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post #31 of 35
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Sorry, her guest lost is roughly 125, please go easy on me I know that's a large guest list for that budget that's why I suggested cupcakes.

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post #32 of 35
How much do you estimate your cost will be for ingredients and allocated overhead? How many hours do you think you will spend on the order in total? Once you calculate what your hourly wage will be you may rethink accepting the order in the first place.
post #33 of 35
I wasn't trying to be hard on you icon_wink.gif everyone on this link has good intentions, please don't be offended by anyone's comments. I was just telling you what I do, and no one wants you to get taken advantage of. We've all learned from experience/others experience.

Starting out I would go out of my way, do whatever I had to just because I wanted an order booked. I had a woman who wanted me to make her wedding cake with the gelatin butterflies, I ordered two molds and made several because she wanted to see what they would look like in person, this is after I gave her and the groom several free samples. We worked together and she said she wanted me to make her cake, so I happily did these things. Then once we had finalized everything and I had jumped through hoops I told her it was time to pay a deposit and sign a contract, she signed and kept saying shed bring the money...
She ended up having a family member make her cupcakes. I did all that work for nothing, but it was my own fault for going about it backwards (not that I'm implying this is what you're doing!)

Working with a customer to make her a wonderful cake/cupcakes that fits inside her budget is great, that's what we do. You just need to make sure it's also something you can make a profit from, otherwise you'll be doing extra work and feeling bitter.
post #34 of 35
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I wasn't trying to be hard on you icon_wink.gif everyone on this link has good intentions, please don't be offended by anyone's comments. I was just telling you what I do, and no one wants you to get taken advantage of. We've all learned from experience/others experience.
 

Absolutely, just asking questions to get a clearer picture of the entire situation. 

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post #35 of 35
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Thank you guys!

I know no one has mean intentions and I love all of the input and advice! icon_smile.gif I just know that is a bit low of a price for it.

But you worded it perfectly smckinney, I'm going out of my way and really above and beyond because its my first wedding cake so I really wanted to impress! Like your story though, I don't want to get one pulled over on me like that, and since she's changing last minute it kind of worried me a little icon_sad.gif

And I guess I made my rookie mistake getting so excited for a wedding cake order that I just was so eager to say I could work with the budget and guest list. :-/

I have calculated costs a bit And I should profit some, not as much a I should but I was thinking its my first and just trying to get into it ?

Thanks all so much for all the input! Greatly appreciated!
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