I was just wondering how you handle having a home based business and cake consultations when you have a family/ normal house stuff going on at the same time. My kids are older so that is not the problem(they are really helpful and make my life easier)
I have really gotten organized with my business and keep things in certain places but it is the every day stuff that makes me crazy! I have gone to only doing consults on certain days, but it seems it is hard to keep up with the clutter and making sure things are put away for when my people arrive.
I keep up with the general cleaning but I find it difficult to keep up with the personal belongings when I have consultations scheduled. How fussy do I need to be? I mean we actually live here! LOL
What kinda sparked these thoughts lately is when I have a consultation and I feel like the customer is looking around like they are judging you by the fact that you have books piled up on the end stands and mail on the desk or just that we live in a middle class home, comfortable but not ritzy. Some customers seem to click and we can chat like old friends and others make me really uncomfortable. Like we are in different classes and they look down on me. Do you worry at all how you are perceived?
Just a little info to explain how things work here. We have an open concept where you can see all the way through the kitchen, dining and living room. I do my consultations at the dining room table and have easy access to the computer to make copies, do searches and such. There is no hiding behind walls here!
I have read where some do consults out of the house but how do you deal with samples then. It seems like it would be a lot of work to do that.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts! I have gained so much knowledge form all you fellow decorators out there!
Thanks again, Deena