« on: August 17, 2011, 04:31:36 PM »
Tim, where do you live? $50k-100k (I'm assuming per year) is a lot of rent. The rest of your numbers seem really high.
I live in NJ where the cost of living is absurd. The rent prices I threw out were actual rental costs in this area. One brewery in our state is paying $12.50/sqft for 8,000 sqft of space, and that's very inexpensive. Really brings home my point about how variable costs are depending on the business and the location.
I like your barn-raising idea but the devil's in the details. You'll be generating a significant amount of waste water and will need to do something with that. You'll probably want to condition the water and you'll be consuming a tremendous amount of electricity (heating, boiling, glycol chiller, bottling line, lights, etc.). It all begins to add up quickly.
I once visited a commercial bakery that forgot to include utilities in their business plan. They ran out of cash in four months and needed to be bailed out by additional investors to stay in business.