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post #46 of 54
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Originally Posted by riSHEL

The thing of it is, I'm just doing this because I do cookies for a friend of mine, and she gave her my name. I don't sell my cookies. This was all just me being put in a situation and I am too much a wuss to say no. I'm just gonna get through this (a little wine may help) and add it to my "life lessons" list. If ever she approaches me in the future, I will not be a push over. I will simply be truthful and tell her I do this for friends and family only. (which is what I should have done in the first place) My hat is off to you women that sell your baked artistry. People outside of our CC world, just don't seem to get it. Thanks for all your support ladies. Love you!!



You go girl. You are a good person, and I can tell that no matter how much you hate doing this, there is no way you are going to turn her down at this point. Like you said...this is a lesson learned, and you will certainly view any further opportunities with a different eye.

I do recommend, however, if the demands get any more out of control, or it becomes more of an investment than it already is, you simply tell her is a nice way "I am sorry, but I can no longer meet your requests for the budget that you have in place". That simple, and she has to understand that.....she is in the business world afterall.
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post #47 of 54
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You're absolutely right Becalita. If I ever do decide to bake for profit, I will need a backbone. Maybe it's because I'm not a "business" that I let her dictate things from the beginning, and then before I knew it, she was calling all the shots. If I should ever be lucky enough to turn this hobby into a legit business (woo hoo...I'd be able to MAKE $)... then I will be able to look back at this newbie experience and KNOW how to conduct my business with a much different attitude. Again, thank all you ladies for your input. I hold all your opinions in high regard and soak up everything I learn here on CC like a sponge. Have a great day all!
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post #48 of 54
[quote="riSHEL"]The thing of it is, I'm just doing this because I do cookies for a friend of mine, and she gave her my name. I don't sell my cookies. This was all just me being put in a situation and I am too much a wuss to say no. I'm just gonna get through this (a little wine may help) and add it to my "life lessons" list. If ever she approaches me in the future, I will not be a push over. I will simply be truthful and tell her I do this for friends and family only. (which is what I should have done in the first place) quote]

Oh, I'm sorry. I know how hard it is to say no. I thankfully learned this early on, and very grateful that I did grow a backbone with friends, and friends of friends.

I've actually had friends say. "Well, if you want to do my sons birthday cake it is going to be a pirate ship." "Sure." I say, knowing darn well they want it for nothing. "What is your budget?" They GASP hard, and I try hard not to giggle. "OH....UH...oh.....well I just thought you like to do it for the fun of it. It's ok, I can just make it myself" I say. "I'm sure it will be great. Feel free to call me if you run into trouble with it." Some call, some don't, but I don't run over to their house and take over. I give them a few pointers that's all.

I usually nicely tell them how long it takes me to do that sort of cake, and how much just in materials (I quote full retail + gas, travel time BTW). By the time I'm done with them, they get it...sort of.
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post #49 of 54
Tinygoose, If they actually attempt a cake like you would do, then they will definitely 'get' that you don't just whip those up in no time, and they will have much more appreciation for what you do!!
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post #50 of 54
Oh Shiney....and they do attempt and their result is what you would expect. icon_wink.gif

LOL...What I SHOULD do is tell them that if they:
1. Bake the cake (here's the recipe I use for carved cakes)
2. Make the buttercream (here's another recipe)
3. Make the RI (yet another recipe)
4. Do they want filling? (recipe)
5. Order necessary supplies. Oh and here's the place I buy fondant from you will need 3 colors, and a list of other ingredients I will need, i.e. food color, gum paste, cake boards, vodka etc, etc, etc.
6. Get it all baked, mixed, layed out, and ready and I'll come over (oh, you'll be ok watching my 3 kids while I work on YOUR cake right?)
7. I guess I can bring my airbrush over, but you'd better tape off an area in your house where I can spray it. Oh and here's where you can buy airbrush colors.
8. Then SURE I'll come over and make the cake for free!!!
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post #51 of 54
riSHEL - you are such a sweetheart, so I know how hard it would be for you to tell her she's crazy! icon_wink.gif I tend to be a "yes" person myself, so before I know it, I've over committed myself to things that I'm not being compensated for. I'm also not a business person by nature - I have my husband for that part.
So I totally understand that when you LIKE what you do and you like sharing it with people, it is easy to get into a situation you find yourself in. But I have to say, that after selling my cookies for the past 18 months, I'm finally GETTING it. I set my price, take it or leave it. And if customers choose to "leave it" I have more time for myself and my family, and making cookies just for fun icon_smile.gif
Good luck on this job - you have the patience of a saint!!
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post #52 of 54
When she first emailed you with her demands...all on a budget of $10, you should have given her a real world quote. If she didn't want to pay it, then walk away. People who nickel and dime you are nothing but trouble. I usually ask for discounts on everything, but when someone is firm on their price I pay their asking price if I really want the product. Even if you do this as a hobby it is not work the pain, aggravation and cost to you.
post #53 of 54
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Originally Posted by adonisthegreek1

When she first emailed you with her demands...all on a budget of $10, you should have given her a real world quote. If she didn't want to pay it, then walk away. People who nickel and dime you are nothing but trouble. I usually ask for discounts on everything, but when someone is firm on their price I pay their asking price if I really want the product. Even if you do this as a hobby it is not work the pain, aggravation and cost to you.



well said!
post #54 of 54
If you are really thinking of doing it as a business (and I think you should), make sure YOUR name is in the box. A small, simple card or ribbon tucked in with a telephone number or a tasteful label glued to the underside of the box...think of it...90 business leads in one shot! Free advertising!
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