How to Start a Bakery business in south africa

One of the first decisions you’ll have to make is the kind of shop you want to open. Take a look at the list below and decide which one is right for you.

  • Counter service. With a small commercial space, customers can walk in and pick up baked goods from an employee-managed counter.
  • Specialty service. If you plan to specialize in a certain kind of baked good, a specialty service is your best option. Whether you run the business from your home or rent a space is up to you.
  • Online. You don’t need a storefront to open a bakery. You can start out online. With a killer website, pictures of your work, and a way to place an order, you can run it from your home.


There are no compulsory qualifications in south africa to run or own a bakery business, but you need some training in the basics of baking.

What it takes to be a baker

To be a baker you need to be friendly, approachable and have good communication skills and attention to detail. You will also need management skills, the ability to plan, co-ordinate and delegate responsibility. Be prepared for long hours and early rising to get products baked and ready for the day’s business.

Business requirements

Register your business . Follow this link to  find out how to register a business in south africa

Business plan

The first step in writing an effective business plan is to understand what a business plan is, what type if information is contained in a business plan. And also to understand what the benefit of a business plan is to you as an aspiring entrepreneur. follow this link to for more information on how to prepare a business plan

How to fund your baking business in south africa?

You can finance your baking business by any or all of the following ways:

  1. Fund your startup yourself.
  2. Pitch your needs to friends and family.
  3. Applying for a Business loan
  4. Finding your business through crowdfunding
  5. Apply to local angel investor

Health requirements

No business can sell prepared food to the public until they have a health certificate. During a health inspection the council will check:

  • Sinks and tables in the food preparation area (these should preferably be of stainless steel, which is easy to clean and does not harbour dirt and bacteria)
  • Ceilings, walls and floors (for cracks where bacteria might breed)
  • Ventilation and lighting (to avoid damp and dark)
  • Storage facilities like fridges and deep freezers (to ensure everything operates at the right temperatures – bacteria thrives between seven and 65 degrees)
  • Clothing and equipment (such as headgear, overalls and gloves) to be worn by staff who prepare or handle food.