1. Get Training
To become a professional baker, you need training in bakery and food processing. Some people get their training by getting attached to a bakery to learn all the skills of baking from first hands experience. If you are fortunate to have worked in Bread Bakery, that will make things lot more easier as you must have learned the skill while working.
Look for a professional trainee who will train you in the art of bread making. Your success in this business depends on how much you know; do not trade knowledge for anything.
2. Prepare Your Business Plan
As they say: He who fails to plan, plan to fail. You need to have business plan that will guide you along the way. You can prepare it yourself or hire a professional to do it for you.
Don’t just assume you have everything in your head, lack of proper clearly written out business plan can make a business crumble within a short time.
3. Source For Finance
Bread Bakery business is a capital intensive business especially if you are starting it big which is my recommendation. You have to start big or medium if you hope to be producing quality bread that will attract good patronage. And starting big requires some good amount of money.
Once you have the required capital to invest in this business, you are halfway done. Make sure you budget 7/12 months working expenses; time you will require to gain ground before the profit starts flowing in. At this point you’ve started following your business plan.
4. Choose Location
This is important but not critical. While location in the city and busy towns allows retailers to come in and buy without having to travel distance, you can make up to this with good marketing and supply mechanism. If your product is good, well branded, and marketed effectively, people will find you no matter where you are.
So, weigh the situation carefully and look for suitable location that you think will be good for your business. Property cost higher in the major cities but well worth your business.
Note: People sometimes buy products based on the address. I personally have rejected some products because of where the factory is located. It may not be obvious but believe me it happens.
5. Build Your Factory
Here you need to engage the services of expert too. Your factory have to be properly planned and executed in other to meet NAFDAC approval requirement.