Interested in small scale beverage or soft drink bottling business ideas? If YES, here is how to start a commercial bottling company with no money and no experience. How much does it cost to start up?

Starting a Commercial Bottling Business

Are you thinking of starting a commercial bottling business this year? Starting a commercial bottling business is a good way to make money as an entrepreneur.

Commercial bottling business is one business that most entrepreneurs overlook because the business is not that popular like poultry, tailoring or home decoration business. Most entrepreneurs want to venture into businesses that is already making news not knowing that it is the silent business ideas that makes the most money in the marketplace.

If you are an entrepreneur with cash to start a business but have not decided on a business yet, I would advise you to go through this content before deciding.

You can start a commercial bottling business with ease as far as you know the A-Z of the business. The task is simple as it just involves repeating the same thing every day. It is not capital intensive too.

What You Need to Start a Commercial Bottling Business

  • Bottles
  • Labels
  • Bottle caps
  • Wash system
  • Bottling equipment

So, how do you go about starting a commercial bottling business? Here are the steps required to start a commercial bottling business.

  1. Draw a Business Plan

This is the first thing you will need to do to make your business run smoothly. You will need to state the company’s mission and vision as well as goals and objectives. Obviously, to get started, you will need bottles and normally bottles comes in different sizes and shapes.

You will need to decide in your business plan the size and shape of bottle you will want to operate with in your business. How much will be needed to start, operational capital, target market etc.

If you don’t have any idea on how to prepare a well-detailed business plan, you can use the service of a business consultant as they are experience in creating business plan for any business.

Aside your business plan acting as a guide, it can also be used to request for loan from banks in case you might need a loan in the future. So, you will need to invest in a good business plan so you don’t get denied.

Take your time to research on the business so as to make sure that your bottling business plan is comprehensive and lacking nothing.

  1. Register the Business

You should know the important of registering a business name so I won’t be deliberating on it too much.

Running a commercial bottling business means you will be working with different brands ranging from beverage companies, pharmaceutical, to alcoholic companies. It will be very necessary to get a business name and get it registered so these companies will know you can be trusted and ready for business.

You will have to pick a business name that has not been used before and visit the authorize office in your city and get it registered. It is not expensive so you should do it. You should even do it before drawing your business plan.

  1. Location

Your location is very important for business success. The location should be convenient to your supplier and distributors. It should be a very wide place as wherever you choose must meet the Food and Drugs Administration laws of your country.

It is always required that you must have a separate bottling room for washing and sanitizing the bottles with self-closing doors and tight construction. You should be familiar with the authorized agency laws before choosing a location and structure for your bottling company.

The reason is, the bottles will be used to package contents that will likely go into our stomach. So, if the bottles are not hygiene enough, it can cause health damages to consumers and that is what they are protecting.

  1. Get the Bottling Equipment

You can’t do the washing and sanitizing with your hands, it must be done with a commercial washer. If you know you won’t be able to afford one, you can go seek for a loan from any financial institution.

Though so local bottling company do use warm water to wash and sterilize their bottles. But, the downside is it is very slow because you will need to soak the bottles for at least 30 minutes in warm water before bringing them out to rinse and dry. Imagine having thousands of bottles to wash and sterilize.

  1. Promotion and Marketing

Once you have identified your target customers, study their expectations and create a marketing strategy on how you can meet their needs. The best medium to use in marketing your business is television, magazines or newspaper.


These are the materials your potential customers subscribe to. They may not see your advert on social media as they may not be the one handling their account. But, when you promote your business on business magazines or papers, it is likely to convert effectively.