Saturday, June 16, 2012
Turning a hobby into a business
When I was in major cake pop making mode, a lot of people told me I should try to sell my cake pops. I did actually toy with doing something with them. I was going to enter some recipe contests and I thought about actually selling them.
But then sanity prevailed.
My first kick in the pants occurred when I decided to pledge two dozen cake pops to a bake sale that was a fundraiser for some people at work dealing with cancer. This was probably the first time in ages where I had to deliver a certain amount of cake pops by a certain time.
It was stressful.
The nice thing about bringing cake pops to a potluck is that you can't alway not do it and bring something else. The same with bringing them into work. If you feel tired that night, just do it another time.
The other nice thing is that you don't have to be as picky about how things turn out. If this cake pop is a little lopsided and that one doesn't have the sprinkles on it quite the way you want or the chocolate dripped down the stick too far, well just don't bring it in. Or bring it anyway and figure people getting free food won't be picky.
But when you are selling something... it has to meet certain standards.
In my life, I have tried to work for myself two times. Both times ended up as disasters. This may surprise people because I am very organized in my work life and even my personal life I get a lot down. But when I worked for myself, I had trouble forcing myself to do things when there was no schedule or outside force forcing me to do it.
I am sure it would have been the same if I had to tried to start a cake pop business.
I would still like to DO SOMETHING with my cake pops, but I think that what will actually happen is that I'll start training again and I will lose interest in this cake pop hobby entirely.
And speaking of training again.... on to the next blog post.