I am a member of Start-up Central and received your email. I definitely recommend checking out the SCORE office in your neighborhood. SCORE is a non-profit that partners with the SBA to pair new business owners with mentors who are retired from their field. It has been a wonderful (free!) resource -- I've met regularly for months with a great mentor from the food industry to research, write and finalize a business plan (including profitability) and have been working with another mentor to set up my accounting. I can't recommend the program enough!
Profitability will greatly depend on your market area, so it's best to go through the motions of writing a business plan. By the end of the process, you'll know whether it makes sense to move forward.
Hi, Gail ~ It took me forever to find this message from you. I think TCL needs a redo to make it more intuitive and user friendly.
Anyway, I am a photographer who also does Hypnotherapy. I am more than ready for a transition to something else and the Chocolate "thing" just sort of happened along the way. I am loving it. It melds my love of creativity with food and sweets and science!
I graduated from Ecole in July and am spending this next year doing my R&D. I'm hoping to intern or work at a chocolate shop somewhere here in my area. Haven't gotten the courage up to actually apply but will probably get to it in a week or two. Let me know how you are doing in the process.
And, I'm happy to be your chocolate friend. I know exactly what you mean.