I haven’t done this but I can tell you that there are tons of rules about anything food-related, as well as homemade personal care items. Some of this varies depending on where you live, though, so the first thing you should do is check with city hall.
We have a business center in our town that has a commercial kitchen you can rent. I have thought about using it to make some bakery items to sell at fairs. Of course, I think there still may be health department permits involved, but having a commercial kitchen to use eliminates some of the obstacles.
My mother-in-law sells her produce, from baked goods to canned goods, at a local farmer’s market. There are rules, one being that she had to have a separate sink just for washing her hands and vegetables. They could not be washed in the same sink as the dishes! We ended up creating another kitchen in what was supposed to be a mudroom. It was a little pricey.
A friend of mine keeps telling me that I need to do this and advertise the goodies on local Facebook groups. I’m thinking about it but I just don’t know; you need money up front for baking supplies/food items and if someone backs out of an order… well, you’re kind of stuck.
You’re right wahmama. It would be costly to start but then you’d have to figure out your pricing to take all the expenses into account along with your hours spent making the food.
I thought about making meals for the elderly in the neighborhood, small pre-packaged meals that can be frozen or put in the fridge. Everything that goes along with it is expensive though. There are rules in our city about what you need to do health wise to cook for the public at home. It just seems to be too much to even get started.