As what Milo said, "great things start from small beginnings". This was exactly what happened to this flight attendant's bakery business where she started out from a few products serving a niche market to a wider range of products. This is the #asensocabincrew story of Cebu Pacific flight attendant Airra Tan's business named Golden Oven.
It all started out from a niched-market bakery that caters to breastfeeding mothers. These baked goodies are for breastfeeding moms who want to increase their breastmilk supply. "GOLDEN OVEN started 2017, selling lactation treats like cookies, brownies and crinkles. Then 2018 lactation drinks was also added to the menu. These are all for breastfeeding moms who wants to boost their liquid gold 'breastmilk'. Regular treats are also offered for their children and husband who keeps on stealing their lactation treats.
"During my free time i used to bake breads for personal consumption and i share it to my neighbors and friend," Airra shares.
The year 2020 became a challenging year for Airra and her business, but it presented other opportunities as well to expand her business.
"ECQ (Enhanced Community Quarantine), all our resources are shut down; no income. I started to bake bread, I kept on trying and learning. I then came up with Ube cheese pandesal. Given the situation, sales were overwhelming thru online selling so I added cinnamon rolls after a week and the following week, I release more than 10 kinds of breads like Pork Floss, Ensaymada, Milky Cheeserolls etc. Milky Cheeserolls is her best seller available for Php 200 / 10pcs.
"I am really a business minded person. So whenever I see opportunity, I don’t think twice. I grab and grab, In order for me also to succeed, I also accept the failures and keep them as my life lesson experiences," Airra told us.
Airra believes that being a flight attendant has also helped her succeed as an entrepreneur. Throughout those years of being a flight attendant, Airra has learned a lot about time management, being customer/people oriented, a goal setter, being responsible, and most especially how to smile and handle things gracefully even under tight circumstances.
"In every dark situation, always look for hope even the slimmest opportunity. Since baking is my passion, I see to it that I can utilize this strength to build my business and career as an entrepreneur. It is so beautiful when your passion and career come together. Its true, as per Confucius, 'find a job that you love and you’ll never have work to a day in your life'," Airra fondly told Flyhigh Manila.
Amidst all these, Airra believes that there is always hope and opportunities hidden in this pandemic. As many flight attendants face uncertainty thinking of what to do should the worse happen, Airra has this message for them:
I know everyone these days are facing difficulties due to this pandemic, but never lose hope. Learn to appreciate and be contented on what we have now, good or bad, these must be appreciated. God is in control. So I guess whatever we are facing now, we will surely surpass all these. For those who want to be entrepreneur like us, I must say believe in yourself and in your product, listen to your customers feedback, they are the one who will lead you to have better product, price it right and always be sure to deliver beyond expectations. Always say thank you after every sale." -Airra Tan
Please do support Airra's business by visiting her Facebook page at Golden Oven to check her products and to put in orders.