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When working full time (or studying or being a mom), how can I have a cake business on the side and can it really be profitable?

Here’s a question that came in from someone who works full time and *loves* cupcakes.  Like, can not stop thinking about them.

“I am a full-time medical student from Melbourne and have been baking from the age of about 10 or so and am extremely passionate about it. I frequently bake for my friends and family and have often recommended me to start my own business or go on ‘Masterchef’ to make something of this talent. The problem is, I have no idea if I will be able to do it whilst being a full-time medical student…  Your advice would be greatly appreciated!”

This is such a great question (and a very common one!).

Here are 8 Things you Need to Know.

1.) First, get very clear on what you want from your business.

Write down how many cakes you want to sell per week and how much money you want to make?

Then decide HOW you are going to make it happen?

2.) You will need to get more efficient (even selfish) with your time.

What do I mean by this?

Wake up earlier, be organized, so you can decorate while the kids are sleeping OR only go on Facebook in the last 30 minutes before bed.

We all have 24 hours in the day.  Make the absolute most out of every minute/hour.

3.) Let your passion push past your fear.

You love cake.

Yes, you will feel afraid, anxious, unsure.  But go back to the truth.

You love cake.

4.) Ask for help.

Ask mom to babysit, get a house cleaner, get your partner to cook dinner 3 times a week.

You can have it all.  You just can’t do it all.

It is okay to ask for help.  It actually means you are strong, not weak.

5.) One step at a time (but take action!)

By putting one foot in front of the other, create movement.  Movement creates momentum.

Staying exactly where you are, nothing changes.

6.) The most rewarding things in life were never easy.

Remember all the greatest obstacles you have had in your life.  Did you come out the other side stronger? smarter? braver? better?

Feel the fear & do it anyway.

7.) You can do it.

More than anything, I want you to know this.  I believe in you.  You have got this.

Tell yourself, every, single day, ”I freaking got this!”

8.) And sometimes you will feel like giving up.  Don’t.

There will always be hurdles which are designed to make us want it more.

So strive harder.

And the reward will be sweeter.


What tips can you share about your experience with working a “day job” and doing cakes on the side?

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