How to Start a Frozen Dessert Business by Jessica Jones

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GMT - 6 Hours How to Start a Frozen Dessert Business by Jessica Jones

Post by Khan on Sun May 21, 2017 11:20 am

Frozen desserts, such as ice cream, fruit pops and other frozen treats, have increased in popularity since 2000. You have the option of specializing in one type of frozen dessert or you can offer customers a variety of items. Research local markets to help you determine which products customers will purchase. This research can help you focus on creating popular products customers may purchase again and again. Open a frozen dessert shop or sell products to local grocery stores.






1. Write a business plan that clearly outlines the steps needed to open a frozen dessert business. Describe the type of dessert business to open in the first section. For example, you may choose to open a frozen dessert shop to sell directly to customers or you may choose to manufacturer frozen dessert items for sale in grocery or specialty food stores. List all startup costs in the second section. Startup costs may include rent for commercial retail space, dessert making equipment, labor, insurance and advertising costs. Develop a marketing plan in the third section. List managerial responsibilities in the fourth section.
2. Lease commercial retail space to manufacture and sell frozen desserts, such as ice cream, frozen pies fruit pops, custard and sherbet. The space should be large enough to house dessert-making equipment and provide storage for supplies and materials. If selling frozen desserts, this space should also include an area to display products and counter space to serve customers. Contact a commercial real estate agent in your area to find a suitable location.
3. Apply for a business license through the local county clerk's office or small business administration office. You may also register your business with the secretary of state's office if forming a limited liability company, partnership or corporation. Apply for a state sales tax license through the department of revenue office to accept sales tax from customers. Contact your local health department to learn more about food handler's and food manager permits and other permits that may be required to operated a frozen dessert business. Apply for an Employer Identification Number through the Internal Revenue Service to use on tax forms.
4. Purchase frozen dessert equipment from local food supply and equipment companies, wholesale equipment companies or online. Purchase all supplies and materials needed to make frozen desserts. Organize your food preparation space to ensure easy access to all supplies and equipment. Purchase retail software to track sales, inventory and invoices.
5. Sell frozen dessert items to local grocery and specialty food stores. Contact stores to request business meetings and to offer samples of your products. If opening a frozen dessert shop, advertise your grand opening in local newspapers, hand out fliers and decorate the outside of your shop to entice customers.
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