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post #16 of 29

You made the right choice.  Family comes first.  You can still makes if you wish for family celebrations.  After the kids are older, you can still get back into it.  Maybe not as a business but as a hobby.  Cake decorating is very time consuming.  Only other decorators can appreciate that.

post #17 of 29

i think the sacrifice is worth it. when my son was born, i quit my teaching job and we seriously changed our lifestyle. We had only one car for 15 years and we didn't spend money on a lot of things we could have, but I've never regretted it. My son is lovely and i'm so glad I spent that time with him. 

post #18 of 29

I too closed my business this past year. While I miss the income, I no longer miss my kids special events. I now home school 2 of my 5 children. Never thought I would add teacher in my list of careers. =) My kid love the fact that we use baking a math class. lol

post #19 of 29

Hi!

 

I Just wanted to wish you good luck and all the very very best! I think you've made a really wise decision and given me definitely something to think about.

 

I'm thinking of opening my own cake business but my kids are 5 and almost 3. Maybe I should go back to sitting in front of a computer and have a regular 8-17 job and have the weekends free until the kids grow up. As you say this time is so precious and we will never get it back.

 

Warm wishes and all the very best again!

post #20 of 29
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Thanks, again to the continued support.  Rohini, I found that because my busiest days were Fri & Sat, it cut way too much into family time.  Friday nights is when my husband is home by a decent time and we like to just kick back and relax together.  Doing cakes meant, he had to juggle the kids evening routines and dinner.  Saturdays meant sometimes missing their games and always meant no last minute day or overnight trips.  For me, it just isn't worth the extra income.  But, I really think it could work for some, it just depends on your schedule and lifestyle.  Good luck, whatever you decide.

post #21 of 29
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I too closed my business this past year. While I miss the income, I no longer miss my kids special events. I now home school 2 of my 5 children. Never thought I would add teacher in my list of careers. =) My kid love the fact that we use baking a math class. lol

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There are so many posts here that make me think CC definitely needs a like button! 

post #22 of 29
Wow! I am right there with you ladies. The same thing has happend to me. Ihave built such a great bakery in my home and yet I am regretting all the time lost with my kids. I too homeschool and I know their schoolwork has suffered because of the cakes. Next weekend is my last and one of my biggest wedding cakes. I am excited yet relieved. I hope it is my best yet. My buisness had become rather lucrative for the family and it is very hard not to want to put my website back up. I know it is always there when I need it I suppose, but it sure will be nice to not have to say, " I cant help you. I am making a cake!"
post #23 of 29

Good for you. I homeschool as well (I saw several posted they homeschool) I was so busy over the summer and so overwhelmed. I had to cut back big time on orders for awhile. I felt so bad because I was booked last week and this weekend, so hubby had to go alone to visit his family for the weekend. :( I had no choice but to stay home. I am swamped until after Thanksgiving. We really need the extra money but I wish at times I didn't have to do so much. I am thankful that I don't have to depend on it as much though. Thankfully I don't have much that is stressful, just time baking and making icing for the most part, so that won't take to much away because I can still do things with my kids while my cakes are baking.

post #24 of 29

Best wishes to you and your family.  You make such beautiful colorful cakes, your nice website will also be missed by those who enjoy it.

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post #25 of 29
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Best wishes to you and your family.  You make such beautiful colorful cakes, your nice website will also be missed by those who enjoy it.

 

MBalaska, Not sure if you are referring to me or one of the other talented designers in this thread.  If it is me, THANK YOU!!!!!!  I will be keeping my Facebook page.  For now, my website still has the gallery, but I have removed all pricing, lessons and ordering info :).

post #26 of 29

FullHouse: It was Your website that I was referring to. Very nice. Inspirational. A teacher & coach never really stops teaching - you are just taking a sabbatical. albeit a long one

 

Baking is like riding a bike....yes?

You take a little time off.......suddenly your baking again.......and you discover a whole world of new inventions and techniques....wonderful.

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post #27 of 29

As a former homeschooling, full-time SAHM mom who is now a new (and sad) empty nester (our kids are 19, 21, and 22 years old), I commend you for putting your children first!  Trust me, the time will come when you have plenty of time to dedicate yourself full-time to your business.  The time spent with your kids is priceless and irreplaceable.  

 

Blessings to you all!

~ Sherri
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post #28 of 29

Good for you!  I have always loved to bake, yet put off going into business for the reasons you all have mentioned.  Now that I have retired, I have started my own business, and I'm not too busy to still enjoy time off.  However, I've begun to get more business as the word has gotten out.  So keep your foot in the door and remember you can always do an occasional order, and then you'll know when the time is right to get back into business.

Hoosier Mama Confections

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post #29 of 29

Good luck with everything. I think you're making a wise decision. I'm a hobby baker now, and I could not imagine being so busy that I miss out on my kids' lives. They're only young once!

 

Your cakes are very beautiful, by the way. 

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