Picking Up Customers Ideas

Baking By toleshed Updated 24 Jun 2008 , 12:09am by toleshed

toleshed Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 8:07pm
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I'm looking for ways to increase my small home cookie business. So far its been word of mouth. I don't market myself very well and need all the help I can get. Anybody got any ideas?

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yankeegal Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 8:35pm
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One word-Samples!!!
When I first started I never left home without some cookies to hand out-the bank, doctor's office, hubby's work, etc... I also did alot of cookies for our schools. I also did alot of fundraiser type things-always got orders from these. This is how I built up my portfolio as well.
Are you licensed? If not you have to be careful about who you advertise to.

onceuponacookie Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 10:56pm
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The reponse I have recieved from one email to family and friends has been enough to keep me busy. I made up some samples of a up coming holiday, took some pictures and sent out the email. I ended up making over 70 cookies for that holiday and the orders have not stopped coming in!

Good luck! : )

deetmar Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 11:18pm
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I have done it the same way. Every time I go to a Dr appointment, physical therapy, or get my hair done, I take in cookies. My business has grown from there.

I did go to Vistaprint.com and had free business cards done up and I carry them with me all the time. If I am at a store and here someone talking about cakes, birthdays, cookies, I hand them a card and ask them to keep me in mind.

I seem to be more cookies than cakes lately, which is okay with me, I really enjoy the cookies.

toleshed Posted 24 Jun 2008 , 12:09am
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I don't have to have a license. I am considered a home food processor. I did have a health inspection so am good to go. If I want to sell online, then I need a license for $200. I got my business cards from Vista Print also.
Samples - will do this
Thanks all

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