How Much Do You Charge "up Front"?

Business By grossoutqueen Updated 26 Jul 2010 , 2:28am by tyty

grossoutqueen Posted 25 Jul 2010 , 11:44pm
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I have my first potential customer and I am in the process of setting up a cake tasting.

My question is, I was thinking of asking for 25% of the total at the signing of the contract and the rest due 2 weeks in advance?

How do you do this part of the "purchase"? How much do you ask for initially and by when do you require the rest?

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Kitagrl Posted 26 Jul 2010 , 12:08am
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I used to do $50 deposits but changed to half-deposit due to a customer problem recently.

Sometimes if its a wedding booked far in advance I take a $100-$200 deposit.

grossoutqueen Posted 26 Jul 2010 , 1:27am
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The wedding is in October so that is pretty far in advance. I am charging $175 for the cake so should I ask for the entire amount upfront?

Kitagrl Posted 26 Jul 2010 , 1:37am
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Originally Posted by grossoutqueen

The wedding is in October so that is pretty far in advance. I am charging $175 for the cake so should I ask for the entire amount upfront?




If it were me I'd prolly take $75 now and the other $100 two weeks before the wedding, something like that.

catlharper Posted 26 Jul 2010 , 2:10am
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My contract states 50% at time of signing and the rest 4 weeks before the event. HTH.
Cat

bmarlow001 Posted 26 Jul 2010 , 2:17am
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My contract states $50 deposit, half 60 days prior and I take the other half a week before the wedding as well as delivery charge and rental charge if they are using my cake stands or any other items

tyty Posted 26 Jul 2010 , 2:28am
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Originally Posted by catlharper

My contract states 50% at time of signing and the rest 4 weeks before the event. HTH.
Cat





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