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All cutters are not created equal   -  you need to find a supplier that understands that and will put in that little bit extra to ensure a top product.
I charge what I need to charge to make it worth my while..... it is FAIR to me - ie   as the worker..... whether or not it is FAIR to the client is I guess debatable.I know MANY people would think it was over-charging...... but those same people are often prepared to accept what i won't.I am not an advocate of 'market-value'  - I don't think it is applicable to MY business and it doesn't apply to many other custom cakers  that may only be making a few cakes a week. The one...
In my experience - the more you act like a business - the more people will treat you like itDon't  get into too much dialogue with people -  don't let them tell you how much the cake should be -  once you have a firm pricing schedule in place - you need to stick with it - don't feel pressured to add more - or lower the price.This is what I was trying to say - spend a lot of time calculating what the TRUE price should be - do it to the point where you are confident that it...
I disagree -It might be a lot of money  for some people - that means they DON"T get a custom designed cake - pure and simpleAs was stated earlier.... they are NOT meant to be for everybodyCharging what you think is 'fair' -  ONLY if you have somebody that is prepared to subsidise your busienss (ie give money away on a regular basis)And this setting idea of setting what YOU think is a fair price .... is what has damaged the entire cake decorating industry - TOO many people...
THIS ^^^^^^  Think about the cake you are making and then jot down EVERYTHING that needs to be done for that cake and price it as if you had to pay somebody else to do it for you. You need to get ingredients for the cake?   How much would you need to pay somebody else to go and do that for you? (NOT just the ingredient cost)Your kitchen looks like a bomb has hit it?   How much would it cost to 'hire' somebody to come and clean up and put everything back in its place?I can...
Thanks for realising that we were trying to help - all too often these threads spiral out of control because somebody comes on here asking what theythink is a simple question but they LOAD it by saying.... oh I don't want to charge as much as those others!   - it gets interpreted as "oh those bakeries are ripping people off"When the reality is ....   the person that thinks they are too expensive just hasn't done their homeworkIt is refreshing to see you come back and admit...
This is a good idea in theory - but it comes from the days where a lot different inks and simpler processing methods were used.  Magazines today would give off very toxic fumes. Much better to use some home-made baking strips - which are essentially folded plain paper towels that are moistened and encased in alfoil - wrap around cake tin and secure with a bulldog clip. There is a tutorial on Flickr if you are needing a visual.... Cakes & Cupcakes by Sam
People that have been on this site a little longer than you would be aware of my writing style - so I apologise if you interpreted the odd words in caps as 'yelling'. It is a common mistake -  A whole post in caps IS yelling...........    where a few words are in caps - it is a way of placing emphasis on words. I'm not here to start a war with you either - but I do want to TRY and understand your thought process - thats why I asked you to explain it. I don't NEED to...
I am not offended - but I sure as heck don't understand YOUR logic...... bakeries charge a LOT for something simple????? Why don't you explain to me HOW you calculated what they should charge?   you quite obviously THINK it is TOO much.... so you must have some justification for this thought process.   A 'stay at home mum'  discount???    THIS idea is the opposite of reality!     A bakery SHOULD be able to do it CHEAPER - if you think they are too expensive - then I...
Not charge an arm and a leg like a bakery???   You are smart, just DONATE your cakes - it seems to be the latest trend
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