Making A Bigger Deal Than I Should?

Decorating By step0nmi Updated 18 Nov 2011 , 2:40pm by step0nmi

step0nmi Posted 18 Nov 2011 , 5:00am
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So, lately I've decided that even though it's winter and my sales go down I'm going to have to stop trying to put money into my business if I'm not going to open a store front. being a home business in my town is easy to do, as i know there are hundreds of other home bakers i have found online, but i don't want to do it that way. there's just some background leading to this icon_lol.gif ....

recently i found this group where you can post stuff on fb that you are selling. well, since it's not cake I decided I would post my chocolate covered oreos. i think this woman found me from there and asked me about participate in this fundraiser for a local high school. I am kind of apprehensive about it icon_redface.gif they want to have the best pizza and cupcakes in town, do voting, and said I could advertise however i want and come to the event to pass out cupcakes. she said they want to get the whole town involved and would be advertising the event like crazy.

am i crazy to NOT do this? of course it would be a lot of fun and I'm sure there would be a lot of other home bakers that would participate. WI can do a lot of events like this because it can be qualified as a bake sale and there aren't any laws preventing anyone from participating in something like this.

buuut....i have that nagging feeling in the back of my head that the local bakeries that have been established may have a problem with this! wouldn't my participation just be asking the health dept to come and tell me to stop????

my friend who works for bakeries in the area said i should go for it...but i just don't know. icon_confused.gif

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DragonFly2333 Posted 18 Nov 2011 , 6:17am
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If I'm reading this right all you get in return is the advertisement?
So you need to decide if your costs of free samples are worth the advertising?


Couple other questions:

How is this a fundraiser? Are they charging people at the door for all you can eat samples?

Have they done this in the past? Do you know it will be a good turn out?

Unlimited Posted 18 Nov 2011 , 7:12am
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Originally Posted by step0nmi

WI can do a lot of events like this because it can be qualified as a bake sale and there aren't any laws preventing anyone from participating in something like this.

buuut....i have that nagging feeling in the back of my head that the local bakeries that have been established may have a problem with this! wouldn't my participation just be asking the health dept to come and tell me to stop????




I wouldn't worry about the local bakeries. Why would the health dept tell you to stop, if you aren't doing anything wrong? If there aren't any laws preventing people from participating in bake sales, there isn't anything to worry about.

If you have concerns, call the health departmentthey are your friend and are very helpful. There's no reason to be afraid of them... you'll see.

Tacy09 Posted 18 Nov 2011 , 1:18pm
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Its up to you, and I know sometimes these things turn out great for people. But any event simular to this that Iv done ( community events, fundraisers, vendor fairs) Iv lost my "butt" on. The first time I know I over estimated (but it was at a local casino for a Taste of Home event, and they sold over 400 tickets, so I thought I should make a lot) I made 5 dozen cookies and 4 dozen cupcakes and only sold about 10 cupcakes and 11 cookies! Everything has been like that, even when I have done basic minimum ( 1 dozen cookies and 1 dozen cupcakes) I only sell 3 a piece, then I have wasted money on ingrediants and an entry fee...and darn sure lost money on my time....As for me Im done with anything like that its just not worth it for me. However I may be totally wrong and you could make out awesome...So in the end its totally up to you....I do hope if you deiced to do it you have good luck!

step0nmi Posted 18 Nov 2011 , 2:38pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DragonFly2333

If I'm reading this right all you get in return is the advertisement?
So you need to decide if your costs of free samples are worth the advertising?


Couple other questions:

How is this a fundraiser? Are they charging people at the door for all you can eat samples?

Have they done this in the past? Do you know it will be a good turn out?




yes, i have to decide if the costs of free samples are worth the advertising. i can make whatever I'd like to put in their gift bag they will be giving out and they will be doing a raffle too so i could contribute to that. they are charging people at the door and people get to go around and not only eat cupcakes but pizza too!

she says they are estimating about 250 icon_rolleyes.gif i think this is their first time. and the winner would get a plaque and recognition.

still unsure icon_lol.gif

step0nmi Posted 18 Nov 2011 , 2:40pm
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Originally Posted by Tacy09

Its up to you, and I know sometimes these things turn out great for people. But any event simular to this that Iv done ( community events, fundraisers, vendor fairs) Iv lost my "butt" on. The first time I know I over estimated (but it was at a local casino for a Taste of Home event, and they sold over 400 tickets, so I thought I should make a lot) I made 5 dozen cookies and 4 dozen cupcakes and only sold about 10 cupcakes and 11 cookies! Everything has been like that, even when I have done basic minimum ( 1 dozen cookies and 1 dozen cupcakes) I only sell 3 a piece, then I have wasted money on ingrediants and an entry fee...and darn sure lost money on my time....As for me Im done with anything like that its just not worth it for me. However I may be totally wrong and you could make out awesome...So in the end its totally up to you....I do hope if you deiced to do it you have good luck!




yes, this is exactly what i was thinking. I did a local event in town and made this beautiful purse cake (first one in my album) and all that i got in return was people seeing my work and someone taking home the cake! icon_redface.gif makes me feel embarrassed that i took part but it was a live and learn situation.
thanks

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