The future is… tomorrow?

Sitting at work on my break and I feel like I need to write down my goals for the future.

I have been asking myself for a while wether I want to continue baking, or baking AND filming, or just making videos without baking, or just focus on work and exercise.

My trouble is that I like to do EVERYTHING. I’m a finger in many pies kind of person. But then sometimes I end up with 20 pies being fingered and can’t pick up the cup of tea I made for myself.

Sometimes I feel like Tina holding a secret. Uuhhhh

Sometimes I feel like Tina holding a secret. Uuhhhh

My baking business is still in hiatus- every time I try to get it off the ground I freeze in fear and my brain shuts down and then I just. Don’t.

I want to sell some merchandise, just to help fund the ingredients for the videos- and try to make a more structured video, with a back catalogue that allows me to take my time with each video instead of throwing them up frantically because it’s a Sunday and I haven’t posted.

Which brings me to YouTube, I haven’t made a video for that in 6 months. I thought the break would give me time to make said back catalogue- but it didn’t. Somehow my TiKTok profile became popular and this has meant I have essentially moved platforms for my content.

The wonderful @stressinabox from TikTok and I

The wonderful @stressinabox from TikTok and I

I also have a 9 episode WebSeries that I have written… but need to film and edit. So that’s also a thing.

Still marathon training, and also working, and then heading back to the UK for 6 days in the beginning of August for a family reunion.

Things are good. I just need to take a breath, but also not miss out on my potential future goals. It’s a good problem to have, and I’m happy to have it.

Colin x

Time to bake, but WHEN?! And HOW!!??

Time to bake, but WHEN?! And HOW!!??

I don't have a clue!


There are known knowns, and unknown knowns, and I don’t know either! I have been searching the internet for the best way to set up my cake selling business- and so far, I am confused.

After recently moving to Chicago, and having an obsession with making cakes (and feeding people) I realised my dream is to own my own Tea Shop. Since I am terrified of doing that straight away, I thought I would begin by selling cakes and baked goods- to build a brand and also get money!

Here is what I have learned so far:

Chicago has two laws regarding the sale of baked goods as a small business (that relates to my plan anyway). The Cottage Food Law, and the Illinois Home Kitchen Law. Both of which allow you to sell cakes from home, providing you have the relevant documentation and H&S certificates.
One law prohibits you from selling anywhere but Farmers Markets, but also- may not limit you to that. The other means you CAN sell foods directly to people, but also limits the money you can make per month. I think.

I need to register as a sole proprieter, register the business name, do a food safety course, (maybe) get my home inspected by health officials, get insurance/business liability… the list goes on. I have asked for help from a mentorship based in Chicago (SCORE) which should hopefully give me some sort of clarity into where to even begin.

Their reply has given me a great step by step plan for doing it correctly, in keeping with the laws, so I should be off to a good start.

I understand the registering self as sole proprietor, I knew I would need insurance, and that I would have to do some sort of Food Safety course. Having working in food based jobs since I was 16 I have taken multiple courses both here, and in the USA. That should be fine.

My other main obstacle that is coming up, is the cost of all these things. I have a credit card that can happily take the brunt- but without a solid income, I am worried to take the plunge.
I will keep searching the internet for information- but I now have a base of information from SCORE, I just need to take the plunge (and get a job on the side).

Wish me luck!