BAKER | ENTREPRENEUR
An Interview with Marie Selkridge-Ashford
Marie found her passion for baking in November 1997 when she baked her first pumpkin cheesecake for a Thanksgiving potluck at her work. From that moment she was hooked; she knew then that that was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. The Cheesecake Boutique was opened in 2008 and because Marie was intentional in shaping her business around her top priority, her family, she was able to create a life with the freedom and flexibility to do what she loves and also be the extraordinary mother she always dreamed of being. Marie discusses the importance of being in tune with your "why" and offers invaluable advice on how to get started baking, but moreover how to get started chasing your dreams and writing your own destiny.
How long has The Cheesecake Boutique been in business and what inspired you to pursue a career as a baker and entrepreneur?
What education do you need to be a baker and a business owner?
Is there a typical path people can take to open their own bakery? What would you recommend?
What are your primary responsibilities as a baker and solopreneur?
What skills and personality traits does someone need to have to succeed in this profession?
What does a typical day or week look like for you?
What's your favorite thing about what you do?
What's your least favorite thing about what you do?
What's the hardest part of this profession for you?
Are there common challenges or problems in this industry that people should be aware of?
How does your job affect your general lifestyle or your family life?
What's the earning potential for a baker and business owner?
What's the best way to build your reputation and get your name out there?
What advice would you give someone who's hoping to follow in your footsteps?
What's something people find surprising about your profession?
What's something you found surprising about your profession?
Are there any misconceptions about being a baker or bakery owner
Has there been a highlight of your career?
Is there anything we haven't talked about that you'd like to share?
If you had a do-over, would you choose this career again?