How Much To Charge For Delivery?

Business By adventuregal Updated 31 May 2017 , 3:00pm by amabelelopez

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adventuregal Posted 23 Mar 2011 , 9:52pm
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Hi every one!
I don't charge for cakes in the area which is all I've had up to date. Today I got a wedding inquiry for July and she wants the cupcakes to be delivered about 2 and a half hours away. How much would you all charge for some thing in that range? I've heard 1.00 per mile, but I'd like to get some opinions from here icon_biggrin.gif

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indydebi Posted 24 Mar 2011 , 12:16am
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I charge $1.25 per round trip mile, based on mapquest's mileage. Your mileage rate needs to cover more than gas.
- It covers the deprection on your vehicle (wait until you try to trade it in and get a sucky trade in value because of high mileage due to all of your deliveries);
- oil changes, tires,
- your insurance costs (which are higher on a business vehicle with commercial auto insurance);
- lost opportunity costs (in those 5 hours that you are gone, you are NOT baking another order and making money AND/OR you are giving up going to the movies with your family);
- cost for the employee .... even if the employee is you, you will "clock in" when you load the van and "clock out" when you return, so 5 hours drive time at $10/hour = $50 JUST in "payroll" expense.

Also, don't confuse the govt reimbursement rate of (I think its) 52 cents per mile with a delivery fee. The govt does NOT tell you how much you are "allowed" to charge for delivery. The govt merely says "You can charge whatever you want and we'll give you a 52 cent per mile tax benefit on it."

Bottom line is that if they don't want to pay for your time and expense to drive 5 hours round trip to get the ckaes to them, they are more than welcome to send someone to pick them up. Cupcakes are a no brainer pick up. thumbs_up.gif

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MimiFix Posted 25 Mar 2011 , 12:00am
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The customer might be very upset to hear the amount for delivery. I agree with indydebi, cupcakes are very easy to transport so let them find a guest willing to pick them up. If the customer then wants to know about delivery, charge a fair amount for your time.

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AmysCakesNCandies Posted 25 Mar 2011 , 12:28am
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I agree cupcakes are easy for pick up so I would encourage that. As far as delivery I do free in town but for all other areas I charge by the hour, $25 per hour round trip. so a 2.5 hr delivery (5hrs round trip) would be a $125 delivery charge

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amabelelopez Posted 31 May 2017 , 12:30am
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I have a lady who wants me to deliver an order of 3 lbs of chocolate covered strawberries and 2 dz pretzels, shes 1 hr away. I'm charging her $30, is that a fair amount I'm charging? 

Please let know your opinion  


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AAtKT Posted 31 May 2017 , 9:26am
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So... for a 2 hour drive (just the driving) you are charging her $30?

That comes out to about 25 cents a minute...

If it is 90 miles round trip (45 miles each way)... about 33 cents a mile...

Since those items are way easy to transport, you are too low... have her pick them up... or charge what your time is worth... 

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amabelelopez Posted 31 May 2017 , 12:49pm
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yea, you're right didn't think about the other hour on my way back, thank you! 

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leah_s Posted 31 May 2017 , 2:22pm
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My base price for delivery was $50.  Didn't matter if it was literally across the street or up to 20 miles away.  I never went more than that.  Worked for me.  I wouldn't even consider delivering 2 dozen cupcakes.  Or strawberries and pretzels.  Those are pickup items.  I delivered tiered cakes, that needed my expertise in assembly.  It's not only the mileage and wear and tear on your car - it's the time you're in your car and not in your kitchen, where is the place you're making money.

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amabelelopez Posted 31 May 2017 , 3:00pm
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True, I should really have people pick up their orders. Is there a website I can use to calculate how much I should charge? I'm curious to know do u guys like working with cash only or with a card reader?

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