This is such a bold title and implies that I know exactly what I'm doing when, in fact, I am learning something new every day. If you have come to this page to get a step-by-step guide of how to start a baking business then you might want to search elsewhere. This is a brief but honest review of how my first couple of months in business have gone...
I have just started the third month of running my baking business full-time and I am having the best adventure. It has taken me a long time to accept the fact that I manage my own time after spending a many days guilt-tripping myself about having a long lunch break but now I am enjoying the freedom. There is something really rewarding about looking at my diary every Monday morning and planning my days exactly how I want. I have now established that I will never again have a set routine as every day is completely different but that is what's making it all so exciting - there is nothing mundane or tedious about my working life right now.
I feel very fortunate to have had such a successful first couple of months. Orders have been steady but consistent and this is the first week that I haven't had any orders since starting (which scares me but also gives me time to catch up with all my admin and write this post). More frequently I am receiving orders from new customers who live locally which is great and I am hoping that this will continue the more I use social media and meet new people.
One of the biggest struggles for me has been trusting my decisions and backing myself. For example, when I decided to start running the business full-time I decided that I wasn't going to make any fondant decorated cakes anymore and solely produce buttercream covered cakes. I wanted to make sure that my cakes have their own "look", buttercream is much more time and cost effective, and simply, I prefer working with it. Similarly, I have decided not to make Christmas cakes this year which will definitely have an impact on my sales however I believe that this is the best move for my business and if I am wrong, I will learn for next year. These were both big decisions and have led to me losing some orders over the past few months however it is really important to me that I love my products and I am the best at what I do (locally).
There have been days where I sit and panic that I'm not busy enough but, thankfully, these days are balanced out by the ones that are mad and exciting and remind me why I took this step. I also keep having to remind myself that I have only been doing this for 9 full weeks and it is amazing that I am starting this business on my own.
I rarely dare to admit it but I'm really proud of what I am currently doing. For a long time I felt like I was stuck and couldn't figure out where I should be or what I should be doing. People would ask me what I did for a living and what I wanted to do in the future and I wasn't particularly interested to talk about it. Now that has completely changed - I love telling people about my business and getting excited when they ask questions.
I have so many interesting and exciting opportunities coming up with my corporate orders, planning for 2019 and launching a new product over the next few weeks. However many times I ask myself if I have made the right decision with this business, a quick flick through my diary or looking at comments on social media confirms everything instantly. I am surrounded by so many supportive people and there will be times when it is difficult but it is already all worth it!