I left off last week after telling you about the very beginnings of To Di For Bakery. After I set up the FB and Twitter accounts, I didn’t do anything more for quite a while. At that point, I had a 3 year old and a 7 year old, along with a full-time job, so I didn’t have much time to think about being unhappy at work. I was also keeping busy in the kitchen. 2010 was the year of bread–I made my first sourdough starter, and baked many of the recipes in Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice. I was also still baking and blogging my way through Dorie Greenspan’s Baking From My Home to Yours. I got to meet both of those authors in 2010, too!
At the beginning of 2011, I was very surprised to learn that the position I had applied for was open again. (It was the sort of job where people tended to stay for many years.) I applied again, and it came down to me and one other person. You can probably guess that I didn’t get the job. Again. The other significant thing that happened in 2011 was the passage of the Texas Cottage Food Law. It went into effect in September, and meant that it was possible to sell certain types of baked goods that were prepared in a home kitchen. There were quite a few restrictions, but I realized that it might be feasible to start a business. In the kitchen, 2011 was the year of ice cream–not something I was ever planning to sell, but a fun way to play around with different flavors & textures.
In 2012, I tried to improve my work situation by making a lateral move–I was still an assistant manager, but at a very different branch. It was a temporary fix at best. In October, I finally got brave enough to go down to the Williamson County Clerk’s office and file my assumed name certificate. I still had another obstacle to overcome, though. Because I was working for a huge corporation, I had to get approval to start an outside business activity. It was further complicated by the fact that I was opening my own business, not just getting a second job, and also because I had insurance and investment licenses. I had the support of my branch manager and district manager, but it still took 5 months to get all the necessary approvals. Yes, it was ridiculous. But on March 27, 2013, I opened bank accounts for To Di For Bakery!
Of course, that was just the beginning. A lot has happened in the past three years. Watch for the next part of my story next week!