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post #1 of 36
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I sent out a few emails to party planners, florist, ect. I offered them a free sample of cupcakes in return to have a few of my business cards laying around. I got a response right away from a party planner, he first asked if I was licensed and worked in a commercial kitchen. I reply ed yes with the information, he then said let's me over coffee we set up a time. Then he emailed me the email below. I'm not at all new to cake decorating, but I am newish to the business part. Does this sound like a legitimate thing? What questions should I bring up during our meeting?


" contract out wedding venders. If you are interested in becoming part of my team, let me know.

I send you the folks, and am paid only if they book you. You and I would have a contact, and I disclose this to my customers.

I have this relationship with several event venders"
post #2 of 36

i don't think so

 

no pay ugh uh

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post #3 of 36

So you would have to pay him a finders fee ??? Am i getting this right?? Would you have to raise your prices to compensate for that??

post #4 of 36
It depends on what the contract says.
post #5 of 36
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Would it be rude of me to ask him to email me the contract to go over before we meet?
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Would it be rude of me to ask him to email me the contract to go over before we meet?
Not at all, if the contract doesn't work for you then there's no point in meeting.
post #7 of 36
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Hello Lovelycakes4us, i read your post and sorry but i must admit that i dont know much about business but i am planning to conduct my daughters sweet 15 (i am puerto rican and we celebrate 15 instead of 16) but i am going crazy trying to find someone to help with this and honestly i am having trouble looking for a party planner...anyway, are you near me and if yes how can i go about to contract you?...thanks and sorry for the bother Angie AKA Babe 2dabone, please email me...thanks icon_lol.gif

Hi, you can look on Craigslist.com in the Event or Creative sections, that is were I found this party planner.
post #8 of 36
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i don't think so

no pay ugh uh

Can you explain more why you wouldn't think its legitimate?
post #9 of 36

i mean why cut him into your affairs

 

so he's gonna pay you if you refer him as a planner and he gets the gig

 

you can get tons of cake orders w/o him by just playing the game

 

and building it up yourself as you are doing

 

i don't know if it's legit or not legitimate per se--i din mean that exactly but i would not wanna do that

 

i don't wanna be part of anyone else's team unless i'm getting a nice fat hourly wage

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post #10 of 36
There's nothing wrong with selling products through other people at a markup, businesses do this successfully all the time. If the contract says that the planner will just give customers your name in exchange for X% that probably wouldn't be beneficial, but if you can work with the planner to provide your cakes as a component of party packages at a markup (meaning that you would make the same as if you had sold the cakes yourself) that could be a very good deal for you, especially if you rent a commercial kitchen and need to spread out your fixed overhead.
post #11 of 36

it might be beneficial and it might be too complicated for words

 

the cake biz is hard enough dealing with brides, financials, humidity, scheduling, rising prices, the competition, family etc etc

 

add in some more business minded professionals

 

just say no

 

that's me

 

my sister says it this way

 

y'know what people call people they don't like?

 

entrepreneurs

 

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 to me this is what a good deal looks like

 

if you became the exclusive baker for a venue

 

like if they had a kitchen and wanted you to do the cakes

 

or even if you did them from your kitchen

 

now that's worth the extra effort to allow in another business entity

 

or at the least got on their recommendeds list

 

those are good deals to me

 

but a party planner making money off my hard work? where's the beef

 

just my jaded little thoughts

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post #12 of 36
I would say no, no planner who's legitimate around here would ever ask for a kickback/finder's fee/whatever. There are some who probably do mark things up, but I refuse to work with people who want to be the middleman. My contract is with the bride, not with a planner. If you found the guy on Craigslist that sends up all linds of red flags for me personally, since Craigslist is skeevy.

I'd get the contract before meeting with him and find out what he thinks he's getting out of the deal just for a laugh.
post #13 of 36
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Okay I went ahead and got a contract from him, to bad I can't copy/paste it!! Anyways it talks a lot about his share, paying him on time, his percentage ect. Yes I found him on Craig's, odd enough the email that I emailed him originally from is a private email, meaning I do not list it ANYWHERE I have another email for marketing and such. Out of no where I got a email asking about 250 cupcakes, asking if I did cakes and the cost. I found this odd knowing darn well I never ever give out my private email to take any cake orders, this person emailed me this about 5 minutes after I asked the wedding planner for his contract. Then once I replied to this unknown person the wedding planner emailed me straight away I found this odd.

I looked the wedding planner on Google, Facebook, website he seems very legitimate, maybe I am just paranoid!
post #14 of 36

you can track people through their website domains & stuff--did he have your website?

 

you're not in business to support him

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post #15 of 36
Oh hell no..lf only he has that email then he's scamming you already. I'd pass on this so-called opportunity, it just has a bad smell to it. Anyone can set up a legitimate looking website and facebook page, but it doesn't mean they're doing any business. I can tell you about a bunch of businesses that have come and gone in my area over the past ten years. They all had websites and looked legit, but they weren't making any money and ended up closing. A website proves nothing.
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