So, I have a few more:
1) I have noticed a trend amongst my acquaintances to say something like " So you bake cakes for a living? It must be so nice to get to stay home with your son and have an easy way to make money..." Um, yeah right. I love what I do, but it can be challenging, and time consuming, and there is a lot more money that you have to put into it than people realize. I don't know if it is the same everywhere, but it seems around here, the general impression is that there is little to no startup cost to "become" a cake decorator...like if you have a 9x13 cake pan and a box mix, that's all there is to it. Seriously...it infuriates me. I'm sure I have probably made some waves, but I have got so tired of it, that I usually (nicely) respond and educate these people! I will say something like "Yes, I do love my work...but just like any other job, there is more than meets they eye. The hours can sometimes be intense as I make everything from scratch, and the cost of operation is a lot more than meets the eye. "
2) there is a cake baker in my area (she is probably around 55, and I actually used to go to church with her) who makes mostly buttercream cakes, and only charges like $25-30 for 2 tiers!! She is a very sweet lady, and a fairly decent baker...I can't figure out her reasons. But people who know both of us have seriously asked why I am so much more expensive. I am just blunt about it and say " There is NO WAY if she is baking from scratch that she is making any money, at all. She must just be doing this because she is being nice, or she is losing money...simple as that." But because of her bargain basement prices, I lose business...ugh!
I am considered one of the higher priced cake bakers in my area, but If I am going to dedicate my time and effort and miss spending time with my toddler, I need to be paid what it is worth. Plus I am constantly buying new tools, purchasing classes, etc to further my skill set, not just have about 5 things I can do to a cake that I repeat over and over. That's not mean, it is just business. I can't afford to give all my cakes away like she does.
3) this one is just a funny, but :shock:my best friend actually turned into a PITA customer. She asked me to do her birthday cake, and said "I trust you, do what you want" then gave me a long list of demands, and kept changing her design up until a few days before the party. She paid me to do the cake. Luckily, we are really close, so when she asked me if she was being difficult, I straight up said yes! Then we had a good laugh about it. At least she was a good sport.
I told her just to trust me. She ended up being very pleased with the cake, and even insisted on paying me more than I charged her. So this one had a happy ending lol.
4) I hate when people are SO RUDE when discussing a cake. I get messages daily with just a picture and the words "how much", or they start listing demands right off the bat, sometimes in all caps! Does anyone else find this rude? When I usually start a conversation with someone about their services, I greet them, then say "I was just interested in._________...for this date________...could you please give me some more information?" Grr...does it physically hurt people to be polite?
5) And finally, since this is is the only place I can say this out loud, but does it bother anyone else that sometimes people rave on and on across social media about your "competition," and how marvelous their cakes are, when it honestly looks like something found on cake wrecks? Their high praise is usually followed by "And I only paid [insert ridiculously low amount]. Well, duh it was cheap...look at it!! It was very obviously just thrown together with little skill!!
I am not trying to be mean...just bluntly honest since it is only here that I can say what runs through my mind lol...