What Should I Charge

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Alohachic Posted 20 Jan 2022 , 12:03am
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I know I should go at my own rate but a guy my husband talked with wants me to do a pretty elaborate Cocomelon cake. It has 8 characters and lots of fondant work. Another person said they would charge $650for it. I don’t know what I should charge. Seeing as how I’m not a professional. I’m self taught. I always doubt myself. 

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kakeladi Posted 20 Jan 2022 , 4:47am
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Pricing is sooo very complicated!  

Asking others how much they charge is NOT going to help you 

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kakeladi Posted 20 Jan 2022 , 4:51am
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Asking others how much they charge is NOT going to help you 

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kakeladi Posted 20 Jan 2022 , 4:53am
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It goes far beyond cost of ingredients.  Just a very few of the 1000+ things that need to be taken into account are:  time & cost of learning; equipment — from pans & spatulas to oven & fridge; non-edible supplies like toothpicks, waxpaper etc — your location is extremely important— do you & your customers live in a rural area, small town, city or major/expensive city?  There are people from all over the world on These forums.  What they charge has nothing to do with you partly due to their location & their money is different!  

Now we get into the actual cost of ingredients - this will include the cost of time spent consulting, planning, designing, shopping, baking & finishing your creations.  Your car expenses for shopping & delivery—the vehicle, fuel, insurance; tires etc;  & even the “cost” of time away from family should be considered.  As I said just a very few things that pricing includes!  

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-K8memphis Posted 20 Jan 2022 , 4:26pm
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how many servings? special flavors?

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SandraSmiley Posted 21 Jan 2022 , 12:28am
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Depending upon how complex  the characters, be sure to allow plenty of time and charge accordingly, in addition to the cake.

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-K8memphis Posted 21 Jan 2022 , 6:05pm
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i think the $650 area is a reliable price to consider -- why should you do it cheaper than someone else?

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