Well the answer for me was to start my own business selling fudge. Which in turn led to me making my own fudge and selling that instead.
The truth is that after 15 years working with young offenders, including running some very successful projects, I really had no idea what else I could do. After I took voluntary redundancy, the question of “What next?” seemed almost unanswerable. I had some great skills in that particular line of work, but were they really transferable?
So when a former boss said to me “Why don’t you try running a market stall?” it felt like I’d entered the Twilight Zone – a realm where anything was possible but I had no real clue what I was actually doing.
After various discussions with various people, lots of pondering and eventually making some decisions, I found a man selling lovely handmade fudge in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The fudge tasted great and I thought that it would be nice to have a go buying it from him and selling it at the local market. Just to see what happened. So I started up Wychbold Fudge – buying & selling this luxury, handmade fudge and seeing where it led me.
Well it all went well enough, but after a few months I realised that as fun as it was, something was missing – something that would really make the whole thing personal to me. Something that would make the whole thing feel even better. So I started looking into how I could make my own fudge, in enough quantity and to a high enough standard that would allow me to turn an experiment into a viable long-term business that I could stay passionate about for years to come.
Which led me to buy a fudge kettle and get some training before embarking on the next phase of my Wychbold Fudge adventure – making my own, luxury, homemade fudge right here in the family kitchen.
And I’ve not regretted it for a moment. With great support (and understanding!) from my wife, and despite some tough weeks where I struggled to sell a bar of fudge, the business continues to grow. I’ve built a base of loyal customers who seem to really appreciate that I make every gorgeous piece at home, and slowly but surely this thing is growing to a point where the future feels really rosy.
Its a long way from working with young offenders – and I wouldn’t change it for a minute.
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