Before finding a kitchen to rent, consider which commissary kitchen will best suit your needs. Make sure the facility you choose fits your business, how it works today, and where you want to be in six months and a year or so. You can also look for the best shared commissary kitchenette in Austin through various websites.

Moving is expensive and difficult, so it's a good idea to think ahead and find a place that offers maximum flexibility. Use this checklist to help you make the right choice:

Storage and facilities: List your estimated inventory requirements, including for raw materials, packaging, and finished products, and how much will be stored in dry, chilled, or frozen storage. Investigate what other facilities you may need to support your operations, including office space, packing rooms, USDA offices, and more.

Location: Define the search scope for locations accessible to you and your employees and for facilities that match the health clearance you need for your business (retail or wholesale).

Specific product requirements: Check if your product specifications (gluten-free, kosher, vegan, or otherwise) require complete control over your production environment. In a commissary kitchen where you can't control what other people do in the same room, some specifications can't be guaranteed.

Flexibility / Future Growth: Review your future plans to choose a space where you can watch your business grow from anywhere. Try to choose a space that has multiple space options and treatment facilities that give you the flexibility to continue growing wherever you go.