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Yes, those expenses, marketing, e.t.c., would be part of overhead costs.  Also make sure your time estimations are correct.  It takes me far longer than I think it will take when I make a cake.   Also, where are you finding a cake box for just .60?  Are you buying in massive bulk?  I cannot find one that cheap at all! I think it's more than $5.00 for water, electric, gas…but I live in an expensive area.  Don't forget about the cost of laundry to wash dishtowels.  silly...
You can make your own buttercream if it works well for piping. It's definitely a class for extreme beginners, or should I say with extreme beginners in it. Our instructor was spending time adding powdered sugar to people's buttercream.  We had a few who tried to make the buttercream with margarine from a tub…the instructor had to explain why real butter is necessary.   I had fun taking the class but I learned more on Youtube.
Yes, it needs to be a capital for sure.  Just thinking of traditional religious events and it would be a huge deal not to do this.
I actually like the cake you made better.
Not sure what her complaint is.  She bought the roses and asked for a small cake… It looks very similar to the picture she provided.    It is always a tendency to offer a discount to make someone happy, though.
You can use cream cheese icing in TX under the CFL….see my post on this thread.  I used an emulation once and it tasted nothing like cream cheese.   http://www.cakecentral.com/t/768857/how-do-you-explain-this-to-a-customer
We had a caterer, but just the image of my own  mother trying to cut my wedding cake makes me giggle.  My mother was handling all my wedding details, but had she had to cut my cake it would have ended up on the floor…    It is easy though if you know what you're doing!
It could very well be marketing research, but technology has made research so easy!  I'm a tech addict. 
I am a big fan of bling, so it is pretty.  Are the jewels on the sides edible?   If so I'm impressed!
How much do you want?  It's all about negotiation and what you want, not what they think they can get away with paying you.   Hopefully you have researched cost of living based on your needs.  I for one would not be able to live in Shagnai for under $75/hourly.  That's why I'm in Boston, LOL   Here's an interesting article:   http://cnreviews.com/life/society-culture/shanghai-social-classes_20100914.html
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