Im just starting out with the whole cake making thing, and i would like to eventually start selling cake out of my home. How long did it take most of you to get a good amt of buisness?
i'm still working on that, it really depends on if you are in an area that allows you to advertise and if you are ready to put yourself out there.
I work outside the home full time, so i'm limited with how much i can do on the side. I'm also, not very outgoing, so its difficult for me to put myself out there and sell.
Sorry i guess this doesn't really help you, just know that people have a way of finding you. I even have an unlisted number and still get calls for cakes, but i limit myself to no more then two a week. Many weeks i have nothing, then all of a sudden i'll get bombarded with inquiries.
Just in the last 2 years my business has really grown, but I wasn't actively seeking clients. I made a cake for a teacher at the school I worked at and then people just started calling. I have also gotten associated with a cooking school/retail kitchen gadget store.
Try introducing yourself to wedding/formal stores, take samples to your doctor's office, schools, vet's office and at work.
I've always just done cakes for people by word of mouth. But I'm only looking to do three a week or so. Still, the way my reputation gets out (we are military family and move every couple of years) is always at a school or toddler group. The trick is to bring the cake TO the function - church, school, co-op group. It seems small potatoes, but most of my business starts with birthdays and there are ALWAYS birthdays when there are kids around. Then word spreads for baby/bridal showers, weddings, etc. Never underestimate the power of moms' and teachers' word of mouth . Best of luck to you!
Do a bridal show, have great samples, and do beautiful display cakes, and believe me, you will start getting non-stop phone calls the next day. That was the best investment I could have done...it was slightly expensive, but I've made it back and a whole bunch more. One month later and my phone still rings.
The best advertisement is by Word of Mouth. Make the best-tasting, prettiest cakes you can for the clients you do have, and the word will spread pretty quickly. I also try to go out of my way to do the types of cakes they ask for. (and believe me, some of the things they want incorporated into the decorations are NOT easy) I don't have a particularly Huge customer base, but it grows everyday just by word of mouth.