So, I'm going nuts seeing other cakers in my area. I just looked at one Facebook page where the owner does some of the sloppiest work. Cupcakes iced unbelievably messy, cakes that a monkey couldn't ice that bad. I get that she obviously is no competition for me, but I really want to shake her and tell her that she needs practice before she presents her products to the public looking like they do. Not to mention that her prices were somewhere around $1.25 per cupcake. Maybe that's what they're worth, but it's still irritating.
The other girl's page I saw is selling cupcakes for $1 each. Cake pops for .50 EACH. Cakes, I think, were like $1.50 per serving!! I am so frustrated to see prices that cheap. I charge $3.50+ per serving because I have actually done my homework, know my costs, understand my surrounding market, and want to make money. The crazy thing is, the second girl graduated from culinary school and apparently still has no grasp of costs and market. Don't they teach some sort of business in school? When I was in beauty school, I had some business classes I had to take to understand my business.
I wish I could tell these people how much they are hurting the people who are serious about making a viable business. Grrrrr!!
Am I wrong to be frustrated? There are a few pro cakers with storefronts in the area (none in my particular town, but a few nearby), but it seems like everyday I hear about another illegal caker in town who charges too little. Meanwhile, I get zero confirmed orders for weeks because people don't want to pay my prices. So-and-so down the street can do it for a dollar a serving!
OK. I feel better. Just wanted to vent to others who understand.