How to juggle your 9-5 with cake
For many if not all cake bakers, you start out your professional cake baking career in your own time, creating cake orders in the evenings and at the weekends – you juggle your 9-5 with cake.
Sometimes, it feels like there’s a mountain to climb and you’ll never get to the top. You love cake baking and want to grow a business so that eventually you can leave your 9-5 and bake full time, but for now it’s a case of too many orders and not enough time to relax and enjoy them.
I know what it’s like to juggle a 9-5 job (and before that a full time university degree whilst also being president of the Bake Society) with creating new recipes, sharing on social media and keeping my website up to date with new posts for you. I know how stressful it can get and that the risk of burnout is never far away.
Using my experience, I’m sharing my three top tips to juggle your 9-5 with cake so that you can enjoy the process, have free time to spend with your family and grow a successful cake business. It’s time to have your cake and eat it 😉
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Get a calendar
When cake is fitting in around your full time job, family and social commitments, you need to know what’s going on when to make sure you can fit it all in. Get a calendar and add in all your social/family/work engagements. This way you can see right in front of you what you’re doing and where you’ll be when.
If you’ve got a particularly busy week coming up or know you’ll be away for a few days, you can plan ahead by scheduling your cake business social media and website updates to all work on auto-pilot while you’re taking time out for yourself.
You’ll also be able to see when not to take new cake orders for – it’s no fun having a few hours to produce a cake from start to finish. It’s the pressurised times like these when something goes wrong, you have to go back to the shop for ingredients and you lose your love for cake making. Having a calendar to show you your busy points will keep your cake business running smoothly and delivering high quality cakes to your customers.
2. Set expectations and limits to work for you
This draws on the first point. When you’re working 9-5, you know there are going to be some times when you can’t reply to an email quote right away or take last minute cake orders.
Make sure your customers know what to expect from you. It’s fine to say you’ll only be able to get back to them after 6pm and to only take cake orders with at least two weeks’ notice. Set limits that will work for you and your business and let customers know if they’ll need to order ahead.
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3. Make a plan and stick to it
If you plan a weekend off to relax and reconnect, take it. Don’t let a last minute cake request change your plans unless it’s really, really worth it. When you come to do cakes full time, it will be so important for you to be able to switch off and have downtime which is surprisingly hard to do when you work from home and for yourself. Establishing a routine of this now will be a huge help for your wellbeing and happiness in the future.
These are my three top tips for how to juggle your 9-5 with cake. Already in business? How do you balance cake orders and a day job?
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