I LOVE decorating my cakes, but I am not a fan of the baking. I'm actually about to hire a baker to bake the sheets for me and then I'll take it from there. Has anyone else done this before? How do you figure out what to pay them? I work out of my home so I would only use her on an as-needed basis, so I guess I would pay per sheet? Suggestions?
You may want to check your local state laws...in some states that allow legal home bakeries, you are not allowed to hire outside employees. Also, many states require worker's comp insurance if you have an additional employee.
If everything is OK from a legal perspective, I recommend paying them on an hourly basis.
You may want to locate a baker on "Find-a-Baker" put in your zip and see if you can partner with someone in your area. You will want to interview them and make sure they are properly licensed and insured, but this organization is pretty cool, I have worked with them before. Here's the link: http://www.findabaker.com/