Exactly! There's NOT enough to work to go around! Any market can only bear so much competition before it's oversaturated. And when the competition is oversaturating the market AND charging ridiculously low prices just to get business, it devalues the market as a whole
I know only two custom cakers, both of whom live in areas either not served by a major supermarket or not served by any of the numerous decades-old storefront bakeries that are as common as weeds in this area. It took both of them many years before they could consistently turn a profit. Neither of them are currently doing it FT, however. They both took non-culinary jobs to pay the bills. One will still occasionally bake something if it's for a repeat customer. The other one sold most of her equipment on Ebay and said goodbye to the whole thing
At work we get a lot of people pricing us for specific cakes (tiered, 3D, etc.) after going to the decades-old storefront in the area. When we tell them that no, we aren't equipped to do such a cake (I'm one of those dreaded supermarket decorators, btw -- horrors!) nor can we customize with the breadth and depth as the storefront...wow, you should see some of the reactions. We had one woman who literally screamed at my manager that we were ungrateful (@#&@$*(&*@ because we didn't want her business. My manager just calmly looked at her and said, "Then why don't you just go back to the storefront and SPEND THE MONEY if you WANT that particular CAKE, then?"
Then sometimes we'll get a customer who will conspire with either myself or my coworker to do something under the table. It's a fire-able offense, so no, sorry.
I feel for those of you trying to make a living under the cottage law. I really do.