Originally Posted by __Jamie__
I'm going to throw my two cents in here. Does anyone get the feeling that businesses without an actual storefront don't get taken as seriously as real bakeries? Not that you might not have a storefront, but I get a feeling that sometimes people just think of us as "cake ladies". I lost a job to another "cake lady" the other day (bride's words, NOT mine), I could care less about the job, she's a huge flake anyways, so I was glad. What infuriated me was the reference to "cake lady". It's so disrespectful. Like, "oh, cute little cake lady, I can pay her whenever. She's just waiting at home knitting between cakes." URG!!!
I havent read the rest of the thread yet, but I had to comment on this...because I think you are very correct! Even though I am fully licensed, insured, inspected, injected, and pay through the nose for all these things, I bake from a commerical kitchen in my home. (if you walked into my space, you would never thinik you were still in a house) yet I am treated like I am not a real business and not a real bakery, and not taken seriously. I get calls all the time on the phone asking "Are you a real bakery or bake from home?" I answer "yes". People think I will give a discount because I have "low overhead". I don't pay high rent, but I pay just as much in insurance, fees, taxes, licensing, utilities, trash pickup and advertising. I even have to pay more for my basic ingredients because many companies won't deliver to me.
I dont mean to start a bakery vs home bakery discussion: I have been seriously thinking of moving into a commerical space because I just dont have room anymore at my home, so no offense to store front bakeries! Back to the original post, I do think some brides don't take us seriously and we get paid last. They dont think we have lawyers or that our contracts are legit, for some odd reason. But I also think that with todays economy, brides are spending too much and then don't have the money to pay thier final bill. I have had two weddings canceled this year because "we couldn't afford the wedding" (one or both of them were laid off) Its sad.