Not The Typical Pricing Question

Business By SpecialtyCakesbyKelli Updated 26 Feb 2010 , 12:30pm by JenniferAtwood

SpecialtyCakesbyKelli Posted 26 Feb 2010 , 12:10am
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Ok, I know there are a lot of people who get their feathers in a wad over pricing questions... so if you are one of those feel free to click the back button. I'm not asking for specific numbers here... just asking for opinions. I have a request to do a cake that will basically be totally hand painted from top to bottom. There will be some fondant accessories, but even those will need to be hand painted. I'm excited about doing the cake, I finally get to go back to my love of painting, but my question is.... where do I even start on pricing this cake? It's going to take at least twice the amount of time it would take me to do a "normal" cake...if not more! Do I charge twice as much as I would for a normal cake?.....that's going to get pretty expensive icon_confused.gif

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Rose_N_Crantz Posted 26 Feb 2010 , 12:17am
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I'm assuming you already know how much your cakes are when you break them down to ingredients, labor, overhead. . . etc.

So if you say that it will take you twice as long as you normally take for a cake, then double up on the labor cost.

tsal Posted 26 Feb 2010 , 12:19am
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I'm not in business, but I would definitely charge more for labor. Think about it, you are going to be spending WAY more time on this cake. You'll have to communicate to the client that this request is TONS more work and so you'll have to charge them X more hours.

Don't work for free!!

icer101 Posted 26 Feb 2010 , 12:19am
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i agree with Rose_N_Crantz!

SpecialtyCakesbyKelli Posted 26 Feb 2010 , 12:24am
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Thanks for the input. Thinking this is going to be one of those sleepless nights working on this one icon_biggrin.gif

justducky Posted 26 Feb 2010 , 3:42am
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I can't wait to see it!

Kitagrl Posted 26 Feb 2010 , 3:51am
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I definitely add more money per more work....and if its double the work, its double the money...can't wait to see it!

JenniferAtwood Posted 26 Feb 2010 , 12:30pm
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When I get a request that is "different" I look and think this will take me how long .... 2 hours, 3 hours, 10 hours then multiply that times my hourly fee (labor) plus the price of the cake (cost of goods)

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