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post #1 of 50
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Honestly, I am pissed, and we teach others how to treat us, so I am considering canceling an order for next week. I have been booked on Saturday for months, but accepted an order for Sunday, and I just asked her again what time she would pick it up Sunday and she says,"actually it's for Saturday." Witch, I told you I was booked! It is fairly simple, and I can have most of it made beforehand, but that is not the point.

I didn't sleep for 3 days last week, and then slept 14 hours straight to make up for it, and dragged butt until I could go back to bed. I am getting too old for this staying up all night crap.
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post #2 of 50
Tough one. I would want to cancel on principal alone. I HATE it when people try to manipulate and take advantage of situations and people.
post #3 of 50
"Well, I'm booked on that Saturday, but I may be able to squeeze you in for an additional X% rush fee."
post #4 of 50
I don't understand the problem here. The order.was confirmed for Sunday. If you cannot realistically complete it until Sunday, then that's it. She can take it or leave.it. ??
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Sorry for the periods, typing on phone.
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post #6 of 50

Anna take some advice from an older person.  Look after yourself better.  You may think you need the money but it is not worth ruining your family life and your health over.  Stress and lack of sleep always flow over to the people around us.

post #7 of 50
Did you communicate via email? If so, I would just copy and paste the conversation and let her know that you are unavailable for Saturday pick-up/delivery. Apologize for the misunderstanding and get a good sleep:)

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post #8 of 50
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You are all right. It isn't even a cake I want to do, and she gave me the writing part of it today, and I thought,"wow, that's redundant." It is a prescription pad, and I would really like to focus on weddings and tiered cakes, though it is within the realm of the minimum order I am thinking of requiring. I just can't get excited over sheet cakes anymore. It's been years, actually! I'd so much rather be doing something frilly and flowery or colorful and challenging.

I am "husband subsidized" to where I don't need to make a ton of money, and I am rent and payment free in the bakery, just my overhead such as licensing fees and permits and insurance.... But I am such a people pleaser, dammit! I hate to disappoint, I bend over backwards, and I need to draw a line, and there is really no better place than here.

Heck, last week a regular client contacted me last minute and I told her I was booked, so booked, but I thought at least 5 times I ought to call her and offer to do a dessert cake with a plaque or something. I wound up not sleeping from Thursday morning (after 4 hours of sleep) to Sunday night after 11pm. I thought I was going to die, and my whole body was swollen. I had to drive like that and almost fell asleep at a light. I stopped at an intersection that didn't even have a sign, too. It is as bad as drinking and driving, and I would sooner crawl home before I did that.

Bleh.
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post #9 of 50
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We first talked on the phone and she asked about "the 16th" and I said, "that's a Sunday, right?" And she confirmed, and I asked what she had in mind, because I couldn't get too big and fancy, since I was booked Friday and Saturday. It wasn't until after she said 40-45 servings, until I even said I could do it.

I SPECIFICALLY told her I was booked Saturday.
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post #10 of 50

annabakescakes you are so like me it is insane.  I have such a hard time saying no and many times that means I end up with sleepless nights and way too much stress.  I also do daycare and the paperwork portion of my business during the day and the actually baking and decorating at night.  I rent commercial kitchen space now but this weekend we start construction on a commercial kitchen in my house.  I am hoping having my work here will make it a little less stressful and easier to get going on my work.  (less carting tool etc back and forth - I don't have a lot of storage space at the rental) I know in the back of my head something needs to give... I need to cut back on something. I find it way too tough to have 4 kids here during the day and then put out 4-7 cakes in a weekend.  I love the cakes so don't want to cut back on that. but the daycare is always constant where cakes seem to have seasonal highs and lows here.  although this year is my busiest year yet.:)  anyway, farting around on cake central is not helping me get my orders done for this weekend..lol.  good night all!!!

 

btw- at my last annual checkup I found out I have slightly elevated blood pressure... (no medication required) just got a stern talking to from my doctor.  I don't thing it helped that I had not slept that night because of a last minute squeeze in order...lol.. still elevated blood pressure is not good when you are only 30...yikes! need to find some more relaxation and me time... or any for that matter.

post #11 of 50

Years ago they did  a study on young doctors who were working extremely crazy hours and their results were the equivalent to people who had drunk  high levels of alcohol.  I can't remember the figures but it was enough to show that sleep deprivation is a scarey thing.

post #12 of 50
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Yeah, 33 here, and 4 kids. DH is going for the old "snip and tie" next month, because we had a scare last week... I have enough to do with the cakes and kids, I would die if we got pregnant! I have high blood pressure with anemia and arthritis and chronic back pain. I have no discs left in my lower back...

I have no business squeezing in another order when I am booked.
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post #13 of 50

This is why I have had to step back from doing cakes for a bit.  The last ones I did nearly killed me (plus cake pops, and IMHO, those things suck!).  I work 40+ hours a week at my "real" job and then have to stay up until all hours doing this as a hobby.  I have no interest making it a business after 15 years.  My health sucks, I barely sleep, and it's time away from my husband.  I have to ask myself if it's really worth it.  I have started turning people away left and right and honestly I feel great!  Obviously for those who rely on the income you can't do it.  But if you're booked, you're booked, and you shouldn't overextend yourself. 

post #14 of 50

So know the feeling of not wanting to turn down jobs! Especially when it's your job and you have rent and overhead to pay every month! We have 10 jobs this weekend (although most of them are fairly small orders, so not like 10 wedding cakes or anything) and there are only two of us to do all of the jobs AND run the storefront. Sometimes I feel like I'm going crazy! But I really feel like we can't afford to turn jobs down at this point, unless there is just no feasible way we can do it. 

 

Although I have been turning jobs down for next week because we are going on VACATION!!!! and I'm not sorry at all. icon_biggrin.gif

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post #15 of 50

I would just cancel the order.  It's not your fault she doesn't have her days straight.  It's not worth the hassle.  As for saying you can't afford to turn down cake orders, it makes me glad I work out of my home and am husband-subsidized as well.  Sometimes no is the only thing you can say.

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