I’m going to attempt to start a new series. We all know how long those last. Exhibit A. Exhibit B (which I plan on bringing back!) This one is going to consist of me talking about business, as I know it/do it/live it/learn it. It might be wordy and boring for you, but I want to be able to look back five years from now and see how much I’ve learned.
This year, plays with food has evolved a lot. I started selling my products (mostly just cakes and cookies back then) during the summer of 2009, totally oblivious to the fact that selling my work meant a lot more than just getting paid to bake. I didn’t even think about the future of this business, it was just a thing I decided to do. On a whim I put together a little rinky dink website, made up fliers to hand out to teachers, and thought I’d be an instant success. Looking back, I realize that people only ordered from me because I was the cute 15 year old looking to make a quick buck. Last year I began to realize that if I was going to really do this (for real-like, as a grown up), I needed to step it up. I finished out the year doing what I did, charging people what seemed right, and doing the best I could. 2012 started all new things for me.
I’m now keeping records. Not organized ones, but I write down everything I can think of that has to do with the order. I now have an actual price range. Although all of my desserts are custom, now the prices are somewhat consistent. I’m depositing any and every penny I make this year into my savings account, so at the end of the year I know if this business is actually lucrative.
Not only has plays with food become more productive and organized, I can already see it starting to grow. In January I threw my first birthday party, where I baked with about 8 five year old kids! It was a blast, I can so see myself moving in that direction in the future. The party was complete with upside down names one chef’s hats.
A week after that, I photographed my first event. That was big. Huge, even. I don’t know if I did a good job or a bad job, but for my first job, I did my best.
I’m adding a logo to my business this year, which to me makes it real.
I love my job, I love working for myself, I love the reward of creating my own income. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for plays with food, I’m totally excited about it!
And I’m sorry if this post was really boring and seemed like I was bragging or something, I’m really not trying to. I just want to be able to look back and see what I started from!