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Oh wow.. no i am NOT ready to start now.. I'm online and in classes half of my day getting my stuff together... I'm not basing my business off of this thread alone i guess i should make things more clear... Thanks so much Jason!
My brother offered to help for free.. He has a HIGH paying job which he also has some free time in which he offered to help a few hours out of the day... I do have people in my family more then willing to help me for FREE... A ton of businesses started from nothing and became something... My family believes in me and See's how truly dedicated to this i am... My fiance said if we made enough income he would have to quit his job and partner up with me... nothing wrong with that what so ever.. Just shows i have a very very supportive fiance and that makes things a whole lot easier to be honest.. :)
I would have a artist, cleaner, business partner and myself a team of four i think its very possible after my 3-6 month "brake" getting my stuff together this could work and then again it could be hell... But i'm willing and so is my team to try it out and see how it goes! :) My fiances boss is his uncle so he can always get his job back if all else fails... I guess we shall see how it goes...
Yup Thanks :D
I just wanted to add my two cents in, as I am all for helping cakers become a success.
As I understand it, you are currently taking classes and formulating a business plan. Are these business classes or decorating classes?
I also understand that you are taking a break to figure it all out.
I would google custom cakes in your area and see what your competition is. How your cakes compare to theirs, what they charge, etc.
You may also want to post some more of your pictures of cakes that you have done for some honest critiques. Right now all you have for us to see is the self-described disaster of a WWE belt. I'm assuming you've done lots of other cakes?
If you plan to go full-time with this I would make sure that you are the best in the area. And yes, you can make delicious cakes that look OK,or OK tasting cakes that are perfection. But I believe having BOTH gorgeous cakes AND delicious cakes is what will set you apart and make it possible for you to charge more than others in order to make it a success. Otherwise, you may end up doing LOTS of cakes for lower prices, as your skill level will dictate, and become VERY frustrated with the amount of work compared to the amount of money you will take in.
What ever you decide...good luck!
Thanks for your tips... They are not cake decorating classes... i'm self taught... ill post a pic or two... Ive done all re search and tasted all competitions creations... I believe my cakes look great and taste great... i will let you all be the judge...
posted pics they have to be reviewed ......................
There in the newest cake thing... Pink bird cake and a pink bling cake
Your fondant is very nice and smooth!
While these are only two examples, make sure you are using your SKILL to decorate the cake (more like the bird one) rather than pre-made decorations. I do understand that some customers will want certain things on their cakes that will have to be purchased.
But the last thing you want people saying is "why did I pay so much for this cake if she just slapped on some decorations". Yes, it will be easier and much faster, but you can charge more for a hand-crafted cake.
Look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!
Again, great fondant!