Have you ever wanted to cry, curse and kick yourself in the butt at the same time?
Background: I made two cakes for a friend yesterday, for her son's 1st birthday party (over 30 people), plus a mini version of the big birthday cake for a "smash cake". The kid cakes were choc w/ BC and the grown-ups had a butter gold w/ choc BC filling and dark choc ganache. My son and I dropped the cakes off, and they were busy getting ready for guests, so they didn't pop the boxes open while I was there.
I JUST got a call from her this morning, and she said there were so many people at the party who loved the cakes, they asked her for my phone number. I'm flattered and would love to do more cakes, but the hitch is: I'm not licensed yet. I'm still filling out my application, and waiting for my water test kit to arrive. I did her cakes simply b/c I love doing them for people.
After reading a thread on CC a few weeks ago about not taking chances with getting caught and fined, I felt I had no choice but to tell her that I'm not licensed yet to actually sell cakes, but am working on it. I explained that since we live in a smaller bedroom community type town, if those friends of hers loved their cakes as well, and told more people, that it may get around to someone who would get me in trouble before my paperwork is approved. She said she totally understood, and asked me if she could give them my number in a few weeks. I said it might be done then, but that I'd call her to let her know when I'm official. Did I do the right thing?
Thanks for your input. I'm going to grab a spoon now and eat the leftover ganache. Nothing like a sunny day and a spoon full of chocolate to wash away a little frustration!
yes, you did "right"
use the time to also:
create biz cards and other stationary
set up a billing system (invoices, statements etc --- see Cake Boss software as example)
figure cost and create price list
create flavor options list.
create policies re delivery, set-up, tastings, etc.
ie be prepared to come out of the gate w/ all the info/policies/procedures you will need to keep doing it right
I agree with Doug. You did the right thing. Good advice Doug on getting ready for her business.
YOu did the right thing.. ((hugs)). The good news is, that it is VERY easy to get your kitchen licensed here in NH so you could very well be looking at being legal in a few weeks. If they liked your cakes this week.. they will still like them when you are legal and then.. let the fun begin!!
Where are you in NH? (I may have asked you this before and if I have.. I apologize). I'm in southern NH too.. near the seacoast. Good luck with the process.. but don't stress too much. It's an easy process.
Thanks for the encouragement, you guys. It makes me feel better to hear you all confirm it for me! I'd love to get this up and going in a few weeks, so it looks like I've got a lot to do in the meantime. Thanks for the specific advice, Doug. Some of that I already have ideas on, and some not, so I'll be busy.
Jkalman, I'm in Pelham, on the MA line (next to Salem, NH and Dracut, MA).
There is no bakery in my town, and the closest one (that has decent cakes) is 15-20 minutes away. so I'm hoping I can fill a niche here. I have to admit, I looked at some of the info on the application and am clueless as to whether it applies to me or not, or even how to answer it! Did you have to call the State dept and ask questions or get help completing your app when you did it?
Thanks to all of you!
No.. it was pretty straightforward. To start off you really only need to apply for a class H license (the one for homestead bakeries making under 5K/year). You just fill in the info it asks for and send it in with your check. What are you having trouble with? Maybe I can help you.
Thanks, jkalman. I'll pm you with a couple of questions I have. I appreciate your time and help!
Nicely done, it's never easy to do the right thing.
If it's any consilation.. I doubt that they will celebrate all their birthdays etc, before you are licensed.
Good point, nicolesplace. My husband says," Take emotion out of it, now what are you left with?" The answer is the kind of logic as in your post. I've learned that it's fairly simple to become licensed in my state, so it may indeed become reality during the month of May.
Put the Ganache down and make truffles! do not eat it.
You can use them to drop off your Business cards when you go legal.
Just a little gift so they remember you by. lol