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post #16 of 41
If its something you love doing then of course you should do it. Im sure your husband has his own hobbies or things he likes to do, so why shouldnt you get to do yours.
post #17 of 41
In talking about how your dh wants you to work, (and you don't, I'm assuming?) perhaps you should figure out the hidden costs of you working and show him the numbers. I'd bet good money that not only is it costing you your entire paycheck to work, but it probably takes a little bit of his money too. Gas, clothing, lunches, coffee, snacks, pop, take-out for dinner, convenience foods, etc. Anything you spend in a day that you wouldn't spend if you were home should be added. Write it down every day for a month. Be prepared to be shocked! Good luck, men might not understand feelings, but they can understand numbers!

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post #18 of 41
steph is right. When my 14 year old was born, I got be a SAHM for quite a bit. We were very surprised to discover we were saving more than just daycare, work clothes, lunches, etc. I was able to shop for the best buys at various grocery stores, we had better meals since I cooked everything (usually from scratch) instead of expensive quick-fix meals or ordering pizza 4 nights a week because we were both tired and exhausted and didn't want to mess with or have time for a "home cooked dinner". (The dominoe's guys knew us on a first name basis!)

The weekends were more fun because I didn't have to spend the weekend doing all the housework that piled up during the week. My hubby will be the first one to proclaim the benefits of a SAHM .... he says his schedule seemed less hectic and more relaxed.

If you drive any distance to work, your car insurance could go down (work use vs. pleasure use), not to mention the cost of gas today! I was more than happy to do some minor fixes and repairs around the house because I now had time (painting rooms, sorting thru the storage room to do a garage sale, cleaning the garage), .... and I actually worked in the flower beds and the yard! ..... something I loved doing but NEVER had time! (do you know what landscapers charge to do that????)
post #19 of 41
well I just have to say I was kinda shocked that my husband is soooo with me on this. I just needed something that I could do at home and something that I could earn a little money off of as well. I love doing cakes and it is a stress reliver. I also am so glad I am not the only one doing cakes at 2and 3 in the morning I have three kids 5,4 and 1. I have a cake a weekend so far and I have only been doing this since Late april. so the 50 or 60 a week is great. it is gas money right now right? so you keep up the good work. us women need something for us and it is so great that it benifts all of the family.

I no this is a stupid question but what does dh mean?
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post #20 of 41
For those of us wanting to be WAHM's with little ones....mine are 5, 3, and 10 months.... do you deliver your cakes??? I don't think I would want them coming over to pick up the cake! My kids would attack ( lovingly! =] and follow them out the door fighting to go with 'em!)

I CAN NOT keep the house and cake and kids looking superb all at the same time with someone trying to come over to pick it up. The house would be a mess. icon_redface.gificon_rolleyes.gif Also, how and when do you get payment from them? These, to me are the scariest part!!! icon_cry.gif I have not started selling, but am wondering how to go about this. I guess this is part of what is holding me back.
"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my song; He also has become my salvation."
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"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my song; He also has become my salvation."
Isaiah 12:2
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post #21 of 41
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Originally Posted by purplebutterfly1234

For those of us wanting to be WAHM's with little ones....mine are 5, 3, and 10 months.... do you deliver your cakes??? I don't think I would want them coming over to pick up the cake! My kids would attack ( lovingly! =] and follow them out the door fighting to go with 'em!)

I CAN NOT keep the house and cake and kids looking superb all at the same time with someone trying to come over to pick it up. The house would be a mess. icon_redface.gificon_rolleyes.gif Also, how and when do you get payment from them? These, to me are the scariest part!!! icon_cry.gif I have not started selling, but am wondering how to go about this. I guess this is part of what is holding me back.



That is so true!! After being up late at night, it's nearly impossible to have the house spotless. I find it much easier to just deliver the cake, and I do a lot of 3D cakes so I prefer to deliver them anyway. I typically get payment when I deliver the cake unless it's a wedding.

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post #22 of 41
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Originally Posted by indydebi

Family members are usually the least supportive and husbands are the worst!

While my husband is now my biggest fan, in the beginning, he would whine about how we couldn't do anything at night because I always had baking to do. The fact that we never did anything at night ANYWAY because he was too busy making sure the TV remote button was working properly is totally beside the point! Time away from the kids? Oh, that means HE has to help with the kids instead of the wife doing it all!

THe turning point was when I wrote the down payment check for his first-ever brand-new never-been-off-the-showroom-floor truck that only had 12 miles on it when we drove it off the lot. It was when I wrote the check for $3000 worth of landscaping (which we had never had before). It was when he saw kitchen appliances on sale and we went that day and got a new microwave, refrigerator, stove and dishwasher .... guess who wrote the check for that?

I had a drop-off catering this past weekend, and hubby figured out the time I spent on it and the money I profited on it. He LUVS knowing that my time is worth over $100 an hour.

In the beginning, he hated the mess, the time, the equipment stored thru-out the house. But I pretty much told him "this train is leaving the station with or without you" and moved forward with the business plan.

He managed to get on board the train!



I know this is like 4 years old but I love this story! Especially the "this train is leaving the station with or without you"
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post #23 of 41
as Stay at home mom with a budget. how do you learn the cake decorating techniques on a budget? does it get expensive buying all the materials to be at home ? do you practice? do you go to a class? how do you learn with a budget?
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post #24 of 41
I just wanted to add to the post. I'm a SAHM, who does cakes part time. My kids are 1 and almost 3. Years ago when I started talking about doing cakes for a living, my DH thought it was great. However, once kids came, then the late nights, he had to give up his free time to help, he quickly began to not see the benefit to me trying to fit in cakes right now. The thing that changed his mind was when I FINALLY started charging enough for me to make it work my time to make cakes. He was always telling me I did not charge enough. So when I finally set my prices to where we both were happy, everything was better. I still don't do very many cakes, but its enough for me. My family comes first. For me its not about the little bit of extra income, its about the experience and portfolio for the future. Maybe in 10 years, once we are done having kids and the younger ones are in school I want to be able to take on cakes full time already having all the tools and experience.

I don't think it costs too much to practice cake decorating at home. I did start out taking the wilton classes and buying those kits, then adding alittle at a time. If you are starting out with nothing, I guess I could see how expensive everything would be. But once you have the basics you can do alot with little tools. I think many of the "new tools" we all want just make things easier or faster. If you are really set on practicing you could just buy a cake dummy and redecorate it over and over. All my cake decorating tools would fit in one large box, but i have seen pictures of studios on CC where they have a room full of tools (not including pans). I would say just start out with what you have and add alittle at a time.
post #25 of 41
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Originally Posted by missmeg

Here's the thing though - I work a 40-hour week as an Office Manager. I do the cakes in my spare time. For the cakes I've posted in my photos, it was 10 hours to make the flowers, at night after the kids were in bed (they are ages 6 and 4), and then 4 hours to assemble and decorate the cake.

Of course my dh is the same man who told me when I was returning to work after having our dd in 2002 that even with over 2/3 of my take-home salary going towards daycare, what was leftover still justified me returning to work :doh:.



Off topic, but really??? Unless that 1/3 is a huge chuck of cash, and I'm going to assume not since it's about making money from part time cakes, I don't see it. I'ld much rather learn how to budget without that 1/4 and stay home and take care of my kids. And I'm not knockong the working mom, I've been one, it would just have to be worth just a little more then a 1/3 of my salary. I hope this doesn't offend, but I am sorry. icon_sad.gif
post #26 of 41
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Originally Posted by justdessertsbyyesi

as Stay at home mom with a budget. how do you learn the cake decorating techniques on a budget? does it get expensive buying all the materials to be at home ? do you practice? do you go to a class? how do you learn with a budget?



It appears you already have an internet hookup, and therein lies the answer to your question. I like to say that in the last 2 years I have attended the university of the internet full time. And I must say that Google has become my most important caking tool. Everything I know about caking I have learned by starting with a Google search. I remember my first Google search was for MMF, and I haven't looked back. I must also say that many of those Google searches sent me to CC where I read and lurked in the shadows for a year before I felt I was good enough to join.

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post #27 of 41
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Originally Posted by justdessertsbyyesi

as Stay at home mom with a budget. how do you learn the cake decorating techniques on a budget? does it get expensive buying all the materials to be at home ? do you practice? do you go to a class? how do you learn with a budget?



It appears you already have an internet hookup, and therein lies the answer to your question. I like to say that in the last 2 years I have attended the university of the internet full time. And I must say that Google has become my most important caking tool. Everything I know about caking I have learned by starting with a Google search. I remember my first Google search was for MMF, and I haven't looked back. I must also say that many of those Google searches sent me to CC where I read and lurked in the shadows for a year before I felt I was good enough to join.



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Originally Posted by justdessertsbyyesi

as Stay at home mom with a budget. how do you learn the cake decorating techniques on a budget? does it get expensive buying all the materials to be at home ? do you practice? do you go to a class? how do you learn with a budget?



I am also a stay at home/homeschool mom of 4. We have a very tight budget. I started out with very meager supplies. Infact I used ziplock baggies for a loooong time before I finally "splurged" and bought some actual pastry bags! I would offer to do cakes for friends and family for practice. If they had special requests I just told them if they bought me what I needed (pan, tools, etc.) then I would give it a shot for no additional cost to them. I have built up quite the stash of supplies, and LOVE it. It is nice having the right tool for the job, but I am glad that I learned how to do some things the hard way. I think it makes me a better cake artist.
post #29 of 41
thank you. your replies makes alot of sense. I have taken wilton and build up my supplies with my 50 percent coupons from Michaels and Joann Fabrics. I am ready for the next step. I will definitely be on googl from now on.
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post #30 of 41
thank you. your replies makes alot of sense. I have taken wilton and build up my supplies with my 50 percent coupons from Michaels and Joann Fabrics. I am ready for the next step. I will definitely be on googl from now on.
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