I'm always curious what brings people to the place they are currently at in their lives. What did you do before you became a cake decorator? Do you still work another job in addition to cake decorating?
I have been a medical transcriptionist since 1998. I had formerly been in Property Management and having a baby, my desire to be home with her was all I could think about. After being notified that the company I was working for had plans of selling off all of their properties and that we would soon be out of a job in 1996, it pushed me to make the dream of being home with my daughter a reality.
I have always been a good typist (100+ words per minute since high school) so after researching the field, I took a home course in medical transcription. Been doing it ever since. Enter voice recognition technologies and greedy companies swallowing up all the local doctor's offices and hospitals, and the last several years have been difficult at best in this profession. I currently work for a large transcription service making about 50% less than I did starting out over 15 years ago. It's just really sad. Not sure of any other professions that are making LESS this far into their careers than this. Most of the work is being offshored to India and the Phillipines.
Anyway, about 10 years ago I started piddling around with making my own cakes and cupcakes just as a hobby and for family functions. I have not had any formal training in cake decorating/baking but just have taught myself with tutorials and LOTS of practice and trial and error. So, here I am. It is rumored that we are lucky to have 1-2 years left in transcription before it's all offshored and we are completely out of jobs. Not sure if that will actually happen but it has forced me to consider other avenues. I still have at least 20 working years left and since I will never be able to retire, I need something new.
I was registered in my prior location as a home baker and did ok as a here-and-there kind of thing but have had to take a break because we moved to a new state and am getting set up to be able to be a home baker with hopes of getting started at the first of the year. To my knowledge, there are no other home bakers in my small town (that are advertising anyway) and the only bakery is at the Piggly Wiggly, so hopefully I can get this going and earn at least a part-time income. That has to be better than working full time and barely earning a part-time income! :)
Sorry to ramble! Have a sweet day!