Quitting your job and starting your own full-time business at age 26 is a daunting task in any year, never mind one with a global pandemic. But, that’s the reality Sam Law found herself in when she branched out on her own in February 2020, and almost a year later, she’s further along than she ever expected.
Sam Law has been operating Baking Me Crazy for three years, mostly part time out of shared commercial kitchens and other locations. However, when were those no longer options, she decided to open her own storefront, something she never imagined herself doing.
“I never thought I’d be doing this, but it’s very exciting. There’s been a huge learning curve,” Law said. “I never expected this to really be a full-time thing. I was working two jobs when I started this just to pay my bills, so the fact that I was able to leave my jobs to do baking full time is not something I ever dreamed of.”
When asked what led her to leave her admin job, Law’s answer is simple.
“I was unhappy. I was miserable, and dreaded going to work every single day. It’s not even that the places were bad, but it wasn’t what I wanted to do, and it’s really hard to make yourself go to work when you hate your job,” said Law.
“Now, I open at 7 (a.m.), and am up at 3 a.m. every day to get here, bake muffins and cinnamon buns so that they are fresh when I open. But it doesn’t feel like a job, which is really nice.”
So far, Law said the reaction from the community has been great. She has been very busy, and has already had to hire an employee. She’s also doing all this with just one oven, as the four new ones she ordered are stuck on back-order.
Law knows this isn’t the ideal time to open her own business, but she doesn’t regret it and is enjoying every second of it.
“With (COVID-19) it’s not a great time to be opening a business and it stressed me out, but I knew if I didn’t, there’s not a lot of kitchen spaces in town. So my options were to either shut my doors and go back to admin work, or to take the plunge and open a bakery.”
Who knows what the future has in store, and if more public health orders are coming that could affect small business owners — but Law is up for the challenge.
“We all know a lockdown may be coming. I may not be able to stay open, but the community support has been insane and way more than I ever expected,” she said.
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