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Posts by LoveMeSomeCake615

Great post, and that cake is adorable! Great job!
Yes, absolutely! It has taken some time for me to get to this point, but I no longer feel compelled to take any and every job that comes along. Now we only take jobs that we want to take, and we charge enough to make it worth our while! 
You asked whether professionals start out charging just ingredients and practice before they start charging professional prices, and you asked why professionals "look down on" home bakers who don't charge enough. Everyone else answered the questions about practicing and how you should start out, I answered the question about why, IMO, we don't like when home bakers (or any baker for that matter) doesn't charge what a cake is worth. I'm glad you have done the math and...
Sure they need to decide what their cake is worth, that's what I just said: "they never do the math to figure out their materials cost, overhead, labor costs, and profit," as in, they SHOULD be doing the math for themselves and figuring out how much they are actually spending on ingredients, materials, etc., not just say "Oh, I probably spent about $5 for these ingredients, so I'll charge the customer $20 and make $15 profit, cha-ching!" And you should figure out for...
I am a home baker, and I have a problem with anyone charging too little. I have a problem with it because it devalues the market. Of course everyone has different costs, but so many home bakers jump right in with no concept of how much they should be charging- they never do the math to figure out their materials cost, overhead, labor costs, and profit, so they end up charging 20 bucks for a cake that cost them $15 in ingredients and took them 5 hours to bake and decorate....
Yep, same here. Unless it is a previous client who is just using FB for convenience, I'd say 9 times out of 10 those who contact initially through FB expect it to be cheap, and/or I respond to their initial message and never get a response back. It ends up feeling like a massive waste of time to respond to FB messages. I have been so tempted to just turn messaging off and tell people that they must call or email to inquire or place an order. It seems like that would weed...
Yes. Also yes.
This is pretty much exactly what the lady I dealt with said in response (the one whose inquiry inspired this thread). It's fine for someone to say we're too expensive (heard that so many times I am waaay over it), but she was just very rude about it. It's really hard for me to stay nice and professional (but I did anyway!) when someone is basically accusing me of being greedy/insane/price gouging etc. 
We haven't completely stopped making cakes (yet), but we did close our shop and just do them on the side now. We're still trying to figure out how much we want to do, or if we just want to stop doing cakes completely, at least for a while. Of course we would finish the ones we already have on the books. For us, scaling back was absolutely a good decision, I am SO much less stressed! And we have a life again! The business (and especially the shop) took pretty much ALL of...
I'm not looking down my nose at anyone, I'm certainly no Kerry Vincent or RBI myself! I realize there are different levels of skill and some are fine with a more simple cake. I'm not delusional enough to think everyone wants a artistic masterpiece for their kid's birthday party. We've done both very simple designs with buttercream roses and "Happy Birthday!" and completely custom designs with sugar flowers, intricate piping, painstakingly molded gum paste figures that look...
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