Hello there! Today we are going to learn about how to start pastry supply business in Nigeria. This will serve as your ABC guide to all you need to know about the business in Nigeria.
You may wish to ask, “What’s pastry?” Well, pastry is dough of flour, margarine, and water used as a base and covering in baked dishes such as pies.
Are you a Nigerian looking for businesses to go into? Well, pastry business is a good business as you will find out after reading this piece. So, join me as I take you on a journey of how to start pastry supply business in Nigeria.
Note that pastry business is not just a feminine business. No! It can be done by just anyone. Now let’s look at things you should know about how to start a pastry supply business in Nigeria.
Simply follow the procedures below.
ACQUIRE THE SKILL
As someone who wants to go into pastry business, you must acquire the necessary skills needed in the business. That is very true. If you do not have the necessary skills then you cannot start pastry supply business in Nigeria.
Yes, you have no business wanting to go into baking business if you don’t know how to bake. Therefore, go to a catering school where it is taught so as to acquire these skills.
It is important you learn as many pastry skills as possible because pastry business involves knowing how to bake a lot of snacks like cakes, sandwich, bugger, doughnut and many others.
So, you must endeavour to learn how to bake these snacks and combine them in your pastry business.
You must carry out a feasibility study of the business you wish to go into if you are to start a pastry supply business in Nigeria.
The feasibility study should consider the following:
1. Capital. You must have a clear source of capital. You can get initial capital from personal savings, family and friends, bank loans, etc.
so, your feasibility study must cover how to fund your business if you wish to start pastry supply in business in Nigeria
You must look for new ways to get customers, distributors, marketers, etc. Also, you should be ready to supply to supermarkets, stores, mall, etc.
2. Location. It is important you consider the location were you will site your new shop. Your business should be located at a population area where people will be able to patronise your pastry
You should also check whether you have the capacity to employ someone who will run the business with you and define how to pay the person
As a starter, depending on your capital though, it is not advisable you hire a lot of people and start paying them because it is going to eat into your pastry business
3. Transporting goods. You will also consider how to move your products from your shop or home to office, stalls, mall, supermarkets, stores, markets, etc where they are needed
It is important you have many contacts of drivers who can take you to many different locations and who must not fail you anytime you need them.
Remember that pastry business involves serving perishable snacks which many customers like to have fresh.
RENT OR ACQUIRE A SHOP
This is key as you will need a place to operate from. Though I can say it is also optional.
But having a defined business address makes customers and suppliers take you more seriously. But in case you cannot afford to rent or acquire one, just operate from your home until you are fit enough to do so.
Always look for site where people will not find difficult to locate when you wish to rent a shop to do pastry business from. This way you will be taken more seriously by your customers and suppliers.
Therefore, renting or acquiring a shop is important if you want to start pastry supply business in Nigeria.
ACQUIRE THE NECESSARY TOOLS
There are many tools you have to acquire if you want to start pastry supply business in Nigeria. But all this depends on your capital as you may not be able to acquire all.
After the training in pastry, you will definitely learn about all the tools you will need for your pastry business, and they often include oven, slipat or baking mat, acentate liners, pastry bags, pastry tips, pastry brushes, forms, food mixer, icing smoother, chocolate and sugar work, spatulas and measuring spoons, stencils, bottles (if necessary), pastry cutters, rolling pins, sieve, cake decorator, palette knife, and others.
These tools will help to make your pastry business a lot easier.
In summary, remember that as a man, you should not say that pastry business is only done by women and should be left to them alone. A man can venture into this business and do it so well.
All you need is to consider all the points I have raised on how to start pastry supply business in Nigeria. Note that you don’t have to acquire all the tools I identified above but ensure you get basic ones (depending on your major) so that you don’t do a poor caking.
At the feasibility study stage, you should meet people who are already into pastry business to learn a couple of things from them. This will help you in decision making as a starter.
Remember that all businesses involve risks, but you should always ensure that your risk is calculated.
Also, if you notice that you are dealing with transporters who are untrustworthy, make sure you have the contacts of many of them so that when one disappoints, another one will make the supply.
Furthermore, one of the things you must learn to do in things kind of business in Nigeria is to give stuff on credit to trustworthy customers like stores, malls and supermarkets and even kiosks.
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Now you don’t need any collar jobs, just go to a catering school and acquire these skills if you do not have it. It is very lucrative if you make quality stuff. Yes, people will come from far and wide for your product; just endeavor to learn it well if you don’t have the skill.
Okay! Now that you have read this piece on how to start pastry business in Nigeria, follow the procedures above, and give it a try!