Starting a Homemade Pasta Making Business
The first thing that you should know if you are starting a homemade pasta making business
is the basic process of making fresh pasta. This kind of pasta is made from fresh ingredients
and has a shorter shelf life compared to the commercially made or dry pasta.
Manufacturing fresh pasta is better because the business owner can tailor fit it to the
consumer's needs and demands in terms of the shape, size, color and flavor of the finished product.
Below are some suggested steps in starting a homemade pasta making business, categorized
into: Initial Stage, Regulatory Compliance and Marketing.
• Create and perfect your own recipe that you think will sell and will come out the same
way every time you prepare it. Have your family and friends taste them and ask for feedback.
• As in any business, when you are starting a homemade pasta making business, prepare
a business plan which would contain the goals and business projections that you have set. This
will guide you in the actual running of the business and to help you gauge if the business is doing good or not.
• Purchase your ingredients and supplies like bags and packaging supplies. Decide on
how you intend to package your homemade pasta. You could pack it in a freezer-safe bag where
the consumers can freeze it, refrigerate it or eat it immediately. It could also come in cellophane
bags. You could search online for bulk suppliers for these items. You will be able to save
money and will help create a professional and consistent look. Design your own labels on your
computer and print them out or you could ask a professional designer to create them for you
and order your labels in bulk. Make sure to include the cooking and serving instructions in the labels.
• Purchase equipments that you don't already have to make the preparation of large batches
of your recipes a lot faster and easier.
• Determine a wholesale price list for all your products. Factor in all the cost that
you will be incurring in producing you homemade pasta like the ingredients, facility cost,
packaging and labor cost. This should be drawn up in a spreadsheet form which would include
the retail as well as bulk prices for each of your product. This information will be useful
to your future retailers because it will show the proof of the profit they will be making if
they sell your homemade pasta in their stores.
• Since you will be starting a homemade pasta making business and producing a food product,
you need to get in touch with your local and state health departments to inquire about permit
and licensing requirements.
• Make sure that you could sell the products that are produced from your home kitchen
because different states have different laws regarding homemade food products. These information
are available online from your state's Department of Health website or you can ask for a copy.
Try to check on local zoning laws if operating a business from your home is allowed. As of
2010, only 13 states allow the operation of home-based cooking business and they are: Alabama,
Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee,
Vermont, Virginia and Utah. So it is important that you check into these before starting your business.