Single moms often bare the burden of supporting an entire family, both at home and on the job. But when New Orleans native Mignon Francois was offered the opportunity to turn her baking talents into a lucrative business, she took the last $5 that she had to feed her family and turned it into a million-dollar company.
From 2005 to 2007, Francois found herself struggling to financially support her family after a Nashville job offer for her then-husband fell through. Fortunately for her, a nearby neighbor knew of her baking talents and offered her what seemed like the opportunity of a lifetime, Black Business reports.
Her neighbor approached her with a cupcake request, ordering 600 total with each priced at $1. Though she knew she only had $5 left to her name, Francois proceeded to purchase the ingredients to start baking at least 60 cupcakes – turning around a $60 profit that same day.
Since then she’s continued to bake and went on to launch her business, The Cupcake Collection — which sells speciality cupcakes and cakes nationwide — that now generates upwards of $1 million each year.
Francois’ journey as a Black woman entrepreneur hasn’t been without its hardships, but with the use of a few budget hacks she’s been able to make the most of her profits.
According to Business Insider, Francois didn’t feel as a Black woman that she had the same access to opportunities in terms of networking and bankers.
“I think a lot of times in my community, we often have been used to rejection from banks,” Francois said to the outlet. “Having my money in a bank account at that time, if I had messed up even a dollar, it would have caused me to get a bank overdraft, which would’ve cost me $30, and then that’s just a vicious cycle of snowballing in a negative way.”
News Source: AfroTech Written Credits: Njera Perkins