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post #16 of 39
If I'm doing something at home, I don't use my countertops - I have "The Mat" that I use on my kitchen table. My table is much larger and easier to work on than my countertops - plus, I don't have to clean powdered sugar from in the crease between the counter and the backsplash. icon_biggrin.gif
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post #17 of 39
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I don't know how old your kids are but if they're still home with you all day don't count on being able to do too much during the day!

 

I'd second this. You'll get a lot more done when they're in school or they're older. I have two kids who are teenagers now, and I started my home-based business when they were 1 and 4. I'd advise keeping it to one cake a week at first until you see how you manage with kids around if yours are younger. The one piece of advice I'd have in terms of business is to NOT feel like you have to take every piece of business that comes along. Most people who are starting out will think that they need to say yes to every person who asks for a cake, but that can swamp you really fast.

 

Also, I'll throw my hat into the read my blog circle. I've been writing it for the last 4 years (Hey, my blog-i-versary is tomorrow! :-)). I write about home-based business topics and general cake stuff.

post #18 of 39
Definitely read costumeczar's blog, there is so much useful information on there.
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post #19 of 39
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What is "the mat?" The guy at my local sugar at store told me to just roll fondant on my kitchen counter. I tried using a pastry matt because it has the size guides but it was so lightweight that it was all over the counter and very frustrating.
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My kids are 9, 7, 2, and 7 months. I don't get any baking or decorating done during the day, I normally wake up before everyone else or start on cakes after all the kids are in bed. I was baking from about 8:30 until midnight last night. We ate going to put the two year old in day care one or two days a week though so that should give me a bit of time during the day.
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Thanks costumeczar, sounds like really good advice! I can't wait to read your big. And happy anniversary!
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Thanks for the link Brandis! The may doesn't move around when you roll fondant?
post #24 of 39
I haven't had any problems with it. Some people like it, some people don't. I also have a blue fondant mat (don't know what the name of that one is) that I also like as well, but it's just a single sheet and I really use it mostly to roll out sugar cookies.
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Thanks again! I like the idea of rolling fondant at the kitchen table instead. I'll order one of those mats and are how it goes.
post #26 of 39
Lots of really great advice on this thread.

A few things not mentioned:
Market research: I know this sounds silly, but I know lots of people who have friends & family tell them they should start a business. They mean well, but don't know what the heck they are saying. Find someone in your area throwing a dinner party or one of those buy my crap parties. Offer to supply dessert (with condition). After everyone oohs & ahs & raves about it, ask how much they would spend. This will help you recognize your target audience.

Building a business takes time. I was we'll into my second year before I made a true profit. If you are looking to bring in some extra cash, find a faster start up. Your initial start up will include: license, insurance, ingredients, a second refrigerator (cakes absorb odors!), boxes, cake drums, business cards, oh the list grows!

When I started my own business, baby Jacob was about 6 months. He was still taking 2 45 minute naps a day. Those were perfect opportunities for me. You have to e really great at time management! Now that he's 2, it's essential that I know my limits and maximize the moments. I'm very lucky to have a husband with a flexible schedule.

Know your limits. Don't exceed them. Under promise & over deliver. I do ONE wedding per weekend.

I know this has been very long. I had a lot to say. I truly want to be encouraging. I also know there are great bakers/decorators who happen to be terrible business people. Be honest with yourself & evaluate your skills. What is your motivation? Do you need to partner with someone who has skills you lack? What are your real obstacles and can you overcome them?

Knowledge is power! Once you are armed with knowing what exactly you want to do, some realistic goals, & some market research, you'll be on your way to neon a success.

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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post #27 of 39
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one of those buy my crap parties. .


Hahahahahahahaha! That made my day.

Excellent advice in the rest of your post, too.icon_smile.gif
post #28 of 39
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Originally Posted by DeliciousDesserts View Post

Lots of really great advice on this thread.

A few things not mentioned:
Market research: I know this sounds silly, but I know lots of people who have friends & family tell them they should start a business. They mean well, but don't know what the heck they are saying. Find someone in your area throwing a dinner party or one of those buy my crap parties. Offer to supply dessert (with condition). After everyone oohs & ahs & raves about it, ask how much they would spend. This will help you recognize your target audience.

Building a business takes time. I was we'll into my second year before I made a true profit. If you are looking to bring in some extra cash, find a faster start up. Your initial start up will include: license, insurance, ingredients, a second refrigerator (cakes absorb odors!), boxes, cake drums, business cards, oh the list grows!

When I started my own business, baby Jacob was about 6 months. He was still taking 2 45 minute naps a day. Those were perfect opportunities for me. You have to e really great at time management! Now that he's 2, it's essential that I know my limits and maximize the moments. I'm very lucky to have a husband with a flexible schedule.

Know your limits. Don't exceed them. Under promise & over deliver. I do ONE wedding per weekend.

I know this has been very long. I had a lot to say. I truly want to be encouraging. I also know there are great bakers/decorators who happen to be terrible business people. Be honest with yourself & evaluate your skills. What is your motivation? Do you need to partner with someone who has skills you lack? What are your real obstacles and can you overcome them?

Knowledge is power! Once you are armed with knowing what exactly you want to do, some realistic goals, & some market research, you'll be on your way to neon a success.

 

Ditto, nice post!

post #29 of 39

About the Mat - Does it make pop marks (craters) on your fondant?  Does it get sticky/greasy?  Thanks.

post #30 of 39
I think it depends on your fondant and what you are using to roll it out with. The mat itself works great.
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