Every success story starts with a dream, and Erin McKenna has made hers into a reality.
A couple of weeks ago, we spoke to Erin about her journey from fashion industry to the owner of the award-winning Bakery - Erin Mckenna’s Bakery. We distilled 5 secrets to her success below.
1. Live Your Passions
Erin has endured a lot to where she is today. She worked as a fashion magazine assistant after graduating from school. After working for one year, she quickly knew it was not what she desired to do. So she quit her job and switched gears to focus on what she really liked - DESSERTS.
“I have a sweet tooth, but I suffered from food allergies. At that time, there wasn't a single bakery that had gluten-free desserts, so I decided to start one.”
Later, she worked as a waitress at night to gain experience in food service and pay for baking materials she needed for practice. She clearly knew what she wanted and always made something out of it.
2. Meditate to Uncover Your Life Purpose
When Erin quit her fashion job, she was 27. She turned to meditation to transfer her unhappiness to connect with her life purpose. Meditation may seem like a simple breathing technique, but Erin attributes her success to it.
“During meditation, I started to look for something to make a change. Then I had a vision – I wanted to have my own business.”
At that time, she created a business plan, and made her own recipes from scratch, which have laid the foundation of her business today.
3. Have A Support System
Managing a business is tough, especially when you are doing it alone. At beginning, Erin did not trust anyone and preferred to decide everything herself.
“Learning to let go and not control everything was challenging for me, but I luckily found the right partner, Sabrina (a baker with BabyCakes since the beginning), who helps me operate the business.”
As for the personal life, like everyone else, work-life balance is also not an easy job for Erin. She said, “it’s challenging, but not that hard. I try as much as possible to connect with customers in the shop and spend my weekend with my family.”
4. Trust Yourself
Everyone has an opinion, and its tough to tune out the noise.
“When I first started out, they tried to tell me what I should do. I just turn my ears down because whenever you take too much advice, it kind of clouds your vision.”
In order to help young people trust themselves and not lose their path, Erin plans to speak to college students to help them with what they are doing in their lives.
“I want to help young people to fulfill their goals in life.”
5. Listen To Your Customers
In such a customer driven industry, every opinion matters. As Erin Mckenna’s Bakery are located in NYC, LA, and Orlando, Erin aims to make sure that every one is taken care of.
“Whenever [customers] come to my bakery, they don’t need to worry about anything. They can trust us! Every branch [of Erin McKenna’s Bakery] is shaped by customer demand. People make it different.”
We really feel that Erin Mckenna’s Bakery succeeds at making customers feel welcome and at providing delicious, gluten-free desserts. After talking to Erin, we now understand why!