I am just starting and will be getting licensed from my home, but i'm not sure if it would be worth it to get it now, or wait until i start getting more orders, what do you all think??
I definitely think if you have the money for it now that's it worth getting. You will want the time to get all of your costs entered in. Like the software advertises it will help you to determine how much you should be charging for the cakes. I always think it's a good idea to get everything as organized as soon as possible before the craziness of your business picks up!
Wish I was able to do it. I just don't have the extra cash.
Also, you get a 10% off discount for being a CC member.
Oh and I have actually used the product, when it was in it's testing phase. And from what I see now it has gotten even more awesome!
Not just yes but, HE11 YES! It is the best! I love it.
I agree with cakesdivine "HEll YES"
I loves my 'Cake Boss'
Thanks for starting this post, I was just abut to ask the same question. I think I'm going to have to go for it too. I haven't started my business officially yet, but with my family and friends trying to cheap or free carved cakes from me, I think it might be nice to reference what the cake should actually cost them so they appreciate me more!
I got it but I don't use it cause I haven't figure it out yet, I know my way into computers but I have to sit down and figure out a lot stuff before it starts working properly, like for example if they order a wedding cake, and the videos show something like this:
"just input 8", 10", 12" and it will tell you what to charge, BUT first, you have to fugure it out (for yourself) how many recipes you would need for each cake, how many recipes of icing, filling, etc. and i haven't had time to do it, besides how should I measure a cake that I haven't made yet, I left a message in their boards but found that it did not help the way they answered my question, so that's why I dont use it.
I have it, but I was so used to the way I WAS doing things that it was too hard to get used to using the program. Plus at least before, there were some things in the program that did not really allow me to price my cakes out like I was used to pricing them out....so I went back to my old method. I do occasionally update it though, and I am sure I will go back and try it again sometime after they continue to improve the program.
I can tell its a great program, just so far hasn't worked as well for me as the "primitive" way I do things. haha.
I am having a lot of problems trying to price things so i was thinking that this may be able to help me, and i have a habit of being an unorganized type of person, so i thought it might help keep everything in order.
Is there a 30 day trial available?
I would love to do a trial before I can commit 100% (Or is satisfaction guaranteed or a money back sorta thing offered?)
I've been trying to decided if I shoudl go with Cake Boss or Quickbooks. Any opinions on what the better program is?
I've been trying to decided if I shoudl go with or Quickbooks. Any opinions on what the better program is?
I am also looking for an answer to this question too
(Would love to get cakeboss but I think it's just WAYYY to expensive for me at the moment. Too bad there isn't a monthly installment option available until it's paid off...)
If you're not using your copy... would you consider selling it to me?
I found it to be confusing. I bought it and then got a refund. It works for some people. I had a really hard time pricing as well and thought cakeboss would help but it made it more frustrating. I have price per slice and just went with what other bakers in the area charge.
I just bought this last night and i'm hoping that it's as good as lots of ppl here have said.
I'll let ya know soon.
I bought Cake Boss when I became licensed from my home last fall. At first I was frustrated with it because it didn't seem to work for custom cakes with a per serving cost. However, after repeated emails with Kelley and finally sending her a screen shot of an order, she showed me how to put in an order the way I need it. It was not intuitive to me and I guess not to others either based on some comments here. But now that I know what I am doing, I love it and highly recommend it.
I guess the more computer literate you are the more you will use and love it. Ever since the fixed price option was added, this program does exactly everything I need and want it to. Quickbooks can't do what Cake Boss does. And CB is not an accounting program other than to track what has been charged for each order, what has been paid, and what is still due if any. I use both together and it is wonderful!
I have had CakeBoss for about a week or two. It is the most awesome-est program EVER. If you are still debating on whether or not this would be worth it, let me give you an example.
Monday, I got a call at about 2-ish for a 2-D pony cake for 10. They wanted the cake the next day (it would need to leave my house at 7 AM) Since it was for a friend of my sister's I agreed. Why not, it's not like I had anything else to do.
My normal pricing is $2.50/ serving for BC cakes. So I charged this lady $35.00. After the cake was done, I entered the order information into CakeBoss.
I SOOOOOOOO regret selling that cake for $35.00. Based on my time and ingredients, that cake SHOULD have been $52.39. And if I had added at least a $10.00 rush fee- $62.39. So, because I didn't go to my CakeBoss FIRST, I lost out on $27.39.
BUY the CakeBoss software. It is SOOOOO worth it!
I use MS Accounting Express 2008. It was COMPLETELY FREE! And for the level I'm at, it works. It keeps a databases of all my customers and their financial (aka order) history, I can do the banking, create various types of reports, email quotes/invoices - and more stuff that I haven't yet discovered. As for the pricing, I did have to figured that out on my own. to figure out pricing I used the price matrix here. The prices aren't fixed so I can adjust it need be or put a discount and it'll automatically do.
I really like it. I just need to get in the serious habit of using it BEFORE I quote a price.