Over the course of the pandemic, the search for safe and wholesome food has led consumers to purchase and consume more from businesses that start at home, since most people prefer home cooked food. Small businesses are gaining so much momentum that it’s almost impossible to not find at least some people in your own circle that don’t own one.
One of the biggest small businesses run from home is manufacturing homemade baked goods, and the demand almost never falls. Baking is the perfect culmination of the science of different reactions in varying temperatures and the art of combining the right ingredients to make a wonderful recipe.
It may sound complicated, but once you break it down to the basics, baking is a pretty simple feat.
Here's why everyone should try their hand at baking:
1. It's educational
At the bottom of it, learning to cook is a very important life skill. Learning how to bake involves many crucial steps; to learn temperature control, how to use and combine ingredients correctly, waste disposal, basic kitchen first aid and much more. It's also a great way to start cooking for the first time; if you're particularly afraid of operating in the kitchen, baking will help get you to the start line.
2. It's therapeutic
Since most baked recipes require time and attention, baking is an amazing way to destress and unfocus from anxiety-triggering issues. Baking has been known to be a go-to stress buster for people at home during the lockdown. The process generally requires you to pay close attention to it, making it a good space to completely detach from stressful thoughts. Moreover, the tantalising aroma of baked goods is naturally therapeutic and has the ability to trigger happy hormones in your brain too!
3. It's satisfying
What's better than putting time and effort into a recipe, waiting eagerly for the timer to go off, only to be signalled that your baked creation is done by the wafting smell of sweet, warm and crumbly goodness slowly flowing from your kitchen? Well, not much. Baking is incredibly satisfying and gives one such a great sense of achievement and comfort. The results are almost always a source of joy; you'll never want to buy baked goods again, after learning the sheer level of happiness making your own cakes, cookies, cheesecakes and brownies can get you!
4. It's a fun group activity
If you're looking for a way to spend time with your loved ones while being productive, baking is a fun option. It’s a family friendly activity that works well with people of all ages. Moreover, the collective outcome of the activity can be a great bonding experience!
You could open your own baking business from home!
With the rise of social media, platforms like Instagram is turning home cooks and bakers into entrepreneurs. When it comes to home baking, there are many different baked goods you can make at home in India including:
- Brownies and pastries
- Muffins and cupcakes
- And so many more goodies
Aside from high demand and high profitability, as an exercise baking is a practice that can be incredibly therapeutic and satisfying. Moreover, with practice, it can be perfected as per your manufacturing requirements. You can participate in the economy, have financial independence, while doing something that you love!
How to get started?
1. Decide on the kind of goodies you want to create and sell.
Identify where your strength lies - Is it cookies or cupcakes? Or artisanal cakes? The point is that you don't have to be able to do everything right in the beginning. You can specialize in certain baked goods that set you apart from others and can even expand your product line down the road as your business starts picking up momentum.
2. Get all the equipment and ingredients you need:
Before you can start practising how to make baked goods, you’ll need the right equipment. It is also very important to ensure you get good quality ingredients and for the best price possible to be able to bake in bulk.
Top 10 essentials for all cake makers:
- A quality electric food mixer;
- Non-stick cake trays (enough to bake at least 2 batches of cakes);
- Digital scales for accurate measuring;
- Measuring spoons;
- Mixing bowls;
- Wooden spoons;
- Rubber spatula;
- Cake cases; and
- A good oven.
3. Attend a professional workshop or class
A lot of home bakers start their baking journey by learning from videos online. But it's recommended to attend workshops or classes from renowned experienced bakers or experts if you are looking to establish a home-based baking business and serve real customers. Make sure that you have got the right touch that sets you apart from commercial bakeries.
A home business is not only lucrative in the manufacturing sense; you can also manage a home-business and avail tax benefits on them. This is an amazing way to have a stress free career with a great creative outlet while growing professionally too. What more could you ask for? Get started by enrolling for a baking class today!