photographer wanting my cakes in pictures need advice - Page 2
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- 9,775 Posts. Joined 10/2007
- Location: Henrico VA
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Be careful, since you have prices posted on your facebook page it will be hard to argue that you're not running a business already.
Remember that a small cake takes as long to deal with in terms of shopping and kitchen time for you than an 8" cake. You still have to wash the same number of pans and mixer bowls, etc. so your work time isn't that much less. Then you have to ice the stupid thing, which can be more difficult if you're not used to dealing with tiny tiers. You're also likely to have more ingredients left over that you may or may not be able to use up. if you charge $10 for it you'll be paying her to let you make her a cake.
- 1,368 Posts. Joined 3/2007
- Location: Wilton, NH
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As soon as you start profiting from your cakes you need to be "legal". There's no "trial period". As soon as the photographer starts publishing photos of your cakes and giving you credit, the Department of Health and Human Services will find you, fine you and ask you to cease and desist. Because now you're advertising. In other words, tell the photographer to try you again in a year when all your ducks are in a row. It's just not worth it.
i misunderstood this whole thread and i apologize
i clearly believe in being legal illustrated by the fact that i never opened a home cakery here when i found out it wasn't allowed some 25 ish years ago although i can't say i haven't dreamed/nightmared about it for that long too
all that to say--yes you do need to re-think your situation and become legal to advertise and take orders
now some of us think differently on this point--that i think most of the local health & business authorities would not take action against you for taking payment for doing a birthday cake for a neice or an uncle or your bff--some of us might think that is already a business--i do not
but i def think going beyond that requires you to do it right legally to protect everyone especially yourself
sorry i was confused -- didn't intend to give bad/erroneous advice
yeah I'd like to start a biz, the photographer is a friends friend, we dont have the finances to do anything right now. The lady hasn't even got back to me yet so I dunno if its gonna take place or not. I might go to city hall and fill out thier paper work and see what its gonna cost to build on to my house as its the only option i would have, if its too much i'll forget about it....we are financially in trouble and may loose everything soon if things dont start lookin up which in that case we're moving to a completely different state lol....anyway this whole thing has got me depressed lol argggghhhh ah well life goes on!
Great news I called the health dept today again to ask further questions of what exactly i need in my home or on my property to legally sell cakes and i must have misunderstood the first time, they said as long as its a legal agreement between me and the other party and nothing is sold commercially i can bake from home!! So its great to know. I did decline the photographer before i found this out but either way now i am going to call city hall and inquire more on liscencing and get some insurance. I really dont see anything getting big I mean around here its hard to compare to the supermarkets with thier cheap cakes no one like to pay for quality even if i was great. I'm going to keep my page the way it is on fb until i get liscenced and insured and if i ever to start to make profits maybe open a store but like i said that is slim to none cause we are poor lol anyway thanks again to all!!