So nearly every day, it seems, someone refers back to a cake I previously made for them or a cake they had at so-and-so's party/wedding/event...and stupid me, I now have years worth of order forms piled up there, roughly organized by month. I am tired of wasting my time shuffling through tons of paper order forms looking for whatever details I need and it's time to bite the bullet and enter everything into a database of some sort.
This isn't my thang, though. I am vaguely familiar with Excel, not at all familiar with Access, and I bought CakeBoss a couple of years ago but never used it.
I would really like to be able to search for various keywords, or by date, or client name, or event type, or whatever...and would especially love to be able to add a picture of whatever cake, cookies, cupcakes, etc that they've ordered from me.
ACake Boss has the option to add a picture.
Even if you just go in and put the old order basics and add the picture, you have a start. Then you can add new customers/orders in as they come in. Nice thing is that you can look up a particular customer and add all of their separate orders under their name!
I just started using my Cake Boss properly (was just keeping track of orders and adding a pic here and there) and it's really helped me know how much I am really spending for supplies and ingredients. Still learning, but it may be worthwhile for you to buckle down and get familiar with it.
I know it's a pain, but it's nice being organized!