Originally Posted by vlin28
Thanks for sharing classiccake. Did you start off owning a bakery right away or did you start off small decorating on your own and then expanding from there because of demand?
Would love to know how you started as one day I'd love to have a business with half your volume!
You do give us who have grander plans some hope yet!
I started playing with decorating in High School.... read the Wilton instructions in the center of the yearbook. I made several wedding cakes for friends in college. Then I just did it as a hobby for friends and I taught school. Then my boys were born and I quit teaching for awhile. Eventually this grabbed me more than teaching, so I worked at two shops for 4 -5 years, then when my boys were teenagers, I opened my own. I started with just "me!"
I already had a following by that time, and I started by sharing a building with a caterer, so I did not have to invest in the large equipment at first. I saved every penny and two years later moved into my own space and paid cash for used equipment. Then six years ago, expanded into the store next door and then purchased some new and used equipment. I had shelving, storage, cabinetry built for the space. Now we are out of room again, but I am not moving and the shops on either side of me seem pretty settled in for the long haul!!
I hate to tell you this, but I have broken many business "rules." I have never had a business plan, never taken a business course, never had a business loan, and never had decorating lessons! But I do have a creative eye, commom sense, I listen, observe, and learn from others, and I have a hard work ethic.