Student StoriesTHE TAYLOR MADE WAY
‘A New Business Around the Children’
STUDENT STORY 1 Dani Benson
@lfbbakingco on Instagram
I am so grateful I found Jane’s tutorials! I was determined to share my love of baking by starting a baking business, but I couldn’t narrow down what my specialty was going to be. I stumbled upon Jane’s Instagram page (or really it stumbled upon me!) and was blown away by her creations. Then to find out she teaches how to do what she does? I knew I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to give it a try. After doing a bit more research on what these flowers were, how to create them, etc, I chose Jane’s tutorials over others for a few reasons. First, each bundle offers so many flower options. Even just taking the beginner course can help you launch your business or hobby – which it did for me! In addition, I had watched some of Jane’s YouTube tutorials and liked how easy it was to follow along with her. And after buying that first beginner bundle, and now more bundles and individual flowers, I can say that choosing to allow Jane to help me fulfill my dream has been one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself and my business. Her tutorials are full of other tidbits and advice, and she is always supporting her followers by sharing so much on her Instagram page and in her blog. And the Facebook group? It’s above and beyond any other group I’ve ever been a part of.
I know if there is anything I need, have questions on, want to be inspired by, Jane and all the other lovely individuals are right there to help out. So far I have invested about $400 in Jane’s tutorials, and I will continue to do so. After just more than a month in business, I’ve made my first $1,000. That may not be a lot to some people, but for a mom with two toddlers and one baby at home, working this business only part time, this has been so fulfilling. I’ve had the opportunity to create over a dozen bouquets since I started! My goal, with my limited time, is to to make and sell 6 bouquets a week. I now occasionally have to turn people away as I cannot physically meet the demand. Jane’s not only helped with how to create these beautiful masterpieces, but also how to organize your business so you can work efficiently with every order – a must for me. It’s been exactly what I needed. If you’re thinking about investing, just go for it. You’ll either make the return on your investment very quickly, or if you’re doing this as a hobby, you’ll be so satisfied with your work that you’ll just want to learn more. Thank you Jane for giving me the confidence in this beautiful work to create a thriving business with something I just love to do!
Investment in TMCC approx £210
STUDENT STORY 2 – IN ADDITION TO EXISTING BUSINESS
Since august I now on average do at least 6 /7 per week and at least 1 floral celebration cake.
It’s increased my Facebook and Instagram following and engagement massively. It grabs people’s attention then they often buy other things too like my teas. I regularly include the floral cakes in my tea boxes which adds to their uniqueness & appeal.”
Investment into TMCC courses – approx £300.00
Addition to an existing business
STUDENT STORY 3 Farhana- Time for Cake
@timeforcake on Instagram
RETURN ON INVESTMENT
It varies but I make about £100 per week from bouquets mostly. Sometimes it’s not busy at all and sometimes I have 3-4 bouquets in one day. I do take urgent orders too as word spreads through each client.
I don’t depend much on social media but it’s nice to have a portfolio online for everyone to have a look but it’s mainly word of mouth.
Having possessed a still hand and good amount of stability in my piping, I wanted to explore something else in the baking industry. I came across floral bouquets on Instagram and was inspired a lot. Having done a lot of research, I can across Jane’s profile. Such lovely well explained tutorials with clarity and encouragement, I purchased a lot in one go.
Slowly after making some bouquets for friends and family to build my portfolio, I advertised locally and received a lovely response.
Investment into TMCC courses – approx £250.00
“With Jane’s tips and tutorials I am able to be really productive and am able to say yes to short notice requests while still enjoying family time at the weekends.”
Victoria Parry’s Pantry
“Jane’s courses and support from the FB group has given me the impetus to start my own business and have confidence in myself.”
INVESTMENT IN TMCC £118
“After my very first bouquet, I booked a complete month out on bouquets! UNREAL!!! Jane has changed my life!”
INVESTMENT IN TMCC $80
“It has enabled me to start my business and go from hobby baker to full time cupcake baker.”
INVESTMENT IN TMCC £100
SWEET ICINGS BY AMY
“…I gave up my cake business to do bouquets full time, …I’m extremely happy with my tutorials and all of janes support, encouragement and advice and inspiration.”
INVESTMENT IN TMCC $90
STUDENT STORY 4 ‘IN ADDITION TO EXISTING BUSINESS’ – Instagram @victoriaparrys_pantry
“I have been making cupcake bouquets for just over a year. The difference between then and now is huge, my bouquets get better each time and I’m so happy with them. I have bought 15 individual flower tutorials from Jane (as well as watching all the amazing free content). I like that I can add a few here and there, it doesn’t have to be a big initial outlay.
I work Monday to Thursday as a childminder so I have evenings and Fridays to work on my bouquets. With Jane’s tips and tutorials I am able to be really productive and am able to say yes to short notice requests while still enjoying family time at the weekends.
I have just hit my first £1000 of bouquet sales in a month, and I have joined forces with a local cake delivery company so I can reach more customers as I don’t deliver. The next stage may be a website and my programmer husband will be tasked with that job!”
Investment into TMCC courses – approx £80.98
“I had never piped a floral cupcake before purchasing Jane’s tutorials – I was able to IMMEDIATELY start selling my bouquets for income, and was able to quit my regular full time job a month after I started selling!” Lisa Keehn
STUDENT STORY 5 ‘I COULD QUIT MY DAY JOB!’ – LISA KEEHN | Instagram @buttercreamboutique20
I make approximately 20-30 bouquets per week, have gotten my Facebook page to just shy of 2000 followers in less than a year! I have had people order bouquets from all over the world – Italy, Scotland, the United States and Eastern Canada.
If it weren’t for Jane Taylor’s tutorials, I would LITERALLY not have a business. I saw her tutorials advertised on Facebook while I was laid off from a government shutdown during the start of Covid. Her guidance, expertise, humour and unending patience (lol) have been the founding that I’ve built a successful business on (during a global pandemic, no less) and her support is just non stop. Apart from simply showing you how to pipe hey gorgeous flowers and construct a bouquet, she offers her masterful experience and guidance in all aspects of building a success business – from how to price your products, to planning for a major holiday or occasion, she covers it all in her friendly, supportive and brilliant manner.
Investment into TMCC courses – approx £232
THE BOHO BAKER
“Not only have the courses been really beneficial also the support network from the social media groups … I couldn’t have done this without her guidance.”
INVESTMENT IN TMCC £50
“’I’ve always been creative, loved cooking and designing. These courses ticked all those boxes…I think it’s Jane’s mentoring recently that has taken my business to the next level. “
INVESTMENT IN TMCC £243
THE POSH CUPCAKE CO
“The courses I have purchased are great to refer back to on my laptop if I’m struggling with something, I can slow it down and rewind …until I perfect the piping, I like Janes calm and descriptive way she talks you through everything,”
INVESTMENT IN TMCC £130
MOORE DESSERTS BY JULIE
“The courses are very helpful because Jane’s uses clear and concise instruction. I like the fact that they are short instructions. They are not overwhelming”
INVESTMENT IN TMCC LESS THAN $50
STUDENT STORY 6 ‘EXTRA INCOME’ – ANON
“I am in no doubt, my business would not be where it is today without Jane’s brilliant tutorials. They are easy to follow, clear and concise. Just when you think there can’t be any more flowers to pipe, Jane comes along with more tutorials! Great to go back over videos and refresh your memory or start adding your own twists and style.”
STATS – since Nov 2020 when I’ve really focussed on getting things going, I have had 178 people order, some of them multiple orders (ie. 4 mini gift bags). Over the last 5 weeks, I have seen a shift from having lots of mini (£10) bouquets, I’m now mainly 7 & 12 bouquets. I’ve taken just over £4k gros. I will get better now at working out net profit. For me, it’s a nice to have income which I’m not reliant on.
RELEVANT INFO – Started with location course, then moved on to online courses.
Investment into TMCC courses – approx £350
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