For Kim Wright, 52, from Newburgh, NY, banking on baking has been an easy way to pad her wallet.
“About 14 years ago, I started a new job that paid a lot less than I had been used to making — I was a single mom with a young daughter to support, so in order to save money, I decided to bake, rather than buy, gifts for the holidays — something my mom used to do. Family and friends loved my hand-decorated holiday cookies so much, they asked if they could buy them from me to gift to their friends! That’s when I realized this could go from a money-saver to a moneymaker!
“I started bringing the cookies to holiday parties, church festivals and craft fairs and handing out flyers to spread the word, and the business just grew from there. While I sell my baked goods year-round, I specialize in hand-decorated cookies like gingerbread men, candy canes and Christmas trees in flavors like buttered rum and peppermint, so the bulk of my earnings comes during the holiday season. In fact, last year I made $5,000 during the holiday season alone. When I moved back to New York a few years ago, I continued to sell the cookies at major craft fairs, but since the pandemic, I’ve been concentrating on selling through my website, HeavenlyCreationsByKim.com.
“Prices start at around $2.50 per cookie. Some months, the money I earn helps add to a car payment, but most of the time, I use it to help my daughter, who’s in college now. It gives me the flexibility to provide more for her now than I could when she was younger.”
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.