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A mother-of-one has revealed how she built a single cupcake stall into a nationwide business with a £1million turnover.
Rachael Halstead, 35, was in her mid-20s when she decided to quit her stable job in the City and launch her own baking brand, starting out by flogging her homemade treats at every 'market stall and food event' she could find.
Years - Entrepreneur - Worthing - West - Sussex
Over the last eight years the entrepreneur, who lives in Worthing, West Sussex, has worked tirelessly to grow Rachael's Kitchen into a company that delivers thousands of made-to-order cupcakes to customers across the UK every day.
Speaking to FEMAIL, Rachael opened up about the struggles she has faced and revealed her top three tips for other entrepreneurs ready to branch out on their own.
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Trained as an accountant, Rachael started her career at a strategy consultancy in London but always knew she wanted to start her own business. It was only when she faced losing her life savings that she decided it was time to make the change.
'I had some savings which I'd invested in Icelandic banks, when they collapsed I felt lucky to get my investment back and a degree of "it's now or never",' Rachael said.
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'We were on the edge of recession and I remember thinking if I can weather this storm I might have a business with a bright future.'
She added: 'I resigned from my job in April 2009 and have never looked back.'
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At the time the cupcake trend was just starting to sweep the country and the first ever episode of the Great British Bake Off was still more than a year away.
So it is of little surprise many of her family and friends, while supportive, thought she was 'crazy' to leave a stable job to chase her baking dream.
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'It is a big ask of people...
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