A bakery invoice is used to bill customers, who may consist of wholesalers, retailers, or consumers, for purchased baked goods in an organized format that contains identifying information of the bakery, a means of tracking each sale, and a list of the goods purchased alongside the individual cost of each. For full and part-time bakers, professionally cooked desserts, breads, pastries, and other goods should be met with a professionally designed invoice, as a well-structured invoice can not only decrease the length of time it takes customers to pay for orders, it can leave them with a lasting positive impression of the company.
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According to Entrepreneur, the cost of opening a bakery can range from $10,000 to $50,000. For those planning on opening an already established chain, costs can accumulate to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The one-time and continued costs of opening a bakery are required for creating a business plan, which can be thought of as the overall “road map” that owners follow while getting their new bakery off the ground. Understanding the startup and operating costs and accounting for any unexpected costs is a must for determining the prices of the baked goods and the salaries of the bakers.
Starting-a-bakery.com created a handy list of the typical appliances and items required to open a new bakery. Among these include:
- One (1) or more ovens
- Mixers of all kinds (electric, tabletop, floor)
- Shelving for storing recently baked items
- Packing supplies
- Display items / bins
- Pans, sheets, dough scrapers, mixing bowls, basic cutlery, and decorating equipment
- Baking-specific clothing including aprons, hair nets, and hats
- Food processor / chopper
- Accounting software (or a hired accountant)
For aspiring bakery owners, no list compares to actually starting the opening process, as every situation will call for special tools or appliances that are not commonly found in generic lists. However, for initial budgeting, having a broad overview of the costliest appliances and tools can assist substantially during the creation of the business plan.
Hourly rate: $12.75/hr
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)