Originally Posted by katel
I am thinking of having a small cake business out of my home in South Carolina. I am just starting out, doing basic sheet cakes, flowers, stuff like that. Not too learned on sculpting and stuff yet. What do I need to do to get started...what should I know? Any tips or suggestions to help me out? Thanks so much! Also, how did you price your cakes? I know I'm pricing too low but don't want to overprice since I feel I'm still so new. Probably underestimating myself and abilities...
You have received some of the best advice in this one thread then I have seen in 2 years of reading this particular Business forum. Well done to those of you who answered and have done your due diligence, are willing to tackle the "business" side and recognize that it isn't just sugar and flour and eggs!!!
leah_s presents sound, basic, EXCELLENT advice, sprinkled with humor:"Then of course there is the baking."
Hannah'sMomi: "I am forcing myself to do this before I actually begin operations out of my home."
katel~~Just about every person who takes a Wilton Cake Decorating Course gets all excited, thinks they can go home, start selling cakes and making money. The reality? A PROFITABLE
home business is not going to magically appear out of thin air just because family and neighbors compliment one's cakes and say, "Wow! You're good! You ought to be selling these for lots of money!" Family and friends are not a "targeted" customer base that will pay the price per serving needed by custom bakers in order to be profitable.
Sure, you can make and sell cakes without doing ANY of the above, but that is not a business and you will not be paying yourself for your time. If you are serious about a part-time business, then I suggest you start with this excellent, very
basic, article that is about pricing cakes. Invest the extremely reasonable amount for this software (about $150), figure out what it REALLY
costs you in time and money to make your cake, THEN
act on all the advice above.