ability to delete Products (this action slocks quotes, orders, chats). More info HERE. Presale reporting update: separate gross vs. collected revenue Ability to hide presale location pickups Free Tier...

How to prep for Free/Pro Tier Changes

In March, we announced some big changes that will be happening to the tier structures as early as 4/2 (https://info.mycustombakes.com/subscription-announcement-march-15-2024/).  While we have passed that date, we are almost ready to drop this update (we’re still...

Subscription Change Announcement March 15 2024

Friends, we’ve taken a hard look at our metrics and have decided to significantly scale back the free tier of MCB beginning April 2, 2024. (We first announced our intent Feb 12, 2024). Since introducing our memberships, our FREE user base has doubled, making it...

Known Issues List

Last Updated January 31, 2024 As with any software product, there's a lot that goes on in the background, and updates are constantly being made to maintain and enhance the product. Many of these changes are invisible to the average user. It's inevitable (and expected)...

Announcements, Known Issues & Monetization updated 13 Oct 2023

We’re upgrading MCB on Oct. 12, 2023 from 11:59pm PST to 6am PST Oct. 13, 2023! (You can log in starting on Oct 13 6am PST to pay for your subscription) Expect a 4-6 hour downtime as we run this huge update which will allow us to monetize our platform. Here’s what you...

Release Notes 17-June-2022

We're pushing out a big release today with the following changes: New Features & Enhancements: Ability to issue refunds Ability to request additional payment A link to the Shop’s terms & conditions in the footer of the customer’s quote and order status screens...

Understanding Quote and Order Workflows

In this post, we'll discuss how Quotes and Orders work in My Custom Bakes. If you have a Product in your shop that's Variable in pricing and a client adds that to their cart, they trigger our Quote workflow.  To summarize, Variable priced products are products that do...

Presale Module Release & Enhancements

Our Presale Module just launched, which means the next time you log in to your dashboard (or refresh your page, maybe log out and back in), the Presale area will be available. YAY! Setting up a presale is very simple. Essentially, you create a Presale ‘event’ (click...

Introducing: My Custom Bakes

Hi there! Lisa here, owner of Borderlands Bakery. In my ten years of cookie decorating, I spent 5 of them taking on custom orders for decorated sugar cookies and french macarons. Having lived that custom-order life and after talking with thousands of other bakers, we...

A Beginner’s Guide to Applying for a Cottage Food Permit

May 7, 2024 | 0 comments

You’ve been whipping up delicious treats in your kitchen, and your friends, family and co-workers have started to see you as “the baker” in your group…and now you’re ready to take your passion for baking to the next level by selling your goodies. But hold on, before you start taking orders left and right, there’s one essential step you need to take: getting a cottage food permit. Don’t worry, it’s not as daunting as it sounds! Let’s break it down together, step by step.

1. Understanding Cottage Food Laws: Before diving into the nitty-gritty of permits, it’s crucial to understand what cottage food laws entail. These laws vary from state to state and even from county to county, so familiarizing yourself with the regulations specific to your area is key. Sometimes, even the same city is governed by different agencies, so always give them your address to make sure you’re getting the rules that apply to your location. Generally, cottage food laws govern the production and sale of certain low-risk food products made in home kitchens.

2. Researching Your Local Regulations: The first step in applying for a cottage food permit is to research the regulations in your specific location. Thankfully, most states have streamlined this process by providing comprehensive guides and resources online. A quick Google search or a call/visit to your state’s Department of Health website should point you in the right direction.

3. Checking Eligibility Requirements: Once you’ve familiarized yourself with your state’s cottage food laws, it’s time to check if you meet the eligibility requirements for a permit. These requirements often include factors such as the types of foods you intend to sell, the annual sales limit, and any necessary food safety training. There may be different permits for different types of sales depending on if you plan to participate in local markets, or if you want to wholesale your foods to a local cafe.

4. Completing the Application Process: With eligibility confirmed, it’s time to tackle the application process. This typically involves filling out a permit application form provided by your local health department or regulatory agency, and providing a sample of your food ingredient label. Be sure to provide accurate information and double-check all requirements to avoid any delays in processing. Your local health department is a wonderful resource and will usually be more than happy to give you guidance on the process if you’re struggling.

5. Preparing Your Kitchen for Inspection (maybe): Before you can start selling your delectable treats, your home kitchen *may* need to pass a health inspection. This inspection ensures that your workspace meets basic sanitation and food safety standards. Be sure to thoroughly clean and organize your kitchen before the inspector pays you a visit. However, inspections aren’t required for many types of permits, especially if you sell direct to consumer. Make sure you’re clear on who you’re selling to, and where you’ll be selling to see if you’re required to be inspected.

6. Obtaining Necessary Permits and Licenses: Once your application is approved and your kitchen passes inspection (if required), congratulations – you’re officially permitted to sell your homemade goodies! Depending on your location, you may receive a cottage food permit, a food handler’s license, or other relevant documentation. Keep these permits handy, as you may need to display them when selling your products.

7. Staying Informed and Compliant: Obtaining your cottage food permit is just the beginning of your baking journey. To ensure continued success, it’s essential to stay informed about any updates or changes to cottage food regulations in your area. Additionally, maintaining compliance with food safety guidelines and staying up-to-date with best practices will help you build a thriving baking business.

8. Managing Your Business: While many counties do not require cottage foods to be taxed, you’re still making income through your baked goods, so you’ll have to pay income tax, so make sure you have a trusted tax person to help you file appropriately. You’ll also want some kind of bookkeeping tool to stay organized and track your expenses (many of which qualify as tax write-offs!). As your business grows, we recommend creating social media for it, and email list and your own website/landing page. As developers of My Custom Bakes, we may be biased but we think our app is one of the most simple out there for helping cottage bakeries manage their workload. As bakers ourselves, we know exactly where the sticking points are, and will always be making changes to improve your quality of life so you can focus more on baking, less on managing 🙂

Applying for a cottage food permit may seem like a daunting task at the beginning, but with the right information and preparation, it’s entirely manageable. By understanding your local regulations, completing the application process diligently, and maintaining compliance with food safety standards, you’ll be well on your way to turning your passion for baking into a rewarding business venture. So go ahead, get that permit, and let your baking adventures begin!

Remember, this blog post is intended to provide general guidance and information. For specific questions regarding cottage food laws and regulations in your area, always consult with your local health department or regulatory agency. Happy baking!

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