How To Get Started In The Jerky Business
Find a good jerky maker and ask them if they would make your recipe in a private label. Even if it costs extra, you will invest a lot less and be able to test market your product. Even if you don't make a dime, it is a good way to test your product and market.
Things you need to be a jerky, do-it-yourself-er
- A good recipe
- A place to sell it
- Equipment - commercial slicer, smoker or oven, vacuum packager, big refrigerator (walk - in type) to make jerky in volume.
- A plan to expand when sales increase.
- Plan B ( don't give up your day job until you are sure)
- Remember, when you give out samples, people like it better when it's free. Their opinions may change when you charge for it.
- A computer to make a mailing list for mail order customers
- A web sight if you want to sell mail order. The cost to host and maintain the website $1,000 or more a year.
- You need good credit to buy supplies from vendors.
- Finally, you need a boss that is willing to take you back in case you didn't use plan B.