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. So in this podcast, I'm going to talk about two specific topics: Is it possible to sell homemade food goods online, and is it possible for me to prepare at home and sell them? Now, here's everything you need to know about selling food from your home: Number one, it will fall under the Cottage Food Laws, but more specifically, you must explain what you mean by homemade food, because Cottage Food Laws stipulate that only particular sorts of foods are considered non-potentially dangerous foods.
These are food items that do not need to be kept at a specific temperature or for a specific amount of time. Cooking a meal of chicken wings and French fries and attempting to sell it to your neighbors is an example. Baked goods, snacks, pop corn, and nut butters were normally not allowed under cottage food rules, but if a product was listed by state, with each making up their own list precisely as to what they would allow, baked goods, snacks, pop corn, and nut butters were typically allowed. Salsa is legal in several states, depending on the pH level. However, these are the types of food products that can be sold and shipped from home across the board.
When I say shipped, I mean you have to physically deliver them. However, one of the questions we had was about buying homemade food products online. Now, some jurisdictions do allow cottage food producers to set up a website and sell their products online—though only a few do so. And the problem is, the catch is that you have to deliver it yourself, which makes it a little tough. You can't sell food online and ship it across state lines or even within your own state. Which is a challenge because when you start an e-commerce food business and begin selling food online through that website, you'll be open to everybody. You're not going to be open simply because you're in Texas; you're not going to be open just because you're in Texas.
Your website will be found by people in California. So the ruse is that you can't sell it to someone in California. If you're making a food product and selling it from your house in Texas, or any other state for that matter, there are a few things you should know. As a result, the trick is as follows: Do you build a website and then include a disclaimer that states, "Look, we're a home-based food business," and that we're subject to the Cottage Food Laws? This will now enable us to sell this product. However, if you live outside of Texas, for example, we do not ship our products to you. We can deliver it to you if you're in the state. But then there's the flip side: if you're selling a $20 cake, you're not going to go five or 600 miles across the state to deliver it.
So, if you're wondering if you can sell a homemade food product online from your home, the answer is yes. The answer is yes, but also a resounding no. You don't want to ship it, you don't want to mail it; you want to sell a product that you will have to pick up and deliver personally. Because, clearly, that isn't going to make any sense. It's clear that the product is excessively low-cost. You can do farmer's markets, local events, festivals, and in some areas, you can even cater from your home and do it locally, but with a more informational website. It provides information on who you are and what you do. It isn't always e-commerce, but it is distinct. One element of it is to create an instructive, educational website or blog that explains what you do and how you do it, as well as to tell the story of your food business.
But you can't make that into a business, you can't turn it into an e-commerce site where you're selling stuff. You can avoid that by not offering anything. Now, even if you are starting a home-based food business, I would recommend that you create a website that is informative at first, but as your business grows and you get into a commercial kitchen, or begin to use that commercial kitchen, that makes sense, because then you can create that e-commerce store and start shipping, okay? Is it possible for me to cook at home and sell it? Yes, you can prepare certain things, certainly not those on your state's cottage food list, but you can make products at home and sell them, albeit that will be a localized company. T
hat'll sell at local markets and farmer's markets, and I believe some California states have a license A and a license B. License B permits you to sell to stores, restaurants, and third-party vendors directly. And if I'm wrong, please let me know in the comments section. If I'm wrong, please correct me. But I believe California has a great cottage food statute that allows you to sell that product to a third party under that specific B, B licensing. It would, in other words, go to a restaurant. Let's imagine it was an ingredient of some sort that was delivered to a restaurant. They would use it and sell it to their patrons.
You might even go to a retail store and sell it to them. After that, they'll mark it up and sell it. As a result, the California Cottage Food Laws offer a significant benefit. However, there are a few states that enable you to sell locally, even outside of farmer's markets, but you should double-check. To double-check this for your individual state, go to Google and type in "Cottage Food Law" followed by the state you're in. So, if you're in Texas, Cottage Food Law Texas, Cottage Food Law Florida, or whatever state you're in, you're covered. There will be a government website set up by the state, a state-run government website, somewhere between the first and third or first and fourth listing that pops up.
That will tell you exactly what you may and cannot sell in that particular state. There are also restrictions on how much and where you can sell it. To answer the question, yes, you can sell homemade food goods on the internet. Yes, it is correct. However, it's a little more difficult than you might imagine. It's not a platform for selling things, but you could buy it at the grocery store and sell it on eBay, Etsy, or Amazon from the comfort of your own home. That is technically illegal. Okay, some states will enable you to create a separate structure if you have the space. Of course, there are zoning and other considerations to consider, but you might construct a separate building or other type of facility on your own land. To do this, you'd have to check with your county and see where you live, although some people do it, believe it or not. They have some extra room in their backyard or a couple of acres of land where they can build a facility and ship it, but it would have to be certified and inspected as well. You'll also need a food business policy, insurance, and other necessities. So those are a little more involved, but yes, if you have any queries about whether you may sell homemade food goods online, or if you can cook at home and sell it online, please let us know. Yes, please let me know in the comments section below, and I'll respond to your queries as soon as possible. And I'll see you on the next episode of our show.
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