im on here a lot but im usually just a reader, anyways, heres my dilemma... i own a very small, adorable, bakery specializing in pastries, sweet rolls, cookies and cakes, in my small town in Nebraska. ive been open exactly one year now and as expected, money is tight, but its a bit tighter than i thought... all my customers seem to love my products and i'm nearly sold out every day, but as one baker i can only handle so much work and can't afford to hire another baker to help out. basically, my husband and i went over all my expenses and it just doesn't seem to be getting better. the money i bring in is just enough to pay bills and to pay myself a miniscule amount, which i really shouldnt even be paying myself right now bc i'm so broke! anyways, im going to a bridal fair this january and hopefuly that will increase my wedding cake business, but i'm concerned that if i do get more cake business, then i'll be stretched so thin that i'll be beyond stressed and exhausted all the time.
basically rh last year, although i love my bakery, other people love my bakery, and i'm sure i could increase business over time, im so stressed all the time, exhausted, and i feel like my overall quality of life is not so great because of the amount of work, for such little money.
my husband and i own a few acres of land that we will be moving onto this year and he suggested that we could build a small little shop (like big garden shed almost) and we can insulate it and drywall and turn it into a little bakery kitchen. i already have all the equipment i could move from my current bakery. i could close my store front, and become a special orders only bakery out of my home (even though it wouldnt actually be in home, just on property) this way i won't have all the costs of building rent and the high utilities, and i'll ahve much more free time inbetween orders. if i can even manage a couple wedding cakes a month then i'd get to keep nearly all the profit since my bills will be gone (well nearly gone).
i know i have devoted customers and as a tight knit community, i'm sure everyne would understand and still order from me... i like the idea of having my own little kitchen on our property near our house, that i can work in as i get orders instead of the daily grind of waking at 430am and working like a dog all day, i still feel sad, like i've failed or like i'm giving up to easy.. i don't know what to do !!!
anyone ever been in a similar situation?