My parents started up their business while I was growing up and it was hard. No capital, working long hours, the entire family helping, food rationed, hand-me down clothes, never any extra for anything, just the basics and always being worried about the bills.
I know how hard it is to do.
Of course, at this point I’m nearly the only one in the family who hasn’t been self-employed, even including cousins, aunts, uncles and my own dear sisters. I’ve seen how hard it has been for them.
I got through over 30 years of supporting myself with a regular job, full benefits, trying hard not to make too many waves, learning to work with everyone, doing whatever it took to be a great employee. Worrying about the bills, because there never seems to be enough. Working whatever hours were it was necessary. Saving up vacation days, not calling in sick. Saying I’ll never own my own business.
Then Nevada passed the Cottage Food Industry laws. And I’ve loved baking more than almost anything since I was about 7. And now I’m walking down a path of starting my own business (if you hadn’t noticed already, I said I would never have my own business).
I’m laughing at myself as I write this and thinking that’s what happens when I say “I will never!”
With this blog I’ll be sharing my journey as I “retire” from my benefitted job and walk step by step through the process of starting up my business, learning how to market it, learning how to adjust my recipes from the Bay Area to the High Desert and all the billions and zillions of things I’ll need to do to become successful. I promise you there will be laughter, tears, fear, excitement and some great stuff to learn.
May we laugh together, dream together and even have fun together, because if there’s one thing I’m going to do no matter what, it’s have fun with this stage of my life.
Did I say that I’ll be sharing links to all kinds of interesting blogs, sites, programs and information?
For today, let me say thank you to Vivien Howard of “A Chef’s Life” on PBS. She said “I’ll never return to North Carolina” yet, she did, to start her restaurant. I hope my small baking business is even 10% as successful as Vivien’s restaurant “Chef and Farmer”. You can check her out at: http://chefandthefarmer.com/ . Check for the “Chef’s Life” television schedule at: http://www.pbs.org/food/features/a-chefs-life-find-the-schedule-in-your-area/.