In November of 2007 I went vegan. I have to say, it is honestly one of the best decisions I have ever made. I do not regret it, and it has become more than just a diet. It is a lifestyle for me. I frequent vegan blogs, and read up on animal rights.
I have always loved to cook and bake. But after going vegan, it became a passion. Over the past couple of years, I have been in and out of school, like many young adults in their 20s, feeling a little lost. Not knowing what I wanted to do with my life. I have gone to school for many many different majors and was never completely happy and knew that I wouldn't be happy in the future with a job in that specific field.
One day it dawned upon me... Vegan Baking. That's what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Just the thought of owning my own food truck/small shop sends shivers down my spine. I can spend hours on end in the kitchen baking up a storm and I'll be the happiest little girl in town.
In January 2013 I started of Pleasantly Plump. Out of the blue I decided, "You know what... It's about time I do what makes me happy." So slowly, I started putting things together and coming up with ideas of how I wanted to run my business and as of today, I am single handedly running Pleasantly Plump straight out of my tiny little kitchen.
This is where you guys come in. I currently work 35-40+ hours a week at a restaurant. Making a little over minimum wage. I have put my heart, blood, sweat and tears (not literally, that wouldn't be very vegan of me...) into my baking.
I run everything from my small kitchen (and when I say small, think tiny bathroom stall small). I package everything from home and am constantly on my bike going to grocery stores, office depot, and other places in order to make this work.
I have had unconditional support from my family and friends. My brother is even working hard on helping me create a logo.
I have very limited supplies for my baking so I would like to acquire a few items that I know are vital to my baking and will facilitate things for me.
Items such as:
-A stand mixer (Kitchenaid)
-More bowls for mixing
-Baking tools (Cookie scooper, whisk, spoons, etc.)
-And items such as baking sheets, cupcake molds, bread mold, cupcake papers.
These can get pretty pricy and I need your help. With these, I can better get my cookies to vendors, to art shows, music shows, and more importantly, your door.
Every single dollar is greatly appreciated and goes towards a good cause. Any little help I can get is something I am truly thankful for.
I'm just an ordinary vegan gal, trying to share the sweetness and tastiness that is vegan baking.
Wow. The amount of support I have right now is beyond belief. I am honestly floored that in less 24 hours I almost reached my goal.
I cannot believe that in three days I reached my goal, and surpassed it! I am hoping to keep growing in backers and support. There are many other things I still need to keep growing as a business. Amongst the items listed above I will need storage space for everything, with summer coming I will need coolers and outdoor tents and tables to be able to sell.
Additionally, I would like to, if possible, get some of my items vegan certified ($120 per product), to insure that my fellow vegans know that what they are consuming is in fact vegan.
Funds will also go towards me building my own webpage via Wordpress.
The list is endless. But with your help, I am slowly able to shorten that list.
Risks and challenges
Being new to the whole entrepreneurship world, I believe my biggest challenge will be getting my name out there. I know this is true when starting any business. But I believe that if I am able to get my product out there in large quantities, the name Pleasantly Plump will spread.
Also, juggling my part-time job and the business will always be a struggle of mine, especially when I have many events coming up. But with new supplies and electronics, making cookies will go quicker and I can devote more time to promoting myself.
I am putting my all into this, so any setbacks that arise will be tackled with an open mind, and all that I have. I won't let anything bring me down. I am finally on my path to being where I want to be in the business world, and I won't let anything bring me down.
Due to so much support and creating more rewards, I have many many cookies to bake and ship. I promised a ship date of July. I will do my best to keep that fulfill that promise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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