Don’t be afraid to ask people already in the business.
They can have a lot of helpful tips for you before opening a donut shop.
Starting your own bakery means you can have regular donuts, artisan types of donuts or anything else you want to make, but you don’t have a big brand behind you.
That can be a plus or minus, depending on what your plans are.
Finding a store with ample parking is great so people can stop and shop and get to work. Close to a busy downtown, business centers, schools or hospitals means better sales.
Different types of shops will require different permits and there may a be a spike in the cost, like if you just have a counter or if you have table service.
Word of mouth, fliers, family, and friends, online email blasts, signage – whatever you need to do.
Social media is a great way to reach a lot of people for no cost.
You need to know what type you want before going in for the permits.
If it is to be only you or a few staff members, you can get by with a few items for a break room.