Hi everyone I was just wondering what is the typical week like for a cake decorater/someone who has their own cake business? How much time do you spend baking/decorating? Or is it more business/ customer based, thanks x
There really is no typical week for a cake business. It depends upon how long a business has been in existence, the types of cakes you do, and the competition in your area. But be prepared to spend a lot of time on business issues.
When I was caking full time, a typical week went like this:
Sunday - try to take a day off
Monday - bake all day (16 ours or so), torte and freeze
Tuesday - make fillings and icings, catch up on any baking.
Wednesday - make decorations
Thursday - pull cakes, fill, wrap and prepare for settling
Friday - finish all cakes, no matter how long it takes. Plan for 20 hours.
Saturday - deliver
Work in consultations, answering emails. Oh, and sleep, Try to work in some sleep.
@leah_s added something about a day off, HAHAHAHAHA! Sundays are my paperwork days, or they WERE until I started using GoDaddy bookkeeping, so there are tools you can pay for to give you a little time.
Just remember that old saying that's started going around again...An entrepreneur is the only type of person who will work 80 hours a week just to avoid working for 40 hours a week for someone else.
And in general, you'll probably spend about 10% of your time decorating cakes, and 90% on paperwork, marketing, networking, and everything else.
and people ask me why I only hobby bake and don't sell cakes....
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
Leah, Mimi, Costumeczar and OP, I love you guys, but y'all gotta be slightly nuts
yes apti i agree w/you -- i've worn a lot of hats -- owned my own from home and from commercial -- worked for others grocery store and private owned shops, catering -- so just being able to create something beautiful as needed or for no reason at all is far and away the best the best the best the best
i mean you wanna trade time for money -- doing cakes is one of least lucrative for the investment/effort required
This is a depressing thread, you guys. All true, but so depressing....
My boss, at my "real job" asked how much I charged for a particular cake. When I told him, he said, "Ohhh, you're gonna make a lot of money!" Hahahaha....NOT