New Business....first Bridal!!!!

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sawyersmommy Posted 17 Jan 2010 , 1:08am
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I just began my business. (Have been playing with making cakes for a long time but have no pics.) I have only done one anniversary cake for my business so far (This pic and some of my others are on this site.) All the other orders I have had are for cookies, cupcakes, pies, and pumpkin rolls.

I signed up to be in a bridal show at the end of Feb. I have started making fake cakes and plan on having a Calla Lily decorated four tier wedding cake, a black buttercream two tier square cake with red roses and white hydrangeas, a three tier cupcake tower to show off my buttercream roses. I've also made a shoe box cake with a high heel that I am going to display and an assortment of cookies.

I am ordering business cards to pass out and will have contracts on hand for brides to sign up that day for their cakes to get special deals.

There is a theme to the show of romance in bloom and with all the gumpaste flowers that will be on the cakes, I think I will be alright for the theme. I am going to place rose petals on the table.

I will also be serving sample pieces of cake, of course.

Is there anything else I could be doing at this show to help get my business off and going?

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Mems-edible-creations Posted 17 Jan 2010 , 1:20am
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are you starting your business from home? because I want to start my own business too because i love making cakes and other desserts I just don't know how to go about it... if you could tell me how you started it please let me know or how you planned to start and what steps you took that would be great thanks!!!

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sawyersmommy Posted 17 Jan 2010 , 2:36am
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My family actually owns a restaurant and catering business. I had done a few cakes for some of their catering jobs in the past and enjoyed it but felt I needed more 'training'. I took some classes and the family has allowed me to use their businesses kitchen and supplies to do my work. It's my 'baby' and I will be paying the taxes and such, but the business is a division of the restaurant and therefore I use their tax number.

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Mems-edible-creations Posted 20 Jan 2010 , 6:41am
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what if you're planing to start small and then hope it gets big in the futre? how should i go abotu that... because i cannot afford a restaurant space... only home kitchen...

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MicheleH Posted 21 Jan 2010 , 1:50am
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Sounds like you've got everything covered! I just did my first big bridal show a few weeks ago and was happily surprised at how many brides there were!! Good luck!

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leah_s Posted 21 Jan 2010 , 3:13am
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mems, you should check the sticky at the top of this Forum to see if your state allows sales from home based kitchens. Many states do not allow them.

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ladybug76 Posted 21 Jan 2010 , 3:28am
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I, too am attending my first bridal faire at the end of February. There are tons of forums here on CC with many ideas, tips and advice of what to do and what not to do!! Here are some of the ones I found helpful:

Best wishes on your new business!!

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