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Harsha Sanghrajka - Home Baker & Founder of Breads Cakes N More from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Q1. How did your Entrepreneur journey start? Or Who/What inspired you to start this business/ entrepreneurship? I was always that kid who sa...





Q1. How did your Entrepreneur journey start? Or Who/What inspired you to start this business/ entrepreneurship?

I was always that kid who saw her mother make amazing stuff and was always inquisitive to know "the how" of that entire cooking process! 
I have always loved baking, and while I did it for my friends and family, they kept insisting I teach them too. Once I started joining baking groups and posted what I made, the response was amazing. That's when I considered teaching the art of baking! 

As they say, few are lucky to turn their passion into their profession, well, I consider myself luckier to have found that as a part of a complete different phase of my life, at the age of 53!

Q2. Kindly share some information about your Business, products and services here.

I would like to call myself a Home Baker. I started this journey more than 5 years back and Breads, Cakes n More, as I proudly say, is my brain child! 

I am extremely proud of the products we offer because I believe in them. Our products are freshly baked from scratch and are pre-mix and preservative free. Have never, will never promote, use or advise products, designs that I don't agree with. Healthy and tasty baking has always been a prerequisite in my business. 

I am into baking, selling and teaching. Our product range includes breads, cakes, cookies, dessert jars, brownies and more! There is no better way than customization to add a little more of love to each of my client's occasions. 

Q3. Please share about unique feature/USP of your Product/Service.

We specialize in Customized Theme Cakes that bring memories / likes / hobbies / preferences to life. Few of my prized creations in cakes are 

  • Super realistic cakes viz. Samosa, Nachos, Tacos, Photo Reel, Tea cup, Biryani Pot
  • Theme cakes
  • Wedding and engagement cakes
The Samosa cake was a hit - it was impossible for people to believe that it was actually a Kulfi flavoured cake in the shape of a Samosa! 

We have now ventured into gluten free, sugar free bakes and the response has been overwhelming! 
Thus, I add 'More' to my brand name because I never want to restrict myself from learning and offering more and more!

Q4. What type of Products/Service do you cater for Weddings?

We do customised Engagement and Wedding cakes! The wedding season is our favourite! The mere thought of making someone's special day even more special by providing our services gives us the feels!

Q5. What kind of challenges did you face while starting/doing this business?

I have been cooking and baking for my loved ones since ages. That was my strength. As great it is to know your strengths, it's smarter to know your weaknesses! I knew mine was not being as technologically sound as I wanted to be! I got help from my family and now when I see myself, I am proud of how I have changed from being technologically dependent to being tech savvy. And that, I guess it is an achievement for me. I strive to learn new things each day and that's what gives me the confidence.

Q6. Do share with our readers about your discovery period when you were facing difficulties in your business?

Yes, most definitely. Freelancing is not at all easy! There are times you fail to promote your products like you would like to, but you must know how to pick yourself up. As and when generations change, there are different and new ways of promoting your product. You may need time to get used to it. 
Get help from your children. Nobody understands their generation like they themselves! 

Q7. Share with our readers about your experiment period after the discovery period?

Baking is not a one time learning job. You have to learn, try, fail, retry and try and try till you nail the recipe your own way and that's your achievement. I have always tried to be a perfectionist and so, I have always strived to make my products perfect and only then, bring it to the market. Since I always bake for my family and friends, I can try on new and different recipes and themes and then add it to my menu. Initially I had to try the same things a number of times only to crack the perfect end product and trust me, its so fulfilling. 

All it requires is a lot of determination, and well, a family that's ever ready to taste all that you try. An ever encouraging family is very important in any kind of a success. 

Q8. What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for next five years?

I would never want to stop learning. I like to challenge myself with whatever comes my way. A learning curve is always essential to growth, it always makes you more and more effective. I see myself outperforming my past creations, expanding my horizon and touching more lives.

Q9. How would you advise/suggest new entrepreneurs who want to start & sustain in business?

You can learn new things ANYTIME in your life. Never restrict yourself because of age since it's just a number. I started my business at 53 years of age & I am still learning, experimenting & delivering memories to my clients. 

This goes to show that if you are willing to start, trust me, the whole world will open up for you. 

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Interviewed by : Khushboo Chotaliya - Co-Founder of Sanskari Decor from Mumbai, India

Khushboo is a student of Yogesh MA's InfluencerThon - Digital Influencer Academy.

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