I did not start out with a plan to run my own company. I was perfectly happy working for someone else. After all, working for another person and a company that belongs to someone else means that a lot of hard work is done for you. But I started making baked goods in my free time, and everyone liked them so much that they said I should open my own bakery. Over time, the idea appealed to me. But I needed to learn more about running one, such as business deals – paying for goods and services as well as laws for a company that sells food items and much more. It was actually a lot of fun to learn about, and I am still learning as I go.
Luckily, I had a lot of money saved from my working for a company for over 15 years. I was always good with my money, and the thought of opening my own bakery seemed like a good investment to me. So, I worked really hard to learn all that I could about running something that I own on my own. I know that I could hire other people to do a lot of those things for me, but I also knew that would take time. I needed to be very frugal up front and handle a lot of the work on my own, and I needed to know what I was doing. I figured that if my company was a success, I could hire on more and more people after about a year and half or so.
Opening day was full of excitement for me. I was able to hire about 3 people. One person helps me on the administration side so that I can still help with the baking. I also hired two very accomplished bakers. We had over 100 customers on our very first day. Since then, we have had a steady stream of customers all day since we opened.