Hello, all. My name is Joshua Boggs and I am the owner & founder of Senzu Sauce. I am located in SE KY
January 4th 2018 I told myself I would pursue my dream of starting my own hotsauce company. I spent all of 2018 busting my ass to create a product that is shelf worthy (e.g. perfecting my recipe, designing a label, getting all my paperwork, etc.) I have been giving away/selling locally and have a small following , roughly 500 facebook likes and several loyal customers, with new customers coming in regularly; everyone that tries it falls in love with it and I would say that is pretty good. Despite all of this, I am not satisfied with what I am currently doing, probably due to my perfectionism.
I am looking to branch out and I am determined to get this sauce in stores. My question to all of you who have their sauces on the shelves; what needs to be done and how do I do it? Okay, I'll be more specific:
1. How did you manage to get the capital needed?
2. Who do I need to talk to?
3. How did you get your costs low enough to acquire a decent profit?
4. How much do you sell the sauce for / how much do the stores sell for?
5. How does the whole co-packing process work?
These are just some of the many questions I have. I have absolutely zero knowledge on anything business related. I am (hot) winging this to the fullest extent. But there has to be people to talk to in order to make this happen. All businesses start from the bottom, but I just don't know who to talk to.
P.S- I work long & crazy hours, so sometimes I suck at replying
Thanks in advance