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My policy is that I have to protect my business. I vet customers just like customers vet me. I have spent a lot of time and effort growing my business to exactly the way I want it to be (well, for the most part!) and I am not going to risk it on anyone, no matter what they are willing to pay. I can afford to be somewhat picky on the work I take and that is one of the reasons I have my business model the way I do. (again, for the most part!)   I usually have 3 ways of...
The thing I find funny about most of these requests is that the bride actually assumes I am going to make her a CUSTOM fake cake.    Now, that's not my line of work, I do real cake that people want to cut and eat, not fake cakes. (insert Seinfeld's "not that there's anything wrong with that" here) But when they find out that people save money because they are renting a cake like they are renting a tux, they usually back down. No one (here) wants that. And let's say I...
yeah no extra. I expect them to want a selection. Depending on the number I limit the amount of flavors they can have.  For 200, that would probably be about 4. 
the chances of getting the icing all mucked up when stacking are greatly reduced when each tier is VERY well chilled. 
Awesome, Kara~ And conversely I had 4 appts back-to-back yesterday and I'm 4 for 4! Even the bride who didn't get her flavors to me in time signed her name and gave me the cash!    When I did the events I did have some times where the competition was plain and I was taking in more contracts (I usually had 10-15 couples booked for a 2 hour open house). And then I had some nights where everyone came and ate and left before I could even talk to them. Maybe having events in...
Ooh, I have a new one I can share:   Hello I am having my 30th birthday party and I need a special cake. It is a themed party and we are doing a mad hatter tea party from Alice in Wonderland. I would like a tiered cake with about 3 tiers. I am a model and there will be a bunch of us taking pictures with the cake. I have included some photos to get an idea of what I am looking for. obviously we can discuss price and I would like to try to cut costs wherever possible....
Every job has things that we hate and need to vent about. (which I do ALL THE TIME)   This too shall pass. You will be baking soon!    Definitely use the mentality of "if it works, great, and if not, oh well NEXT!"    I'm sure others have great motivational quotes on failure and the successful. I don't, but I know there are some great ones.    Hang in there and give yourself some grace!
Ah, I see. I can't definitively say that the new changes versus the old system have been a success with only a month's evidence, but my gut tells me I am on the right track. The issue is not really my system, but the mind-reading required (anecdotal adverse effects). My crystal ball has become a little foggy lately. As Costume said, I am sensing a quickly changing tide as the new crop of brides pop up every year. She may have been observing it for years, but only in the...
I'm due in March, but my daughter was born at 34 weeks and spent some time in the NICU. Not super early, but early enough that I'm considered high risk. So the unknown of when this new baby will actually make her appearance is super fun to this Type OCD personality! So I will have a large chunk of tasting season that I can't book people. Which means that the flaky brides mean more than they usually do. Does that make sense? I offer pretty much everything you mentioned at...
 And that would be why I love you..... That's exactly how I feel. I don't suck up to anyone. And unless I'm on stage, I don't like the song-and-dance.  But everyone has a part of a job that they hate so they can get to the good part, right? 
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