Give it up to all April babies. Today is my birthday.
Since I’ve been self-employed I made the decision to never work on my birthday. Doesn’t that sound great? These are some of the benefits you get when you work for yourself :)!
As it is my birthday I and a few friends treated ourselves to a vacation in Abu Dhabi. I have been here for a few days and what a wonderful time I have been having.
There is nothing like giving yourself a break form work and hopping on a plane to go on a holiday.
As I woke up this morning and laid in bed, and looked at my awesome Abu Dhabi skyline. I couldn’t help but reflect not only on my cake business journey when I decided to do this full time, but also my life as a whole.
If I was still in my 9-5 job, I doubt I would be able to take a few days off on the whim and travel.
Since I became a cake business coach, I have learnt a lot about myself, about what I want to be, the type of person I am, the limit of what I can take, the decisions I want to make, the people I want in my life, the mother I want to be and of course the type of business I want to have.
And there’s so much to learn still.
I thank God I’ve had such an incredible life thus far and I’ve been blessed with so many good things.
So, to celebrate my birthday I’ve put together a little list of some of the most important things I’ve learned so far.
Also enjoy some of my pics from my trip.
You are stronger than you think
Life is not easy as you know. I have gone through challenges. I have had highs and lows. Being an entrepreneur can test you to your limit. There will be days when you will be broke and no customers and there will be days when you have so many orders and have to attend to many things that you can hardly keep up.
Being a cake business owner is not a straight line to success, its full of twists and turns, loops, rings and circles. The only advise I can give you is to just keep on going. Better days are coming. I am a testament to that.
No matter what, people will always criticise you
We do not live in a perfect world. It is not always butterflies and rainbows wherever you go. We’ve all been criticised at one time or the other. I too have been, even by close family members. If I had listened to all the negative comments I have heard, I won’t have started Baking Business School.
My platform has helped thousands of people realise their cake business dreams, not only in Nigeria but also in other parts of West Africa, and beyond. When I feel down or depressed and feel like giving up, I think of the thousands of people who need my help, waiting for me to answer their emails, watch my videos, read my articles, It gives me the jumpstart to keep on going. Thank you guys.
So please do not listen to negative talk. Brush your shoulders and get on with your work.
Write your Goals
I am sure I do not have to hash this point. You know I am a great advocate of goal planning. Writing my goals and planning their execution has really helped me, not only in my business but my life.
I have a vision board where I paste pictures of things I want to achieve. I don’t know how it works, but since putting pictures on my vison board, I’ve achieved a lot of my dreams and goals.
Do something scary
I remember when I got my first speaking engagement. To tell you I was scared is an understatement. I was terrified. I nearly wanted to turn it down. But I didn’t and I’m glad I did it afraid and it was a success.
How many opportunities have you lost because you were afraid? We all want to be successful, but most times for you to move to the next level, you have to get out from your comfort zone and go for it.
I too still struggle with putting myself out there, so each day I have to make a deliberate effort to be more open.
Invest in your self-development
All the knowledge I dispense is not just from personal experience. I have taken countless courses to learn a lot of things. For you to grow and be more successful, you have to invest in your education. Nowadays they are so many trainings and courses you can take even online.
Yes education cost money. But do not look at the cost. It is for the betterment of yourself and your business. So next time you see a training, don’t look at the cost, look instead at what you will learn and the benefits you will gain from such training.
So these are some of the lessons I have learnt so far, obviously this is not all but I believe these are the important bits.
This list involves things I have to work on daily as I am not definitely perfect, so need constant reminders so that is why I’m always writing things down.
Now tell me what you will write on your list.
Ok, enough writing, I’m off to celebrate.
Have some birthday cake on me.
Cheers to those celebrating their birthdays in April.
Hello, my name is Rotimicakelady and I am a cake business coach that teaches cake business owners how to grow and have a profitable cake business so that they have a constant stream of customers buying their delicious treats.
I have been running my own successful home based cake business for some years now. I have also been teaching bakers through my online courses who are struggling with low sales, with strategies on how to market, and price their cakes for profit.
In addition I am also run a Facebook Group where I coach, offer support and help bakers in their businesses.
I have helped over 50 bakers through my online course ‘A comprehensive guide to starting your cake business in 30 days’ with much needed information on how to start a cake business in Nigeria. I also teach close to 4000 cake enthusiasts through my Facebook Group how to run a money making cake business.
I have been featured in ‘Naija Top Baker’ magazine, one of Nigeria’s foremost cake magazines and also been a Guest Speaker at the Bakery World Convention.
If you are struggling with getting customers for their cakes, I can help you solve this problem by showing you how to market, sell, price, plan, structure and brand your business so you are constantly selling to the right people who want your cakes.
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