I’ve always had a dream that one day, I’d open a world class bakery/cupcakery catering to sweet tooths all over.
But, honestly, I don’t know if I’d actually have the patience (or the fiance) to sprout a bakery form scratch. I mean, I’d have to pay rent, figure out all the business junk, and all that craziness.
I actually want to help people when I grow up. Children, in paticular. However, to say that I want to become a pastry chef and become a pediatrician is very accurate. But how? How can I possibly divide my time?
However, my English class’s project was my Godsend. With this project, I had the oppurtunity to make my own businesss, and live part of the very big dream I have.
The project is loosly named “Idea Farming, Innovation.” The goal of this project is to create innovation in youth so we can continue to create and inspire, rather than just think that the real world is full of worksheets with math problems on them. The real world isn’t like school, you have to be innovative, you have to create.
So my friend Mimi Giang and I, started Krimi Sweets. It’s an online baking business catering specifically to the sweetaholics of our high school.
I realized that in my area, there are no inepensive bakeries that sell high quality baked goods. Almost every cupcake bakery I’ve been to has had problems with their cupcakes, whether it’s too sweet, or too dry. We wanted to create insane-ly delicious goodies that are quite affordable, and made from scratch. (Unlike some bakeries who bake from a box mix)
We promote our project primarily through Facebook, as it is our main platform for our business. Kind of like our storefront, but on the web. Here, we post links so people can pre-order goods, as well as advertise anything we’re baking. Also, we’re trying to get more engagement by posting fun questions and spurring anticipation with pictures and hints at what’s being baked next.
With this project, we had no experience in the world of business. We ran into some problems, realized that materials cost A LOT of money, and other difficulties.
Our first inital material cost was about $38 dollars….
I accidentally dropped 4 dozen salted caramel cupcakes on the way to class…
But it’s a learning experience. I learned that especially you can’t please everyone with what you make. Some people are always going to be complaining about something that you put so much time and effort into. And sometime I’m trying to get across is that baking costs a lot of labor and money, so if our goods are slightly pricey, it’s because we need to cover material cost AND make a profit.
“They were really yummy, but they weren’t quite worth a dollar Keep up the great work though!” via @Katrya Ly on Twiter
Mimi is my fabulous business manager. I don’t know how I can possibly run this whole thing by myself. She runs advertising, the Facebook page, orders, manages money. And me? I’m the baker.
So far, we sucessfully sold and delivered only 4 dozen chocolate salted caramel cupcakes and Twix and Milky Way Bar and caramel stuffed chocolate chip cookies withing a time span of about a month and a half. We want start baking & delivery every 2 weeks and and we want to grow in the next level of business popularity and size. We’re hoping to start catering to people’s parties and birthdays during school and such.
We’ll be baking every 2 weeks and hopefully, we’ll make a decent profit and learn how to run a great business. Next, for Valentine’s Day, we’ll be making red velvet cupcakes with roses and and later, Girl Scout inspired cupcakes.
In March, we’re going to sell macarons.
The schedule for what’s being baked is very tentative right now, with the exception of February as offical. I’m working out trying to set a definite periodic baking schedule bimonthly.
I’ll be updating about this project every month or so. What we’ve offically done so far is: