Let me start off by saying I make really good fudge. I love making it. I love experimenting with new recipes and trying new flavors. I have a few standard flavors that I like to think I've perfected. My Christmas gifts this year were packages of fudge, and everyone said they really enjoyed them. A few co-workers even joked that they would buy some in the future, or that I should sell it in stores.
It got me thinking though, that perhaps selling it to some local coffee shops or farmers markets might be a decent way to make some side income. (I have a full time job, non-related, and I have no visions of grandeur that this side business will allow me to quit it.) The problem is, I have really no clue where to start. Do I search for potential customers first, or should I order the packaging for the products so I can show potential clients the full deal? Do I set the prices, or is that up to the various shops that will hopefully sell it? Technically I don't need to use a certified kitchen (in New York, fudge is except from needing a licensed kitchen), but what other licenses, if any, do I need?
I keep trying to search for answers, but each time I do I come up with about 5 new questions to consider. I know I have a decent product, I'm just a bit overwhelmed on how to start. If anyone could share their story on starting their own small side business or what resources they used to get started, that would be wonderful.