On Monday (18th April), 280 Bakes stood on the streets of Bristol and asked commuters one question:
Should I quit my job and bake?!
We handed out samples of carrot cake and asked the morning and afternoon commuters on Wapping Wharf bridge and the bridge next to the M Shed (main pedestrian bridges in Bristol) to vote with their cupcake case.
Two bins were a couple of meters down the bridge marked up YES and NO - and I'm pleased to be able to tell you the results at the end of the day were...
I guess 2% of Bristol's population just don't like carrot cake!
(Our voting bins also were 'donated' three crisp packets and a beer can, but we're not counting those!)
In all seriousness, this was a bit of fun, yes, some cheeky efforts to get more awareness of my home bakery, 280 Bakes (see ITV West online!), but it had an element of truth to it. I want to take 280 Bakes to a new level, and become a business women who bakes, not a baker who dabbles in a business.
Big changes are afoot!
Thanks to all the tasters and voters from Monday's poll, massive thanks to Naomi who was the perfect assistant, and thank you most of all for all the positive comments and 'good luck' messages received that day from so many strangers. I felt good vibes that day - long may it continue!
So what's changed since Monday's vote?
It's all very well this fun and games, but some things have to change before I can say I've officially quit 'normal' work and focussed 100% on baking and feeding Bristol. It may have only been two sleeps since Monday, but we've been working hard on making some smart (we hope!) decisions!
1, 280 Bakes has done its final monthly home bakery. April was our last "bakery-on-the-porch", unfortunately, but it gives us a lot more time to re-focus on growing the business and sticking to our goals. We're sad to see it go, but our business had grown so much since the initial bakery in December last year, and it's been a part of our journey - we're still proud of it!
The bakery was a lot of work alongside the rest of the efforts for 280 Bakes, and wasn't really taking us in a direction we wanted to go, so time for a change. Sorry for any disappointment, but you can still get cakes from us - more regularly, in fact!
2. I no longer work full-time. My hours of admin in a non-bakery related office have been reduced. It's a strange situation to be in, having worked in an office for the last 10 years, but I need to have some extra time to dedicate to 280 Bakes. Fingers crossed it was the right thing to do!
280 Bakes has a business plan, determination, a financial awareness and budget, and an unshakeable passion for baking home made cakes! We look forward to a prosperous summer!
Thank you so much for your support. We can't wait for the next chapter of 280 Bakes to begin.
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