How to Make Money Baking Sweet Bread

The Idea

The issue of starting a Small-Scale Micro Enterprise (SME) begins with an idea on what you would like to do in business. There are many ideas that could lead to good small scale business enterprises. If you are short of ideas, consider habitual practices that you have not yet considered seriously, for instance, skills gained during formal training or hobbies you enjoy working on privately. Have you ever considered taking your hobby to a serious money-making level? How lucrative could it be, to do what you derive most pleasure from? Other sources of ideas can be found in the needs within any given community. Problems can always be found where people are. So long as our stomachs remain hungry, the food industry will always flourish. In this article, we shall consider setting up a small business of making sweet bread for sale.

Market Research

There is need to conduct a simple form of market research to establish the relevance of your product in the target market, how much pressure you are bound to get from your competitors and common problems you might encounter when you venture into the market. Ensure a reasonable market exists for your product prior to starting your business.

Bread baked by the Author

Government Legalities

Prospective entrepreneurs need to establish all legal pre-requisites demanded by the government, such as license fees, permits, work conditions, environmental restrictions and tax compliance among others.

Sources of Finance

Many businessmen experience untold difficulties when trying to source initial capital with which to start their small businesses. Small-Scale Micro Enterprises do not require large amounts of money. This is attributed to their level and depth of operation. Money you have saved over a short period of time or funds raised in small community groups is often adequate. Employees can exploit their credit worthiness by sourcing small loans from their banks and other micro financial institutions as well as cooperative societies.

Labour (Manpower)

One has to consider whether to hire manpower or use one’s spare time in the business venture to avoid hiring labour, thereby wasting funds. Labour can be very costly and could use up your capital if not properly managed. A few hands may however be necessary if acquired cheaply. It all depends on the availability of funds and time at your disposal.

The Manufacturing Unit

A small production unit for making bread will require the following equipment:

i) An oven

ii) Baking cans

iii) Mixing machines

iv). Cooling room

v) Packaging space

vi) Wrapping material

Ensure a hygienic work environment as required by licensing authorities. Below is a very simple recipe for two loaves of bread. One can experiment with types of bread by adding to the recipe their choice of fruit e.g. Raisins. Quantities can be increased as per your needs. Ingredients include:

a). Wheat Flour-250grams (Grab some coupons for wheat flour)

b). Instant Dry Baking Yeast-20grams (Grab some coupons for baking yeast)

c). Sugar-20grams

d). Salt-5grams

e). Olive oil, Fat or Liquid oil-25ml

f). Citric or Acetic Acid-3grams

g). 450 ml Warm water

NB: Avoid the use of preservative, or use only the recommended ones to elongate the shelf life of your product.

Procedure

* Turn on the oven to warm up to 500C.

* Grease all the baking cans and dust them with cooking flour.

* Dry mix all ingredients in a dry container.

* Add warm water, stir it up and knead the dough to form a fine consistency.

* Add small amount of flour until the dough is firm enough to be handled by hand without sticking too much, but not too firm lest it refuses to rise. The dough’s consistency should enable it to adapt its own shape when placed in a container.

* Put the dough inside the warm oven and allow the warmth to raise the dough’s volume to three times its original volume.

* Increase the oven’s temperature to 1800C for approximately 30 minutes to allow the actual baking to take place.

* Ensure the crust is a golden brown colour and the inside is well cooked by piercing the loaf with a wooden splinter or toothpick. If not well cooked, return it into the oven and bake further, until it is well cooked.

* Remove from the oven and place the loaf on a cool dry surface to cool.

* Package in slightly perforated wrappers to allow breathing and leave it to cool until tender. Your bread is now ready for consumption.

Economies of large scale production dictate that, the more loaves you bake at the same time, the more you save on your electricity bill. Kneading can be done by hand if you are baking for home consumption on a small scale. You will need a machine for large-scale production. A prototypal approach to the business is advisable in that it enables you to try out the recipe first to ensure it delivers the expected results before putting it to use.

Your products should be readily available to consumers in large, medium and small portions that suit individual pockets.

Youtube video on making bread

Packaging

The packaging should be designed to draw attention. Designs should be according to specifications allowed by the government. Contents, ingredients and weight of your product should be listed on the wrapper. State both the manufacture and expiry dates. Remember, a well packaged product presents a good advertisement to consumers with prospects of increased sales.

Marketing

Market your product through your own outlet if you have one that is already established. It is always a prudent idea to visit private firms, shops, organizations, schools, super markets or secure government tenders to enable you to supply your product to consumers on a steady and continuous basis. The availability of a steady market keeps you in business. Once established, an attempt should be made to maintain the market through the provision of quality products and services, advertisement, and courtesy to customers. A pleasant marketer keeps the customer coming back. One should remember at all times that the customer is the employer. Be ready to serve a larger mass market. Take time to study your competitors and follow market updates closely to remain relevant to consumer needs and present day demands.

Bookkeeping

The investor has a responsibility of ensuring the investment grows to maturity. Initial profits should be ploughed back into the business. Good accounting or bookkeeping is of major significance towards tracing channels through which money is spent. Clear records of transactions made in any business guarantees no future errors will be repeated. Your business will begin to pick up steadily as the customer base expands. Be patient and give it time to flourish. Keep track on market response. When successful, consider elevating your idea to commercial scales of productivity. Feed the nation.

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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Hi jhon,

Thanks for passing by. I'm glad to be of help. Do come again


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Hi shiningirisheyes,

It was nice to have you around. Your words comforted me while giving me the much needed impetus to carry on. I have three friends who have turned bread-making into lucrative businesses. You never know until you try it out. Do keep me posted. Thanks for your comments and please, do come again.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

I devoured every bit of this article. No pun intended there. Although I love to bake and make my own breads, I probably wouldn't consider it as a business. You have to be really good at it to make a living and it's not one of my best. However, I acquired quite a bit of "much needed" knowledge in what it takes to start and keep a business. From A-Z, this was something to think about.

I'll keep you posted on my business endeavors.

Regards and voting up


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Hi Angela Brummer,

I'm glad to meet you here. Thanks for taking time to read my hub. I feel elated over your complimentary remark. Please do come again


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Hi mary615,

Thanks for the compliments on making bread. I'm glad to meet another enthusiast in you. I have many friends who make and sell their loaves too in micro-enterprises. It was nice meeting you. Take care


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Great idea... Thanks for sharing!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Wow! This article caught my attention because I made over 3,000 making and selling Amish Friendship Bread. I wrote a Hub about that. Check it out when you have some time. The laws in FL are very strict about selling to the public or I would have started a business like you. I voted this Hub UP, etc. and I will share.


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Hi ninamia,

Thanks for your visit to my article on Hubpages.

With regard to why I choose sweet bread,

The word -sweet- is dependent upon your taste.

How tasty do you want your bread to be?

If you check the volume of sweetener I recommend, you will find out my intention to make the bread more palatable and appealing to taste.

I do recommend whole meal bread. But a little sugar and salt in it makes it very appealing to the consumer. I once bought unsweetened whole meal bread from a local baker. It was so insipid that I had difficulties finishing the loaf. Believe me, I have never gone back for another similar loaf again.

It gave me impetus to bake my own stuff.

Concerning weight, light dough makes a light fluffy loaf. Heavier dough makes a compact loaf. We have to be careful here about ensuring we abide by the law that emphasizes on packaging standard quantities.

In my town, 400grams loaf of bread must not be lower than that. However, If you produce high quality bread, customers will be willing to get it at your price. But please make it affordable to the buyer. Avoid giving them an excuse to buy cheaper bread against yours.

I will also take this opportunity to welcome you to join hubpages. I'm glad you found this useful. I wish you success in your business. Thanks for stopping by and do come again.


ninamia8@googlemail.com 4 years ago

Thank you for this information, I am about to start a bread baking business. Why are you recommending sweet bread as opposed to ordinary wholewheat bread? I was thinking about 3 pounds per load giving me a profit of 2 pounds ? what's your opinion please.


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Ever since I discovered how sweet my loaves turned out, I never stopped their production. I went on to register a small business and dived into its production for sale. It provides an adequate source of income for my family while ensuring I practise something I cherish. Thanks for voting it up.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I'm guessing from the detail in this hub that you've started your own bread business? Voting this Up and Useful.


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Anjili 5 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Hi lemmyC,

The food we take dictates to our well being by balancing our chemical composition. It surely has to be a major issue of concern if we have to live a full life. Thanks for checking in and you are most welcome


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lemmyC 5 years ago from UK

Thanks for sharing! It seems that you're a food enthusiasts like me.


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Anjili 5 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid Author

Hi craftybegonia,

Thanks for your kind remarks. You are most welcome


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craftybegonia 5 years ago from Southwestern, United States

Sounds and looks delicious, thanks for sharing! Thumbs up!

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