Does Accepting Money Wreck it for You?
I've been baking for about 6 months, and can now turn out a predictably pretty Sourdough Boule', I'm thrilled and excited to bake, and like to do it nearly every day. Naturally, this has resulted in an over-production for our empty-nester household. The solution is to occasionally surprise someone with a loaf. Pure pleasure. But, now that the word is out, I have people asking to buy bread. Here's the problem: My personal history with crafts/arts tells me that when I cross the line from hobby to business the fun drains out fast. So, I've refused to take orders. I'm wondering if I made a big mistake the other day by telling a little group that I had considered accepting donations for my flour fund. You should have the seen the speed with which money came whipping out of wallets! I am reassuring myself that a flour donation doesn't constitute pressure, that I can just continue to gift people with bread as I please, but I am worried. So, do any of you with a similar frame of mind have any experience here? I keep looking at that money hanging on my fridge and wondering if I wouldn't be better off just returning it.