Kayla Romero-Mireles is a self taught baker who decided to open shop and sell her baked goods. Here she details motivations, inspirations and some of the challenges she has faced on the road to entrepreneurship.
1) Could you tell us what you do and where you are based?
I am a vegan home baker located in San Antonio, TX. I make delicious and fun desserts that are cruelty free. I solely run the business all on my own, and work with the Frnd-Ships app for deliveries.
2) When did you discover you had a talent for baking?
I really have been baking most of my life. A lot of the time growing up, all the women in the family would be in the kitchen. But I really gravitated towards pastries and desserts.
3) What was your motivations for starting a business?
I started my business when my husband lost his job and the pandemic hit. He was the sole income while I stayed home with our baby. I couldn’t let my family fall and decided to start selling some of my favourite vegan desserts.
4) Who inspires you?
It’s really the group of women in my family that I have been raised along; my mother, my grandmother, and my great grandmother. No matter how hard life has come down on them, they never quit and they never give in. They start every day new and with as much as they can contribute.
5) What are the biggest challenges you have faced so far?
One of the biggest challenges I have faced is working through my pain from my fibromyalgia. Some days are harder than others, and sometimes I must step back to heal. I am still very new so I am working on trying to get my name out there as best I can as a one-woman team.
6) If you could change anything about your business what would it be?
I really wouldn’t want to change anything in my business other than to grow as a company and maybe have a kitchen to work out of one day.
7) Describe your business in 3 words.
Innovative. Trusting. Creative
8) Favourite quote?
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” - Gandhi
9) Where would you like your business in 5 years?
I would love to be able to grow as a company as I can and make some lasting relationships with customers. I want to be able to start shipping across the state and maybe nationwide.
10) A piece of advice you would give someone who wants to start a business?
It’s not an easy thing to do, especially if you are one person. It is a lot of late nights and early mornings but also can be very rewarding. If you do your business right, and treat people right, things just come to be.