So what else was I up to during my writing hiatus? I was starting my own small business.
WHAT!!!!! I know, that is the reaction of most people that actually know me as well.
What is it you ask? Well, it involves one of my favorite things to consume other than wine, pizza, steak, pasta, ice cream and most all other foods and drinks.
Cakeballs. NO NOT Cakepops……Cakeballs.
They are NOT the nasty balls of cooked cake coated in chalky candy melts and almost impossible to eat while looking happy about it. NO! I make Cakeballs. Scrumptious balls of cake, mixed with icing and dipped in almond bark chocolate. Rich luscious bites of heaven that are so sinfully good that I had to share them with the general public……for a price.
I was groping for something to do that might actually be both fun and have the potential to make money. Naturally surrounding myself with cake seemed like the best decision ever. I had been making these treats for the family as Christmas gifts for about five years so it was something familiar and enjoyed. Of course I had only ever made one flavor before, chocolate. For a business there would have to be more flavors for people to enjoy and pay for.
So I started making more flavors and told our friends about my idea and ended up with my first sale. I then realized that I needed boxes to deliver my treats in, business cards with my info, a Facebook page and email address in order to advertise. Wow, actual work involved……business type work and I just wanted to bake cake.
Well, I started this business last April and then had to kinda put it on the back-burner because of my commitment to PTO HELL. I did okay and attended some events as a vendor to get my name out there. I ended up pushing my limits a couple of times as I continued, like the order for 32 dozen for Christmas from just one customer. Yep…..along with my other twenty dozen ordered by customers that made a whopping total of 52 dozen cakeballs, which for you slow mathers out there that is 624 individual cakeballs. I did it and everyone was happy with their orders, but by that time I was just happy to be finished for the year.
I am now officially 19 months into my new business and it is actually looking good. I am going very slowly in growth aspect and trying not to push for too much too soon. I do my baking work during the hours when my kids are in school and after they are in bed for the night. I am slowing making a name for myself and have started being recognized as the “Cakeball Lady”.
I am now in the midst of preparing my holiday orders for this year and working around my family’s own holiday plans. Stress is minimal but being managed quite well with my hubby’s homemade wine, which is another blog posting in the works. Now I will leave you with some mouthwatering pictures of my unique treats and let you dream and drool….