piramirez Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 4:50pm
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I have been trying to organize my business and wanted to see if anyone used specialized software to help achieve this. I have looked at Bakery Buddy, but I don't care to pay $125 a year for the license. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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MrsMissey Posted 2 Nov 2005 , 10:32pm
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..a friend of mine mentioned something called www.menupro.com ....but I haven't really checked into it yet!

PerryStCakes Posted 4 Nov 2005 , 7:42pm
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I got my fiance to make a spreadsheet for me - a "model". It took months of begging and nagging, and its almost complete.
You need to get someone who works in finance or some field that "builds models" and offer them cakes to build it for you (lol). It's better then general software in my opinion b/c it tailors your business to you. For example, I buy from a few diffent places - my boards from one, my fondant from another, some shipping costs with some stuff. So it takes all that into account. I put in all my recipes and ingrediants and how much each ingrediant costs.
He set up the model to define units of measure - so I buy 5 lbs of sugar but I am only going to use 3 cups in a certain cake -- the model figures out the cost of 3 cups! And - when I put an order in, i say, chocolate cake, 2 12inch pans, 2 9inch pans, 2 6inch pans 5 GP roses, 1 cake bard, 1 ribbon, whatever the pounds of fondant, etc --- and it just gives my total costs. The variable cost is the labor hours (I'm working on that now -- figuring out how long certain tasks actually take). It's pretty cool.
Find someone to do it for you -- local college kid w/ a business major. I am pretty good with spreadsheets, but doing this involves linking the pages with each other (refering to info on page 2 to get an answer for page 6, etc) and things that are beyond me.

Cake_Princess Posted 4 Nov 2005 , 7:49pm
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I have a friend of mine working on a database program for me. It's much better than using a spreadsheet because it's more dynamic. Initially I started to make a spreadsheet but it was just not flexible enough. Too Many changes to be made if something unusual came up. He suggested I make a database so I said sounds good to me get To work LOL... So I am waiting for him to finish it up.


Princess

PerryStCakes Posted 4 Nov 2005 , 7:53pm
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Is it MS Access? Maybe that's a good idea too.

That's a great program - I use it in "my real job".
Hm. should have thought of that.

I just saw my fiance building "models" for this complicated companies all the time and I was like - hey - do that for me! I'm easier then those companies! And it takes these guys almost not time to do it. (i begged and begged and part I was finished in one evening, then, weeks go by, I nag and nag, and part II was done in another evening...now I need finish my input on the labor hours and then another nag fest will occur, then we'll be done!) LOL

PerryStCakes Posted 4 Nov 2005 , 7:54pm
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My fiance charges apple pie. So, that's not too bad.

sweetsuccess Posted 12 Nov 2005 , 5:24am
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I don't know a bakery software application, but you could use ACCESS! If you are familiar with Microsoft Excel you will find ACCESS1 relatively easy to operate.

expresscloset Posted 23 Feb 2014 , 7:29pm
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I recently created a Home Bakery Management Excel Spreadsheet model to help manage my mom's home cake business. Up to this point she had been tracking all of her orders on paper and storing everything in a binder. I wanted to help her track her sales and profit for the year and help her become more professional and now that we have fine tuned the model I have decided to provide it to others!

 

The model includes:

 

Professional Order Form and Receipt Templates

Order Pricing Calculator

Income, Expense, Profit, Return on Investment Tracking Charts

Total Sales Log

Current Orders Log

Expense Log

Customer Log

Current Inventory Log

Master Ingredients List

Master Materials List

Recipe Cost Calculator

Recipes Log

...and More!

 

Check out the link below to see snapshots and more information about how to purchase the model!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=291087402780

craftybanana Posted 23 Feb 2014 , 8:01pm
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AI'm having trouble flagging this last response by "expresscloset", seems they have posted their eBay ad twice now in old threads. For those that see this looking for business software management, there are plenty of other more helpful/recent threads than this one.

craftybanana Posted 23 Feb 2014 , 8:02pm

AI'm having trouble flagging this last response by "expresscloset", seems they have posted their eBay ad twice now in old threads. For those that see this looking for business software management, there are plenty of other more helpful/recent threads than this one.

LulusCustomCakes Posted 10 Feb 2015 , 3:39pm

There's a new online solution called Bakery Butler, www.bakerybutler.com, and it's in the beta stage so you can try it for FREE! Check it out.

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