It has been my mother's life-long dream to open her own bakery. I have a Business Management/Entrepreneurship degree and I am a new mom so looking for another option besides the 9-5 grind. I know that being a business owner is often a lot more hours than 40/wk, but I would like to partially work from home instead of 40 hours out of the home. She is a cancer survivor and we are both interested in healthy eating but have a lot of love for desserts. Mom works 40+ hours/wk plus 10 hours of commuting and makes a very small salary. She has been looking to leave her job but needs to have a "purpose" and something she can contribute to. Her husband is the main bread winner of their household, and she has insurance options through him. I have my insurance through the Military. I am fortunate to live in a town surrounded by VERY affluent neighborhoods ($1-4 million dollar homes); health food, specialty and high-end food stores thrive here. Also, there is a local commercial kitchen that rents out space for about $20/hr. I did a detailed search and can't find any local delivery options for healthy, "homemade" desserts. I would have been interested in running the business from my home, but I wouldn't be allowed to sell to the public. Our home kitchen isn't equipped to pass an inspection by the Health Department. [We live in a suburb of Chicago (within 5 miles of city limits)] Besides my degree, I also have a background in advertising and graphic design, so I could cover the bases as far as web design and media for the business. ***Please fill in the blanks of things I may be missing. I need to try to realize all risks and requirements to decide if this is a feasible business idea or not*** Required to use commercial kitchen: business license, insurance, recipes, ingredients (what type of business should it be...?) Required to start taking orders: menu/website, pictures of desserts, printed ingredient lists, business paypal account, quikbooks software? Required to start making deliveries: vehicle (have), packaging If I can convince my husband that this is a worthwhile endeavor, I will most likely have up to $1500 of start up cash to use. I plan to use a social media approach to advertising, as well as advertisement in local businesses and print media. The short-term goal of the business since there are barely any $ heavy investments I need to make would be $1000 profit per employee per month, and then to expand from there. The goal of the business is to supply "homemade" gluten-free, low-sugar, fat-free as well as low-calorie options for local delivery. I initially plan to offer delivery once per week, which means that we would most likely need to rent a kitchen for about 8 hours overnight and then deliver the next day. The plan would be to offer a subscription service; I worked for an organic grocer and they had a wonderful one. I would charge the customers once a month, at the rate of $15/wk delivery included for weekly deliveries of 12 servings of desserts (for example). I know there is a demand for these types of desserts; I had someone say to me that "people who eat dessert don't care how many calories it has." I disagree, because it might be that they don't know there are healthier options. For example, I make awesome Black Bean Brownies that are less than half the calories of other brownies and really fudgey and delicious. Also, many people are starting to avoid gluten and processed sugars, and if you can even find these baked good in grocery stores they are expensive and you don't have the luxury of delivery. Lastly, the popularity of delivery boxes in the mail has exploded recently (i.e. BarkBox, Graze, NatureBox). The benefit of my service would be delicious bakery-quality, fresh items. They could choose their favorites, get a variety pack, etc. These fresh items you can't get in a box in the mail without paying sky-high prices....like really sky high for refrigerated and over night shipping. I am hoping to keep delivery costs low by sticking to a 10 mile radius or something. Also, can I claim those miles on my taxes...? Any information you could add/share as well as possible pitfalls would be greatly appreciated!!