I’ve not featured any Business Mums on the blog for a while so I thought I’d restart… this time I’ll be featuring Mums who have started their businesses in the last year to try and give them a bit of exposure! First up is the lovely Emma from The Fondant Faery who started her business in May 2012! Emma is kindly offering 10% off her amazing cake toppers when you mention this blog feature (valid until March) – Also check out the end of the post for a yummy giveaway!
Who are you?
The Fondant Faery
@Em_and_Lola or @fondantfaery
What do you do?
I make bespoke cakes, cupcakes & cake toppers using the finest ingredients possible, organic, free range, fair trade & local where possible.
I work accommodating people’s budgets so can make the whole cake & topper for people or just the cake toppers that they can place on their own cakes.
A lot of my postal orders are for the fondant toppers.
When did you establish your business?
What made you start your own business?
Was looking for a part time job to fit in with my daughter.
Unfortunately the only part time jobs were over 5 days a week but that made my childcare costs unaffordable. I’m a single mum so couldn’t work evenings or weekends.
It was also important to me that I got to spend time with Lola, I didn’t want the childminder spending more time with her than I did.
Have always been a baker but my cake decorating started when making Lola’s 1st birthday cake. I thoroughly enjoyed the process & started making cakes for friends & family. I was told by quite a few people that I should consider it as a career.
With no jobs around, becoming self employed & making cakes seemed the obvious thing to do.
What do you love about working for yourself?
I love being my own boss, (always had issues with authority!)
like being in control of what hours I work.
Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?
The pressure of having to earn the money, no holiday pay, no sick days!!
Although most of the time I enjoy the peace & quiet of my job, I do sometimes miss the social side of working with other people.
Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could?
I would have started sooner!
What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business?
Go for it, better to try & risk failure rather than regret not trying.
Emma has kindly offered to giveaway a box of 6 cupcakes to one of my lucky readers.
You could choose from…