Originally Posted by k8memphis
Ok I'm chiming, KiddieK, but you're not gonna like it.
Originally Posted by saberger
This way I can just decorate, right?
I have heard about endless hours and LOTS of work, esp. the first year. But if this is already established, what do I have to do? Seriously! I need to know EXACTLY what I would be getting myself into here if we were to do this. ....but I do NOT want to fail or go into this naively!!!!
Please, please, PLEASE....put me in my place and tell me.
<This is written in a conversational tone>
Honestly if you want a business-you have to be a trailblazer. Your spirit of wanting others to tell you is in itself telltale that you're not the kind of person to do this.
You have the dream but you want your husband and sister and us to do the dirty work. Nice work if you can get it.
No there's several other things besides decorating that you'll have to do.
There are people out there right now reading this who are sucking all the air out of the room--"Oh my oh my K8's being harsh
", they are thinking. That might be one way to look at it. But business is nothing if not unrelenting sandpaper harsh. I on the other hand am being for real which is what is needed to launch and run a successful business.
If you can set this up and keep yourself further insulated from reality go for it. I just feel from what you've written that you've got a ways to go. Keep at it-- you can get there if you want to. If you don't want to go into this naively then regroup because you're there.
Just some business start up thoughts for you.
I dont have time to read this whole thread (I am living on fumes right now and had to take a break! haha)
I dont konw if others have given you a hard time or not, but I have to say I completely agree with you.
To the OP: If you dont want to put in long hard hours, don't like to deal with Money, don't have a business head, then walk away. During wedding season, I work 100 hours a week easy, and that is every week from April to October. 7 days a week. My average day is from 6 am to midnight. That is if I actually have "days" My days kind of run together, as usualy I work 18 hours, take a 3-5 hour nap, then work 18 hours again. I know it sounds crazy, but you don't just have to be a decorator, you have to be a salesperson, a fair boss, a bookkeeper, a order clerk, a baker, and on and on. Forget about weekends off as weekends are the busy time!
On the plus side, you are your own boss. If you want to take a week off, a month off (I am not usually very busy in December, so I take most of the month off) you can. If you want to drink a nice glass of wine while working, you can. If you want to work till 5 am and then sleep till noon, you can.
But I have to tell you, you have to really really love this. I dont know anyone who has a bakery like Ace of Cakes! It isnt throwing fondant at each other and laughing and goofing off. You know why you see Duff sleeping on the couch? Probably because he has been up for 18 hours!
And I wont even get into the financing end of things in this economy! Hope your lottery ticket is a winner, because most banks are not giving out loans, despite what the media is trying to have you think.
Anyway, sorry I am being so honest as well, I just hate for you to go into something so huge so blindly..