If you are in the beginning stages of your food business, you probably have a lot of questions. More questions, in fact, than you have answers to. Many of these questions are probably about the making of your product, such as, “Where should I process my food product?”

As a startup, it is important to consider your cash outlay so you probably don’t want to run out and lease a space and purchase a bunch of equipment. Fortunately, there are a growing number of production options for food startups that offer you flexibility and a low cash commitment. One of the more popular choices I’ve seen sprouting up around town is the rent-able commercial kitchen. Many of these kitchens are available for rent by the hour or by the month.

I had the pleasure of touring one such place in Portland, Oregon recently called The Colony. Jeremy Larter, the general manager, gave me and my husband a tour and showed us their outfitted kitchen complete with commercial stove, oven, and dishwasher. In addition to their kitchen, the Colony also offers storage space for customer’s personal supplies and equipment.

This type of rent-able commercial kitchen is perfect for the “just starting out” food business. They offer most everything a person needs for preparing their product at a reasonable price with little commitment.