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post #16 of 126
I am interested too....

I also totally agree with Kita. Home bakers pay licensing fees, have health inspections, and are generally treated the same as bakery bakers. I dont consider them a threat at all. In fact I applaud anyone with the courage to start up their own business, whether it is from their home or if they have the funds to open their own shop. We all have to start somewhere.

I dont usually get into pricing wars, because I can see both sides. I charge comparable to what others do in my area, a little higher actually. Some might argue that I dont charge enough and some might argue that I charge too much. Its a two way street. Only YOU can determine your prices and what your time is worth. If you want to pay yourself $10 an hour, awesome. If you only pay yourself $5 an hour thats great too.
(Let us not forget that you pros can decorate a cake a lot faster than some of the novices, so that might factor in a bit too.)

I say rock on Texas! I know there are some awesome home bakers out there that are just waiting to become legal so that way they can sell their cakes.
post #17 of 126
Yes yes, I know home bakers pay that insurace etc too... I was refering to home bakers who do not do it "legally" , like my state, we dont have that option, so here a home bakery dosent pay insurance, rent etc... because we cant even have one. So thats what I was referring to. I consider a business store front right up there with a home bakery that has dont it "right".
Id love to do a store front, and as soon as there is a financial break somewhere I will ! icon_biggrin.gif
~ A happy family is an earlier heaven ~
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post #18 of 126
Originally Posted by FeGe_Cakes

Originally Posted by janelwaters

I've never read her blog - what is the website address for her blog? I would also love to know her opinion. Nothing to blast - just curious.

There is no post found in March 2009, but here is the link:

Thanks for sharing her blog with us. I had no idea that she had one!!
post #19 of 126
If I want to buy a food item from someone in the neighborhood that cooks out of their home - that should be my business - not the government. I am taking a chance on the health risk that may be involved, again that is my business.

This subject continues to surface from time to time. I am more than happy to express my views.

If someone wants to invest the time and money to open a bakery that is your business. I suggest you do your homework and make sure it's a profitable market area.

Some bake from their home to make ends meet or start towards owning their own bakery someday. I have friends that started in their home and have/or will have soon their own bakery. They would never have a problem with a home baker because that's how they got their start.

I bake from home (can you tell) there have been customers call and when they find out I'm not a bakery they don't want to order and that's fine it's their choice. I even go so far to give them the names of Bakeries that are in their area that I know does good work.

I keep my prices comparable with the Bakeries, I will not underprice them. Places like Walmart, Sam's I can hardly make a cake for what they charge.

I offer the best ingredients and time. I can't believe the sloppy work done in the local stores. With times the way they are people will get their cakes from them, every penny counts.

Don't worry about a couple cakes I may make here or there you have to compete with the stores. I don't think I'm the one that will make or break your business.

If someday I own my own bakery I will just have to make sure I am giving the customer the product and the service to make them want to return.

And there is the age old arguement: I know my kitchen is a lot cleaner than places that are inspected.
legal, not legal, I don't care
legal, not legal, I don't care
post #20 of 126
icon_redface.gif I have entirely too much time imagination and silliness. But still I must draw your attention to one little spot of her website. Her cakes are so amazing!!!

Endulge me for just a minute or two and go back to her homepage and click on create a cake. Now select a multi tier like two or three or even better 4! Wow!


Now move your mouce down oin the Elevated selections and rock back and forth between the Yes and No...

Hehe belly laughing over here and watching that cake do jumping jacks! Who said cake wasn't good for you?
post #21 of 126
Janette, I completely agree with you, and I've said it before - the same goes for licensing babysitters or hairdressers or anything. Just because your sitter is licensed doesn't mean you shouldn't do your own research, just because your baker is licensed doesn't mean that bakery isn't a dump.
post #22 of 126
Did the whole "Bill in the Texas House..." thread get deleted? I know there was a copy of the blog entry posted on there, but I cant find the thread...
I know I posted on it SEVERAL times, so I searched my "watched topics" and I cant find it anywhere.
post #23 of 126
jpal hit it right on the nose. I read it as well and came away with pretty much the same thing.
Failure is not an option!!
Failure is not an option!!
post #24 of 126
Wait, I just found it...
Now Im searching for where it was pasted icon_smile.gif
post #25 of 126
To tell you the truth, when I read the blog, I didn't anything super signicant, meaning I was expecting a list of reasons why the bill was bad and that just wasn't what it was about. My impression was that it was a history of her career and everything that she's gone thru to get to where she is. It's a great story and I found it very interesting. She definitely has a passion for what she does. But when I finished reading it, my thought was, "Intersting background story, but what does this have to do with the bill?" Unless I'm just super dense and totally missed the point .....?
post #26 of 126
Crap, apparently it was just the link.

If you're really bored, you can go through and read the discussion about it. It's mostly in pages 40-50
post #27 of 126
Janette - exactly!!! I can't afford to quit my nicely paying full-time job and just dive into having a bakery of my own. I am building my skill base doing cakes for friends on the side. I am trying to put together my book of what I am capable of, and getting to know bakers in my area so that I can maybe see about maybe going to work with them part-time. I want to take small-business classes because I know royal icing and fondant won't do the books on their own.

What I find horribly, HORRIBLY ironic is the story I heard on the way home tonight...about gun shows and that high-powered rifles, and any firearm pretty much available can be sold by private parties at said gun shows with no paperwork, no background check, no taxes - nothing but the money to change hands... and it's all legal here in TX - the Gun Show Loophole... Guns that take lives, maim, causing others to be violent in retaliation - and it's legal... BUT I CANNOT SELL A NICELY DECORATED CAKE from my home...?!???! A cake that is baked in a clean kitchen, with artistry and talent that will bring joy to people...nope, can't sell it. But I can take a firearm that I want to sell, to a gun show and w/no licensing, no tax number, no requirements...and that's okay.

Irony, thy name is Texas.
Bubba/Bubbette selling personal hi-pow'd gun at a show = icon_smile.gif go right ahead... Wendl selling non-lethal cake from home = EEEEEEVIL and must be stopped before she desserts again! ?!???!?

I respectfully disagree with Bronwen, and she's my cake goddess. I someday want to have my own bakery. But I am not going to stifle someone else who wants the dream/stress, too - I wouldn't be scared of them, I would be driven to stay at the top of my game.
Cake decorating/designing is 'gateau' fabulous!
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post #28 of 126
poop. I was hoping to see pictures of her Life Story cake from the newest challenge.
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post #29 of 126
Not a full view but you can see some of it....

post #30 of 126
thanks MUCH!

She put so much thought into that cake.
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