Here are some of the key things she recommends when starting a new cake business: Go on a food hygiene training course.
You can do these courses online and sometimes they are offered for free through local councils.
“I would urge anyone who has ever had the idea of starting up their own business, or even if you have just started operating your own business to apply for a place on the Go For It Programme.
The skills and knowledge imparted is immeasurable and importantly Hide & Seek Travel is now officially trading.
Good business planning will help you avoid working unnecessarily long hours but you have to accept that in the early days you may have to put in a few more.
One of the most important things is to work out your pricing structure.
It needs to be realistic and take into account your time.
Don’t under price - you are better off starting higher and lowering as it is easier than putting your prices up when you realise you aren’t charging enough.
Often it is hard to know where to start; that was my experience before starting the Go For It Programme.
The support and guidance offered through it helped me fine tune my business idea from concept to working reality.