Wow you took some of the words right out of my mouth. I love making cakes and the plan was to start out slow, have my kids and then years from now make my business fulltime once all the kids were in school. It's gotten alittle busy at times, but actually not too bad. I think the suggestion about raising you prices is a good one. Do many customers change their mind when they hear the price? Since I have set my prices last year (quite fair I think) I give out many quotes that I don't hear back from or they say no. I know I am higher than many of the other home bakers in the county, but sometimes it is nice when you give out a quote for a cake when you are already really busy and then the customer says no
I don't know how you do it with a fulltime job and 5-6 cakes. I don't have experience with that aspect, but I hope others will tell you that you certainly (like you stated) start to burn out and not enjoy decorating anymore. Maybe you are just going to have to commit to limiting the number of cakes each week. I am going to have to figure out how to do this too next year. We plan on having our 3rd child next year, plus selling our house and then my husband will be building our new home. So with all that going on the idea trying to makes cakes too seems silly and extremely stressful. But it would be nice to still be able to do the odd wedding cake.
I hope you can find your balance. Maybe spend some time researching if this is a business you could start sooner than you thought. And definately raise your prices. I have been doing some soul searching lately and have come to realize how much more important my kids and all the future kids I want to have are than cakes. I already have a fulltime job raising my kids maybe I'll just have to put off making cakes until much later.
You on the other hand are working 3 fulltime jobs. Think about that.