Trip Charge

Decorating By Doughnut Updated 19 Feb 2011 , 1:34pm by cakegirl1973

Doughnut Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 12:50am
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How much do you all charge to deliver a cake? I have been asked to deliver a cake from Houston, Texas to San Antonio, Texas. The mileage is about 200 miles (3 hours).

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AmysCakesNCandies Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 2:26am
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I charge a per hour rate of $35/hr round trip- so if I were delivering 3 hrs away the delivery charge would be $210. Some people charge a per mile rate. However you charge, just make sure you make it worth your time & consider the cost of gas.

Doughnut Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 10:24am
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Thank you Amy... sounds good

indydebi Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 12:37pm
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At $1.25 per round trip mile, my fee would be $500.

200 one way miles x 2 (round trip ) = 400 miles x $1.25 = $500.

Keep in mind that not only are you getting compensated for your gas, wear and tear on the van/delivery vehicle (and the cost involved for you to actually OWN a delivery veh!), insurance to cover the veh, hourly rate from the time you leave until the time you get back .... you are ALSO getting compensated for lost opportunity costs: If you weren't on the road for 6 hours, you could make a wedding cake that would bring in $500 or more.

This trip would be the equivalent of me driving from Terre Haute Indiana (on the Indiana/Illinois line) to Dayton, Ohio. Oh yeah buddy, I'm going to be compensated for that kind of trip! thumbs_up.gif

cakegirl1973 Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 1:34pm
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You might want to check out the websites of your competition to see how others in your area handle this charge. Not to say what they do will work for you, but I think it is helpful to know what others are doing.

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