Today we’d like to introduce you to Shannon Stevenson.
Shannon, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I began baking back in 2015 after my grandmother passed and my engagement ended. I was in a dark place and depressed. After those two life events, all I would do is go to work and go home. I wasn’t going out with friends, I wasn’t doing anything. One day I was laying around, as usual, and something told me to get up and do something with yourself, your life is not over. While I was sitting there thinking what to do I began scrolling through Pinterest. While scrolling, I seen a recipe for cupcakes. So I saved the recipe and when to the store and picked up the ingredients. They didn’t come out so pretty, hahahaha, but I didn’t want to throw them away so I took them to work and gave them to my co-workers. My co-workers actually said they tasted good. I made a few more batches, different flavors, and took them to work and my co-workers devoured them. After a little tweaking of the recipe and practicing decorating them I started selling them for a $1 a cupcake. After a few years, some encouragement from some friends, and list of customers, I decided to make official and obtain my business license and LLC. Baking has become my outlet when I’m stressed or going through something. I put my love and all my effort into every order. I have had some hiccups with orders, but I make sure I take care of my clients. And because I take of them when there is an issue they come back. I’ve had clients pull me out of my element of cupcakes and now they also have me doing cakes and I am grateful. Sometimes we don’t see our own potential but it’s your loving customers who do.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It hasn’t been smooth road. It’s been times where I wanted to quit, I wanted to throw in towel. When I scroll through social media and see all those beautifully decorated cakes and then I look at my own and I say to myself just give up, just stop…….You will never be that good. But then I look at the pics of where I first started and look at the pics of where I am now and tell myself…..YOU GOT THIS, when I get new clients I tell myself KEEP GOING.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I do cupcakes, cakes, and a few other sweet treats. My main specialty has always been cupcakes, but my clients have up’ d my skills and now have me doing cakes, which I never thought in a million years I would be doing. The cakes started when one of my clients needed a grooms cake for her nephews’ wedding. I told her “girl I have never done a cake before”. She said, girl you got this. I did it, it wasn’t the prettiest but it was edible…….LOL. I’m known for my different flavor cupcakes. My biggest seller are the strawberry crunch cupcakes. The thing I am most proud of are the wedding cakes I have done. They were all tiered cakes and tiered cakes give me so much anxiety, but I did them and they came out wonderfully. What sets me apart from others is the fact that, even though I do charge, I don’t do it for the money per say, I do it because I love what I do. I have given away $80-$120 cakes and/or cupcakes at times.
Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
When looking for a mentor, look for someone who is not afraid to tell you when you are wrong or tell you when your doing something wrong. If you have a mentor that’s always telling you the good stuff, they do not have your best interest at heart.
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