I was recently privileged to be interviewed on another blog about starting my own business and tips I have for others who are thinking of doing the same… thank you to mydearbakes
I hope you enjoy…
[OhTalentSpotted!] : We would like to feature Cathy of CakeArcade in this month’s OhTalentSpotted! From a hobbyist, Cathy has just recently to launch her own cake design studio!
We are really privileged to interview Cathy and find out why… she decided to run her own cake design studio! =)
(mydearbakes)1. Why did you get into cake decorating?
(Cathy) : I had always been artistic since childhood, I studied Fine Art, I tried many different forms of creating but I felt like I wanted to make things people would use and love not just hang on the wall and admire it occasionally. I love to make beautiful things, I love to make pretty table decorations and invitations, and I love to eat! I especially love to eat dessert, so cake decorating has become my obsession. I love that my customers love my cakes so much that they don’t want to cut them! I love that cakes are the centrepiece to wonderful moments and memories, that my work can bring such beauty and joy into the world is my inspiration.
(mydearbakes)2. What made you decide to start a cake decorating business?
(Cathy): I love to make beautiful things… and I want to share them with everyone. That is my talent and gift, so starting a business was always inevitable. I want to work at what I love doing… I want to attract clients that bring me amazing inspiration that helps me push my talents further and create designs that I would not have come up with on my own.
(mydearbakes): 3. Any challenges faced when you are settling up the business?
(Cathy): My local council does not allow home bakers… I am looking to hire a commercial kitchen for the short term, but as my business grows I will have to build my own commercial kitchen or rent a retail premises. It makes it hard for those of us starting out to have enough work to cover the expense of having to have a commercial kitchen, but it is my goal to be able to separate my work and give it its own place to breathe and expand.
(mydearbakes) 4. Any tips to share with our fans who are also dreaming of running their own business one day?
(Cathy): Practice, Practice, Practice. Study with the best. The online classes that are available are amazing and so affordable now. Never stop learning. Buy cake dummies and practice. Invent any opportunity to make a cake. Perfect your recipes and set your prices, then stick to them. Don’t pay yourself below minimum wage, You have a valuable skill that people need. Act like a business. Team up with other quality vendors in your area.