Who Quit Their Full Time Job To Go In The Cake Business?

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uniquecreations Posted 25 Aug 2010 , 3:15pm
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Has anyone here quit their full time job to do cakes and have you regretted your decision or found that it was a great business move?

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Kellbella Posted 25 Aug 2010 , 3:36pm
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I only DREAM of doing that!!! I can't afford to quit now, I work in the medical field and make too much money, plus it's a secure job right now in an uncertain world, but that doesn't stop me from dreaming about it though icon_wink.gif

ruthi Posted 25 Aug 2010 , 5:18pm
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Yeah, I second that....for a while I dreamed of turning a serious, addictive hobby into a full-time business and quitting my full-time job - - but its really just a dream fantasy for me. I work full time and make pretty decent money, even if I am bored out of my mind, but its comfy cuz I've been here for so long, and it has benefits as well. I would have to kill myself working nite and day to replace my salary and benefits working at baking and decorating. And that would take all the fun out of it - I don't want to be a bakery, I just want to enjoy creating. I have tons of respect for everyone who is in it fulltime, because it is really labor-intensive, and costly, and hard to make a profit....now, if I were independently wealthy and didn't have to worry about income, I would quit my day job in a flash and create in my kitchen to my heart's content!!!

karenm0712 Posted 25 Aug 2010 , 5:29pm
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I second ruthi! I would have to do a TON of business in the cake world to bring in the same amount of income I currently make with my FT job. Now....if I win the lotto or inherit a huge amount of money, well, I would quit in a heartbeat and do cakes all the time!

My other thought is that I do not want to have to make cakes to make a living, I think that would stress me out beyond what I could handle....

cakedout Posted 25 Aug 2010 , 5:47pm
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I did it 25 years ago. icon_eek.gif Sheesh! It's a little scary realizing just how long ago that was! I was just working in a grocery store bakery, so not a whole lot of money there. I recently had my 2nd child, had moved and my hubby was starting his own lucrative business. Child care was eating up what little I was making, so hubby decided that it was time to quit. icon_biggrin.gif

I've never regretted it! I had 18 great years of an in-home business. Five years ago I had to close up shop due to hand/arm issues. Two years previous to that I had somewhat down-sized and had taken a "real" job icon_wink.gif with insurance. It was ok, but I often grumbled about the fact that I could make in one weekend what I earned in two weeks at that job! icon_confused.gif So now here I am in an office job. Not my thing, but the pay is ok, I have little or no stress, and I have insurance to cover all my latest surgeries.

In today's economy, I doubt that I would have been able to take that first step towards running a business. I am so thankful for those years of being able to do what I love while staying home raising my 3 kids. icon_smile.gif

all4cake Posted 25 Aug 2010 , 5:49pm
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I did. I miss the 'cushion' of benefits and that is it. I don't make the money I did when I worked for someone else but with that money came a lot of compromising and lack of appreciation and out and out USING by those in positions above me. So, the negative things I gave up made up for the positive things I gave up (yes, that's the way I meant to say it).

goodiegoddess Posted 25 Aug 2010 , 6:20pm
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I just did!! My last day is this Saturday. I do however, have a hubby that can support us soooo the money I make from my cakes is just to put back into my business. My goal is to open a shop in 2 years (when my daughter goes to school full time) I have a legal kitchen in my home and it works out great.
I also live in Canada so benefits are not as important to me as most things are covered. My husbands job cover all meds and dental.

I think you need to look at all your options and do what is best for you. I didn't want to look back and think I spent all this time away from my daughter at a job I didn't like.

Lesia Posted 25 Aug 2010 , 6:34pm
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I did several years ago... but then decided to take a work from home telephonic job as well (I'm a registered nurse). At first the orders were slow so I thought I could do both...and I did, for 2 years. The business grew very quickly and steadily and I soon found myself running crazy. I tried to find some trustworthy help, but it's not an easy thing to do. I finally gave up and just closed the shop because the pace was taking a toll on my health. I certainly miss it (and the income), but I succeeded and lived out my dream icon_smile.gif

Loucinda Posted 25 Aug 2010 , 6:53pm
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I am now taking that exact route. Next week, for the first time in 30 years, my inhome daycare will close. I am very fortunate that we don't have to rely on my income, our home will be paid for in the next year, and we have no children at home anymore. I have had an in home licensed cake business for a couple of years now, but this year it has really taken off - so the timing is right. Being in Ohio, I have the luxury of not having to have a seperate kitchen, we remodeled my kitchen here two years ago to facilitate my cake business. I will be able to work when I want, and take off when I want. I am SO EXCITED!! At the age of 50, I will finally be doing what I love, and not have to worry about making enough to cover the overhead of a storefront. I am truely blessed to be able to do finally do this! icon_smile.gif It will be strange not having any children here during the day - but I am sure I will get over it!! icon_wink.gif

sillywabbitz Posted 25 Aug 2010 , 7:38pm
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I dream about it often but have had some interesting experiences lately that tell me it may not be for me. I make it a point to go visit new bakeries and cupcake shops that look like something I would be interested in doing. I always buy something because I believe in supporting small local businesses and I envy these people for their courage and commitment.

That said the last two places I visited I was chatting with the owners (working the front counter) and mentioned having a bakery is a dream of mine but I'm afraid turning my passion into a business worries me because I don't want to resent it.

The first lady told me to seriously think about it. The business end of what she does (rent, paperwork, taxes , advertising) takes up so much of her time that she had to hire a cake decorated and she rarely decorates any more. That made me very said.

The other one is a little cupcake shop in our very high end mall by our house ...same story but she owns a cake shop and this new cupcake shop. She's had the cake shop for over a year and said she cringes every time she even thinks about having to decorate a cake.

I love this so much, I would hate to feel that way about it.

On a side note, last I read Bronwen Webber does not own her bakery..she is just head chef/decorator. I really think I might be more interested in being a decorated for someone else who has to do the books and deal with MOB etc and still get to do what I love. Just my 2 cents.

vwolf Posted 25 Aug 2010 , 8:19pm
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That is my dream. I work full time and started doing cake decorating a couple of years ago for family and friends. I am working on getting a home baking license, I too am in Ohio. If all works out maybe in a few years I can quit my full time job and do cakes full time. Loucinda you are my idol thumbs_up.gif

debbief Posted 25 Aug 2010 , 8:32pm
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On a side note, last I read Bronwen Webber does not own her bakery..she is just head chef/decorator. I really think I might be more interested in being a decorated for someone else who has to do the books and deal with MOB etc and still get to do what I love. Just my 2 cents.




This is what I would like to do. It's just not feasable for me to start a business on my own and I don't even know if I'd enjoy all of the other stuff that goes along with it.

I'd do it as a side job out of my home if it was legal, but that's not an option. But I really enjoy it and I spend hours late at night and on the weekends since I'm trapped at my FT job all day. If I could decorate full time at a bakery and make the same salary, I'd do it in a heartbeat.

Sure the newness would wear off eventually and I realize it is very hard work. But the way I look at it is, I have to work, and work is such a big chunk of my life, I would rather my job be something that I enjoy and have a passion for. The only thing that turns me off is that I would probably have to work weekends.

KalliCakes Posted 26 Aug 2010 , 8:21pm
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I'm heading down this route! It sounds crazy and untimely with the economy to quit such a high-paying comfortable job that was steady, but you only live once! I'm lucky to have a husband who is supportive of this venture and I'm really floored that I'm loving everything that's going into creating a business from the legal/accounting side to creating the products themselves! Let's hope it stays that way!!

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Yum2010 Posted 26 Aug 2010 , 8:45pm
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I am so glad I came across this thread! I have a licensed kitchen at my home, but I just do cakes as more of "side job" or money making hobby. I am a registered nurse and I have a great job with alot of flexibility and low stress (hard to come by in nursing profession). A year ago, I was ready to give it all up and do cakes full time. But after booking up every weekend with cakes (and trying to work my other full time job, with two small kids and a husband) I quickly (maybe not so quickly) learned that it just isn't worth it. I would have to bake a whole lot of cakes to equal my nursing salary and when I did the math, there is no way I could do it and still have a family life. It still cracks me up when people tell me, "why don't you just quit your job". They just have no idea how labor instensive and stressful cakes can be. I love it, it is my passion, but I do notice that when I take on too much, I get very stressed and burnt out. At least now, when I get to that point, I have the freedom to slack off on cakes because it's just my "play money" anyway.....and that's always fun to have.

allaboutcakeuk Posted 26 Aug 2010 , 9:21pm
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Originally Posted by uniquecreations

Has anyone here quit their full time job to do cakes and have you regretted your decision or found that it was a great business move?




I quit my job in the city last year, mainly due to ill health at the time. my partner was really supportive and said do something that you love or that is artistic as I always felt I never got to use my creative side the whole time I was in an office. So as I was so lucky to have his support I've never gone back to working in the City and moved away from there too. I have to say its been tough. What I used to earn to now is a million miles away but its all fairly new and is starting to pick up. I do sometimes consider a part time job on side then it all starts getting so busy. I love what I do and I've accepted that I don't have that income now but I am my own boss and not sitting for hours on a train to work. I get to see an end result and use my creative side. Have to say though I work harder and longer hours than I ever did before and more stress sometimes but I never tire of the challenge or the enjoyment I get from cakes. ask me again in 6 months though lol icon_biggrin.gif

stacey71 Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 12:51am
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I did this...but not with cake...with dog grooming. I loved it so much that I thought I would never get tired of it. Well, I have a successful pet grooming salon now, and I hate grooming dogs now. Now that its my actual "job" and no longer a hobby, its lost some of its charm. Combine that with the responsibilities of overhead, long hours and and having to be in charge all the time, I regret doing it.

indydebi Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 6:31am
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I had already told my boss I'd be leaving at the end of the year to open my shop. So when he had to reduce headcount, he selected me because I was leaving anyway. (Hey! I got unemployment out of the deal!)

So I did leave my full time job to open the shop. Had the best time of my life until my arthritis in my neck forced the hard decision to close.

I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

stacey71 Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 7:35am
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I dont want to hijack the thread so I'll keep this super short but oh Indy, I can relate with you! Arthritis in the neck completely sucks! I hate it so much and its so painful. Quick FYI: a orthopedic pillow has been a godsend to me.

indydebi Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 7:58am
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I dont want to hijack the thread so I'll keep this super short but oh Indy, I can relate with you! Arthritis in the neck completely sucks! I hate it so much and its so painful. Quick FYI: a orthopedic pillow has been a godsend to me.


I've had one of those for 25+ years AND I've worn a soft neck collar off and on since I was in my mid-20's (almost 30 years). Yeah. It sucks.

allaboutcakeuk Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 8:19am
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Originally Posted by stacey71

I dont want to hijack the thread so I'll keep this super short but oh Indy, I can relate with you! Arthritis in the neck completely sucks! I hate it so much and its so painful. Quick FYI: a orthopedic pillow has been a godsend to me.

I've had one of those for 25+ years AND I've worn a soft neck collar off and on since I was in my mid-20's (almost 30 years). Yeah. It sucks.




Indy I totally feel for you on this. I've had 4 operations now on my wrists and shoulder and spent years in casts and splints. which is why I gave up my job in the City. Mine will never be the same again - it does suck

uniquecreations Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 1:19pm
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Originally Posted by indydebi

I had already told my boss I'd be leaving at the end of the year to open my shop. So when he had to reduce headcount, he selected me because I was leaving anyway. (Hey! I got unemployment out of the deal!)

So I did leave my full time job to open the shop. Had the best time of my life until my arthritis in my neck forced the hard decision to close.

I'd do it again in a heartbeat.




Did it take you long to match your salary from your job?

Carla9900 Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 1:54pm
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I work outside the home 40 hrs per week. However I have my own cake business from my home. I'm also from OH. I wasn't really planning on having my own business. But everyone kept telling me I need to take my kids' birthday cakes to the next level. So one thing lead to another, and now I've been making professional cakes for customers since April of this year. I would love to quit my full time position. But like most of you I have a nice paying job, and benefits. And I do enjoy my daytime job. But I long to have those days when my kids are at school during the day, and I can make/decorate the cakes during the day. Currently I make the cakes on Thurs/Fri evenings. <Most of mine are Saturday pickups.>

I'm a firm believer that if it's meant to be, it will happen. Good Luck to all of you whom are considering this venture.

-Tubbs Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 2:45pm
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I didn't leave a job, because I was at home with kids as I gradually decided I wanted to do cakes, but I would say to anyone thinking about it to be truly honest with themselves about the time, work and costs involved. I think I had rose-tinted glasses when I imagined running my cake business - I think many of us do.

I have three kids aged 9, 13 and 14, and there is NO DOUBT that they have been impacted by me working in my basement kitchen late nights, early mornings, away for weekend deliveries etc etc. I am still not making any money, which is very disheartening. In fact have just decided to put cakes away for a while as I was offered the chance to cater a small school lunch program. I know that this will be hard work, but there's no way it can be as stressful as delivering a wedding cake and worrying it's not right. Also I will be free on weekends and school vacations. I can always pick up again when my family doesn't need me so much...

I definitely think that those who truly succeed are able to do it because they are business people first and foremost.

thatslifeca Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 3:07pm
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Well I guess in this post I'm the oddball icon_confused.gif . I've never done anything else. I graduated from culinary arts many moons ago, got married and opened a baker with a great friend. After having the baker for 20yrs we sold it and retired. Now I just do cakes for fun. I can't seem to give it up. There is always something catching my eye, and I think hmmmmm what if I took that design and added this or that. Most times I see something and think omg that will make a great cake, then run home to do.

uniquecreations Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 4:01pm
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I know I posed this question to Indydebi but to anyone who did this full time how long did it take you to actually begin to make a profit?

Loucinda Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 5:38pm
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It has taken me almost 5 years. I am finally to the point where I am making money, and all of my equipment is paid for.

adventuregal Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 6:33pm
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I've been pondering this lately as well. I'm just starting my new business and I'm lucky to have the opportunity to do so. I see alot of the same concerns I had when reading this forum, but the way I see it is Duff started his company out of his apartment and is now extremely successful as are other top decorators out there. They deal with the business side, but they still seem to be heavily involved in the cake process as well. Businesses are started every day and some fail and some succeed. Since I started my business I have had ALOT of work! People are so interested and excited when they find out I do cakes-I get asked for my card everywhere-the doctors office, the UPS station...I think the bigger question is are you business minded?

uniquecreations Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 8:06pm
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Originally Posted by adventuregal

I've been pondering this lately as well. I'm just starting my new business and I'm lucky to have the opportunity to do so. I see alot of the same concerns I had when reading this forum, but the way I see it is Duff started his company out of his apartment and is now extremely successful as are other top decorators out there. They deal with the business side, but they still seem to be heavily involved in the cake process as well. Businesses are started every day and some fail and some succeed. Since I started my business I have had ALOT of work! People are so interested and excited when they find out I do cakes-I get asked for my card everywhere-the doctors office, the UPS station...I think the bigger question is are you business minded?




This is not the first time I have owned my own business, I have a printing business that I still have I started that in 1999 and that is doing well I do a lot of obituaries for area funeral homes. I was a hair stylist for 20 years owning my own beauty salon. I stopped doing that after my daughter was in a car accident and was paralyzed, but I had gotten burned out with that and was getting ready to retire from that even before her accident. Now I work full time and my salary is very good. But I have always owned my own business and that creative side of me is bursting to come out and although I have been self employed, I have never been in the cake business so that's why I am trying to get pro's and con's from you all that have been there done that!!!!! But my business is picking up greatly as well was asked my a local restuarant owner that owns 2 golden skillet chicken which I frequent daily, LOL!!! to bring in some samples next week she may be interested in me putting some in the restuarant, and I have standing customers from a beauty salon who orders from me every week, plus people ordering other cakes, so my biusiness is picking up good.thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif But I think it's just the point of making that step and not regretting making it!!!

malakainrop Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 9:04pm
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I'd advise anybody contemplating this to think long and hard and to seek independent professional business advise - rarely do people admit to 'failed' businesses - they will blame anything but mostly the truth is that they 'failed' to do adequate research and believed a lot of inaccurate information .... its like ... you have to believe EVERYTHING that you read on the internet! right? you do don't you??? hahaha

I've read a few people's bio's where they tout a whole swag of credentials, success stories and shout out to all that will listen how fantastic their lives are................. then you find out that all is not as it seems!

tripleD Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 9:42pm
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Yes, I quite my job almost two years ago to do cakes from my home. I worked in a bank for the last 15years. I have only gotten busier since. in the next week or so I will be opening my own shop. It has been a long time getting the shop ready and the equipment I need. but its about to open.
It is a dream come true. I have an Angel investor. He had the faith that I could make it happen. (He is a complete stranger).I did not have the funds on my own. Remember put your faith in the man upstairs. If its ment to happen things will come your way.

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