What Do You Do When You're Sick?

Business By Sumkat Updated 17 Mar 2010 , 9:44pm by Ladiesofthehouse

Sumkat Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 12:47am
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I'm just curious. For those that are licensed home bakers that do everything yourself (meaning you have no employees, it's just you). What do you do if you are booked for a date to do a cake and you get sick with a cold or the flu? How do you handle that situation?

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AngelaM Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 1:01am
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I'm not a licensed home baker, but recently when I offered to make a cake for somebody's event and I was sick, I sanitized my kitchen completely and wore a mask and gloves while I was working on it.

leah_s Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 2:13am
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yep, sanitize and power through.

cakemom42 Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 4:14pm
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Hello, new to cake central but have been baking for years as a licensed business out of my home. It works well to build relationships with other designers you can trust in your area... just in case of emergencies.. In the past I have had kids in the hospital emergency room all night & recently my husband's brother died unexpectedly . I was able to turn to my resources and someone else filled my order for me. This requires a really good relationship and lots of trust but well worth it. If it's just a cold I wear gloves & mask as well.

KHalstead Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 9:23pm
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same as the above, wear a mask and gloves and pray your way through it!


Usually when you get something more than a cold you can fee it coming on, if I start getting those feelings, I pop on a mask (just in case) and get as much prep work done as possible just in case I get really sick!!

RobzC8kz Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 9:23pm
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Before I was licensed, I used to cancel everything and refund every dime! No way could I afford to get people sick AND be unlicensed!

Now? I just suck it up and deal with it. Gloves, mask, frequent rest breaks. Lots of drugs and water!

kse Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 9:34pm
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It works well to build relationships with other designers you can trust in your area... just in case of emergencies

Dittto! I have two bakeries that will take my orders and do it for the price that I contracted. Couldn't ask for nicer people!!

Ladiesofthehouse Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 9:44pm
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My health inspector was very clear--if there is fluid coming out of either end of you (vomiting, diarrhea) stay out of the kitchen. If you have a mild cold, wear a mask & gloves and sanitize, sanitize, sanitize.

I was sick last month with what I thought may be the H1N1 because it had been going through our church. I called and cancelled a cake that day because I just didn't want to risk it.

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