Originally Posted by loriemoms
(I am seriously asking) Deb, would you give it up if someone came in and said they would buy it all from you?
'Coz I just love what I do. And the luxury of being able to make a living doing what you absolutely love is so rare .... if you love this like I do (and why else do we put up with the headaches, right?)..... that I feel very very blessed to have found my calling in life.
When we moved all of my catering equipment out of the house (and you think just CAKE stuff takes up space!!
), my front formerly-formal living room stayed empty for about 6 months ... we were just enjoying the empty space!!
A soft-cost of working out of your home (and you're right ... it's too easy to procrastinate and do a little here and a little there, resulting in you working all the time) is that your family has to give up part of their house. Using simply numbers just for an example, if your house payment is $1000 a month for 5 rooms, you are paying $200 a room. But if you are taking up 1.5 of those rooms for cake stuff (storage, kitchen use, setting aside a room for consultations), then your soft cost is $300 a month .... $300 a month your business should be paying .... $300 a month your family budget is eating because they are paying $1000 a month in mortgage payments for 3.5 rooms instead of having full access to 5 rooms.
Advertising is a very real and required expense. There's a radio commercial running right now that says, "You think business is slow now .... wait and see how bad it gets if you pull your advertising."
Yes, if you build it, they will come ... but they have to know that you're there, first.