Whoh buddy o.O...I didn't expect this thread to blow up the way it has. Thank you ALL for your input. I am going to try and respond to everyone in tern =D
Originally Posted by salsaman42
Hi there! I am in Ohio (also a man) I believe most of my business comes from my website and word of mouth. I am a licensed home baker, and I primarily make wedding cakes. If your product is good, like mine, your product at a reception is a huge part of the word of mouth. Also, once you get pictures of wedding cakes on your site, that's all those clients will need to see. You may have to make a few dummies to get your first pictures for your site. My site is www.andeatittoo.net
, check me out and contact me anytimeif you have questions.
I am in the process of doing up a few dummies right now actually. There are some new techniques that I have been dying to try!
And you good sir, have some amazing works on there!
Originally Posted by cakealicious7
Im not a business owner but I just wanted to add that the logo seems ' welcoming '. As a customer it can be intimidating to walk into a bakery that looks like everything will be overpriced, yours is unique and friendly- I would shop from your store.
Thank you very much =D. My friends and I have deemed the cupcake 'Swirley,' due to the swirl of frosting and the unfortunate high school toilet prank haha!
Originally Posted by jason_kraft
Sounds like a great concept, with a clearly identifiable niche. Since CA just passed a cottage food law you may want to give it a test run as a home-based business to see how things go. You'll need to do some market research to map out relative nerd density in LA and OC, but I can think of a lot of partnering opportunities...comic book stores, conventions (Anaheim is a hot spot, they just had Comic-Con but I'm guessing you already knew that), video game stores, video game companies (Blizzard is in Irvine), maybe even Disney since they now own LucasFilm.
One thing to watch out for is copyright, since you will probably get a lot of requests for copyrighted characters, but you may be able to make licensing arrangements in advance for the more popular characters.
Best of luck, neighbor! I live in Brea, so if you open a storefront with some egg-free and nut-free products (allergies) I'd definitely give it a try.
I am looking in to the Cottage Food Law requirements and start up costs right now! Mind you, I am still a 23 year old guy who works at a bakery making barely above minimum, so I don't have tremendous amounts of cash to burn.
My goodness yes! SoCal is a hot bed of nerdy activity that is just ripe for the plucking!
Copyright is another issue that I have been trying to deal with in my head. The bakery I work at (Frost My Cake in Brea) basically turns a blind eye to any and all copyright infringing cakes. I can't tell you how many Hello Kitty cakes they do, not to mention Disney, My Little Pony, Minecraft etc. I work there mornings, doing the baking, prep, and all cupcakes and display case items, so I have no hand in their design team, and I have brought it up to them on several occasions but they just don't care. I have sworn to myself to go the other way in this regard. The law is the law. I feel my time at FMC is slowly coming to an end...
Any idea on the process I would take to begin looking in to licensing for characters?!