I've spent the last year planning and building my little bakery--started construction in March!--that is attached to the back of our garage. Woven in between the planning/shopping for used equipment/baking cookies for workmen/building myself etc. has been the figuring how to actually do the business! This is a hobby that grew into a passion that grew into an obsession--I know you CC'ers can relate I've never been in business before and I'm nervous about pricing as well as presenting myself as a professional. I believe a contract is important both as a way to be professional, and to help both the client and me to know exactly what's expected. At the Orlando ICES convention there was a demo on wedding cake contracts, and I was blown away that this person had exactly, and I mean exactly what I was looking for! Problem is, she skipped over it quickly and without detail and I'm left still not knowing what to do or where to turn. (I asked her if she'd share a copy with me, but she refused--was afraid that if a client ever sued me that I might then sue her!! Oh good grief.) I would have gladly signed a disclaimer or even paid her. My bakery is just now done and will have its final inspection on Monday. I have no orders and no customers, but maybe that's good because I still have no contract. Would you be willing to share yours with me? I wouldn't be copying it exactly (would still have needed to customize the "demo" contract to fit what I do), but would like permission to use as much of it as I could. Or is there some sort of a "fill in the blank" wedding cake contract out there? TIA for any help you can give.
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Congrats on the new business!!
Bless your heart! Thank you!!!
No problem at all.
Fantastic! Thanks, I'll email you shortly.
I hate to jump on the band wagon, but would anyone mind sending me a copy of their contract as well. I just started up my business well November will be a year, I have just gotten to the point with special occasion cake, shower, etc. I really need a good contract. I haven't had the time to do one myself, really didn't know where to start. I hope I am not stepping on anyones toes, but I could help when I noticed the topic. Thanks Debbie
Me too!!! I've wondered where to find a contract so if any of you would help me too that would be wonderful!!!
And congratulations on your business!!!
would someone be willing to share one with me also? my cousin and i are starting our own business, and are lost as ever. i attended the RBA expo in AC and they had a seminar on this very subject. i dont even know where to start. the panel suggested that we check out a couple of contracts and then contact an attorney to finalize one. luckly i work for a couple of attorneys, but before i go and ask for their help, i would like to get an idea of what i would like to include in a contract and then have them tell me what they think should be included according to our state law and such. after the seminar, my hubby said that i should of gone to law school and then started our business. he was equally blown away with all of the things that were included in the contract the presenter showed. there were so many things that i would not have thought of..
Jumping in here to say how important it is to have an attorney draw up a contract specifically for your business. While it's cool to see what's in other businesses' contracts, using a contract written for someone else can be dangerous for your business. For example, what's legal in one city/state may not be legal in yours or the other contract may have erroneous/outdated information.
I paid around $300 a few years ago to have a contract drawn up and it was worth every penny. I know I'm protected and within all of my local laws on everything from payment terms, collections, cancellation, waivers, liability, and beyond.
Best of luck to you!