Tammy makes $ 500 during the holidays selling chocolates!
It really is the most wonderful time of the year for Tammy Phillips-dudley, who’s raking in cash with her homemade treats! Read on for her secrets
For years, I’ve served chocolate-covered strawberries for my kids’ birthday parties, but they’re expensive, so eventually I decided to make them myself. Then my friends started asking me to make them for their events, and I realized selling them could be a great side business, especially during the holidays, when people are looking for affordable gift ideas. “To get started, I created a logo myself and made business cards, then purchased a few molds, boxes and tissue paper and started making strawberries dipped in chocolate and topped with edible glitter or infused with liquor. I also make chocolate-dipped pretzels and apples, chocolate bouquets and lollipops. At Christmas, people place orders for parties or to give as gifts. Most people find me via word-of-mouth, but I also promote my business on Facebook. All my customers are local, so I deliver the treats to them. “My prices vary from $ 20 for a dozen chocolate-covered strawberries to $120 for a more elaborate arrangement. During the holidays, I earn about $500. “I love making chocolate treats because it gives me a creative outlet, and the money I earn is used for fun things like vacations or to buy something for our house—like a gazebo for the backyard.”