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A Serial Entrepreneur… I think?!

Posted in Cupcakes, Entrepreneur, Photography, Real Estate with tags , , , on August 14, 2014 by JenDelicious Cupcakes

I haven’t written on this blog in a very long time!

Wow… I didn’t realize just how long it’s been. I’ve been pretty busy in the last year and half. I left my defense contracting job, started a local cupcake bakery out of my home and am now considering starting a real estate photography business.

I really enjoy baking cupcakes but with the restrictions that Florida has on home bakers, there’s only so far I can take this business before I have to either move to a commercial kitchen, open a storefront or be satisfied with the small amount of orders I can complete from home.

So, I’ve started to look at other avenues to bring in a little extra money while still fostering my need to use my creative side. A friend of mine is in the real estate business and after seeing some of the pictures I’ve taken of my cupcakes and of my husband’s band… she asked if I would be willing to photograph a home that she has listed.

I’ve been in the home before and it’s lovely… so I thought, what the heck… let’s try it and see how it goes. So, I took a deep breath, grabbed my tripod, my Canon 7D DSLR camera and a couple of lenses and jumped in. The link below is to the home that I photographed. They will be having a broker’s open house next week which my friend invited me to and I’m super nervous about it.  I’m hoping other agents like my work but I have no idea what to charge especially since I’m a newbie and still building my portfolio.

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I’ve started looking at a lot of online real estate photographs to see what I like and what I don’t. I’ve been checking out real estate photography tutorials to get some pointers on lighting, tips on using Lightroom and Photoshop to help me optimize my photographs and how to determine what to charge but there’s a lot to learn.  I have good equipment, good lenses and decent software… now to get some clients and start building that portfolio here in the Apollo Beach/Riverview, FL area!

Wish me luck as I start embarking on another new journey!  Who knows where this one will take me!

New Beginnings – Part II

Posted in Choffy, Cupcakes, Entrepreneur, JenDelicious Cupcakes, self-employment, Wine with tags on July 30, 2013 by JenDelicious Cupcakes

So it has been a LONG time since I’ve written and a LOT of things have happened.  I’m still working my Choffy business albeit mostly for personal use for myself and a few of my friends!  AND…I left my government contracting job!  Why you ask??

Well, we’ve started baking cupcakes.  Last year, when our youngest daughter was turning 10, we dropped by a local bakery that had been in business for 20+ years and picked up some beautiful cupcakes.  Unfortunately, those cakes tasted like Crisco and cardboard…certainly not worth the $3.50 per cake we paid… so my hubby and I thought we could do better.  Over the last year, we have developed some fantastic recipes and have started our own cupcakery in the Riverview, FL area.  We decided on the name JenDelicious Cupcakes as a play on our names… Jen… is kind of obvious… that’s me… Del is my hubby and fellow cupcake engineer so he’s the Del in Del-icious!  So… JenDelicious Cupcakes was born!!

Currently, we are a cottage based business so there are a lot of restrictions on what we can sell and where we can sell our products… but hopefully, as we build our customer base and gain more exposure we can create a store front or at least bake out of a commercial kitchen!  We are learning  the ropes as we go.  We’ve provided cupcakes for local preschool graduation ceremony, a military promotion ceremony and we are preparing to provide cupcakes at a wine event at Strong Tower Vineyard in Spring Hill, FL.  We are super excited about this challenge as pairing wine with cake has to be done carefully in order to bring out the best in both the cake and wine!!

Anyway, below, is an example of one of my favorite cupcakes… an Irish Surprise (or better known as an Irish Car Bomb cupcake).  It’s a Guinness based chocolate cake, filled with a Jamison’s Irish Whiskey and dark chocolate ganache and topped with a light fluffy Bailey’s Irish Cream buttercream and finally sprinkled with a little green sugar for decoration.

You can find us at www.jendeliciouscupcakes.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JenDeliciousCupcakes.

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