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Thought I would post to share my start up story. I started in the usual way gifting cakes to work and friends offering to make things I wanted to make but for free and gradually I started getting specific requests and occasionally from friends of friends. I got a massive amount of joy from making cakes and love looking ar new techniques etc. I work in insurance and get paid well however cannot work full time because of childcare costs which are riduculous and wanted to supplement my income with cakes. I do not want to give up my day job because it gives me security but I did want the best of both worlds I still experience slow periods (and really busy ones, thank goodness) but my carrying on my day job I dont need to panic too much if the cakes go quiet for a bit.
I contacted the tax office and registered as a business for self assessment (this took 10 mins over the phone..scary..) and contacted my local council to get the health inspector round. I scrubbed everything in my kitchen read through the online guidelines about storage, ventilation, waste disposal etc and also wrote up my guidelines. This included risk management ie how I make sure my food is used while fresh, my own personal procedures like tying up my hair washing hands and how I pack and transport my cakes to stop cross contamination, these are hand written and kept in a lever arch folder in my cupboard. I passed the inspection and because of the food I supply and how often I was given a low risk rating which includes an inspection every 3 years. Ive been running for a couple of years now and the council and inspector were so lovely and continue to be. My advice is if you are ready and can provide a service do it properly its mega rewarding and you have piece of mind too. Dont forget your business use on your car insurance and ur business extension on your home insurance. Happy baking
post #2 of 27

what a great story--how very nice for you!!!

 

thanks for sharing

love me some cake buzzzzz

 

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post #3 of 27
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Thanks k8 I thought id share after a particularly pleasant conversation with one of the health and safety guys at my local council and thought about how much ive enjoyed the last couple of years and how nice it is to be able to do something you love and get paid for it. Im having a happy day lol
post #4 of 27
This is lovely and so encouraging. Makes a change from some of the business doom and gloom around here. I needed to read this today!

Keep up the good work and more success to you!
post #5 of 27

Embles - are you in the UK?

Life's too short to make cake pops.
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Life's too short to make cake pops.
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www.sweetperfection.com.au

www.sweetperfectioncakes.blogspot.com.au/
www.facebook.com/sweetperfectioncakes (come visit sometime!)

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post #6 of 27
I am just embarking on setting up, I've been raising my kids alone and the youngest is going to nursery in September I don't want to be the stereotypical single mum on benefits so have decided to put my passion to use its all a bit daunting I've been allocated a business advisor & enterprise coach who has put a lot of the jargon into English for me I guess my biggest problem is at times I have a lack of confidence in my own ability even though everyone whose had a cake has said it looks & tastes amazing.... Guess I can be my own worst critic at times. Did you have to do a food hygiene certificate?
post #7 of 27
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Thanks guys im glad its helpful!! Yep im in es*** (its not like towie, im skint and my house is average lol)
I haven't taken a health and hygiene since I was 15 and at college, you dont need one but u do need to have ur kitchen or premises approved. Im so glad its relatively simple in the uk, couldn't be doing with all the cottage laws in the US sounds v complicated! !
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"(its not like towie, im skint and my house is average lol)"

What does this sentence mean? Lol
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post #9 of 27

Anna, if you have Hulu search 'The Only Way is Ess ex' (no space on the last word) and you'll understand. And skint means you're broke.

 

Ask me how I know all about being skint. Also, I'm British by passport.

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post #10 of 27
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"(its not like towie, im skint and my house is average lol)"

What does this sentence mean? Lol[/quote



Ha ha ha ha
Theres a show here called the only way is es*** (its a rip off of the hills) and it shows everyone from es*** living in big houses gaving gair extensions, false eyelashes at 10 amand small dogs in handbags, and skint means poor ha
post #11 of 27
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Sorry that was supposed to be the only way is es***
post #12 of 27
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It wont let me post cos its anither word for making babies lololol how funny mods its an actual place lol thsts rwally tickled me
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I saw ads for that when I was watching Naruto with the kids, looks WHACK! Lol. Like Jersey Shore... I do t have the spare brain power after having 4 kids, and all that pot I used to smoke....
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post #14 of 27
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Weve got geordie shire here too, a load if people from newcastle, getting wasted and punching each other CARCRASH tv brilliant!!!
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Geordie Shore hasn't made it to US tv, I think they had trouble finding someone to do the subtitles! We had Made in Chelsea for a while but it got cancelled because nobody watched it, and Desperate Scousewives is on the same provider as TOWIE. They also just started showing Corrie, on a two week delay, we're up to the day after the fire right now.
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