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post #16 of 24
Are you saying that the owner and manager also has an unrelated full-time job? How many other employees are there besides you, and what are their responsibilities?
post #17 of 24
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My question is more about variety of flavors and how to offer different choices while we build our customer base :) 

 

I am sorry that I got off track - selling less than a dozen cupcakes a day really stood out to me as the real problem, not that you don't offer enough flavors.

 

Good luck!

 

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post #18 of 24
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Thank you all for your input and advice! I really love the idea of a Flavor of the Day and changing up the cupcake by changing the frosting.  Last week we had a special order cake for Reese's Cup Cake and I took the left over frosting and put it on some of our chocolate cupcakes and they did very well. Sounds a like a very "do able" way to add variety. I also like the idea of mini's as samples. Our shop is located smack dab on a MAJOR paved walking / bike trail that brings lots of foot traffic to our town each week. I am going to encourage her to get out of the shop and give away mini cupcakes and samples of fudge :)

 

Thanks again for your expertise! 

post #19 of 24

all i can say is if i had a shop--i'd want you to work for me ;)

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post #20 of 24
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Are you saying that the owner and manager also has an unrelated full-time job? How many other employees are there besides you, and what are their responsibilities?THe owner

There is one owner. She works another full time job Mon - Fri. She comes to the bakery every day at 4:30 and closes at 7 and she works at the bakery 11 - 7 on Sat.

 

I work Tues - Fri and I do all the baking and any cake decorating and I am there from 9 am - 2 pm.

 

There is one other employee and she works from 2 - 4:30 Tues - Fri. She is learning to make the fudge but mostly just watches the front after I leave. 

 

I just sort of "fell" into this little job situation and I feel bad for her and hate to see her fail....not that there is much I can do about that.

post #21 of 24

quick--slap a good business plan  together and be ready to buy her out ;)

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post #22 of 24
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quick--slap a good business plan  together and be ready to buy her out ;)

LOL! NOOOOOOO!!!!!! My hubby is already a business owner (we own a small ice company) and I have 4 kids ages 7, 10, 13 & 15! I only took this job as a part time thing while they are at school, you know ... not quite empty nest, but not needed at home full time anymore........ I am thinking about finding someone to replace me so I can leave without leaving her I bind LOL.

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all i can say is if i had a shop--i'd want you to work for me ;)

Awww..... k8memphis ..... I am honored and humbled! 

post #24 of 24

Definitely marketing. Try creating small sample-sized cupcakes or pieces of your products and either sample them at the bakery or visit local businesses and provide the samples for free with a brochure or business card. Get some advertisements in the newspaper or mail.

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