Business Profile: Nicci Hosking

  1. What is the name of your business and what is your role? Bomb Dot Com Brownies is my ‘side hustle’ and I am the chief baker and mischief maker! 
  2. Describe your business in two sentences. Home-made delicious chocolate chunk brownies and delectable chocolate chunk vegan brownies too.
  3. How long have you been in business? I have ‘officially’ been baking my brownies since July 2017.
  4. How did you get into this business? It was actually the wonderful Mel Gard, Chrystal Austin and committee of KZNWIB that gave me the courage to start – my first order was for 100 brownies at one of the KZNWIB monthly meetings! 
  5. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced, and how did you overcome it? Baking in Durban Summer is not for the faint hearted! Shew! Unexpected load shedding is a reality, but I try and plan as best I can and always ask for at least 2 days notice, to ensure quality freshness (since I only bake to order) and this also allows for a plan B in case there are any hiccups #thankseishkom  
  6. What single trait/skill could you not have succeeded without? Positive, can-do attitude! 
  7. What is the best business advice you’ve received? Keep it simple. Under promise and over deliver!
  8. Your secret to business success is? I don’t really know what the secret to business success is, but my secret to loving the life I’ve created (which I think is pretty cool) is in finding a balance between work, family, friends and me-time!  
  9. What is your business goal for 2023? I am actually in the process of planning to emigrate, so my focus is on that and not really ruling the world with my delicious brownies (for now)!
  10. Tell us one thing that not many people know about you? I was really good at Speech & Drama as a kid with oodles of confidence that won lots of awards at eisteddfods, I had a very small part in a TV show called ‘Bible Stories’ and was a ‘re-enactment’ character for one episode of Carte Blanche which was fun. I love singing when no-one is around and definitely turn to music to fuel my soul and recharge my batteries.