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GS1 is the standard and what you should stick to.
A barcode is essential if you are doing anything other than direct sales or to other micro businesses. If you go into any form of chain then it is essential.
Think about the inclusion of them in product packaging. In fact if you are having bulk packaging printed it is not something you can put off.
I would suggest codes for :
Each product type
Each product size/qty etc
You need to think about the needs of the retailer.

Having them will open up big options for you in sales channels. Not having them will severely restrict you if the majors are a market you want to look at.

Don’t forget that chasing the majors will see you sell prices pared right back to near cost – they will want to add a min of 70% to their buy price – so take 70% off your RRP – still profitable?