Cake Coaching

Home Based Food Licence and Running a Business Courses

Valentina R
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2 months ago-
I spent two days with Jackie sharing her knowledge and advice on how to best start your home-based business, both from the legal perspective and the business' operations and logistics and it was eye-opening and extremely useful!

I would recommend anyone interested in starting their own baking business do take this course! Thanks, Jackie!!

Contemporary Cakes and Classes was the first to be Logan's home-based food licensed for baking and decorating cakes, over 14 years ago. I battled with Logan City Council to be allowed to have a baking business from my home kitchen, with no commercial modification.

I met with local council town planning several times and questioned all of their costs, material change of use for my home, yet it was not being demolished and rebuilt for townhouses? It cost several thousand but I was persistent as the council back then was in the dark ages for home businesses.

Thankfully other councils encourage home based businesses more, Logan City Council is not one of them.


My home domestic kitchen is approved and now have a separate cake studio in my garden where I also teach.
I have proudly achieved a 5-star rating consecutively for the last 11 years since the rating was introduced.

Would you like some help to do the same? Is now the time you want to take a hobby to a home business?

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If you want to make food from home to sell to others or even store food at home to sell to others, you are a food business and require registration under the Food Act 2006
A home-based food business must comply with the requirements of the Australia and New Zealand Food Standards Code.

Hobby Or Business What is the difference?

If you bake a few cakes and sell them at a local market or on Facebook or make cakes that you sell to friends, you might think it can't possibly be taxable.
If you are marketing your hobby, have a Facebook page, taking referrals/ requests/ orders, it is questionable if this is a hobby rather than a business?
Every year, the ATO pursues thousands of taxpayers who thought they had a hobby but it considered they had a business and taxed them accordingly.
So if you answer yes to any of these questions, your hobby might well have tipped over into being a small business:

Is your activity being undertaken for commercial reasons?
Do you undertake it to make a profit?
Do you regularly and repeatedly undertake your activity?
Is it planned, organised and carried out in a business-like manner?
The upside of being treated as a business, of course, is that as well as declaring your income you can also claim deductions for all your business-related costs. This includes food licensing registration and set up costs including business mentoring.


Is now the time you want to take a hobby to a home business?

4 Options to Choose From

Option 1 Venue in our cake studio.

A 3-hour workshop at Contemporary Cakes and Classes Daisy Hill Logan Qld

Cost $660

Dates are listed on my website.

Option 2

Want a home based cake business food license? Jackie will visit your home kitchen to give you her expertise advise.

Cost is $850 

Option 3

 One on one session at our cake studio

A 3-hour workshop at Contemporary Cakes and Classes Daisy Hill Logan Qld

Cost $850

Option 4

Zoom session

One on one session

A 3-hour workshop


Cost $850

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Home base business cakes Contemporary Cakes and Classes

Join Jackie for a 3-hour session to assist you to have a food licensed home base cake business.


Jackie will have a copy of your relevant Council application forms and will help you to complete with guidance so they can be lodged when you are ready to do so. Advise of the license cost and the timeline of the application.

She will discuss floor and elevation plans, advice of what is required and also help you set up, what you will need when you get your first inspection for approval with the council. You will receive a tour of her kitchen, so you will see what is in place.

A tailor-made cleaning schedule and the others you need in place, for running a food licensed operation.

You and your business will be given the very best advice to achieve a 5-star rating, which contemporary Cakes and Classes have achieved for the last 11 years since the star ratings were introduced.

Registration and licensing requirements, the varying council requirements and Environmental health and food licensing. Regardless if you are in Logan, Brisbane or Perth the food licensing laws are all national, the various councils have different requirements.

Public liability what do you really need.
Recommended insurers.

What are the costs involved?

Food safety supervisors certificate and organised meetings with council planning and the EHO

All of this is covered in a 3-hour workshop, specifically for you and your business.

Light refreshments are provided.

A step by step guide of everything discussed will be available for you to take home with templates for you to use in your business too.

Option 2 Training in your home.

Jackie will visit your home kitchen Cost $850
(Depending on the distance)

The same 3-hour session as option 1 but in your home kitchen.

Jackie will be able to give you guidance around your current kitchen setup and what the council will require.

Option 3

 Online zoom meeting remote

Setting up your Home Base Cake Business Online zoom meeting remote

Cost $850

You can also have a one on one Zoom session with Jackie.
A 3-hour workshop via Zoom covering all of the content from option 1
The session can be 2 x 1.5-hour sessions, should you want an evening session.
You will be emailed a downloadable set of pdf worksheets, before the Zoom session.

Home base business class Contemporary Cakes and Classes

Want to know how to run your business from home? 3 hour session

Running your own home-based cake business

In this workshop, we will discuss many topics including,
Cake pricing,
Deposits and balances,
Consultations and safety,
Terms and Conditions,
Payment Gateways,
Tax obligations.

What extras can give your cake business the edge over all of the others?

You will be given a folder containing valuable information, to help run your cake business.

Let Jackie share with you her 17 years of Australian life and starting a new business in a new country.

A 3-hour session
Venue Contemporary Cakes and Classes Daisy Hill Logan
Cost $660


Visit our class website for 2022 dates.

Also by Zoom one on one $760 if you prefer not to travel.

Contemporary Cakes and Classes Jackie Thompson