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How to Start up your own business?
 
 Thyme & Caramel at Ubud Food Festival

This was the big question that I discussed with others foodpreneurs in Bali at Ubud Food Festival 2018.

I had the lovely chance to be part of Ubud Food Festival (UFF) this year - where all food enthusiasts and innovators from all over Indonesia gathered to share the best culinary experience. Held from the 13th to 15th April, UFF was attended by about 12,000 people.

I was honored to be part of the session ‘Food for Thought: Bali’s Startup Stars’. I was joined by four other Indonesian start up entrepreneurs, who have successfully built their businesses in the food industry in Bali, sharing how each business was first started.

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In this blogpost, I would like to share my perspectives based on my experience on starting a business, and hopefully help you who are looking on starting a business or merely finding your passion! :)

Firstly, I know the phrase “Find your passion” is sort of overrated, but to me it’s kind of true. This is always the first point on my list on how I begin this Thyme & Caramel journey. According to the dictionary, passion is an intense emotion, a compelling enthusiasm or desire for something. In other words, it's something that sets your soul on fire and gives you a good feeling when you do it.

However, how many of you might  still be struggling to find your passion? Actually, a likely source of what we are passionate about may come from anywhere, including what we were exposed to in our childhood. It could be simple things, such as sketching, cooking, music, collecting action figures or dancing. Ever since I was a child, I was obsessed with molding things from play dohs or anything to do that involves my hand working together with icky gooey dough. I made my very first bakery out of clay when I was 7 years old and it was kinda what led me to today as a cake artist.

From that level of hobby and obsession, you just need to add a few ingredients and spices, such as hardworking hours, devotion, and commitment. Passion will always keep you stronger everyday no matter what challenges stand in your way.

Secondly, the COURAGE to start. So, be courageous! One of the hardest parts of starting a business is actually the courage and the ability to just start and take the risk. I know that we all have different fears, however I believe that the only way to overcome our fear is to face it and plan ahead. At the beginning, you might not see the big picture, you might mostly feel clueless and that’s totally normal. What I did in the past was start with what I know and what I can do first.

The basic foundation for a business is, of course, your brand name, logo, your products, and how you would like to market these products. It’s also important to figure out your vision and mission of your business, including what impacts you would like to make in the world and what your values are. In my personal experience as I was forming the business value, I decided to sell only premium special occasion vegan cakes and cupcakes as Thyme & Caramel’s specialty.

In the process of starting up and making hard decisions for your business, you should not hesitate to ask for help from anyone you know. It could be your family, your friends, or even professionals who are already good at the field, but just keep in mind that the decision is all yours to make. 

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
— Lao Tzu

Thirdly, be PERSISTENT in achieving your goal! The road to success and reaching your goals will always be under constructed and lined with tempted parking spaces. Imagine the possibility of the many paths you can take when you want to go somewhere. You might consider the distance and the traffic before you take a specific route, and also the goal you want to accomplish.

There will always be plan A, B, or C, besides, there are 26 letters in the alphabet and many possible routes. Be brave, know what you do and take a step, these are all that matter.

 

So! These were my three kickstarting steps on starting up Thyme & Caramel, despite any challenges that comes and go. I hope these tips can help you gain the confidence to start up your business, and when you do, tell me about it! I would love to hear your stories :)

There is a great opportunity this month to train the entrepreneurial mind of all young Indonesian in Bali where I will be one of the mentors to help validate your business ideas in 54 hours. For more info about the event, check out ‘Startup Weekend Bali: Edisi Anak Muda Indonesia’, the first Startup Weekend in Bali that is exclusive to those between the age of 16 to 23 years old. It is organized by Hubud and will be happening on 25 - 27 May. I am so thrilled to be part of it. Will I see you? ;)

 
One Year of Gratitude
 
 Arielle, young entrepreneur starting up vegan cakery business in Bali

I can’t believe that it’s been a year since I launched Thyme & Caramel, oh how time flies! This year has been filled with lots of excitement and amazing experience, thank you to everyone who has supported me. The growth of the business is beyond my expectation!

These experiences has made me realize how grateful I am to be able to find my passion at a young age and feel the joy in what I do, which is baking and crafting cakes. My biggest gratitude to the special people, family, friends, and even people from around the world, who have showed their love towards my work and supported my journey in what I want to achieve as a youth.

I’m thoroughly grateful for the path I have chosen and the support I am given, I believe that education is a lifelong process, and I have learned so many lessons each day from many different aspects. These lessons are ones I value most, reality education that has taught me how to sustain myself as a person and certainly to sustain my business.

I feel the need to share my happiness. That’s why, last month, I kickstarted a small fundraising project for my local farmer’s daughter who has been providing me with only the finest passion fruits for my cake. I’ve donated a percentage of every cupcakes I sold to raise fund for her education.

From one idea to another, I’m thankful to be able to make them happen one by one and step by step. This encourages me to motivate more people, to believe in themselves that how silly people might think your idea is, as long as you believe, there is always a way to turn things that started from only a dream into reality.

Now that I’ve managed my cakery for a year, I’m planning to grow and expand its wings! I am about to launch my buttercream flower making workshop for kids on November, to inspire them to use their creativity in the right place that can make the world a little bit better.

Another exciting news to welcome a new year of Thyme & Caramel, I’ll be participating in one of the biggest festival for vegans and vegetarians in Bali, which is Bali Vegan Festival. There, I’ll be holding my first public demonstration of cake decorating, giving a talk about my journey of positivity and happiness along with amazing speakers who are coming from around the world, and also having a booth at its vegan marketplace (The Vegan Village) where there'll be a little surprise for you. Wohoo!!!

It’s a three-days event in Ubud from 6 to 8 October. Entry to the Vegan Village (Ubud Soccer Field) will be FREE. However, all workshops, talks, classes and screenings require tickets for entry. Check out their website and purchase your ticket now! See you there :)

xx,

Arielle

 
Inside the Mind of a Successful Young Entrepreneur
 
 Thyme & Caramel at Bali Bungkus Hubud - Young Entrepreneur

A talk I gave at Hubud’s Bali Bungkus Event

Back in April, I went to Hubud Community Co-working Space in Ubud, Bali to deliver a special cake as a surprise to a special someone. When I gave the cake to the birthday girl, almost everyone at Hubud raved about how pretty it looked and was surprised that it was made by me, a teenager. That’s when one of Hubud’s members approached me and invited me to share my story at their skill share event, the Bali Bungkus in June! 

Weeks passed by until that day, the day that I got excited (and well, a bit nervous!) I saw on Hubud’s website that my talk was mentioned, titled “Inside the Mind of a Young, Successful Entrepreneur”. I got nervous because the title of the presentation was kind of intimidating, as I feel like I’m not that successful yet and that I had just started this business last year! They expect me to share something that I learned as an entrepreneur that people (aka the adults) can learn from, which is a bit tough! :S

As I (slowly) prepared and practiced my presentation, I learned that I actually had gone through quite a roller coaster ride with Thyme and Caramel. I realized that I had learned so much more and acquired a better understanding from managing my own business, than sitting in a classroom. So yeah, I feel like I can actually share a thing or two about being an entrepreneur! Nevertheless, I also realized that there’s still a lot of room for me to grow. Like, learning on how to manage my time better, et cetera, et cetera.

Fast forward to the D-day, I got nervous (again!), because this was the first time I presented in front of experienced adults, whom are known as the ‘digital nomads’ of the world. Presenting in front of people is definitely one tough thing, and as confident as I may have seen, I certainly was quite anxious inside.  

This little presentation went well though. I got a really great feedback from the audience. I got some interesting ideas that I want to test to improve my business, which is really valuable. :) I also gained more confidence in public speaking! The audience were really nice and supportive of me. I even got an order that day.

All in all, this presentation has given me another learning opportunity. It was a nice day. Oh, to close off, I’m going to share you my full presentation. Check it out and let me know what you think!  

PS. I’ll be sharing another one of my story at Pecha Kucha Night this August! More info to come :)

 (My presentation was 15 minutes long, the rest are Q&A)

Xxx,

Arielle