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The Loneliness of the Custom Cake Maker...?

post #1 of 42
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First of all, hello - I've been lurking on this board for a while and only just having the nerve to post now.

I've been hobby caking for a few years and now the youngest of my kids is about to start school, I am seriously wondering about trying to sell my cakes. Have been mainly worrying so far about being good enough but am now starting to question if I can hack the lifestyle. Do any of you find it really lonely? - obviously you'll meet customers but it strikes me that baking from home is a very solitary thing to do. Is there anything you do to actively get out and meet others in a business sense? Be interested to hear your thoughts.
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Yes, I can't wait to have a couple of employees. But even with more people around, as the business owner, there is always the loneliness factor. But just to have some friendly chatter around would be nice.
 

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But just to have some friendly chatter around would be nice.

I suppose that's why places like this are so popular - for the friendly chatter you don't get from colleagues icon_smile.gif
post #4 of 42

My day job is filled with ringing phones, needy teachers, needy students, needy parents, etc (of course, I love them all!). Talk, talk, talk, noise, noise noise; the quiet in my cake room is like a retreat for me. 

post #5 of 42
I do get lonely out in my bakery, that is why I keep my laptop close! I feel isolated from the rest of my family, and all alone. Sometimes I love it, but other times I wish that my husband could stay out there with me the whole time icon_wink.gif
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post #6 of 42

I don't get lonely when I'm baking, but I do it part-time out of my home.  I put the TV or music on and I usually have other things I do during the day as well.  I lived alone for many years, so being alone doesn't bother me.

post #7 of 42
In the bakery I work at there is a cafe and a bake house, two seperate buildings. I find I'm often in the bakehouse by myself and everyonce in awhile I wish some one were there to keep me company but for the most part I enjoy the quiet! I listen to pandora and do my 'thing'. I think I work best when I AM by myself, that's when the artist in me kicks in. I do get plenty of social time when people are picking up their cakes or I am one on one in a consult. So it all evens out. icon_smile.gif
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post #8 of 42
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Thanks for all your responses - I do want to give the cake business a try so its finding ways to deal with the isolation I suppose. I'm generally happy with my own company but I've been a housewife for nearly 7 years now and although I've enjoyed it and I have friends, you do spend a lot of time alone, and I don't want to get back in to working only to discover I'm completely lonely and out on a limb.

Still, I definitely want to give it a try and will have to see how it goes. There is always the internet icon_biggrin.gif
post #9 of 42

I have my own little bakery in a separate building on our property and it does get lonley some times, especially when working late into the night.

I have a little TV-DVD-Radio-CD combination so I can choose if I listen to TV, a DVD or the radio - I hardly ever actually look at the screen. This is especially funny when it comes to commercials as I never look at those of course. When I do occaisionally watch TV in the house I'm always surprised at what visual representation they choose for all that noise icon_wink.gif

 

By now I am so used to being alone there that I often resent anyone coming in. It is also hard to teach my new employee who will take over production, but I think I will get used to that soon icon_biggrin.gif
 

post #10 of 42

YES!  It can be very isolating.

 

My husband is always telling me off for spending so much time on the computer on sites like this, the BSG and FB.  But I tell him this is my 'office banter'.

 

 

 

He never keeps me company when I'm working (he has a stressful job and works ridiculous hours, so I don't blame him for wanting to just chillax in front of the tv when he does get home) - but I'd love it if he did.

 

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post #11 of 42
I'm lucky enough to be able to do cakes in my home so when I start my business later this year I'll be doing it when the kids are out, but inside my house rather than isolated somewhere else. I do like to have the tv on when I'm home alone though, even if I'm not watching it.

Also, OP, my husband and I are from Yorkshire!
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post #12 of 42
I can understand how lonely it can be! I often wish my older children would stay up with me all night to watch movies or whatever while I decorate! I do spend most of my time with young kids so coming here to talk to ADULTS is great! I love the evenings/nights when I get alone time. I have a huge family here at my home and I look forward to the quiet all-nighters I get to have alone all to myself.

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YES!  It can be very isolating.

 

My husband is always telling me off for spending so much time on the computer on sites like this, the BSG and FB.  But I tell him this is my 'office banter'.

 

 

 

He never keeps me company when I'm working (he has a stressful job and works ridiculous hours, so I don't blame him for wanting to just chillax in front of the tv when he does get home) - but I'd love it if he did.

 

Suzanne x
 

Total Ditto

post #14 of 42

hey egypt, im in the same boat as you, but my kids have been in school for quite a few years now. lm trying to start up my own home cake business, lve been doing it as a hobby for over 8 years now. l never really thought about it until i saw your post, and yes it can get pretty lonely sometimes. The thing with me is, ive never really been a people person and dont mind being on my own sometimes, but some company and a bit of banter when doing cakes would be good. lm in Manchester uk and find that we english tend not to be as sociable as other countries. I have come out of my shell more as ive got older, and it helps dealing with customers. Maybe try and get together with other likeminded cake makers in your area. Maybe other mums from school, it seems a lot of people these days want to try their hand at cakes.thumbs_up.gif

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post #15 of 42

I also work from home - and so I watch tv whilst working.  However, my tv is my computer, so I am constantly getting distracted when I hear an email come through...  I just *have* to check to see what it is!!

 

My children are at school (my younger son leaves primary school next week!!) and so with two boys are secondary school, it'll be even more isolated....  whereas at primary school you get to chat to other parents in the playground, my sons will leave home at 7am to get the school bus and then don't get home until about 4.45pm/5pm.  I won't get to see ANYONE!
 

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