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Start & Run a Home-Based Food Business [Paperback]

Mimi Shotland Fix
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Aug. 31 2009 Start & Run Business
Are you one of the many people who dream of making a profit selling your own homemade foods? Now, with this one-of-a-kind, easy-to-follow guide, you can realize your home-based food business dreams! With over 25 years' experience, author Mimi Shotland Fix takes you step-by-step through the process of starting and running a food business.Whether you've always envisioned yourself with a home-based food business, need a second source of income or want to stay at home and be your own boss, Start & Run a Home-Based Food Business offers dozens of tips, examples and advice for you to run a profitable business from your own kitchen!The CD-ROM includes resources and forms in PDF and MS Word formats, for use on a Windows-based PC. The CD-ROM includes:- Lists of books, websites and trade magazines- National and regional suppliers- Sample contracts, invoices and accounting forms- Tried-and-true recipesAnd more!


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“The book, written in a clear and engaging style, touches upon the coarse and fine points of food-making as a cottage industry, from how to figure out what to make, to drawing up a business plan, to making the food, and finally to find people to buy it.” — “The kitchen as savior” article in the Woodstock Times discusses Start & Run a Home-Based Food Business. “I need to work out my budget and cost per item ASAP so I can get going and make some [income]. Thanks for your great book, Mimi, it was just the inspiration I needed.” -- Daniella, California, USA “The Joys and Challenges of a Home-Based Food Business” article in Chronogram Magazine, Hudson Valley. (2012-04-25)

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With over 25 years' experience, author Mimi Shotland Fix takes you step-by-step through the process of starting and running a food business. Includes dozens of tips, examples, and advice for you to run a profitable business from your own kitchen!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! Feb. 13 2014
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I really like Mimi Shotland Fix and all of her books. Not in love with every recipe but I’m sure she doesn’t expect us to be :)
Great info no matter your skill level or what your goal is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No other book like this one May 27 2013
By caiti
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While looking for books about how to start my home bakery from the ground up, I was reading the reviews of a different book when one of the reviewers suggested this book as the best one on the subject. She was right. I finished this in 2 days - what a wonderful wealth of information!! I was completely in the dark about how to go about starting my own business and this definitely helped fill me in on a lot of gaps. I purchased her other two books and am just waiting for them to arrive. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for interesting tips and straightforward (but well explained) help about how to start your own business the right way. She has included a lot of really great worksheets and information for any level entrepreneur. It is easy to understand and I had tons of my questions answered in this book. If you are thinking about starting a home based bakery, you will learn a lot from this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cooking Dec 22 2012
By Line
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The book gives the possibility to the food lover to make a living of his/her passion. I recommend this collection of books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Bookish Thoughts... Jan. 11 2012
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This fantastic book will prove invaluable to anyone who has considered starting a food business but needs advice, a push or both to begin. The how-to style deals directly with cooking and baking but the concepts could easily apply to any production business.

Mimi Shotland Fix guides readers through choosing an operating space, making a budget, developing a business plan and marketing products. All this and more she does in an informative and thorough but conversational tone. She even includes recipes and a DVD (for PCs only) with a recipe cost calculator, press release template, ledgers and much more. Even if you have never considered becoming an entrepreneur, this book might inspire you enough to give it a shot!
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5.0 out of 5 stars All the basics for starting a business! Feb. 4 2010
By D. Accardi - Published on Amazon.com
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Thank you Mimi! This is a fantastic book for anyone who has considered starting their own food business but are not sure where to start. The book deals mostly with cooking/baking but the concepts can easily be applied to any production business. Even if your local health department does not allow you to make your goods at home Mimi identifies other options that will allow you to start your business. Everything from making a budget, figuring out the cost of your products, shelf-life, how to name your company/products, and even free recipes are included! Another fantasic feature is the bonus DVD that includes downloadable forms such as a recipe cost calculator, press release template, expense ledgers and much more. Even if you have never considered becoming an entrepreneur this book is so well written and thorough that it might inspire you enough to give it a shot! Again, thanks for writing this food business bible!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful April 27 2010
By J. kelley - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm happy to report that I filed for my LLC yesterday, and will soon be on my way to baking from my kitchen for our local farmer's market. I couldn't have done this without this book. It helped me realize that starting a business from my home was possible, and the book gave great advice on how to easily make it happen--from the fun stuff like packaging, to the business-related topics like business licenses and accounting. Thank you so much!!!
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent recipes and tips for business start-up Jan. 17 2010
By B. Reed - Published on Amazon.com
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This book starts from the very beginning. You get tips about different kitchen set-ups and beginning equipment necessities as well as advancing to finding a special product niche and moving up to an actual baking shop. Very good investment for the money. The worksheets also were helpful.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS is the book you need if you are thinking of starting a home business! April 13 2011
By Ginny - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is truly inspirational. It clearly guides the home baker step by step in every aspect of starting their own business. Before I read this, I didn't have any idea how to begin the process of starting my own business. I am now a proud business owner, and owe it all to the guidance of this wonderful, informative book. I recommend this book to anyone who is considering starting their own home-based business. Mimi's years of experience and the information she has provided in this book are invaluable, especially the chapter "Making Your Business Legal". Clear guidelines to follow in every chapter, and a book to frequently reference...this is a must have!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of good info Feb. 11 2010
By M. Allen - Published on Amazon.com
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I have not finished reading the whole book yet but so far it has given me alot of good info and alot of things to consider. It gives good kitchen options for people in different situations. I think it's worth buying for anyone considering running a food type business from home.
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