Perhaps you’re thinking of starting a bakery because you love baking, but commercial baking is not like home baking at all. There are many things to consider when starting a bakery in Singapore, especially with a lot of tough competition already ahead of you.
Before you decide what cakes, bread, cookies, pies, and pastries to sell, you need to consider the following: type of bakery you want to open, your budget, the location of the bakery, the types of food and beverages you will sell or serve to your customers, and the commercial kitchen equipment your business needs.
Type of Bakery You Want to Have
For those who already own a bakery business, they can testify that it is easier to manage if you’re an expert at what you’re doing. That is why when starting a bakery, you can focus on your specialty instead of creating a variety of goods at the same time. Specializing will also allow you to save money when it comes to ingredients, design of the shop, and the type of commercial kitchen equipment you will need from your kitchen equipment supplier.
Here are some special bakery types you should consider.
1. Counter Service Bakery. This type of bakery is perfect for small spaces where the customers can pick up the pre-made baked goods from a counter.
2. Sit-Down Bakery. You could have a sit-down bakery besides counter service, where you can serve other food and beverage besides the baked goods you’re selling.
3. Online Bakery. You can start a business by selling your creations online. The method will allow you to reach more customers and you can bake the goods in the comfort of your own home with equipment from Singapore kitchen venture in Singapore who supplies. You don’t need to make several batches at the same time and you can create customized goods for customers with specific instructions.
4. Specialty Service Bakery. If you want to specialize in certain types of baked good, the specialty service bakery is your best bet. You can focus on cakes or breads and you can bake at home or rent a space.
Your Budget and Location
Planning for a bakery should not be rushed, so don’t be afraid to ask for advice from a lot of people including your restaurant/kitchen designer and kitchen equipment supplier. You could rent a space or run the bakery from your home, but once you already have a type of bakery in mind, you have to come up with a business plan that will set your goals on how to create revenue out of your expenses and to determine your customer base and competition in the vicinity.
You will need a list of the commercial kitchen equipment you will need, so you have to pick the best kitchen equipment supplier who can give you value for your money. You will not be able to make money right away, that is why having enough startup cost will let you hang in there for a while. You also need to think of the renovations for the rented space, the salary your employees, taxes, and licenses and permits.
When choosing a location, keep the following in mind: the image you want to convey, proximity to suppliers, the type of neighborhood, competition in the area, accessibility to your employees, and if it’s a business-friendly area. You might want to observe the businesses and type of clientele in the location you picked. It could give you an idea how to stand out from the competition, advertise your baked goods, and determine the range of prices of your products.
Once your plans have been finalized, you need to complete all the requirements for permits and licenses to start a food and beverage business in Singapore.
Food, Beverages, and Services
The type of baked goods you want to serve, the other food and beverages you might want to sell or if you want to provide other services to the customers, will determine the type and number of commercial kitchen equipment you will need. The cost of equipment and supplies in turn, will determine the price of your baked goods. Most rookie restaurateurs have trouble with the price points because they forgot to include the cost of the promotion, packaging, and cleanup.
For a bakery in particular, the owners always overlook the time spent in baking, so make sure that you and your staff are compensated well for the time without robbing your customers blind. Remember that on your first few months of opening the business, family and friends will also come along to check out your bakery and may even ask for discounts. To avoid problems, be clear about your family and friends policy when it’s about business. If you can’t give a discount, don’t make exceptions for anybody because business is business.
Commercial Kitchen Equipment
When starting your own bakery, or if you already have a bakery and want to improve your business, you will need the following commercial kitchen equipment:
1. Commercial heavy-duty ovens (designs that can accommodate multiple batches at a time)
2. Convection ovens
3. Cook and hold ovens or cabinets
4. Racks or sheet pan racks
5. Work tables
6. Proof boxes or cabinets and holding cabinets
7. Baking sheets, sheet cake pans, round cake pans, cake molds, muffin tins, and pie pans
8. Commercial mixers
9. Food processor
10. Utensils and other baking tools
11. Planetary dough mixers
12. Chiller for cold ingredients
14. Freezer and/or refrigerator
15. Shelving and display cases or heated/refrigerated display cases
16. Dough sheeters, rounders, and dividers
17. Bread slicer
18. Cake decorating stands, cake levelers
19. Cookie, cake, pie, and pastry cutters
20. Bakery garnishing tools
21. Bagel slicers
22. Flour sieves and flour sifters
23. Ingredient bins
24. Donut fryer
25. Weighing scale