Teaching Decorating Classes

Business By 4Gifts4Lisa Updated 15 Jul 2008 , 9:08pm by littlecake

4Gifts4Lisa Posted 15 Jul 2008 , 2:37pm
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Does anyone teach classes, other than for Wilton?

I am a current WMI in California. I would love to "go it alone" and teach my own class. Does anyone teach on their own?

What course materials do you use?

Do you put together kits that your students can purchase from you?

If I register and set up as a business, can I get wholesale prices to buy supplies, or will I simply be too small for most companies to deal with?

My idea is kind of small...I would love to do "parties" in homes. Kind of like a girls night out.

Any suggestions?

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cakedout Posted 15 Jul 2008 , 3:21pm
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I taught for Wilton for 10 years, then went independant.

I taught classes in my home, traveled to churches, homes etc to teach groups that formed, and also taught at a high school for their Continuing Education program for adults.

I used the Wilton course books as a starting point, then had other hand-outs I gave students and taught additional or more in-depth techniques. I do not teach the skills in the same sequence as the Wilton books, and I absolutely do not include fondant work in my basic classes. I teach an introduction to fondant and gumpaste as a separate class.

While I had my business, I sold retail supplies, so the students could purchase their stuff from me. Now I include a list of local stores that sell supplies with my class schedule/supply list. I still have a few small items they may purchase from me....I will order stuff for them from CK Products.

I thoroughly enjoy being independant- because I can teach what I am here to teach: basic decorating techniques- not be a free salesman for Wilton and waste my class time trying to peddle their products for them!

Since I was already had an in-home business, I had my tax # and purchased supplies wholesale. If you register as a business, you will be able to do the same. You may have to do some searching for companies that will sell to any business, no matter how small.


4Gifts4Lisa Posted 15 Jul 2008 , 5:32pm
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It helps ALOT! So CK will sell to me, even if I am small?

poshcakedesigns Posted 15 Jul 2008 , 6:42pm
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Not to hijack this thread but can somone tell me what is a good rate to charge? I have several churches that want to come together and have me teach some basic stuff and I have no idea what to charge them.


littlecake Posted 15 Jul 2008 , 9:08pm
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Originally Posted by 4Gifts4Lisa

It helps ALOT! So CK will sell to me, even if I am small?

all you need is a tax#

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