I officially started Sweet Petite in 2012. After the birth of my daughter, I knew going back to my previous career in fashion would not work for my family and wanted to build something of my own. My goal in starting Sweet Petite while my daughter was so young was to start slowly and build up my client list, portfolio and experience. Then once my kids started school I could dedicate my extra time to my business that already had a strong foundation.

In my true type A fashion, I didn’t start slowly. I networked and face booked and promoted my little business to everyone I met. The result were more than I (or my husband) expected, people responded and I was always busy. A little too busy considering my original goal of starting out slowly and building my hobby into a business.

My first year in business was tough on everyone. I was afraid to say no to any orders in fear the phone might not ring again and also you just never know who might be at the event my baked goods were going to and what business that might lead to. I took many orders that I way under charged for and spent way too much time on. A $75 cake that took me 10+ hours to complete was no good for business, but I put it all down to learning and advertising.

My second year was better. I had more confidence in my abilities and I knew that the phone always continued to ring. I was finally able to say no to orders when I was just too overbooked to put the time into the order I felt they deserved. I was working […]