Bread bakery business can be a profitable business if you have talent, ambition and a solid business plan. Bread business have grown in popularity over the last few years and there is a very good market for it in Africa as well as other parts of the world.
A Bread bakery business is generally a profitable one. According to a research in Nigeria, 10 million loaves of Bread are consumed daily in Lagos state only.
Basic Equipment required for a bread bakery business start up
- Mixer : A good mixer is the first thing to think about when you plan on starting a bakery business because you will not be able to knead a commercial size of bread dough with your hand.
- A good commercial oven : This is quote expensive but it is really worth it. It will save you time and money in the long run
- Storage containers : For storing your bulk products like flour or sugar.
- A good work Table : A strong durable Table that will be able to withstand heavy duty work is required.
- Bakeware (Baking pans and baking trays) :
- Refrigeration: You will definitely have a need for this to store all the perishable materials.
- Proof boxes: this is important for proofing your dough. It creates a good environment for your dough to rise well.
- Others like mixing bowls, Flour sifters, Kitchen mittens, knives, measuring cups or scales, bread slicer
What to do when starting a bread bakery business
Write out a plan
To start a bread bakery business, be sure that you are not making the decision without a well thought out plan. Be sure you have made a fair amount of loaves for friends and family and you have mastered your skills. If you don’t know how to make bread and you really want to open a bakery, it will be a good idea to either learn the skill or hire a good bread baker for yourself.
Define how you want your business to look like, figure out your start up funds, set goals, list your expenses, calculate your profit, identify your customer base and much more. Be real with yourself, you don’t want to end up crashing our business.
It is believed that putting together a business plan gives you a chance of 40% chance of success rate while following the plan gives 70% chance of success rate, so try as much as you can to follow your set plans.
Get a location
Once that is out of the way, you can now start your business at home or rent a commercial space. If you decide to rent a space then make sure that you are in a high traffic area, avoid secluded storefronts. Areas like busy business district, hospitals, schools, Government offices, Car parks are all good places to look out for.