Learn how to start a food business from your home kitchen by hearing stories from cottage food entrepreneurs about how they grew their businesses from the ground up. Does everyone ask for your recipes, or say "You should sell that"? Have you dreamed of starting a brick-and-mortar bakery, or simply want a fun hobby that brings in some extra dough? On this podcast, David interviews a wide range of entrepreneurs across America who legally sell their homemade food via their state's cottage food law. Each episode reveals strategies for marketing and selling your food products successfully from home, online, at farmers markets/events, and in stores. Learn what steps you should (or shouldn't) take, and get your cottage food business off to the right start!
Family, Freedom, & Pie with Kourtney Rojas
In 2011, Kourtney had romantic ideas about starting a pie business and selling at the local farmers market. But life (jobs, family, kids, etc) got in the way and it wasn't until 2019 that her dream became reality.
Kourtney Rojas lives in Anaheim, CA and sells fruit pies, chess pies, and other pastries with her cottage food business, With Love, From Scratch.
After 8 years of selling pies sporadically to family and friends, she finally decided to turn her pie hobby into a real business. She entered a pie contest, started posting high-quality photos on Instagram, and she's never looked back!
After only two years, she has amassed over 3,000 followers on Instagram, and she now sells over 100 pies per week!
As a stay-at-home mom, she has learned how to say "no" and turn down opportunities that aren't a good fit for her.
Having a home business has given Kourtney the freedom to adapt her work life to her family, not the other way around. But she's also not afraid to admit that finding the right balance between the two is often a struggle.
Although her business journey has required flexibility, patience, and constant learning, Kourtney explains why it has unfolded in exactly the right way.Get full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/43
The Self-Taught Supermom with April Spencer
Running a successful custom cake business is a lot of work. Running a popular Etsy shop is also a lot of work. And taking care of young kids full-time is definitely a lot of work.
Meet April Spencer, who has managed to do all three AT THE SAME TIME!
April is a cake decorator and sugar artist who lives in Harrod, OH and sells impressive custom cakes and lollipops with her cottage food business, Spencer's Sugar Shop.
In addition to running a very successful custom cake business from home, April also rented a commercial kitchen to sell her custom lollipops on Etsy and ship them across the nation. She's currently put the Etsy business on pause due to the mass influx of weddings recently, but at one point she was shipping out over 30 custom lollipop orders per week!
As if running two businesses and a young family weren't enough, April also manages to put a strong focus on her social media presence, and she now has thousands of social media followers.
How does she do it all? Nobody knows for sure, but listen in and learn how she went from knowing NOTHING about cake decorating to becoming one of the most popular bakers in her area in just a few short years.Get full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/42
Small Is Beautiful with Eric Sorensen
Eric Sorensen's home bakery business may be small, but that doesn't mean it's insignificant!
Eric lives in Pullman, WA and sells homemade bread, bagels, and pretzels with his cottage food business, Clumsy Crow Baking.
Unlike most bakers, Eric doesn't sell throughout the year, or even throughout the summer. Instead, he takes frequent sailing trips for a month at a time, and only boots up the baking business when he's back home. And when he returns, his customers are ready!
He started selling his bread back in 2017, and grew his customer base by selling at winter markets. But when the pandemic hit in 2020, he switched to selling solely from his driveway, and he hasn't looked back. He simply puts the bread on his driveway for customers to pickup, and then heads back inside to take a nap!
In addition to being an avid baker, Eric is also an avid learner. In this episode he shares many resources for learning about home baking, and also shares many cost-saving hacks for running a home bakery without going into debt.
He is also an advocate for local grain economies, and shares what he is doing to help get great, sustainable bread into more people's hands.Get full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/41
The Resilient Baker with Justina Rucinski
In 2019, Justina Rucinski was sexually assaulted in her home in Burlington, IA when a supposed client came to pay for a cookie order. That traumatic event not only forever changed her life, but has also changed cottage food laws around the country.
Justina now lives in San Antonio, TX and continues to sell custom decorated cookies and cakes with her cottage food business, SweetEms.
After her horrific experience, she came very close to shutting down her business. But with massive support from bakers around the world, she has both resurrected it and become one of the most popular cottage food bakers in the United States!
In addition to her business success, Justina has become an advocate for the safety of all home bakers. Because of her story, many states no longer require cottage food producers to put their home address on their product labels.
In this emotional episode, Justina shares how the cottage food community helped lift her out of utter darkness, so that she could once again continue running the business that she loves so much!Get full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/40
Launching A Keto Bakery From Home with Sari Stevenson
Most food businesses go to a lot of effort marketing their products to customers, but not Sari!
Ever since Sari Stevenson opened The Keto Bakery Box in 2018, the demand for her products has been relentless. In that first year, she often had lines of customers waiting at her home to pick up their orders!
She started her business under California's cottage food law, but she hit the $50,000 sales limit in less than a year, at which point she transitioned from her home kitchen to a commercial kitchen.
She now bakes her products in Costa Mesa, CA and sells most of them through a number of stores in Southern California.
Her secret? She spent many months (and countless test batches) creating keto-friendly baked foods that actually taste great! At the same time, the keto diet was becoming increasingly popular in her area, and nobody else was focused on selling baked goods like hers.
Sari is not only an expert in everything keto, but she is a certified ketogenic living health coach. In this episode, she not only shares her business journey, but also describes some of the common misconceptions of the increasingly popular keto diet trend.Get full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/39
Chocolates That Almost Sell Themselves with Anne Reist
Anne's chocolates certainly make an impression! It's easy to see why her truffles instantly captivate potential customers.
Anne Reist lives in Holladay, UT and sells hand-painted chocolates with her confection business, The Chocolate Palette.
Anne built her business from her home kitchen using Utah's cottage food law (not their food freedom law), and recently expanded by building a commercial kitchen into her home.
Through mostly word-of-mouth marketing and a very strong brand, she has grown a following of loyal customers fairly quickly!Get full show notes and transcript here: https://forrager.com/podcast/38
I am new to the whole “podcast” experience but for my first time , I could not be more satisfied . I have had my own cottage business for a little over 2 years now , but yet almost every topic covered by David seemed new to me . Through podcasts , live videos and personalized videos , He has been such a great resource to have and has given me that extra push I needed to go above and beyond for my business . I’m confident that I can turn to him in the event that I need guidance and he will do exactly that . Thank you David for all the help given and to come :)
I’m a podcast fanatic and was ecstatic to find this one at the exact right time. I’ve been contemplating starting my own cottage business for a few years now. I now have the time to do it but lacked the confidence.
David’s interviews and advice have been enlightening and educational. He even sent me a personalized video regarding my niche and plans.
I’m incredibly grateful for him and this podcast, can’t wait to listen to more, you know, while baking!
Great Resource for those looking to start a CFO
I love hearing stories of how people get their businesses started and David does an excellent job hosting this podcast