REAL Home Bakery Heroes: Tiffany from Therapie (Kansas, USA)

REAL Home Bakery Heroes: Tiffany from Therapie (Kansas, USA)

REAL Home Bakery Heroes: How Tiffany Grew Therapie into a Full-Time Home Bakery Business

Home bakers often ask me if they can be a successful home baker if they don’t bake cakes.

Without hesitation, I always answer with a big fat YES! And one of the main reasons why, is because of Tiffany and her Home Bakery – Therapie.

Her Home Bakery focuses completely on making pies. EPIC pies.

And the first time I saw one of Tiffany’s pies I wanted to face-plant into it… with ZERO shame!

The PIES look incredible…

A golden buttery crust filled with the most heavenly fillings:

Flakey Brookie Pie (a brownie and choc chip cookie pie. I mean… WOW)
Grandma’s Apple Pie
Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie
Banana Cream Pie
Greek Honey Pie
Cookie Dough Cream Pie

Are you drooling yet?!

Not to mention, she has the cutest son in the history of mankind!

But one of the things I love most about Tiffany is that she understands the VITAL role baked goods play in people’s lives.

The human heart NEEDS baked goods. It does something to help give us perspective and comfort in difficult times. Home Baked goods are like therapy for our souls.

And that’s why I’m so honoured and excited to share this interview with you today!

Therapie embodies the message of DELICIOUS, COMFORTING Home Baking to me. She’s a REAL Home Bakery Hero!

She’s also one of my STAR students in my online course Home Bakery Startup 🙂

I’m confident that her story will comfort you, excite you and above all – inspire you.

Here we go!

 

For those who don’t know you; who are you, where do you live and what do you do?

My name is Tiffany Oppelt. I live in Kansas, United States. No, I don’t know Dorothy, but I do know there’s “no place like home” (Wizard of Oz joke). I am the owner and official pie lady of TheraPie, a licensed pie home-bakery in Manhattan, KS.

 

Where did you grow up and what were your childhood experiences of cakes, desserts, and baking?

I moved around a few states in the Midwest, but home was always near my Great Grandparents farm in Southeast, KS. As a young girl, probably starting around 6 years old, I would always ask to help in the kitchen.

I come from a family of amazing cooks (on both sides) and my Aunt and Grandma on stepmom’s side were crazy good bakers.

I spent a lot of time with them and LOVED being able to learn from them. We baked a little bit of everything really and had weekly family dinners on Sunday. We were a very close-knit family with a love of food.

 

Who first exposed you to baking?

My Aunt Karen and my Grandma Thera first exposed me to baking. My stepmom refused to bake because her mom and her sister were such talented bakers that she didn’t feel the need to learn. So, I went to them.

It started as doing little tasks and watching, then it was doing all the prep work like slicing apples and peaches and cracking pecans from our pecan tree. Then, they taught me how to take the reins and showed me what they knew.

 

What were your school years like; how did you feel about yourself, about life and about other kids?

Kindergarten through 8th grade (pre-high school) were all very hard for me. I came from a split home and experienced a lot of trauma as a child, and it left me feeling unworthy. We moved every year or two, so I went to so many different schools. I was very smart, but quiet and would turn red and cry when I had to speak in front of the class.

I was bullied quite a bit in 4th-6th grade. I never felt like I was “good enough” to be liked.

Of course, I had a small handful of REALLY good friends and they helped me through. When we moved to Parsons, KS to buy the family farm right before my 8th grade year. My parents said it would be the last move until I graduated from high school.

I decided that a new town that I would stay at for 5 years was the time to stop being scared and just be me. I tried out for a musical (my parents’ jaws hit the floor when I came home to tell them I’d done that) and got a leading role in Annie; I was Miss Hannigan. I was introduced to some nice girls and quickly made friends.

I took debate and forensics (acting/public speaking) and quickly found that I was good in front of an audience when I had control of the situation. I was State Champion in humorous and dramatic interpretation and went to Nationals twice in more than one category. I was “weird” but also made friends easily and was friends with everyone. I was in the “popular crowd”, but I made a point to sit with and be friends with the unpopular or “special needs” crowd.

I started to grow into myself in high school, even though I went through a lot of family/personal struggles during those years.


Did you always plan to be a baker, or did you have other career plans at first?

I did not always plan to be a baker. I always planned to have a career centered on Hospitality and food and imagined I would have my own Bed & Breakfast somewhere beautiful.

 

Do you have any baking or business qualifications from a college or university?

I have a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant Management and Institutional Dietetics (Hospitality Management) and a minor in Business. During college, I spent a semester in Florence, Italy studying culinary arts and eating my way through 7 countries.

Not all of it was focused on baking, but it was all focused on food. It was the most incredible four months!

 

What happened that made you consider baking for a living? What was that “oh wow! I could DO this!” moment for you?

I’ve always wanted to own my own business (Bed & Breakfast was the goal). In 2018, I started baking pies as a form of therapy.

I was under a lot of stress at work, and it just felt good making pie and being in the kitchen. When I started, I just couldn’t stop.

I started with Grandma’s Apple Pie (still on the menu) and then started following every pie person I could find online, watching videos, reading cookbooks and just experimenting.

As I was posting pictures and giving pies away to neighbors and friends, I started to have people ask me if I sell them and it hit me like a ton of bricks…yes, I could sell pies.

RELATED: 4 Myths About Starting Your Own Home Bakery Business

 

How did Therapie start?

TheraPie actually started out being called “Pies by Tiffany”. It started in my home kitchen, a pie or two at a time with a max of about 10 pies a week when I was “SUPER busy”. During that time, I was baking and doing EVERYTHING in my power to prepare myself to start turning it into a functional business.

In my head, I had two different options, moving into a brick & mortar or figuring out a way to be able to do it from home.

The challenge that I faced was the cost of renting commercial spaces in this town and needing to be fully licensed for cold pies. I toured so many different spaces. I talked to our local Small Business Development liaison at the Chamber of Commerce and started working to develop my business plan. Then I worked directly with the Department of Agriculture Food Safety Department. I also did a lot of research of other business models of people that I followed online or knew in person.

RELATED: The Ultimate Guide to Starting Your Own Home Bakery

This was also the point that I started taking the Home Bakery Startup course with Aurelia, because I found that several of the places that I wanted to talk to about their experiences, either didn’t have time to talk or didn’t want to give me insider knowledge.

When I saw everything her course included, I saw the value in it.

I did all of these things while working about 50 hours a week and being a mom of a 2 year old. During that time, I did a lot of thinking (basically 24/7) about pies and what I wanted my brand to encompass.

The business name I operate under currently came to me while I was at the sink doing dishes at 9pm. It was an epiphany moment, and it was perfect.

 

Were you scared to start your baking business and how did you deal with that?

Yes. I was absolutely terrified of starting and failing.

Aurelia and the group of Home Bakers were great at helping me stay motivated and believe that I could. I felt like it was a safe spot to voice my fears and know that I’m not alone in feeling that way.

I’ve had a lifelong belief that I’m not worthy and being in a spot where I was claiming to be “the pie lady” in town was scary. What if there were better pie makers out there?

 

How did your family and friends respond to your desire to bake for a living? And how did you deal with that?

Part of my family didn’t believe that I’d make it into a business and firmly believed that I needed to keep my job at Kansas State University as it was very stable and had great benefits.

My parents believed I could do it, but were worried about me taking on too much with my other job and being a wife/mom. My husband was happy that I was excited about it, but didn’t want it to take over our lives and was worried that it would come before him and my son.

I had a lot of really hard conversations during this time. I had a lot of self-doubt. I also had a huge determination to make it happen, so just kept moving.

 

What were the first bakes you ever sold? To whom did you sell them?

My church put in the first order of 5 pies for a luncheon they were holding within the Diocese. They posted a positive review on my Facebook. After that, I had neighbors and friends of friends starting to purchase them.

 

How did you feel once you made your first sale? And how did it influence your life & plans?

I felt triumphant.

Like I could definitely do it long term, but also that I still had a lot of things to figure out. It pushed me to find focus in all the different areas of my planning/dreaming mind for the business.

 

Did you ever feel any pressure or expectations to bake something other than pies, like fancy wedding cakes? How did you deal with that?

Yes. I was asked so many times to do items that weren’t on my menu.

Aurelia helped with the wording of how to encourage them to visit other bakers that I know and trust for those items. We have SO many talented bakers in our town, so if someone wants a pretty cake, I have a name for them.

I told them that even though “I can” bake other things, pies is where my passion and expertise is focused.

 

How did you grow your baking skills the level you’re at now?

PRACTICE practice PRACTICE.

AND….reading cookbooks, watching online tutorials, following bakers who are more experienced than I am. All these things were extremely helpful in me growing as a baker. I still grow, with every item I make.

 

How long did it take before you could bake full-time?

It took between a year and a half and two years to be able to get to a point where I could bake full time. During the middle of that, we moved into a new home specifically to build a commercial kitchen.

We were able to have done our homework enough that we got it done in about 4 months (talk about a messy and expensive project!), ending with a license as a food establishment and food processor.

The transitioning to a full-time home baker was something I wasn’t sure if I would ever get to, and then, it happened faster than I had planned.

 

Which books, podcasts or online courses helped most to grow you as a business owner? And how did they help you?

I am a constant learner and am always trying to improve myself. Aurelia’s Home Bakery Startup course was the most helpful resource.

There have also been many other things that I listen to when I need inspiration as a woman owned business including these podcasts: The Mindset Mentor, Biz Chix, and Being Boss by Emily Thompson.

I also attended an entrepreneur workshop designed for women that was hosted by the Small Business Association and it was a great class.

All of these resources helped me for different reasons, but a lot were about confidence in myself, how to overcome fear, how to deal with competition and how to be a successful businesswoman. I will also mention that I have a degree in Hospitality Management with a minor in business!

 

What are the 2 best decisions you’ve made in your Baking Business?

To capitalize on word-of-mouth marketing,
and to strongly identify my brand.

RELATED: The 4 Essentials of Home Bakery Marketing

 

What are the 2 worst mistakes you’ve made in your Baking Business?

1. Saying yes to too much to the point of overwhelm,
2. and letting competition make me feel weak/small/less than.

RELATED: How to Deal With Self-Doubt in Your Home Bakery

 

What are the 2 most valuable lessons you’ve learned about running a home bakery?

1. You don’t have to be the biggest fish in the sea with an established brick and mortar to establish yourself as an expert in your craft.

2. If you are overwhelmed, your systems need evaluated and you need to consider hiring.

Want to make home baking your career? So did Tiffany! In this post she shares a behind-the-scenes look of HOW she created a full-time Home Bakery Business selling pies! Starting your own Home Bakery and baking for a living (without formal qualifications) is totally possible. Read Tiffany's story now... #homebaking #baking #homebakery #pies #bakingbusiness

 

What are the 2 most valuable lessons you’ve learned about yourself in this process?

I’ve learned that I can absolutely do very hard things,
and that sharing who I am is part of my brand.

 

What are the 2 most valuable lessons you’ve learned about people/clients in this process?

1. Clients will always ask and take chances because they won’t know how your business works unless you tell them clearly. And if they know you always say yes, they’ll especially take chances. 2. AND if they aren’t functioning in a way that works for your business, you just have to put systems in place to communicate better; make your rules clear on your site and say it in person.

 

What are your plans & dreams for Therapie going forward?

I would like to figure out shipping because there is a demand for it in my business, but I’m not rushing with the way our post is running right now.

I would also like to host pie making workshops with licensed therapists/counselors talking about the therapeutic side of cooking/baking to tie in my knowledge, my community, and the focus on mental health.

I would like to continue growing and have some form of a store front at some point, but not necessarily a full-on bakery, but more of a place to gather to pickup/enjoy.

HOWEVER, I am actually a lot less hardcore about getting a brick & mortar since I have wholesale accounts putting me in various locations of town (2 coffee shops and 1 full service restaurant) and the farmer’s market.

This Home Bakery model is working VERY well for myself and my family.

 

What advice would you give to anyone who wants to start a Home Bakery, but feels they aren’t “good enough”?

The only person who can decide if you aren’t good enough, is you.

There will be more than one time in your journey that you are going to doubt it and let those negative thoughts deter your growth, but that’s just your thoughts and you 100% are good enough.

You do not have to be perfect and have a flawless Instagram feed with perfect lighting. You need a good product, good branding and a good mindset and a good work ethic. If you have those things, you can ABSOLUTELY do this.

 

Wasn’t that just AMAZING? Don’t know about you, but I feel super inspired now!

If you’re lucky enough to live in Kansas, you can order from Tiffany though her Therapie website. And if you want to show her some love, follow her journey on Therapie’s Instagram Account.

🌟 And if you’re a home baker that would love to built a part-time or full-time Home Bakery Business like Tiffany, then check out the Home Bakery Startup course that shows you how to do it! The course opens in May & November every year 🙂

What was the most valuable thing you’ve learned from Tiffany’s story? Tell me in the comments below!

Aurelia 🙂

How to Deal with Self-Doubt in Your Home Bakery

How to Deal with Self-Doubt in Your Home Bakery

How to Deal with Self-Doubt in Your Home Bakery

Do you dream of making home baking your career, but then thoughts like these start flooding your mind…

“People aren’t going to think my baking is worth it. They’re not going to buy it.”

“I don’t have enough knowledge or experience to succeed. I’m not prepared enough.”

“The other bakers are SO good. Why would anyone buy from me if they can buy from them?”

“I don’t have enough confidence to pull off something like this.”

“I’m just not good enough.”

 

Or maybe you did start a Home Bakery a while back. The first few months it went well, but then sales suddenly started dropping. And now no one is really ordering anymore.

Then a whole range of other thoughts start creeping in…

“I tried, but clearly no one wants my baking.”

“People just bought from me to be nice, but didn’t really think my baking is worth it.”

“The other bakers in my town/city are just better than me.”

 

Oh my dear friend. 

First of all I just want to give you the BIGGEST HUG of all time!

I honestly understand exactly how you feel.

I understand because I struggled with these exact same thoughts for YEARS.

It’s difficult to live under a cloud of self-doubt, insecurity, feelings of inferiority and fearing failure…

 

But the GREAT news is that there is HOPE

I promise you that self-doubt doesn’t have to rule your life. It takes some intentional action, but you can quiet down the voice of self-doubt in your Home Bakery journey.

In this post we’ll break down self-doubt. Sometimes with brutal honesty. But please I’m being honest with you because I respect you and care about you.

It wouldn’t be very loving of me to tell you to just “be more positive! You’re awesome!” I’m sure you’ve tried that and know it doesn’t work, right?

We’ll start by talking very honestly about where self-doubt comes from so you can understand how it works. Then we’ll get into some tips and strategies for dealing with self-doubt when it comes up.

Please note: This post has affiliate links. This means that if you purchase some of these products I get a tiny commission – but at NO extra cost to you. I’m super proud to recommend these resources to you because they’ve changed my life.

Let’s do this!

 

Self-Doubt is Human and Totally Normal

One of the top lies you’ll hear in your head is that you’re the “only one” experiencing x, y and z. And this isn’t just in regards to baking! You’ll experience this lie about pretty much everything in your life, throughout your entire life.

But the truth is that 85% of people on earth experience self-doubt!

So, it’s NOT just you!

Pretty much everyone experiences self-doubt, insecurity, imposter syndrome, etc.

It’s NORMAL to feel these things.

Those bakers who look so confident to you, also struggle with self-doubt. They don’t wake up every morning with radiant confidence! Absolutely not.

They’ve just learned how to understand self-doubt and manage it WELL.

And so can YOU.

I also struggled with self-doubt for MANY years, so I really understand what you’re going through.

Don’t think for a second that you’re alone in this. Because you’re not.

These feelings are natural and totally normal 🙂

Do you dream of starting a home bakery, but then thoughts of self-doubt like these start flooding your mind… “People aren’t going to think my baking is worth it. All the other bakers are better than me. I’m not good enough.” Truth is pretty much ALL home bakers get these thoughts! You’re not alone! In this post you’ll learn how to beat self doubt so you can be free to pursue your baking business goals. Click through to get the tips now… #homebaking #selfdoubt #homebakery #bakingbusiness #baking

 

Where Does Self-Doubt Come From?

This part might not sit well with you, but I need to share it anyway because it helps to understand WHY we experience self-doubt.

Personally it doesn’t help me if people tell me that “self-doubt is a habit”. Okay sure, but WHY is it a habit? WHERE does it come from?

That’s what I want to know.

I’m a Christian, so I’m speaking from that worldview. You’re welcome to skip down to the next heading if you don’t want to hear it.

The truth is, dear friend, all of us secretly know we’re not enough.

If we truly were enough in ourselves, then we’d just need to hear that once and we’d be able to live fully confident lives after that.

But all of us need to listen to affirmation after affirmation, encouragement after encouragement, quote after quote to try and convince ourselves that we’re “good enough”.

If it were true, we wouldn’t need to try SO HARD to convince ourselves. Don’t you think?

For example, grass is green.

We don’t need heaps of pep-talks and Ted-Talks to convince us of this because it’s TRUE.

So, our bottomless feelings of inadequacy must be something more if we can’t be convinced no matter how many times someone tells us that we’re good enough.

I confess, even I have tried to convince my subscribers of this in the past through emails I sent and Instagram posts I shared.

But Allie Beth Stuckie has challenged my thinking on this topic. Now please note, I don’t agree with everything she says. But I do agree with her on this.

The Bible is the only thing that helps us to make sense of our constant feelings of inadequacy.

Allie wrote an incredibly helpful book called “You’re not enough, and that’s okay.” 

Here’s a snippet from the description of the book:

“The truth is we can’t find satisfaction inside ourselves because we are the problem. We struggle with feelings of inadequacy because we are inadequate. Alone, we are not good enough, smart enough, or beautiful enough. We’re not enough–period. And that’s okay, because God is.

The answer to our insufficiency and insecurity isn’t self-love, but God’s love. In Jesus, we’re offered a way out of our toxic culture of self-love and into a joyful life of relying on him for wisdom, satisfaction, and purpose. We don’t have to wonder what it’s all about anymore. This is it.

This book isn’t about battling your not-enoughness; it’s about embracing it.”

Image source: tristanycorgan.com

 

This message has completely changed my perspective on self-doubt.

It’s helped me to understand WHY no amount of pep-talks cured my self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy.

And then it was like a MOUNTAIN was lifted off my shoulders! Because I no longer had to battle, tirelessly, every day to overcome my self-doubt.

Through embracing my not-enoughness I feel free because I no longer need to scramble to try and HIDE it. I no longer need to pretend and prove to myself and everyone else that I’m “enough”.

Maybe this offends you because it IS very countercultural. 

But I felt compelled to share it because I know for some this is exactly what they need to hear.

 

How Can I Get Rid of Self-Doubt Forever?

I always believed that I need to be a fully confident, secure, fully prepared, highly skilled, highly qualified person in order to be successful.

(Maybe you believe this too right now?)

But I didn’t have the luxury of “waiting to feel self-doubt free” before I started selling my baked goods. Due to severe anxiety I couldn’t stay in my architectural technologist job. And due to debt, I HAD to find another source of income – immediately.

I was loaded with self-doubt, but I couldn’t wait for that to magically go away.

I HAD to start my business WITH my self-doubt.

Did this self-doubt influence my business?

Yes.

Did this self-doubt ruin my chances at success?

Not at all.

Here’s the truth my friend; you can’t really “get rid” of self-doubt to the extent that you NEVER experience it ever again. Self-doubt, a lack of confidence, imposter-syndrome (call it what you like) is a human thing. 

As long as you’re a living human, you’ll experience these thoughts and feelings.

Pretty much everyone does.

Now here’s a little truth bomb for you:  “Feeling nervous (and doubting yourself) is normal. Letting it stop you is a CHOICE.” – Mel Robbins’s YouTube video on self-doubt.

 

If you’re waiting to feel confident before you start your Home Bakery, you’re going to wait forever.

Your chances at success are infinitely multiplied the moment you start focusing on the things you CAN control.

You can’t control thoughts and feelings of self-doubt.

But you CAN control how you respond to them and what choices you make in reality.

You can feel difficult feelings and TAKE ACTION anyway.

If you haven’t started your Home Bakery because you’re waiting to “feel more confident” or “feel less self-doubt”, you’re actually intentionally making the choice to hold yourself back. 

As Mel Robbins said, Feeling self-doubt is normal. But letting it stop you is a CHOICE.

 

How do I get rid of self-doubt forever?” is the wrong question to ask. It’s like asking “how do I stop it from ever raining again?”

Because as sure as rain, self-doubt will always come again. Guaranteed.

Here are better questions to ask:

“Is overcoming self-doubt essential for creating a successful home bakery?”

NO, it’s not essential!

“Should I wait for self-doubt to vanish before I start selling my baking?”

Nope because you’ll be waiting forever.

“Can you have a successful business if you struggle with self-doubt?”

YES, you can.

 

“If I shouldn’t be basing my career decisions on self-doubt, what should I be basing it on?”

This is going to sound too simple, but that’s because it really is simple.

Here’s one of the most important questions I could ever ask you…

 

What Do You REALLY Want?

It seems like such a simple question, but it’s incredibly important that you really think about this.

No one asked me this question till I was 23 years old.

I was always thinking about what I “should be doing” or about making other people happy with my career choices.

Never, not once, did I think about what I really WANT to do.

And my dear friend Rentia (who has now also broken away from her desk job to make BEAUTIFUL, handmade bags in her business called Rissie) asked me:

“Aurelia, just for a moment, forget about what you should be doing. Forget what your family wants you to do. Even forget the expectations you have of yourself. What do you REALLY WANT to do?”

And I answered her:

“I want to bake.”

I’d never said it out loud before.

And hearing myself say that suddenly brought me clarity.

In the midst of all my self-doubt I knew what I had to do because now I knew what I really wanted.

 

Maybe no one’s asked YOU this question before.

So, now I’m asking you.

What do you REALLY want?

Do you want to bake?

Do you want to bake as a side business or bake part-time or bake full-time?

What do YOU want?

Write it down for yourself.

And now the trick is to make all your work decisions according to that. 

Side Note: I’m not saying “be irrational and selfish, quit your job and let your family go hungry.” Nope. Starting a home bakery is a very safe and gradual journey that doesn’t put your family’s financial health at risk.

RELATED: The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Home Bakery

When I say you need to make all your work decisions according to what you want, here’s what I mean.

When you keep basing your work decisions on where you’re at right now (self-doubt, imposter syndrome, etc.) you’ll remain in these circumstances indefinitely.

But when you start making decisions and taking action according to where you want to be in the future (a successful home bakery owner), then your life will start changing around you. Then you’ll start moving towards that future with every step you take.

Is self-doubt holding you back from starting your own Home Baking Business? Do you often feel like you’re just not skilled enough, prepared enough, good enough to succeed? You’re so not alone in this… Pretty much ALL home bakers get these thoughts! In this post you’ll learn how to beat self doubt so you can be free to pursue your home bakery dreams. Click through to read the post now… #homebaking #selfdoubt #homebakery #bakingbusiness #baking

 

Please know that I’m saying all this because I CARE about you… 

Thinking about starting a Home Bakery won’t actually make it happen.
Thinking about baking for a living won’t actually make it happen.

Reading is a wonderful thing that can be a great tool for you to reach success. But reading blog post after blog post and book after book and freebie after freebie won’t actually start your business for you.

And waiting for your self-doubt to go away also won’t start your business for you either.

You have a CHOICE here.

What do you REALLY want?

 

The Practical Side of Self-Doubt and Confidence

Earlier I spoke about the philosophical reasons WHY we all struggle with self-doubt at the core of our beings.

Now let’s talk about practical things like your talents and skills. 

Most home bakers believe these are to blame for their self-doubt, and so they wait to become “more skilled” before they dare sell any baked goods.

Truth is, no matter how skilled you become, self-doubt will STILL feature in your life.

I’ve had a successful Home Bakery for over 8 years now, but last week I messed up a carrot cake.

I just completely forgot to add the oil!

And here came self-doubt again: “Nope, you’ve lost it. You were a good baker once, but clearly you’re not anymore. Maybe your carrot cake recipe actually sucks. Maybe you should hang up your apron and give up this baking thing.”

I kid you not!

All these thoughts from ONE messed up carrot cake.

So, don’t count on abilities to save you from self-doubt and then feeling “good enough” to start a home bakery.

 

Here’s a little quote by James Clear to knock your socks off:

“Lack of confidence kills more dreams than lack of ability. Talent matters—especially at elite levels—but people talk themselves out of giving their best effort long before talent becomes the limiting factor. You’re capable of more than you know. Don’t be your own bottleneck.”

Doesn’t that just HIT you right between the eyes? 😲​

 

You see my friend, we keep making the mistake of thinking confidence needs to come BEFORE we take action.

I thought this too!

For years I longed desperately to have more confidence like some of my friends and heroes did.

I know what it’s like to be 100% convinced that EVERYONE else is better than you are.

It’s a very heavy and dark cloud to live under.

But as I said earlier; by God’s mercy I didn’t have the luxury of waiting to “feel free from self-doubt” before I started my Home Bakery!

I couldn’t stay in my architecture job unless I continued to use strong anxiety meds (which I really didn’t want to commit to).

The ONLY option was to start my home bakery WITH all my self-doubt and my super limited, unqualified, inexperienced baking skills.

 

And do you know what happened?

Over a number of years and hundreds of bags of flour I’ve come to understand that confidence does NOT come first at all.

Confidence is pretty much like a fruit on a tree. It’s a sweet end-result.

🍎 Confidence is the FRUIT, not the seed.
🌟 The SEED is taking action.

And if you suck at new things right now, that’s fine! At least it’s ACTION.

Take messy action!” is what Jasmine Star always says in her motivational speeches.

You can only become a confident driver if you TAKE MESSY ACTION and get in the car – often – to drive.

You can only become a confident swimmer if you TAKE MESSY ACTION and get in the water to swim.

And in the exact same way you can only become a confident baker & business owner if you TAKE MESSY ACTION and bake things and sell them to people.

ACTION comes first and then confidence inevitably & automatically blooms over time.

So, if you truly desire confidence, then don’t prioritize confidence.

Prioritize TAKING ACTION and confidence will inevitably follow over time!

 

Final Thoughts on Self-Doubt

Don’t take your self-doubt thoughts and feelings so seriously that they stop you from doing what you REALLY want to.

Remember; self-doubt is normal, but letting it stop you is a CHOICE. 

The more you bake for people, the less self-doubt you’ll experience. The more you bake and sell things, the more confident you’ll become. 

If I waited for self-doubt to vanish before I started my Home Bakery, I would’ve STILL been waiting today!

Overcoming self-doubt is NOT a requirement for success, so don’t make it one.

What do you REALLY want?

Feel all the self-doubt and TAKE ACTION ANYWAY!

 

“I want to TAKE ACTION! What do I do next?”

Awesome! I couldn’t be more proud of you!

🌟 If you haven’t started your Home Bakery Business yet, a great place to start is to read this blog post >> The Ultimate Guide to Starting Your Home Bakery.

And if you’ve started your Home Bakery, but kind of stagnated, then there’s something else you need to know.

It’s frustrating and confusing when clients don’t order anymore. I get it because I’ve literally been where you are right now.

But don’t lose hope my friend, because here’s the big secret…

🌟 The best products don’t get the most sales. The best MARKETING gets the most sales!

I always tell my Home Bakery Students a successful Home Bakery is 30% great baking and 70% great BUSINESS STRATEGY.

That explains why bakeries with average quality baking often get MOST of the sales!

Sure, their baking doesn’t taste as great as yours, but they’re ACING that 70% Business Strategy – and that’s why they’re getting sales consistently, without fail.

If you’re serious about making a profit with your home baking, you can’t afford to NOT learn about business & marketing.

The GREAT news is that ANYONE can learn marketing! It’s not something you’re “born with” or not.

If you’re open to learning new things, you can also become a marketing ninja!

👉 So, go read this Blog Post >> The 4 Essentials of Home Bakery Marketing

 

If You Enjoyed This Post, You’ll Also Enjoy:

🌟 How to Overcome the Fear of Failure in Your Home Bakery
🌟 How to Know if You’re READY to Start a Home Bakery

Chat soon

Aurelia

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How to Raise Prices in Your Home Bakery

How to Raise Prices in Your Home Bakery

How to Raise Prices in Your Home Bakery

Have you been thinking about raising the prices of your delicious home baked goods?

Maybe you’re here because you’ve been struggling to turn a profit in your home baking business.

You’re working SUPER hard and you’re baking practically every day of the week.

You say no to 9/10 social gatherings because you always have baking that needs to get done.

You’re up early every morning and working late every other night.

While your family is barbequing outside, you’re in the kitchen baking orders for tomorrow.

Then you look at your financials at the end of the month and see that you’re STILL earning small change. Despite all that effort and sacrifice! 😒 How is this possible?! 

My friend, I know exactly how you feel because I’ve been there.

If your Home Bakery has enough clients and orders to keep you this busy in your baking, that’s awesome! Congrats to you!

But for a business to succeed and be PROFITABLE, you’re going to need more than just heaps of orders.

You’re going to need each order to be as profitable as it can be (within reason).

 

“Why Should I Raise My Prices When Clients Prefer Cheap Products?”

Be very careful how you think about pricing and customers. If it were true that all clients prefer cheap products, then companies with super expensive products (like Ferrari, Prada and Rolex) wouldn’t exist.

Truth is that all clients are NOT the same! They don’t all want the same things.

Don’t fall for the assumption your mind is making. All clients don’t prefer cheap products with cheap quality. There are thousands upon thousands of people out there who will gladly pay good money for superior products like yours.

RELATED: 6 Steps to Pricing Your Home Baking With Confidence

Have you been struggling to turn a profit in your home baking business? You’re working super hard, saying no to most social events and you’re baking practically every day of the week! Then you look at your financials at the end of the month and see that your home bakery is STILL earning small change! My friend, I know exactly how you feel because I’ve been there. You need to RAISE your home bakery's prices! Here's how to do it... #homebaking #baking #cakepricing #homebakery #bakingbusiness

 

“Isn’t it Greedy to Charge Higher Prices?”

In short, not at all. Just like plants need water to survive, businesses need money to survive.

If you want to bake as a hobby, that’s fine. But if you want to turn your baking into a business that actually gets you a salary every month, you need to charge properly.

Charging your clients decent prices is not about being “obsessed with money” or “greedy” or “milking clients” for crazy profits.

It’s just a basic fact of business. Businesses need to make money or else they die. It’s just that simple.

 

The Hamster Wheel that Doesn’t Get Your Home Bakery More Profit

Deep down we KNOW our baking business needs to make more money so we try to fix this. But we try to fix it the wrong way!

1. We so easily assume that our businesses aren’t growing because we “need more Instagram followers” for example. But it’s 100% possible to have a huge Instagram following and still not make enough money to even bake part-time!

In fact I know bakers with a following of like twenty thousand people but they are not making enough money from their baking business to do it full-time. “Popularity doesn’t pay the bills.” Jasmine Star

2. Another super popular misconception most home bakers have is that they just need MORE clients and MORE orders for their business to do well. And they think the way to achieve that is MORE advertising – resonate with this one?

But it’s a flawed and dangerous approach.

Even if you advertise and market your business and bring in more clients, your business will STILL struggle.

It doesn’t help if you have a heap of clients but you still undercharge ALL of them. That’s not a recipe for success, that’s just a recipe for burn-out.

The answer to your problems of burn-out and lack of profit isn’t getting more and more clients.

Here’s a metaphor to explain my point better…

Let’s say your success is this water tank on the right. When it’s full you’ve reached your profit goals. But YOU have to fill your success tank with water from this river on the left – which represents your potential clients & profit. The only tool you can use is a water bucket to carry profit from the river to the tank.

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When you’re undercharging your clients it’s like your water bucket has a hole in the bottom. So no matter how hard you try, loads and loads of water won’t make it to your profit tank.

And now you’ve got 2 options:

1. Run faster and faster from the river to the tank and scoop larger and larger amounts of water that you can barely carry.

OR option 2 which is to…

2. Plug the hole in your bucket!

Which option do you think is more logical? Which option is more sustainable? 

It’s to plug the hole in your bucket, right?

In the exact same way the answer to your combination of burn-out and low profit won’t be solved by working faster and scooping up more clients.

The solution to home bakery burn-out lies in charging enough for the clients that you DO have right now so that all the water you carry and all the work you do goes into your success tank and contributes to your profit & success.

Does this make sense?

 

The REAL Reason You Feel Guilty to Charge Full Price

Now we get to plugging the hole in your bucket!

Here’s a REAL life story about undercharging. The story is about my friend’s mother – let’s call her Gwen. Gwen has a catering business. She’s had this business for decades now – she’s been selling her food for about twenty years and she’s a fantastic cook. 

Her food is absolutely incredible.

She takes so much care in what she does.

She deals with people extremely well, she cares about her clients.

It’s like all the boxes are ticked but here’s the thing… Her business is barely surviving and has been barely surviving for the last twenty years. She has a great product and heaps of clients so those aren’t the reasons why her business is struggling. 

The real problem is that she always undercharges.

My friend had a conversation with her mother a while back about all the discounts she gives. And as I was listening, something suddenly clicked for me about undercharging.

Gwen told her directly that she doesn’t want to charge people a lot of money. If they just tell her that her food was delicious and that they enjoyed it then that’s MORE than enough for her!

Can you relate to that? If people just tell you “Thank you so much! This cake just made my day. I appreciate it so much. It’s made my birthday spectacular. It’s the most delicious cake I’ve ever had.”

Does that positive of feedback help you to feel amazing about yourself as a person? Does it make you feel valued and treasured and like you matter?

You’re not alone! All of us feel so appreciated and valued when someone enjoys our baking. 

It’s a good thing that people appreciate your bakes. But it can turn into a problem. Let me explain why.

What if I told you that people are actually already paying you full price for your bakes but you might not necessarily be aware of it?

When you keep undercharging clients over and over again it’s because: 

Whatever people don’t pay you in money, or whatever you don’t charge them in money, you’re subconsciously expecting them to pay in validation.

That’s the truth bomb of today. I hope you understand what I’m saying here. 

Here’s an illustration to help you understand.

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The top level is full price. Now you charge them less which is the marked level further down.

If you charge them less you think you’re making a financial choice, but the reality is that you’re subconsciously expecting them to make up this difference in validation – so that you’ll feel okay about yourself and about your business. 

I know this because I did this myself for YEARS without knowing it!

We basically charge our clients less so that they can pay us in validation to make us feel worthy. We undercharge so our clients make us feel valued, to make us feel like we are enough. 

It’s really scary, I know, but it’s the truth and you need to know this otherwise you’ll be under-charging for your baking for the rest of your life. 

But I also want you to know that it’s not your fault that you feel this way. It’s not your fault that you’re doing this. It’s incredibly normal and I did this too.

 

How to Charge Higher Prices: Step-by-Step

1. Spell out for yourself what makes you valuable as a human being.

It’s not your work (because babies are valuable even though they do zero work). It’s not people’s praise (because people are biased, flawed and lie regularly). It took me a long time to see it, but eventually God helped me realize that I’m valuable because HE loves me. Not because a client loves me.

Really take time to think about what it is that makes you valuable as a person. Once you establish this, you’ll feel way more liberty to charge the prices you’re supposed to.

2. Download the Pricing Calculator that calculates your recommended selling prices FOR you!

No need to do complicated math! You can download the Pricing Calculator in the Free Resource Library >> click here to join the Library. If you’ve already joined the library, then go to the last email I sent you and click the blue link to the Library right at the bottom of my email.

3. Watch the instructional video to learn how to use the Pricing Calculator. Then calculate your selling prices of your baked goods.

4. Update your prices! Simple as that! If the price increase is quite drastic, then you can increase your prices halfway now and the rest of the way 3 months from now.

 

“What if I Feel the Recommended Selling Price is too High?”

The most important thing you need to know about home bakery pricing is that it’s not about your feelings! I know this sounds harsh, but let me explain.

Pricing is a mathematical, LOGICAL thing. If you build a business according to your feelings, you won’t make sound business decisions.

Logically, you need to charge the prices the Pricing Calculator recommends if you have any hope of CARRYING ON with your Home Bakery. I know it’s hard! But I’ve come to understand that a successful business is built on logical decisions, not emotional ones.

If you keep undercharging and giving discounts because of your feelings, you’ll burn out OR your business will.

Frustrated that you're baking 24/7 and still not earning enough money in your home bakery? I know exactly how you feel! The solution is to raise your prices. I know you might feel too guilty or awkward to charge higher prices for your baking, so let me show you how to raise your prices step-by-step! Click through to learn how... #baking #homebaking #cakepricing #homebakery #bakingbusiness

 

What if a Client Complains About Your Prices?

If a client complains about your prices, then they are simply NOT your ideal client.

Truth is there will absolutely be clients who aren’t a good fit for your home bakery – and that’s ok! You don’t need everyone to like your business in order to be successful!

Handmade, homemade baked goods are luxury items and extremely valuable. Clients get something that’s made FRESH, just for them with top quality ingredients. It’s not a week old and with cheap ingredients like in the grocery store! 

Even though there’s a huge market for this HIGH QUALITY type of home baking, it’s not for everyone – especially not “budget clients”. I’m sure you’ve encountered budget clients before!

If someone complains about your prices, you can politely refer them to the cheap, semi-stale stuff you find in the grocery store’s baking section.

How you determine your prices is none of your client’s business.

Do these clients do the same thing when they go to restaurants?… “Excuse me KFC cashier, but that cook of yours back there has a trainee badge and is new to the cooking scene. So, I’m only going to pay half for my order.”

No! It’s not even an option at ANY restaurant.

YOUR PRICES ARE YOUR PRICES. It’s not your job to “convince” clients that your prices are fair. Don’t take the bait! If they doubt your prices or complain, politely refer them to the grocery store’s baking section.

You can use this script:

“Hi NAME 🙂 I would have loved to bake for you, but unfortunately my prices are my prices. Every item is handmade with high quality ingredients and care. These things are very important in my business and cost a lot to keep going. If you’d like something more affordable, I highly recommend [local commercial bakery/grocery store]. I hope your event is wonderful! Best regards.”

 

A Bonus Tip on “Budget-Clients”

On this note, be careful not to market your baking as “for everyone and every occasion” because then you WILL attract budget clients who complain and ask for discounts!

Instead, focus on the fact that your bakes are a full on luxury, HIGH QUALITY, gourmet experience.

RELATED: 4 Essential Tips for Marketing Your Home Bakery Business

 

Closing Thoughts on Raising Your Home Bakery Prices

I know first-hand how scary it is to raise your prices! I get it.

But your business NEEDS you to raise your prices. Because if you don’t, it won’t survive.

Clients that aren’t willing to pay more for your high quality, homemade baked goods, probably weren’t your ideal clients in the first place!

But take heart because there are PLENTY more clients for you out there!

 

If you enjoyed this post you’ll also enjoy these other 3 posts:

👉 6 Steps to Pricing Your Home Baked Goods with Confidence
👉 How to Deal With Difficult or Dissatisfied Home Bakery Clients
👉 Home Baked Confidence Course: Find your unique baker-confidence and earn more profit with less stress!

 

Chat soon!

Aurelia 🙂

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How to Start a Home Bakery Business – The Ultimate Guide!

How to Start a Home Bakery Business – The Ultimate Guide!

How to Start a Home Bakery Business – The Ultimate Guide!

Welcome to the Ultimate Guide on how to start your own Home Bakery Business!

If baking delicious treats (not cake decorating) has captured your heart and you want to sell your yummy baking for profit, you’re totally in the right place 😊

This information comes from first-hand experience in 6+ years of full-time home baking.

There wasn’t a guide like this available when I first started my Home Bakery and it was tremendously frustrating to figure everything out on my own.

But I’ve put together this super thorough guide so that YOU DON’T NEED TO FIGURE EVERYTHING OUT ON YOUR OWN. In this post you’ll essentially get my roadmap for creating a side-hustle, part-time or full-time Home Bakery Business.

Because, let’s face it; many people talk about how to START a Home Bakery. But no one really talks about how to make it you FULL-TIME career.

I’ll show you exactly how this process works, starting from zero all the way up to full time home baking.

You’ll learn the 3 different phases of a Home Bakery and what you can do in each different phase to start or grow your own Home Bakery business.

RELATED: When are you READY to Start a Home Bakery?

If we haven’t met yet; hi! I’m Aurelia Lambrechts. I’ve been a full-time home baker in Cape Town, South Africa for 6+ years. Now it’s my mission to help flavour-obsessed home bakers like you to get the confidence and business skills they need so that they can share their baking gifts with the world for a living.

If you want to become a confident & successful Home Bakery Business owner, I’m here to help you make it happen!

Before I get to the 3 Phases of Starting a full-time Home Bakery, here’s the most important thing you need know…

 

Understand that Building up a Home Bakery Business is a GRADUAL Process

There’s a HUGE misconception among Home Bakers today! They often seem to think; “I need to leave my day job TODAY so I can start my home bakery TOMORROW!”

This misconception leads to 2 different responses which are both wrong.

A] You’ll be filled with dread and fear. You might be wondering: “HOW am I going to do this? What’s going to happen to my finances? How’s my family going to survive?!

B] Then on the other hand, you get people who react in ignorance and blind optimism. In which case you might be thinking: “Yes! Let’s do this! I am going to make heaps of money in no time. My baking is delicious, I just need some quick sales-tips and tricks. Two weeks from now, I’m going to have a full-time bakery!”

This is NOT how a Home Bakery works. If anyone has been telling you a Home Bakery will make you rich in a few weeks, they’re totally lying.

You absolutely CAN make a good living from Home Baking, but it doesn’t happen in a few weeks.

But know right now that you don’t need to be filled with fear as in point A above. And you also need to understand that a full-time Home Bakery isn’t an “overnight success path” as in point B.

NEITHER ONE OF THESE RESPONSES ARE RIGHT.

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Here’s the TRUTH you need to know about starting a Home Bakery Business:

  1. First of all, the journey to a full-time home bakery is very SAFE. You’re not going to be putting your family at risk. The journey to a successful business isn’t reckless or spontaneous.
  2. Home bakery success does not happen by accident. It’s planned. It’s very strategic. You apply specific strategies to get results and reach success. You don’t just bake delicious things, “hope for the best” and then it works out. That’s not how it works.
  3. The journey to a full-time home bakery is very GRADUAL. You’ll never be diving into the deep end and suddenly have to make things work, and if you make one mistake then it’s all over. Gosh, no! That’s way too much pressure and certainly no way to build a successful business.

This process can and should be sustainable. You can start and grow your baking business extremely gradually. You can even stretch out the process from starting your home bakery to baking full time over a year (or more) if you want to.

Because the beauty of a Home Bakery is that YOU are your own boss! This means YOU can control the pace at which you grow.

That’s why a Home Baking Business is such a fantastic business model. It’s ideal for moms. It’s ideal for wives and husbands. A Home Bakery is perfect for people who want to stay home and be there with their kids.

All because it’s a gradual and safe process that you can plan around YOUR unique lifestyle and responsibilities.

I asked my Home Bakery Startup course students if they experienced the journey to full time home baking as a safe, planned and gradual process. Here’s what Angie Watts from Glow Bakery had to say.

I’ve also been in positions where I was sick, or my husband & family needed my help with something. And because I’m my own boss I could take a week off from work.

As Angie says, “you’re the driver of your business so you get to decide how fast or slow you go”.

That’s the reality of a home bakery business. It’s not overnight, all-of-a-sudden, “full time home baking in two weeks – here we go!”. That’s not how it works. Starting a Home Bakery Business is a very gradual, safe and planned process.

Growing a home bakery is very much like growing a plant from a seed. It starts very small but as you nurture it, it grows into something amazing.

You start with good soil in a flower pot and you plant a seed in it (phase 1). Then it grows to fill the pot (phase 2). And only then do you plant it into the large garden bed (phase 3). It’s a very nurtured, gradual process of growth that happens one step at a time.

 

Now that we’ve covered this super important point, you’re ready for the next part of this post…

The 3 DIFFERENT PHASES of starting a Home Bakery Business – from starting at zero, all the way up to full-time home baking.

In this post you’re essentially getting my secret Home Bakery Business Roadmap!

You can also join my Free Resource Library to get a clear, condensed illustration of this Roadmap (if you want to skip all the detail in this post).

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PHASE 1: STARTING OUT (You’re just starting or you haven’t started yet)

HERE’S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE:

You start by baking for the people you know. That’s how every single business starts.

You start by baking for friends, family and acquaintances for weekends. That’s how you start. This way you don’t have to leave your job before you can start! You start your Home Bakery as a Side-Hustle.

This is the way I started as well when I was still working in architecture. I would bake every Thursday night after work. I literally started by baking one batch of cupcakes.

Over time it gradually grew to about ninety items every Thursday & Friday night for clients. 180 items per weekend were my weekly limit when I still had a desk job.

During this Side-Hustle period you can start saving up the profit you’re making to use in the future for expenses.

You don’t need to have it “all figured out before” you can start your Home Bakery Business.

You can do this after hours one night per week to start with. That’s how a home bakery starts. You don’t necessarily need to rent a commercial kitchen space just yet. You can start very, very small with what you have.

SOME PRACTICAL TIPS:

A] You’ll need to get a certificate from the Health Department in order to bake legally at your Home. You can read this blog post to help you with that >> Home Bakery Certificates, Licenses and Insurance.

B] Filling out the free Home Bakery Business Plan workbook will help to give you clarity about your new business! In the workbook you’ll get lots of important questions you might not be thinking of yet. Join the free Resource Library to download the Business Plan Template.

C] You need to choose a great business name. This blog post can help you >> 5 Secrets for Creating a GREAT Home Bakery Business Name.

D] You’ll need to price your bakes correctly and I’ve got just the blog post to help you with that >> 6 Steps to Pricing Your Baked Goods with Confidence.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO FOCUS ON TO GROW TO THE NEXT LEVEL:

  1. During this phase you really want to focus on getting your baked goods even more delicious. Improving the quality of your baking is very important in this first phase. Focus on improving your baking skills.

I’ve got 2 guides for you in the Free Resource Library to help you improve the quality your baking:

How to grow your baking skills for free” AND “5 Weekly Habits to become a Better Baker”.

Join the Free Resource Library to get these free guides today.

Stretch and challenge yourself to bake new things that you’ve always want to bake. Research recipes and baking techniques. Read a lot of blogs and watch YouTube videos about baking.

So, before you bake a cheesecake for example, don’t just get any recipe and dive in! The chances of a failed bake are HUGE if you don’t research!

Home bakers often ask me how I can afford to practice my baking. But the KEY here is that you don’t practice with ingredients. You practice with RESEARCH. That’s how you improve your baking without wasting ingredients and money.

Before I baked my first cheesecake, I watched every single video on YouTube about baking cheesecake so I didn’t risk having a flop and wasting expensive ingredients.

I read every single blog post and watched every single YouTube video I could find on baking cheesecake before I baked my first one. And as a result, the first cheesecake I made was already good enough to sell.

So, before you bake ANYTHING, research it as thoroughly as possible. That’s how you make your learning process economical.

 

  1. In this phase you can also START an Instagram account and a Facebook page. BUT (super important) don’t spend a lot of time on social media yet!!

I see this all the time with new home bakers. They think; “if I just create an Instagram account or a Facebook page then I’m suddenly going to get a lot of orders and then life is going to be perfect.”

That’s not how it works. Just posting baked goods on social media and hoping to get sales does NOT work.

Instagram and Facebook are great platforms but they are also platforms that need to be used STRATEGICALLY.

Later in your Home Bakery journey social media can be amazing for your business. But it’s not worth your time to spend all your time on Instagram and on Facebook when you’re just starting your Home Bakery.

Don’t focus on getting likes and feeling popular on social media during phase 1.

Rather focus on improving the quality of your baked goods. And also focus on the relationships that you’re building with the friends & family you’re selling your bakes to.

 

3. In your home bakery journey you’re going to go through A LOT of trial & error to get consistent sales and success. This is normal!

But, if you want to skip 4 years of trial & error (because that’s how long it typically takes to really get a thorough grip on CONSISTENT Home Bakery sales),
and you want precise systems and strategies to get you weekly sales,
and if you’re tired of worrying where your next sale is coming from

Then my online course, Side Hustle Baker is perfect for you! It will give you the strategies you need to start getting weekly sales in 30 days or less >> Check out SHB here.

If you don’t want to invest in a course, that’s fine too! Just know the DIY route is going to take MUCH longer. Be patient with yourself and your learning process!

 

PHASE 2: PART-TIME BAKING

HERE’S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE:

In this phase your client base has grown a lot since phase 1. Your weekend, side-hustle home bakery is fully booked. You started baking one batch of something for Fridays. Eventually it will become two batches, three batches, four batches until you’re fully booked for Fridays.

Then you’ll start baking for Saturdays as well.

SOME PRACTICAL TIPS:

A] While you’re still working full-time at your day job, don’t bake more than 2 evenings per week. If you do more, it’s going to start putting a lot of pressure on your family life. Baking every single night of the week after work is not sustainable. Two nights per week maximum, okay? Don’t put your family under unnecessary pressure and don’t wear yourself out.

B] In this phase it’s crucial that you price your baked goods properly. Because if you undercharge, you’re not going to make enough profit and you won’t be able to grow your business.

RELATED: 6 Steps to Pricing Your Baked Goods with Confidence.

C] If you want to scale your side-hustle home bakery to a legit part-time business, you’ll need to DEFINE A NICHE. This means you specialize in solving a specific problem for clients. If you “bake anything for any occasion” you’ll get lost in the crowd. Defining a niche for your Home Bakery is the ONLY way to stand out!

Lucky for you there’s a guide in the Free Resource Library called “How to Find the Perfect Niche for Your Home Bakery“. Join the Free Resource Library now to get the free guide.

So, now that your weekends are fully booked, it’s time to grow.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO FOCUS ON TO GROW TO THE NEXT LEVEL:

  1. The reality is, you can’t progress to a part-time home bakery AND have a full-time day job. That’s impossible. You’re going to burn out. Your family is going to suffer. You are going to suffer. It just doesn’t work.

In order to progress to a part-time Home Bakery, you’ll need to scale down your day job to a part time position.

It’s crucial that you don’t make this move too early!

Every weekend in your Home Bakery should be fully booked for at least two months and then you know that it’s safe to progress to a part-time Home Bakery.

Move over to a part time day job so that you free up more time for your baking. But note that this part-time day job won’t necessarily be in the same line of work you’re in right now.

You may need to compromise and take a part-time day job that isn’t necessarily your first choice. But remember that this change is a means to an end because you have a vision of your future and your home bakery that you are building.

In order to make that happen, you need to scale down to a part-time day job. So, that might mean reception work for someone or freelance work. Use whatever skills you have to get a part-time job.

You’re doing this so you still have stable income from a day job, but also have more time available to grow your home bakery. If you don’t make that space of time available, your home baking won’t be able to GROW to fill it up.

It’s like digging an extension to a dam in advance so that you can catch more rain in the future.

This change to a part-time job does come down to a bit of a leap of faith. You can’t have a full-time day job AND a full-time Home Bakery Business at the same time!

As you let go of your past reality you can start grabbing onto your future. You can’t hold onto your past and hold onto your future at the same time. You’ll to get torn to pieces!

So, at some point you need to start letting go of your current reality so that you can grab hold of the future success that you want.

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  1. If you’ve scaled down to a part-time day job, you’ve now got more time for baking.

Now you can start looking out for a couple of wholesale clients. The benefits of wholesale clients are VAST! But the best one is probably that you only need ONE wholesale client in order to make HUNDREDS of sales.

From a marketing perspective; wholesale clients are so much less effort than direct clients! Because then sales no longer depend on YOUR effort.

With wholesale clients the sales depend on THEIR effort. They make profit from your bakes AND you’re just raking in more sales and profit from their effort. It’s awesome!

But you don’t have to bake for wholesale clients if you don’t want to.

Regardless, you always need to continue to grow your direct client base. Always focus on growing the relationships with your direct clients. Focus on giving them great products and great quality service.

And most importantly; connect with your direct clients as people.

Because remember, home baking is a very relational thing. It’s something that our mothers and grandmothers did for us. It’s a very family-orientated thing.

Relationships are so KEY to building a successful home bakery.

RELATED: 6 Easy Steps to Deal with Difficult/Dissatisfied Home Bakery Clients.

 

  1. The next thing you can focus on in phase 2 is to learn beginner marketing strategies and skills.

It’s vital for your success that you learn marketing skills and business skills.

Home bakers often ask me; “how do I get more clients and sales?” I understand WHY they ask this because who doesn’t want heaps of clients and sales?!

But if you take away ONLY ONE THING from this blog post, let it be this…

A Home Bakery isn’t as simple as just baking high quality things, getting a few “quick sales tips and tricks” and then everything works out. That’s not how a Home Bakery Business works.

A successful Home Bakery is planned. Success comes from strategy.

If you want to start a successful Home Bakery Business, you need to understand how clients THINK and WHY they buy things!

Let me give you a silly, but effective example. I was actually looking at my cat as she was busy drinking water.

She WANTS water. She knows she needs it. But if I pick her up and hold her close to the water and tell her; “Drink Kitty! Drink the water” She undoubtedly WILL scramble and run away – even though she wants that water.

Even though she’s thirsty she won’t bow to what I’m asking her to do. If I forcefully hold her there and ask her to drink the water, she’s going to just have the opposite reaction and run away.

And that’s what we often do with our clients. We bake something really tasty (that they actually do want) but we use terrible sales techniques that send them running away.

Here’s one example of these “terrible sales techniques” I’m speaking of: we just post something on Instagram and expect people to jump and order.

But asking people to buy your stuff without any kind of strategy or understanding is like forcefully holding them up to a bucket saying; “drink clients, drink!

And it doesn’t work.

Quick sales tips and tricks” aren’t going to give you a successful business. They might give you a few sales but they won’t give you a successful business. Do you understand the difference?

A few quick sales are not the same thing as a sustainably, consistently successful home bakery business. They are two different things.

So, it’s unavoidable; if you want to build a successful Home Bakery Business, you’re going to need to learn how to think like a business owner.

You’re going to need to grow as an entrepreneur. You’re going to need to learn marketing skills. And the great news is that anyone can learn these things! I honestly mean that!

RELATED: The 4 Essentials of Home Bakery Marketing.

Doctors need to learn all kinds of skills to practice medicine. Lawyers need to learn all kinds of skills to practice law. Chefs need to go through chef school to learn all kinds of skills to be a chef in a restaurant.

And in the same way, if you want to be a home bakery business owner, you need to learn business and marketing skills.

Be open to learning those things. If you just keep baking delicious things and hoping for the best, you’re constantly going to struggle to get clients.

You will get SOME sales based on talent and recipe quality alone. But you’ll struggle to build a CONSISTENTLY successful business that you can scale into a part-time or full-time one.

 

  1. During phase 2 you definitely need to create a website as well.

This is where you’re really going to start getting more sales.

I know it seems daunting to create a website for your Home Bakery, but it’s actually very simple! You can seriously create a website in one afternoon. It doesn’t have to be a big deal. It’s actually very simple and easy. Here’s a link for you to a Wix website tutorial.

Don’t put this off, okay? You need to create a website for your Home Bakery in phase 2. Simply because a website communicates to people that you take your business seriously.

If you don’t have a website, they’ll assume that you’re just baking as a hobby. If you just have an Instagram page and a Facebook page, they’ll assume that you’re just baking casually and that it isn’t necessarily a business.

But when you have a website, you’re telling people you take yourself AND their needs seriously.

With a website it’s also becomes possible for people to order online from you. People live online nowadays so you need to be online in order to reach them. That’s a simple fact of 21st century business.

 

  1. In phase 2 you also need to start paying more attention to your photography.

If baked goods don’t look delicious on a photo it’s tough for people to imagine themselves eating it. It’s tough for them to believe that it’s delicious if it doesn’t look delicious on the photo.

You can get some Photography tips for free on my Instagram “Photo Tips” story highlights 😊

I also teach a lot of photography tips in the Photography Essentials class which you get as a free bonus when you join the Side-Hustle Baker course.

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PHASE 3: FULL-TIME BAKING

HERE’S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE:

You have a consistent income every week that you can depend on and now you can just make that income MORE.

At this point when you are fully booked as a part-time baker. You’ve maybe got 1 or 2 wholesale clients and/or a direct client base that keeps you busy.

You essentially have a part-time day job and a part-time Home Bakery Business.

Pay attention to when that part-time baking is filled up completely for at least three months. Then you can start to move on to a full-time baking job and leave your day job for an employer altogether.

This is a scary step. I get it. But, at the same time it’s exactly the same as in phase two where you have to let go of your current reality to start embracing your future success. It comes down to the same thing.

It’s still a very safe and gradual process as you can see. You don’t drop everything immediately to bake full time and suddenly make a full salary from your baking.

Starting a Home Bakery is gradual – but as with anything NEW, there are still small steps of faith involved.

But please note that you can save up for this phase if you’re scared your finances might suffer. If you’re worried that you won’t have enough money to make a full salary when you start baking full time, save up the money you make in phase 2 of part time baking.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO FOCUS ON TO GROW TO THE NEXT LEVEL:

  1. The most important thing to focus on in phase 3 is giving your clients an AMAZING experience with you.

This is where you really need to understand what creates client loyalty.

Clients nowadays have a whole array of businesses to choose from. If you don’t know how to cultivate loyalty with your customers, they might move on to another baker.

That’s not the end of the world, you can always get more clients. But you need to understand how your clients think and what turns them into loyal customers, so research that online or in books.

In my signature course, Home Bakery Startup you get a free bonus course called “Client Loyalty Secrets”. Click here if you want to join the wait list for the Home Bakery Startup course.

 

  1. In phase 3 you really need to ace your marketing game.

You need to know about copywriting. Copywriting is just a fancy word for all the writing you do in your business. This includes the words that you use on your website, words in your e-mails, words you use on social media, etc.

As a business owner you need to understand how to get through to your clients.
You need to understand completely how they think.
You need to understand what makes them buy,
what attracts them to a business and
what puts them off.

All of that comes down to marketing.

Fortunately, marketing isn’t a skill you’re “born with” or not. Anyone can learn how to be great at marketing! This is what I teach in my online Home Bakery courses.

But there are also loads of books out there you can learn from. You don’t have to necessarily take an online course to learn these things. You can bootstrap and do it yourself.

RELATED: 7 Books every Home Bakery owner needs to read.

The advantage of my Home Bakery Business courses is that I have read through all of those books. I’ve applied those theories to my home bakery business and tested them.

I’ve learned in my eight years of home baking that a home bakery is a very unique type of business. So, that’s the advantage of doing of my courses; I give you the strategies that actually work so you don’t have to go through all of that trial and error yourself.

If you read books you CAN do it by yourself.

But it’ll probably take about 3-4 years of trial and error to refine the strategies you learn in books. It takes time before you actually figure out how to generate consistent income in your Home Bakery.

 

  1. You need to optimize your website to rank high on Google.

This is so important because you need a consistent stream of new clients coming into your business.

Consistent sales come down to two things:

A] Your current clients are loyal. They stick with you and buy from you over and over again.

B] You also have a steady stream of new clients coming in and Google is the best way to do that. Getting new clients from Google has revolutionized my business.

But you can’t just create a website and then hope that people find you on Google.

There are all kinds of specific strategies you need to use. They call it SEO which stands for “search engine optimisation.”

This just refers to the things that you do to make Google like you, so that they’ll recommend you to people when they search for bakers in your town/city.

You can do things with your website on the back-end and on Google so that when people search for baked goods in your area, you’re the first one to pop up. You can seriously do this without paying a cent for advertising!

And then when people click through to your website, you say exactly the right things to make them understand that you are the baker need.

Then they click and order from you. If you can get this right, you’ll never need to worry about getting new clients again.

RELATED: How to Promote Your Home Bakery Business & Get More Exposure.

 

  1. You need to build a strong brand.

Now, a brand is often a very elusive thing. People often think a brand is just your logo, colours, fonts, business cards, etc. (I used to think this too!)

But all that stuff is NOT your brand. Those things are PART of your brand, but it’s actually just branding DESIGN. It’s just one leg of your brand.

Yes, of course your branding design needs to be beautiful. You need to have a beautiful website, beautiful food photography that draws people in. All of that MATTERS.

But your brand is MORE than just the graphics of your Home Bakery Business.

Your brand is actually WHAT YOUR CLIENTS THINK & FEEL about your business. So, that goes WAY beyond a “pretty logo”.

A brand is about the message that your business is putting out there. It’s about what your home bakery stands for. It’s the vision that you have, the beliefs that you have, the principles that you have in your home bakery. These are the things that make up a strong brand.

And the words that you say (copywriting) are a massive part of this.

You need to have the right words on your website, e-mails, Facebook posts, etc.

You need to understand how to communicate effectively with your clients so that they know your baking is the solution to their problems.

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Phew! Congrats for making it this far!

Let’s do a quick recap of what you’ve learned today.

# To start and grow a home bakery business is a safe and gradual process. You start small with one batch of bakes. Then you build your business up very gradually so you’re always getting an income. Your family will never be at risk. Your finances will never be at risk because you’re always getting an income.

# Note that you don’t need a flawless website and epic marketing before you can START selling your home baking! You only need to start learning about marketing & website building in phase 2.

# You can absolutely start selling now already. The beauty of a Home Bakery is that you can earn money from your baking while you learn business & marketing skills in the background.

# Good news is; anyone can learn marketing skills! You can do that though studying business & marketing books and testing out their strategies. Or you can join an online Home Bakery Business course to get proven Home Bakery Business marketing strategies.

 

Download the Home Bakery Business Roadmap

We covered quite a lot in this post so I’m sure it’ll feel a bit overwhelming!

To make your life a bit easier, I’ve created a short & sweet Roadmap for you to remind you of what you’ve learned today.

>> You can get the Home Bakery Business Roadmap for free when you join the Free Resource Library.

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Thanks for reading! It was great to have you here.

If you’re confused about anything, let me know in the comments below. I love helping home bakers and see them just reach success faster. Let’s start and grow your home bakery business together!

Chat soon

Aurelia 🙂

Got a question? Something to add? Let’s chat in the comments section down below! (I respond to every single comment) 🙂

How to Know if You’re READY to Start a Home Bakery

How to Know if You’re READY to Start a Home Bakery

How to Know if You’re READY to Start a Home Bakery

Starting a Home Bakery Business has become a super attractive idea and topic over the last few years!

In this post I’m going to be brutally honest with you about the awesomeness AND the reality of starting a Home Bakery.

Here’s what going on; MANY families around the world have lost their jobs due to Covid-19…

If that’s happened to your family, I’m deeply sorry for the difficult time you’ve been going through.

Know right now that your story is not over yet! God loves you way too much to ever let anything happen to you without GREAT reason.

It might be a very difficult season for you now.

A Home Bakery Business can certainly help with the practical struggles you’re facing – like providing for your family. YES, it does work and it CAN help you and your family.

But I’m not promising that life’s going to be “perfect” a few years down the line. I’m not promising that a Home Bakery will “fix everything” for you.

This world we’re in places a LOT of emphasis on dreams and how fulfilling them will finally give you joy and contentment. Let me save you the suspense and tell you right now that no earthly thing has the power to do that.

No matter how shiny that dream is, it just won’t fulfill you. I’ve experienced this first-hand.

I believe and have seen that only Jesus Christ can fulfill you – because we were made by him and for him. If a car is made to function on diesel, no amount of petrol will EVER make it go.

Over time I’ve learned that if you’re not content WITHOUT your dreams being fulfilled, you won’t be content WITH them being fulfilled (email me if you want to chat about it).

If you expect a Home Bakery to fulfill you, it will become a HEAVY BURDEN instead of a delight. A new business struggles to grow well under such pressure.

A home bakery can absolutely be a wonderful thing! Truth be told, it’s certainly changed my life.

RELATED: How Starting a Home Bakery has Changed My Life

If you’ve been brain storming ideas of how to make an income with the baking skills you DO have, you’re totally in the right place!

And now I’m guessing you’re also here because you’re not sure if you’re truly READY to start a Home Bakery Business…

Are you wondering if you’re skilled enough? 
Prepared enough? 
What it’s going to take to build a successful home bakery? 
What are the first steps to start a baking business from home?

These are the type of questions I’m covering in this post.

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I’m going give you all the specific checkpoints you need so you can judge for yourself if you are ready to start a home bakery business.

This blog post is here to give you more clarity – especially if you haven’t started a home bakery yet.

But even if you have started your business (that’s struggling to make profit) this post will help you tremendously! You may recognize some of these checkpoints that may have been holding you back.

Through this blog post you’ll understand how to overcome them so your business can start growing.

If we haven’t met yet; hi! I’m Aurelia Lambrechts. I’ve been a full-time home baker in Cape Town, South Africa for 6+ years.

Now it’s my mission to help flavor-obsessed home bakers to get the confidence and business skills they need so that they can confidently share their baking gifts with the world.

If you want to become a confident & successful Home Bakery Business owner, I’m here to help you make it happen!

Let’s get to it 😊

 

How NOT to Judge if You’re Ready

First, we need to go through some common misconceptions of how people judge their ready-ness to start a home bakery.

Here’s how NOT to judge your ready-ness.

1. “I need to have more baking experience and confidence in my knowledge before I am ready to start selling my baked goods to people.

I hear this all the time and I just want you to know that this is NOT a sign that you’re not ready.

When I started out, I literally baked one batch of cupcakes as an experiment just because I felt like some cake and it tasted great, and about a week or two later I was selling them.

That was the extent of my baking experience. Here’s a photo of how amateurish my bakes looked when I first started selling them.

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Sure, I baked a bit earlier in university and as a kid, but really just in the same way any normal girl bakes in her life. I didn’t have masses of baking experience or whatever.

Truth is, you need very limited baking experience before you can start a Home Bakery.

When I baked brownies for example in university, we had to raise money for charity. Baking treats was my go-to when I had to raise money for ANYTHING.

Sure, the brownies that I baked back then weren’t perfect, but they were still VERY delicious!

The brownie recipe I’m using now I’ve been tweaking and tweaking through the thousands of times I’ve made these brownies. But it doesn’t mean those first brownies were bad. They were still pretty darn tasty!

If your baking TASTES good then you’re good to go. You’re ready. It just has to TASTE delicious. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

Your baking doesn’t need to be the “most mind-blowing goods” you’ve ever had in your life or whatever. That’s not necessary. It just has to taste good and then you are ready.

Because baking experience, confidence and knowledge are things that you can LEARN. You can learn them on the go. You don’t need to have it “all figured out” before you’re ready to start a home bakery business.

 

2. “I need to have a spacious kitchen and fancy appliances before I can start.

I’m going to give it to you straight. This is a total LIE. A complete and total LIE.

We see spacious kitchens and fancy appliances on social media ALL the time, right?

We see bakers with these fancy KitchenAid mixers – some even have like three of them! We see bakers with like twenty spatulas and a massive commercial oven.

The BIG mistake we then make is to assume that we’d need all that fancy kitchen gear TOO before we can start a home bakery. But it’s so NOT true.

I started my side-hustle home bakery while I was working as an architectural technologist. I had a tiny salary and a heap of student debt, so there was NO WAY I could buy fancy appliances!

Back then I was living in a student house and the oven in the kitchen was unfortunately broken.

So, I would drive to my boyfriend’s (now husband) house to make my bakes there. After everything was baked, I drove back home and finished my bakes there – slicing brownies, frosting cupcakes, packaging everything.

Here’s the honest truth; I know life often doesn’t feel fair and it feels like other home bakers have it easier than you… But where there’s a will, there’s a way. You can MAKE this work.

If you don’t have a lot of space in your kitchen, that’s fine too!

After my first year of baking on the side, we got married. Then I decided to scale my side-hustle home bakery into a full-time one. For the first year and a half of full-time baking we lived in a tiny one-bedroom apartment and the kitchen was three square meters. I kid you not. Here’s a photo of our little kitchen.

I had two little counter tops and the oven in the middle and that was it. That was my entire kitchen.

In that tiny, 3 square meter kitchen I baked full-time for a year and a half! So, I repeat; you can MAKE it work.

Whatever your kitchen setup looks like, you can make it work. And if it seriously can’t work in your kitchen then ask a friend or family if you can bake in their kitchen once a week.

You don’t need a spacious kitchen to start a home bakery.

In my tiny kitchen I even baked for a massive event called the Good Food and Wine Show. In that tiny space I baked 1000 treats in four days. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

You don’t need heaps of resources to be successful. Success isn’t reserved for people who have an “easy life” or bottomless resources. Success goes to the people who use effective business strategies, are determined and work with what they have.

That’s what it takes to be successful.

So, whatever your situation is right now, you can make it work. Don’t let your kitchen size or lack of fancy appliances hold you back or determine whether you’re ready or not.

Your resources (or lack thereof) are NOT a sign of your ready-ness at all.

 

3. “I need to create my own recipes & they need to be perfect before I’m ready.

I already covered this a little bit in point number 1.

The very first brownies I made and sold weren’t perfect at all, but they still tasted really good! They weren’t the “ultimate chocolate brownies” that I bake now, but they were still pretty darn tasty.

Your baking does NOT have to be perfect before you’re ready to start a home bakery.

No-one is going to ask for your baking qualification or whatever. No-one cares. If it tastes good then people will buy from you. Your recipes don’t need to be perfect. Your baking just needs to taste good.

There are loads of amazing recipes online. You don’t need to develop your own recipes before you can sell your baked goods!

You can just find a delicious recipe online from Baker by Nature, Cleobuttera, Sally’s Baking Addiction, Brown-Eyed Baker or whoever else has a recipe with a high star-rating.

There are so many amazing baking blogs out there with stunning recipes. Always look at the star rating of the recipe and then make them. Make them, follow the recipe to the T and then taste it, if it tastes great then start selling them.

This is not a copyright infringement at all. If you started a blog and you copy their recipe and claim that it’s your own, that’s not okay. That would be illegal.

But, you may bake whatever recipes you find online and sell them. That’s totally okay and legal.

Of course, if you post that bake on social media it’s just good manners to tag the recipe’s creator in your caption. Please always do that.

 

4. “I’ll feel ready (not scared) when I’m ready to start a home bakery business or when it’s time for me to start one.

This is so not the case.

You see, our brains are very interesting things. Have you watched The Croods? It is such a great example!

It’s about this family of cave people and the father has this rule in their household that anything new is BAD. He’s so set on this rule that anything new is BAD because that’s how their family has survived for years and years. NOT avoiding new things is the reason why all their neighbours have died.

This is exactly the way many home bakers approach something like starting a home bakery!

Your brain will ALWAYS make you scared of things that are NEW.

Fear is NOT a sign that you’re not supposed to start a Home Bakery.

Fear is NOT a sign that you’re not ready. It’s just a sign that you’re HUMAN, that’s all. Don’t let the feeling of nervousness and fear make you assume that you’re not ready to start a home bakery.

 

Now that we’ve discussed how NOT to judge your ready-ness, let’s go over the ACTUAL signs that you’re ready to start a home bakery.

The 3 Signs that You’re READY to Start a Home Bakery Business:

1. You’re not looking for a “get-rich-quick shortcut” but you actually LOVE baking.

During Covid-19 people’s eyes have been opened to the benefits of a home bakery business.

You get to be at home – which is mandatory during quarantine and lockdown. You get to make money from the comfort of your own home and you’re able to be there for your family.

There are so many benefits to a home bakery business.

And now during Covid-19 I’ve received so many e-mails from people saying; “my wife and I are at home and we realize we have this time, let’s start a baking business!”

That’s great and all but you need to realize that if you’re going to start a home bakery you’re going to be baking – A LOT.

If you don’t love baking, you’re going to have a very tough time having a BAKING business! A home bakery is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It’s not a shortcut to quickly make money.

You’re going to have to grow. You are going to learn how to be a business owner.

In the beginning you’ll be baking after hours as you build up a side-hustle home bakery. Are you willing to make that commitment?

And then, when you’re baking full-time, you’re going to be baking about four to five days per week. Every week. Do you love baking enough to do it five days per week?

If you do, then that’s GREAT! Then you’re ready to start a Home Bakery.

If you only want to make a heap of money quickly then a home bakery business is not right for you. But, if you want to make an income AND the idea of baking on a very regular basis excites you, then you’re ready for a home bakery.

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2. You’re open to learning new things for the rest of your life.

Being open to learning new things is VITAL for the success of a home bakery business.

It’s fine if you feel like you don’t know enough. It is fine if you don’t have enough experience and knowledge right now and you don’t feel confident in your knowledge, that’s fine.

It’s only a problem if you don’t want to learn new skills or grow them.

Because learning new skills and growing them is the ONLY way you’re going to become a successful business owner.

A] You’re going to need to grow as a person.

Here’s a quote from small business expert Michael E Gerber (from his book The E-Myth Revisited): “Your small business will always be nothing more than a distinct reflection of who you are.”

Here’s what he’s saying: YOU are the center of your baking business. YOU are the person making all the decisions. And therefor your business will magnify YOUR weaknesses and strengths.

Every single business decision will be made in your mind. You are the person that makes those decisions.

So, if you’re very un-confident and insecure and doubt yourself then that’s going to come out in your baking business. It’s inevitable. It just happens.

I saw that in my own business and that’s why I had to grow so much as a person.

But once again, if you’re just OPEN to learning and growing and changing, then you are going to be totally fine. Then you’re ready to start a home bakery.

 

B] You’re also going to need to grow as a business owner.

School was a wonderful thing, I’m very grateful to have gone to school.

But you need to understand that school was created during the Industrial Revolution. It was a different time. School was intentionally designed to produce docile factory employees – someone that works for a boss.

The way you think, the way you function, the way you make decisions; ALL of it was shaped by the traditional schooling system.

Right now, you’re functioning like an employee that works for someone else. It’s not your fault. It’s not a bad thing. It’s just what school trained you for. That’s a fact.

But now that you want to become a successful business owner, you’re going to need to learn how to become an ENTREPRENEUR. That’s a totally different ball game.

The Employee mindsets, employee beliefs, employee ways of doing things (which you were taught in school) do not work when you’re trying to become an entrepreneur. Employee-thinking won’t help you when you want to become a successful business owner.

But once again, you just need to be OPEN to learning about entrepreneurship.

You just need to be open to learning new entrepreneurial skills and how to think like an entrepreneur, how to act like an entrepreneur.

Great news is that ANYONE who is open can learn how to be an entrepreneur!

It’s not something that you’re “born with” or not.

Anyone who is open can learn entrepreneurship skills. They are very simple. They are very straightforward and they can be taught. It can be learned.

You just need to be open and willing to learn; then you are ready.

 

3. You don’t have it all figured out. You’re scared but you’re ALSO excited!

I want you to imagine something for a moment. Picture yourself with a thriving home bakery. You are fully booked for this week and next week in advance.

You are baking full-time. You’re baking about four to five days per week.

Now, I want to ask you; does that thought make you feel tired and overwhelmed? OR does it make you feel nervous, but ALSO giddy and excited?

That’s how you know you’re ready to start a home bakery! If the thought is scary but it ALSO excites you.

In summary; what makes you ready is NOT the knowledge and experience you have. It’s NOT about feeling ready. It’s not about having a massive kitchen with fancy appliances.

None of those are signs that you are ready.

THE SIGNS THAT YOU’RE READY TO START A HOME BAKERY ARE:

  1. You’re in love with baking,
  2. You’re open to learning new skills and
  3. The thought of a home bakery makes you feel nervous and scared, but ALSO very excited.

 

I’m READY! What do I do Next??

And now, if you’ve just realized you ARE ready to start a Home Bakery Business, I’d love to show you HOW to do it 😊 Yay!

Remember how I told you need to learn how to think & act like an entrepreneur – not an employee?

Well, here’s an entrepreneurship TRUTH you need to know: Home Bakery success doesn’t happen by accident or luck or talent alone. Success happens with STRATEGY.

Even if you’re on of the best bakers in your town/city, you’ll still need to grow beyond being a baker and LEARN how to become an ENTREPRENEUR.

Because a successful baking business is 30% great baking and 70% great Business Strategy. That’s explains why commercial bakeries are so successful. Their baking doesn’t taste as good as yours, but their business strategy is on point!

RELATED: The 4 Essentials of Home Bakery Marketing.

Imagine how far you could go if you had the business skills to MATCH your delicious baking!

Here’s how to get consistent sales every week:

Learn about ENTREPRENEURSHIP and learn about how CLIENTS THINK before they buy (in other words, learn about Marketing). Invest in a proven STRATEGY to get clients & sales every week.

If you want to start a home bakery that gets consistent sales every week; you need a proven STRATEGY to get you there.

If you’re keen to start a Home Bakery Business on the side, I invite you to check out the Side Hustle Baker course. In the course you’ll get my step-by-step STRATEGY for starting your Home Bakery and getting consistent, weekly sales!

>> You’ll also get a free Masterclass on Entrepreneurship,
>> a free class on photographing your bakes,
>> a free Facebook support group
>> AND a free masterclass on how to make delicious decorations for your baked goods to give them more finesse & value.

And if you can’t invest in a course right now, join my Free Resource Library to get the free templates, guides, cheat-sheets you need to help you start your Home Bakery!

You can also check out my favourite entrepreneurship & business books. These books helped me to go from losing 70% of my income to being fully booked for 3 months in advance! Books are BY FAR the cheapest way to grow your Home Bakery Business.

That’s it for today’s post!

Chat soon 😊

Aurelia

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