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Vivi Griffin, 54, is starting her own catering business this year.
"I haven't been doing much catering, just selling a few cakes here and there. Mostly, I've been working on the website. My daughters convinced me to get a professional photographer. I wasn't sure if I could afford it, but I went ahead and did it anyway. It was well worth it. When I saw the pictures, I was like, 'Oh, is that my food?!'
I'm still working on hiring a graphic artist for the logo and all of the behind-the-scenes things. Unfortunately, it costs a little bit when you want things to look professional. We're creeping along, but as long as we're going in the right direction and things are looking professional, I'm not concerned if it takes me another six months to get everything done.
The more I get into it, I'm finding that things take a lot longer than I expected. Of course, if you have a lot of money upfront, you can just do things. But I don't. I'm not discouraged -- I'm just realizing that it's going to take me a little longer than I thought.
I haven't done any catering -- I haven't even wanted to. There was one month when I worked every weekend, and I was so exhausted that I didn't know what to do. If something comes up, I'll take it. But I can't do every weekend right now, because I already work six days a week. It's really a challenge, because I work a full-time job and a part-time job outside of this. My goal is to get restaurants or cafes to carry my baked goods on a weekly basis, so that I can actually let one of my jobs go and totally focus on the catering business.
I don't get to spend time with anybody, but that's the sacrifice you have to make to make a business successful. My girls keep me focused. I'm the mother, but they kind of boss me around. They give me deadlines. 'OK mom, when are you going to have this done? You need to have this done by such and such date.' It's good because I get tired working the two other jobs, and sometimes I want to come home and do nothing. Right now, I'm just going to have to do a little sacrificing to get where I need to go."
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