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  1. Working through the summer break.

    Working for yourself can be incredibly hard when the sun is shining, but that coupled with the children being on school holidays and you don’t stand much chance of being productive for the next 2 months.

    I have had so many emails this week asking how I cope in the summer. In short I don’t I have 3 small children all aged 6 and under and we are currently trying to sell our home too. My days are filled with “Tidy your toys away when you’re finished” and “We will go to the park when Mummy is finished working” It’s like being set an impossible puzzle.

    Some tips I can share is be organised, if you can plan in some work and some fun each day the days do seem to go smoother. If your children are old enough to understand tell them what the plan for each day is. This will save you getting the obligatory “Are you finished yet Mum?”  Every two minutes.

    If your children are younger I find if you break the days into 3 it helps. Let them do something fun in the morning which will wear them out like the park and feeding the ducks etc. Then come home and you will find they will be happy to play with their toys whilst you get some work done and deal with lunch etc. Then always finish off the day with some fun time. It helps them see you will stop work totally to be with them and I find it causes less interruptions when I do need to work as they are satisfied they have had enough of your time.

    I find myself working in the evenings mostly so as to not have to put the children off all the time when they need my attention. Sometimes though, you just have to get things done in the day don’t you.

    I am by no means an expert and those who know me well will know some days I spend most of it in despair at all three children constantly needing my attention and several cakes which need my attention too, it’s a crazy life sometimes.

    The best thing you can do is plan your week ahead. Look at when you can do things and fit it round the children. Remember this is one of the only times in the year we get the children all to ourselves though so take some time out. You will find it helps you relax and work well once you are refreshed too.

    Best of luck for the summer, I hope it’s a good one for you.

  2. 2012 has seen the current boom of bakers continue and it seems there is no stopping this increase in baking both as a hobby and business.

    Today I have launched a new area to the online cake school. The business focus area looks at helping those of you looking to set up in business and those of you who already have but are struggling to keep things going.

    I will be writing articles on a number of subjects and the area will be added to as time goes on. To start I have added a few articles on what a business is, how to get started and things you should think about when deciding to start a home business. I go into the different types of business you can operate and which type is best.

    There are also articles on things like marketing and how to make sure you don’t waste money on advertising.

    I hope that over time I can help build this area into a go to resource for those looking to start a cake business from home. With the tutorials on cake decorating and cupcake designs the cake school really is a one stop shop for everything cake related.

    If you have a subject you would like covered in the business area please do email me and I will try and write an article on it.

    The business focus area is for members only

  3. The rain was lashing down; I was exhausted after the morning rush with the children. So imagine my excitement when Craft Seller magazine landed on my doorstep. It’s a great magazine for those looking to start a business or work at selling their crafts successfully.

    I have been an avid subscriber since last summer when I embarked on planning the cake school. Always filled with support from other suppliers in many different fields it’s great for getting ideas. Who would have thought a lady selling handmade aprons, could give me ideas on promoting an online school. It’s all in how you read the articles. Think of how you can apply each of the ideas to your business no matter what your craft is. You never know where it may lead.

    This issue is more exciting than most. I get to turn the pages and find myself looking right back at me. Yes you heard right I am in this issue myself. This article gave a brief outline of what the cake school is about. How I got started and where things are going. It’s great to see my business in print. I felt very proud.

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    I have been published in many different publications and you would think I would be used to it by now, but I get so excited to see it ‘in real life’.

    This month’s issue is filled with the usual helpful advice, ideas and projects to help you with your craft business. It’s great for reading about how other approach craft and food fairs. The projects are always great fun and very appealing so will sell well.

    If you haven’t purchased a copy of Craft Seller yet you really are missing out. With so many magazines aimed at total beginners, it’s great to find one aimed at selling the products you make.

    Until next time

    Shelly x