I started making cakes for my family in 2010 until my co-workers started egging me to turn this into business. Since I have no idea how to start a business, I kinda practiced doing it by making more cakes, baking for friends etc. Friends payed me, though with the amount of work I do, the money they pay me doesn't even cover for the ingredients sometimes. I created an fb page, websites, joined fairs, ads etc.
My "business" was slow, because I think I acted on impulse and didn't know what I was doing. Friends of friends have referred me and, to be honest with you, I have charged and sold my cakes which I baked from my own kitchen (problem #1-though from the March 2011 that I charged, believe it or not, I have not even earned $1000 total. That's how slow this venture was) I was known for giving it free when people were giving me the look like "it's just a cake"
fast forward, I decided wanted to make this entire thing full blown, have HD inspect my kitchen etc...then out of my research a few months back, I found out NJ has no cottage law!!!
I realized my crime. As painful as it may sound, I decided to the responsible thing and stopped this little "venture" that I was doing.
i took down my ads, fb, and website (though I could keep my website for blogging) and threw in the towel.
i know a lot of bakers who went through the same dilemma that I went through, some, still going through. I read a lot of posts here too, but I don't understand one could still continue. I understand times are tough, but you know it's the smart thing to do. Stop before its too late.
Best decision I made so far. And to be quite honest, I'm happier when I was just doing this for fun, feeding ,y friends and family free cupcakes. And I can better sleep at night.