I don't have a business, but when I make a cake for friends, I do expect them to cover my material costs.
A friend just called me up and said that her friend wants a carved cake for $60!! I said absolutely not, and that if her friend called a professional, she would be charged a few hundred dollars for such a cake.
Then she said that it doesn't have to be carved and that it could be something simple, to which i said 'my labour costs would be worth more than $60 for a simple cake with themed details on it.'. I then referred her to Walmart where they can make a themed cake for her friend in her price range.
She seemed rather shocked. Do you think I was out of line? I was being honest.
No, bay..... SHE was out of line. Kudos to you for standing your ground and saying NO.
Just because they want something for a certain price does absolutely NOT mean you have to accommodate them.
I will do cakes for friends and family at cost....rounded up of course. I had a friend of a friend talk me into doing a carved motorcycle cake with a chihuahua riding on it for $60. Im kicking myself. Dont worry about it, your not out of line at all.
The nerve of some people. LOL
You are soo not out of line. I think she was out of line for offering your services for cheap without asking you first.
JCE- do you have the pic of that cake here? I would love to see it. lol
NO is a beautiful word and it feels better every time you say it
I think you did fine. If you wanted to soften the blow, you could explain that you don't have a business and although they reimburse you for the supplies, you make a gift of your time when friends and family ask for a cake, but that you don't want to make a gift of your time to people who you don't know.
Stick to your guns with your prices! If you make it for less, you will only end up hating yourself for not being stronger.