How To Start A Bread Bakery Business

  1. Prepare a Business Plan

    A business plan is not as scary as it sounds. Even if you don’t intend to source any capital from banks or investors, it is important that you organize your thoughts on paper. It doesn’t have to be complex or too elaborate, just something to keep your eyes on the big picture. The business plan will allow you to easily identify the obstacles and anything you may not have considered.
    Your business plan should consider the prevailing market price for the type of bread you want to produce and how much competition there is. You also need to estimate the profit you’re likely to make in the first, second and third years. Is it sustainable? Is it worth the time, effort and capital? It’s usually wise to keep 8-12 months working capital to adequately support a bread bakery business.

  1. You Should Know Enough About Bread

    Nobody says you must be a master baker to succeed in this business; you really don’t need to. However,  you need to know the basics and tricks of the trade if you want to survive in this business. Sign up for a bread baking course and learn the basics about measurements, recipes, flavours, packaging, branding and marketing. You should not give in to the temptation of thinking it’s enough to just hire a manager and have the bakery make you money. Your ignorance is likely to open you up to financial losses and eventual failure.

  1. Choose A Location That’s Close To Your Target Market

    The types of bread in the African market appeal to different segments of consumers. You must ensure that the type of bread you intend to produce will find a sizeable market in your area. What kind of people live around you? Are they high, middle or low-income earners? Are they students, single people or households with families? Are they predominantly young or old people?
    If you live in a closely knit community like a residential estate or a university campus, it may be a great opportunity to run this business from your home kitchen.
    Look for newly established or developing suburbs and high traffic locations that have little competition. It’s also important to focus on areas that may not be well serviced, like industrial estates or high density office blocks where you can draw eager customers.

  1. Would You Need a Permit or License to Operate?

    Depending on your country and location, you may require a permit or license from a government establishment or Consumer Health office to operate a bakery. What are the requirements and standards for approval? Would you need to have specific equipment like fire safety tools? Is there a standard qualification you must obtain to be eligible for a permit? You must know these requirements in advance and take the necessary steps to ensure you get the approval you need to open your doors to the public.

  1. You Need to Use The Right Equipment

    The size and quality of your equipment will depend on how much bread you intend to produce for the market and the amount of startup capital you have. It’s very important that you don’t spend too much on equipment at the beginning of this business. Look out for any good quality, pre-owned (second hand) bakery equipment you can find at a bargain price. The basic equipment you need  to start a bakery business include: an oven, mixer, dough moulds, dough divider, fermentation chamber (proofer) and maybe a bread slicer.

    Putting it all together…

    Because most people WILL eat bread most of the time, the bread business can be a very rewarding venture if entrepreneurs can find a large market with few competitors. With some creativity and higher quality, a new bakery can easily win consumers over from an established bakery. When properly planned and operated, bakeries can become a rich source of lasting income.

    If you believe this type of business will work for you, start working on a business plan and take action as soon as possible.


5 Questions to Help You Choose the Best Business to Start in 2014

1. What is your level of preparedness?

The first key to finding the best business to start is you; and the reason is because building a successful business starts with you, the entrepreneur. Are you in the right mindset? Do you have what it takes to build a successful business?

I listed the entrepreneurial mindset here because it the fundamental key to starting, building and growing a business. The state of your mindset will determine how far you will go in the entrepreneurial process of building a business. Choosing the best business to start begins with you answering the following personal questions:

  • What is your risk bearing capacity?
  • Are you prepared to face business challenges?
  • Are you prepared to handle business failures?
  • What’s you perception towards making mistakes in business and life?

These are the type of questions you need to ask yourself before even deciding what business to start. These questions will reveal your mental preparedness for the entrepreneurial journey at hand.

2. How much Capital do you have?

The start-up capital you have access to, is another factor that will determine the best business for you to start. The best business opportunity for an entrepreneur with access to a $1,000 start-up capital will be quite different from that of an entrepreneur with a million dollars in start-up capital.

The best business to start for an entrepreneur with a $1,000 start-up capital may be an online niche store while the entrepreneur with the million dollar capital will feel that starting a gas distribution business or a manufacturing firm will be the best bet. So take note that your start-up capital is a predominant factor when deciding what business to start.

3. Who is on your Team?

The competence of the management team you have on board will determine the kind of business opportunity to pursue. If your business team has a track record of successes; then raising capital to pursue big projects will be a piece of cake. But if you are a solo entrepreneur, then your best business opportunity will be quite different.

4. How Strong is your Business Plan?

If you have the right plan, coupled with the right team and the right mindset; then you can pursue mega projects. But an entrepreneur who lacks the orientation of the use of a business plan will just bootstrapped his or her business on a shoestring budget. The extensiveness of both your personal and business plan will determine the kind of business opportunity you will pursue.

5. What Business idea do you have in mind?

Lastly, the best business to start varies from entrepreneur to entrepreneur based on the ideology of the entrepreneur and the prevailing circumstances. Your best business opportunity may differ from mine based on prevailing circumstances such as local trend, your passion, hobby, skill, geographical terrain, demographics, psychographics, demand, supply, economic policy, etc.

The best business to start for someone in Nigeria or China will differ from that of someone in United States, Canada or India. And most importantly, I listed the “business idea” last because it is the least important necessity to starting a business.

Remember, the world is filled with brilliant, million dollar ideas but the world lack savvy entrepreneurs. An average business idea with the right mindset, a strong business management team, and the right business plan will outperform an excellent million dollar idea with a poor mindset and a weak management team.

So when deciding what business to start, make sure you do your preliminary feasibility study. Also make sure that the right combinations are in place and when contemplating on the best business to start; be sure to take into consideration the five questions above and I will see you at the top.


Ingredients For English Muffins


2¼ cups (10 ounces) unbleached bread flour
½ tablespoon (.25 ounce) granulated sugar
¾ teaspoon (.19 ounce) salt
1¼ teaspoons (.14 ounce) instant yeast
1 tablespoon (.5 ounce) shortening or unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ to 1 cup (6 to 8 ounces) milk or buttermilk, at room temperature
Cornmeal for dusting


1. Stir together the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in a mixing bowl (or in the bowl of an electric mixer). Stir in (or mix in on low speed with the paddle attachment) the shortening and ¾ cup milk until the ingredients form a ball. If there is still loose flour in the bowl, dribble in some of the remaining ¼ cup milk. The dough should be soft and pliable, not stiff.

2. Sprinkle flour on the counter, transfer the dough to the counter, and begin kneading (or mixing on medium speed with the dough hook). Knead the dough for about 10 minutes (or mix for about 8 minutes), sprinkling in more flour if needed to make a tacky, but not sticky, dough. It should pass the windowpane test and register 77° to 81° degrees F. Lightly oil a large bowl and transfer the dough to the bowl, rolling it to coat it with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.

3. Ferment at room temperature for 60 to 90 minutes, or until the dough doubles in size.

4. Wipe the counter with a damp cloth and transfer the dough to the counter. Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces of 3 ounces each. Shape the pieces into boules (or round rolls). Line a sheet pan with baking parchment, mist the parchment lightly with spray oil, and dust with cornmeal. Transfer the balls of dough to the sheet pan, spacing them about 3 inches apart. Mist them lightly with spray oil, sprinkle them loosely with cornmeal, and cover the pan loosely with plastic wrap or a towel.

5. Proof at room temperature for 60 to 90 minutes, or until the pieces nearly double in size and swell both up and out.

6. Heat a skillet or flat griddle to medium (350°F if you have a thermometer setting). Also, preheat the oven to 350°F with the oven rack on the middle shelf.

7. Brush the pan or griddle with vegetable oil or mist with spray oil. Uncover the muffin rounds and gently transfer them to the pan, sliding a metal spatula under them and lifting them to the pan. Fill the pan so that the pieces are at least 1 inch apart, not touching. Cover the pieces still on the sheet pan with the plastic wrap or a towel to prevent them from developing a skin. The dough that is being cooked will flatten in the pan and spread slightly, then the pieces will puff somewhat. Cook them for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the bottom of the dough cannot cook any longer without burning. The bottoms should be a rich golden brown; they will brown quickly but will not burn for awhile, so resist the temptation to turn them prematurely or they will fall when you flip them over. Carefully flip the pieces over with the metal spatula and cook on the other side for 5 to 8 minutes in the same manner. Both sides will now be flat. When the dough seems as if it cannot endure any further cooking without burning, transfer the pieces to a sheet pan and place the pan in the oven (don’t wait for the still uncooked pieces, or the ones just out of the pan will cool down and will not respond to the oven stage). Bake for 5 to 8 minutes on the middle shelf in the oven to ensure that the center is baked. Meanwhile, return to the uncooked pieces and cook them, then bake them, as you did the first round.

8. Transfer the baked muffins to a cooling rack and cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing or serving.


Intensive Training on Bread Making and Bakery Operations

Bread business is no doubt a very profitable business but not without having the know-how about the venture. However, attached to the juicy prospect is a pinch of risk that has the capacity to make or mar invested interest.

Meanwhile, it is no news that Nigerians love to invest in businesses that promises high turnover. But,not many of investors take time to get the required training and knowledge about the business intricacies before diving in.

Inevitably, this has led to many bakery failures. No thanks to employed bakers who waste no time in squeezing life out of the business because of the lack of experience on the side of the investor.

It is simple. Bread business is a professional business that entails a reasonable level of know-how. A bakery owner should dictate the pace of the business from the point of production to the point of sales because he is the business driver. Not having a good knowledge of the business is tantamount to losing the gains of the business to people with better knowledge. It is said that when people with money meet with people with experience; the experienced leave with money and the one with money goes home with an experience. Experience! Your guess is as good as mine.

bread2Meanwhile, KingsNotch is strategically positioned to be of solution in this regard. We are a team of professionals with the passion to bridge the baking knowledge gap. We are concerned about the rate at which investors fall into the hands of fraudulent bakers who diverts ingredients for personal use and rob investors of their years of sweat.

We offer intensive training on bread making and bakery operations. The benefits includes:

Bread Making Training

  • Practically make bread (Hand kneading).
  • On handling bread faults to avoid wastage/loss.
  • Bread produced by graduants can compete favourably with established bread brands.
  • Provision of aprons for students.
  • We teach how to make varieties of bread.
  • We teach how to maintain quality and unique taste.

KingsNotch’s course outline includes:


  • Practical bread making
  • Quality Assurance
  • Career guide in Baking
  • Baking Rules
  • Ingredient Care and Control
  • Sales and Marketing Strategy
  • Hygiene Standard
  • Bakery setup and management
  • Ingredient care and Control
  • Equipment Acquisition and maintenance
  • Bread Supply and Distribution
  • Corporate identity (Branding)
  • Prioritization strategy
  • Manpower and Remuneration
  • Legal and government regulations

At this juncture, may I enjoin potential investors never to embark on bread business without getting the required training that would help them to protect their interest and aid business success.

At present, we offer one-on-one Home Training and general training course to passionate trainees. For this reason, we decided to provide a learning environment that enables a less-crowded, detailed and comprehensive training session. Finally, we are not limited by space. Wherever you need us, there we are.

Kindly contact us via We look forward to having a robust business relationship with you.

How To Write A Business Plan

Business Plan GuideNow that you understand why you need a business plan and you’ve spent some time doing your homework gathering the information you need to create one, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get everything down on paper. The following pages will describe in detail the seven essential sections of a business plan: what you should include, what you shouldn’t include, how to work the numbers and additional resources you can turn to for help. With that in mind, jump right in.

Executive Summary

Within the overall outline of the business plan, the executive summary will follow the title page. The summary should tell the reader what you want. This is very important. All too often, what the business owner desires is buried on page eight. Clearly state what you’re asking for in the summary.

Business Description

The business description usually begins with a short description of the industry. When describing the industry, discuss the present outlook as well as future possibilities. You should also provide information on all the various markets within the industry, including any new products or developments that will benefit or adversely affect your business.

Market Strategies

Market strategies are the result of a meticulous market analysis. A market analysis forces the entrepreneur to become familiar with all aspects of the market so that the target market can be defined and the company can be positioned in order to garner its share of sales.

Competitive Analysis

The purpose of the competitive analysis is to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the competitors within your market, strategies that will provide you with a distinct advantage, the barriers that can be developed in order to prevent competition from entering your market, and any weaknesses that can be exploited within the product development cycle.

Design & Development Plan

The purpose of the design and development plan section is to provide investors with a description of the product’s design, chart its development within the context of production, marketing and the company itself, and create a development budget that will enable the company to reach its goals.

Operations & Management Plan

The operations and management plan is designed to describe just how the business functions on a continuing basis. The operations plan will highlight the logistics of the organization such as the various responsibilities of the management team, the tasks assigned to each division within the company, and capital and expense requirements related to the operations of the business.

Financial Factors

Financial data is always at the back of the business plan, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important than up-front material such as the business concept and the management team.

How to Open a Bakery

According to a private research firm, baked goods and bakeries were in the top 10 of fastest-growing industries for small businesses in 2010. So, if you’re a skilled baker with entrepreneurial skills, opening a bakery may be a lucrative step. You’ll also need to understand how to plan a startup and effectively run a company in order to generate enough revenue to stay in business and make a living. Read the following steps to learn how to open a bakery.


  1. Decide what type of bakery you want to open.
    • There are bakeries that only sell baked goods, those that sell sandwiches and coffee to go or some that have a seating area where customers can eat breakfast or lunch.
    • Choose whether you want to sell conventional baked goods, organic baked goods, gluten-free baked goods, or vegan (e.g. egg and dairy-free) products.
  2. Research the competition in the area to find out if there’s a demand for the type of baked goods you want to sell. For example, if the local supermarket sells conventional, organic and vegan baked goods at reasonable prices, you might not be able to compete. But, you could open up a new market if you open a bakery with a pleasant seating area and offer specialty baked goods and fresh sandwiches.
  3. Draw up a business plan. Make sure you carefully calculate the costs of your location, equipment, supplies, staff, taxes and marketing. Balance them against your projected income to determine how much profit you’ll make over the first few years.
  4. Review your business plan with an accountant, who will probably find additional expenses you overlooked. An accountant will also tell you how the costs of a startup can affect your tax returns.
  5. Raise the necessary capital for opening a bakery. Ask your bank for a business loan or talk to private investors to raise the money.
  6. Register your business with your city and apply for a sales permit to sell baked goods.
  7. Choose the location for your bakery. Make sure it’s easily accessible, has plenty of traffic and meets all safety requirements.
  8. Buy your equipment and have it professionally installed to make sure everything is safe and up to code. You’ll need scales, bowls, pan racks, ovens, mixers, butcher block tables, display cases, and refrigerators.
  9. Decide which baked goods to sell at your bakery and determine which ingredients you need.
  10. Interview and hire employees. Make sure they are friendly, efficient and trustworthy.
  11. Call the local Consumer Health Services agency and have your bakery inspected for health safety.
  12. Buy all necessary ingredients for your baked goods, such as flour, yeast, eggs, sugar, raisins and butter.
  13. Prepare your baked goods. Make sure they look and taste as good as possible to draw in customers.
  14. Advertise your bakery in the local newspaper, on flyers and online.
  15. Open your bakery.


What Is a Bakery Concept Statement?

A business concept statement summarizes the focus of your new business, particularly how it differs from competitors. A bakery concept statement presents the focus of that bakery, such as wedding cakes, artisan breads, pastries or a particular target audience, as well as the overall business concept that sets that bakery apart from other bakeries in the area.


Your bakery’s concept statement lets potential lenders or investors know more about your business. It should provide a clear view of why your bakery will be successful, even if local competitors are larger or cheaper, to convince these sources to lend or invest money for your start-up or operating costs. The business concept can also help set you apart from competitors in your customers’ eyes, so it should provide a compelling reason for them to buy your products over others.

What to Include

A bakery concept statement should include the basic information about what your bakery is and does, how it is unique, and who it serves. The latter should include the location as well as your target customer demographic. You should also include when the bakery will open for business, its operating hours, and the basics of your marketing plan. You don’t need to include specific financial numbers in the concept statement, but note where and how you intend to market your bakery, such as at wedding expos for a wedding-cake-focused bakery or through local coupon books for a neighborhood full-service bakery.