Wait until you heat the progression of this story, your gonna wanna whack me one for sure
To makes matters worse with this cake the lady calls and asks if she can pay with a cheque. I say okay. I know, major no-no, but I did. She gets here and pulls out her cheque-book and it's empty!
Empty?!? I just sort of half-smiled at her and said something like that's okay...dumb again. She pulls $20 out and asks if her friend will be coming back this week and can she leave it with her? Now I am steamed but again I say 'okay'. She looks at the cake and says "that looks pretty good". Pretty good ??? For $50 you just got a custom designed pool-table cake to feed 100 people and it looks 'pretty good'??? Geez willikers!!! So she takes the cake (literally!) and off she goes. To her credit she did return with the remaining $30...
I know you are so, so, so right however I also know that I have always been undercharging for my cakes. It's funny, the people my hubby works with are all willing to pay but get me on the phone talking to someone and I cave. And I really do spend hours on each cake. I'm often not in bed before 3 or 4 am!
I am currently working on a pamphlet sort of thing that I can give people and in it are pictures of my cakes and prices. That way they will know in advance what to expect and I will have better managed their expectations. Proactive instead of reactive. Next step is the web-site with the same information.
You are also right, we all do "need to start thinking more of our skills and our time and start getting paid for it".