by Terena K.
My home baking business has proven to be a very successful home business opportunity. But I have to design it better, because my choice is to either burn out or hire an assistant.
I originally started my own home baking business due to my absolute love of cooking for other people.
Frequently, in my spare time, I would spend hours watching Food Network and attempt to duplicate things I've seen on certain shows or recreate my own recipes from scratch.
Eventually, I found I was exceptionally talented at creating and decorating baked goods and would volunteer my talents at all holidays, birthdays, and social events.
Soon enough, I began to cater my mother's company parties and was receiving special requests for baked goods several days per week.
Family and friends, as well as my mother's coworkers now continuously commented on my excellent baking skills and kept asking why I haven't opened up my own business yet.
After so many of these comments and compliments on my baking, I decided to look into opening my own home baked business and ordered a few books from Amazon.com on the subject./p>
My home baking business specializes in the typical baked goods like cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and brownies, with a heavy emphasis on my unique specialty cheesecakes.
My cheesecakes have been said to rival some of the best and most delicious restaurant quality cheesecakes available. More than anything, I prefer to bake cheesecakes over any other dessert so I chose my favorite and most highly requested flavors as the backbone of my baking business.
Having been in business for almost a year now and looking back over the previous few months, one of the biggest challenges of opening my own business was managing my time properly.
I realized that opening and running my own baking business would be challenging and time-consuming.
But putting in 16 hours per day to cater a company party and barely making it through the Christmas season draining every last bit of energy I had leaves me wishing I had a full-time assistant or more of a social life left for myself.
I realized the devotion it would take to accomplish this, but my perception at the beginning of my baking career was that it was purely for fun and a small amount of monetary gain. At this point, its all about managing expenses, meeting deadlines, and working all night to fill the orders.
Being busy is obviously good, but this past holiday season left me starting cake orders at 2am and finishing them the next day with little to no enthusiasm to continue to bake.
Somehow this Christmas rush left me burned out and my energy and passion for baking has seemed to decrease a bit.
At this point, the biggest benefit of having my own business is the ability to call all the shots, yet I find I would like to hire an assistant, but am hesitant to do so since its always been me by myself and my self-sufficiency (and perhaps stubbornness) has always gotten the job done.
If I could offer one major piece of advice to anyone starting their own home baking business, it would be to get an assistant before you become burned out doing everything yourself and lose interest and passion in what you're doing.
Even if you are the most devoted to baking and determined to get the job done til wee hours of the night, you will need help!
This was my biggest mistake of this baking season as I did not anticipate having this much work to do on my own and things would have flowed a bit more smoothly if I would have hired an assistant prior to this.
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