Pastry school student looking to start own business

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  1. siddhilicious

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    Hello!

    My name is Siddhi and I am currently at ENSP (Ecole Nationale Superieure de Patisserie) in France, studying French pastry. This is my first leap in to the professional world for pastry, before which I was a home baker with a passion for pastry and petite desserts. My culinary background is limited to traveling and tastings. I come for an advertising background but have always had a special interest in taking my passion beyond my kitchen. I am now looking for a career change, with an aim to start my own business in the coming months. Any advice, guidance and opportunities are welcome.

    Many thanks.

    Siddhi
     
  2. kaiquekuisine

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    If i were you i would work, and get some experience before attempting to open a business. 

    Someone right out of school , with limited experience isnt exactly a good profile for someone to have when running a business. 

    Just my opinion. 

    I would strongly recommend getting a job, building a reputation , earning some cash to fall back on just in case, and network, before taking a big risk and investing in something that could fail...
     
  3. pastrysmc

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    I agree with KaiqueKuisine. I too am a pastry student and I'd love to start a business one day, but I know I'm many years away from that goal. I found myself an unpaid internship in a bakery for six months before I started school, and let me just tell you, passion and home baking just doesn't cut it when you're running a small business yourself. There are many things you need to know about working in a commercial kitchen and about running a business that you just won't learn in school without any industry experience. A good plan might be to finish school, spend a few years working in a bakery and learn all you can from the owner. You can learn what to do and what not to do when it comes to managing employees, handling client orders, and keeping your business running successfully. Plenty of people jump into their own businesses with no experience, and those are the small bakeries you see on the corner that are open for three months and then close. ;)

    I wish you the best of luck with whatever you decide. I just think that when you're talking about making a living through your own business, years and years of experience in all areas of the industry are required first to be successful.
     
  4. siddhilicious

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    Hello - many thanks for your reply. I think you are right. I probably should look for internship. i am keen on French pastry so France would be an ideal place. I think I need to speak with my school as they are offering us internship for 1 month but maybe since I want to learn about the business aspect too, I should work closely with a smaller set up so I can learn more from the chef and owner.

    Any ideas, please do shout out.

    Thanks.

    Siddhi
     
  5. mikeswoods

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    As the owner you need to understand the business end---location--marketing--budgeting--book keeping and employee management---

    Frankly,baking is way down on the list----surely it is crucial to success--but the management is top of the list.

    A good businessman could hire a baker more easily than a good baker trying to hire a business manager.
     
  6. siddhilicious

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    Hello - I totally agree with you. I have 10 years of marketing and and advertising experience. I just very recently (December 2013) quit my job and joined pastry school just to understand what goes into creating the product. I do not aim to bake in my business and instead hire a pastry chef. This course will equip me with basic understanding which will help me work closely with my chef and help bring my imagination down right to the finished product. I do want to intern just to get my bearings in an actual shop or thats what I hope I will get out of it. Do you have any advice on what I could benefit from? would the internship be right for me? I am putting my business plan together as I am on the course. Any input would be great from you.

    Thanks.

    Siddhi
     
  7. mikeswoods

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    Sorry to be so long in answering you---I forget that some 'students' are experienced and mature--

    I can't offer any advice, just let you know that I think you are on the right track---the experience gained in an operating business is invaluable---