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post #16 of 50

Anna, cancel it.  Or say you can do it on  Sunday as scheduled.  If you don't actually need the money and don't have time or energy for it and she said it would be a  Sunday cake, why even question it?????  Isn't a big reason people go into business for themself so they can pick their own hours and how long and how often to work?  So then why kill yourself when she messed up on the date?

post #17 of 50
Awwww i feel sooo bad for you!!! I would say cancel it aswell,she doesn't even deserve to have a cake made by you. If she messed up on the date AFTER you told her your booked she can go find someone else to make a fool of, your health is more important and you should rest up!! Take care of yourself xx
post #18 of 50
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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.

Agreed 100%. Once we had enough orders to fill three 5-6 hour shifts at our commercial kitchen we stopped accepting new orders. And when we started selling out regularly we raised our prices to get closer to an equilibrium where you just about sell out without having to turn away orders.

We would never book to the point where an all-nighter was required to complete the order (although at times it was necessary if problems arose) so adding a small order with an extra rush fee was a possibility even if we were booked.
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post #19 of 50

Definately, definately *cancell* that order.  It seems to me she misled you. Your health is MUCH MORE important than any cake order.

post #20 of 50
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I do think she misled me, but in the back of my mind there is just the tiniest shadow of doubt that she said the 15th, but I specifically remember our conversation, so I do know she didn't... I WANT to cancel, I really do, and while we don't NEED the money, it is always nice to have! I am so tempted to see what that "refund" button does on my Square Register... is it a 1 step process, where if you touch the button, you better mean it? Or is it going to ask me to confirm? It is a curiosity, lol. I have been meaning to find out.

 

The other part of me wonders if I am going to be left twiddling my thumbs if I don't do it, or if there is a way I can swing it and still be comfortable? You know what I mean? I am a terrible judge of how long things will take! Since all my work is custom, it is not like I have done it before and know how long it will take, (unless it is one of those damn ribbon border and scroll or swiss dot cakes, or ribbon and scroll and swiss dots...I can practically poop those out, I typically make $50-$60 and hour on them. ) and there are times things run so smoothly I am shocked, and others where I just don't know what else could go wrong! I remember last year, doing a stenciled cake, it took so long, and I had a 3d cake and a smaller 3 cake to do, that after working all night, it was 7 am, and the cake was about to be picked up at 9, and I had just iced it! I actually started crying, I was so tired! Then I ran in, woke up my husband and begged him to help me, and he did and it worked out in the end, but it was pure stress!

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post #21 of 50

Cancel the order.  Do it now so that she has time to get someone else.

You made it clear to her that you were not available to make a cake for Saturday.  She changed the date.  You are not obligated to still make the cake.

 

I have pulled my share of all-nighters to get cakes done.  I have taken on way more than I should have but it is almost always because I truly NEED the money.  Usually it is just not worth it, especially since not only are you suffering but, let's face it, you're probably not doing your family any favors by becoming sick and exhausted.  You do not NEED  the money.  Walk away.

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post #22 of 50
Definitely cancel the order, and be sure to mention 'as I said when you placed the order, I'm fully booked for that Saturday'.

I guarantee you'll be wondering if you should have done it all the way until the day, and maybe after, but you have to remind yourself that you set limits on how many orders you take for a reason. Even if your week goes great and you wind up having lots of extra time, it could just as easily go the other way. Don't put yourself (or the kids you drive around) in that position. It's just money, that you don't need.
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post #23 of 50
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I will wait until tomorrow to refund, just incase she gets back with me... I generally wait until last minute to do everything, how long do you think a cake could sit, fully decorated, if it is covered in fondant? I refuse to do it Friday, since I am booked for Saturday, but do you think it would be old or weird if I did the cake on Thursday? And it just sat in the air conditioning? It will have a pill bottle, a diploma, pills, and just writing. I was thinking of using tic tacs for the pills, a reall pill bottle, and piping the writing, rather than tappits, it will be really pretty easy. And she will still get her cake, and I will still get my money. It won't be as clean and crisp as I like, but it will be like this one DSC02420.jpg

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post #24 of 50
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The cake I posted really looks super simple...

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post #25 of 50

Only you know your baking requirements next week, what family commitments you have, etc, etc.  I don't see why she would get back to you, she thinks she has a cake ordered already.  You need to just make the decision knowing all the factors.  It looks like you have been taking on too much, period.  And that you should be looking at your schedule and making a more firm amount of orders and that is it.  Then it is just a no.  And that you aren't thrilled about a sheetcake really shouldn't be part of the decision since you took the order.  If you don't want sheet cakes then say no to those too.  Take a step back, maybe have a chat with the hubby and family and re-assess how many orders you can take.  If you are pulling overnighters, that can't be too popular with the family either.

post #26 of 50

so what happened?

post #27 of 50
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so what happened?

I talked to my husband about it, and we went over everything I have to do this week, and he volunteered to help me get it all done. We are going to get more organized, and pre-make a lot of the items for the other cakes, and cheat for this cake. The tic tacs, edible images and plastic....And then make sure it never happens again!!!

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post #28 of 50

I love that your husband supports you so much! And, it's a good thing that you go to him when you have issues...it gives him the chance to help! I agree with what some have said here...no money is worth your health. Please take care of yourself first!

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post #29 of 50
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I love that your husband supports you so much! And, it's a good thing that you go to him when you have issues...it gives him the chance to help! I agree with what some have said here...no money is worth your health. Please take care of yourself first!

He is VERY supportive, almost too supportive! I came home from Sugar Cwaft yesterday, after spending $250 and he was like, "Cool! What did you get?" He was making scrolls with one of the Wilton molds one day, and he told me, "We should get 2 sets of these, so I can fill and freeze one, and start on another." And a couple months ago he got his first smart phone and he says, "Now that I can download the 40% off coupon, I could stop by Michael's everyday and get a mold or a pan, whatever you need." He was with me all the way when I got the Agbay, and encouraged me buying my Duke Convection oven, and text me from work to tell me that one of his co-workers mother is selling all her chocolate molds and I should see what she wants for them if I buy them all!

 

The only thing he was iffy about was putting the bakery in the garage, because he skateboards, and wanted to use it to build ramps! So he thought he would compromise and just ask for half of it, but now we are talking about adding a shed-like closet to the side and he sees that we could never have just used half of it.

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post #30 of 50

What a great guy! 

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