One of the challenges Kyle and I have been faced with is me being a stay-at-home mom. We both love that I'm able to do that. Daycare scares the bejesus out of me and I can't stand the thought of my kids bonding to someone else. We have been blessed with this amazing opportunity. But, lately, it's getting harder and harder to stay on top of everything with just one income. And we've been having to make cut-backs, sacrifices, and are now being posed with a major question. Do I need to go back to work?
Thinking about it makes me a little depressed. I don't want to leave my kids with almost anyone. I've seen and heard too many horror stories. But we are closing in on the point that we can't afford me being a stay-at-home mom. We've been racking our brains with trying to find a way for me to either work from home, or work nights, or something where daycare won't come into the picture. I'm not only uncomfortable with the idea, but we don't need to add another bill on top of the pile we already have. We've looked at everything. Me working overnights as a stocker somewhere, doing Mary Kay or Avon or something similar, daycare (but then realized I can barely handle my own two right now so that wouldn't work), night janitorial work, weekend jobs.
I got stressed, so I baked some cookies one day to make myself feel better. Kyle had a moment of brilliance. Why didn't we think of it earlier? I can start an at-home baking business. Um, yeah! Perfect! I can work from home and do something I love. The idea was magical.
I talked it over with my mom. I'm going to need her help. The start up runs between $1,000 and $1,500. But I don't need special licenses or anything. Just a food safety certificate, a tax account, and people will to buy some amazing baked goods. She told me she was willing to help pay for any classes I needed and let me borrow her kitchen for the time being. I'm hoping that once I officially launch the company, I'll be able to rent out a small kitchen space.
So here's the overview of what I plan on doing.
I'll be making cupcakes, brownies, and cookies.
I hope to expand to cakes at one point (I may do the occasional one for family and friends).
I'll be selling directly from my house and community events at first. I'll then move into Farmer's markets.
As of right now, I will not be able to ship anything out of state. If I'm visiting a state (like Washington) I'll be able to make and sell then.
I will be able to do deliveries within the city of Littleton and Englewood. Outside of those city limits, it'll be a dollar per mile.
It's a small venture, but it's something I'm super excited about. So over the next several weeks, I'll be trying out a bunch of new recipes for all sorts of sweets. If you have suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below and I'll give it a whirl. Also, I'm in need of a Trade Name. I'm having trouble coming up with one. I also have to check with the State to make sure no one else has taken it. You have a brilliant at-home bakery name? Leave a comment!
I hope you're all excited about this! Make sure you're letting family and friends know that I'll be starting this up soon. I'll have pricing available in the next month or so as well. Be excited, spread the word, and get hungry!