Having had a conversation with a lovely lady this morning asking for advice on setting up from home, I went though some of the practical advice of starting out with a cakey business, but what about the stuff no-one tells you when you start working from home?
The nights of no sleep, when your oven decides it doesn't like carrot cake - the night before a wedding cake with a carrot cake tier is due out of the door? (yes, truly, it happened!!!)
When 5.30am becomes a lie in, and one day off a fortnight is a regular occurrence?
The aching feet and sore back, the days spent on your feet and then when you think you've finished you realise no one else is going to clean up the mess and do endless amounts of paperwork?
The ever-pervading mountain of cakey bits and pieces that slowly but surely swallows the entire house?
The thin layer of icing sugar and lustre dust that covers everything and will never ever go away?
The number of times your family asks you to do something and you have to tell them you're busy with an order?
The number of takeaways consumed because you either don't want to break off the flow of work or you physically can't get to the fridge, cooker or worktop to make tea?
The weeks that go by when you've first set up your website, printed your leaflets and worked really hard on your Facebook page and you get no orders, no enquiries, no customers?
No-one told me all this when I started out working from home (and I still work three days a week at the day job!) but yet.....somehow
....I love it all! I've found my confidence has grown, I feel like I finally know what I want to do when I grow up (I'm 37, it's about time really!!) and I really love that people value my opinion about what I do. I'm no expert, but everything I've learned has been self-taught and is invaluable, and I mustn't forget to add that without the help and advice from other cake-makers, I would not be where I am today :) The anniversary of the day I made my hobby into a business is fast approaching, I will have been slogging my little heart out for three years on the 13th of May, and I wouldn't change a thing :)
So for anyone just starting out and who is struggling with any, all or more of the above....get your head down and keep plodding on! You CAN do it, and it WILL be worth it! Don't moan and grumble, because it'll show, for sure! You chose this path and it's up to you to turn it into a busy highway!
Finally, when you learn something from someone else, be it advice, how to tackle something, how to make something new....pay it forward by helping someone else, it's the biggest compliment there is :) Love to you all :)