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post #16 of 34
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Originally Posted by mbalis

I have a website that shows pictures of my work. No prices, phone number or location ~ just my email. I use word of mouth, then direct them to the site to see photos.

Think of it this way - you're just posting photos of your creations to share with family and friends far away icon_smile.gif ...nothing wrong with that!



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post #17 of 34
Any reference to price would definately be advertising...with photos only, you're just sharing your work - same as if they were your family reunion photos, or anything else.
post #18 of 34
I'm not legal yet but I have a website. I just have my photos no contact # or email address and absolutely no prices. I made some calling cards with just my name cell # and email address. The email address give away my website address so I didn't include that on the card so it doesn't look like I am advertising the website. I'm not really looking for customers yet but if someone sees my cake and want to contact me i can just hand then a contact card and show them the email address.

I think it would be really hard to explain to an inspector if you got caught advertising on your website that you aren't legal and want cash. You couldn't play the "Oh I didn't know" act. icon_rolleyes.gif
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post #19 of 34
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Anyone else? Great Ideas!

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post #20 of 34
I have a website and I'm not fully legal yet. I like to post my prices, because it saves time with phone inquiries. If they see the price and know approximately the cost and call me, then I know they won't try to "haggle". I always had a hard time charging for my skills. I always thought, anyone can buy a cake mix and bake and frost a cake, so in the beginning I practically gave away my products. I've since realized that my time and "skill" are worth something! But it helps me to have it in writing icon_rolleyes.gif !
post #21 of 34
For those of ou who use freeweb.com or other free web building pages, how easy is it for your customers to find your webpage? I'm almost legal, and I want people to be able to Google something like "cake decoraters" & my city & state & be able to come up with my website.

Also, the html I want on freeweb.com is unavailable. Can anyone recommend other sites like this?

Thanks!
post #22 of 34
You might try myspace! Just post it as a personal page but you can add tons of pictures and myspace is a huge thing right now.
post #23 of 34
I have a website and I'm not legal. I also don't have a storefront on the website. It's more of a gallery for people who want to see my work. If they need to contact me they can. Much of my work is word of mouth anyway, so this works out better than me running around town with my portfolio.
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post #24 of 34
I agree with a lot of the others and before I was "legal" I set up my site as a "hobby" site to display my photos for people to be able to see my work. I'm slowing working my site into something more "businesslike".... you can check it out if you want to see it: http://www.mycakesandmore.com

Oh, the reason for the post... I use bravenet.com I use the free site but you can pay a fee and get the site "ad free" if you'd rather. It's VERY easy to use and I've been very happy with it so far. I did purchase my own domain name because I wanted something that was easy to tell people and easy to remember.

In the last year I've been finding out that people are finding my website through various searches so I know it's getting out there (google, yahoo, msn, etc.) ... to make sure it gets picked up by search engines be sure to include key words on your home page... "wedding cakes" ~ "decorated cakes" ~ whatever you want people to be able to find... Hope this helps?
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post #25 of 34
Do this a person e-mail her and tell her this isn't a very wise thing to do.
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post #26 of 34
I have a myspace set up just for my portfolio and I don't sell cakes, so I put up a disclaimer saying so just as a precaution. Myspace is nice to go through for a site if you're just looking for word of mouth because you can set yourself up in groups to meet local people, or better yet, get into a cake group or two!
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post #27 of 34
I have a website with prices and my cell #. I don't advertise it though, except in my website button link on here.

It's more for me to have ready for when I DO get licensed and for me to build a portfolio.

Rachel
post #28 of 34
I have a website and I am not "legal". Although, I do have a disclaimer on the front page stating that I am not a licensed business and that the site is for friends and family. I think I actually stole the saying from a CCers site. I also, don't include prices. But I did set up an email addy that is listed on the site for ppl to email me.

Mostly I just do cakes for friends/family.
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post #29 of 34
For those of you who have websites and/or for those of you who do "sell" cakes that are UNLICENSED.... do you have product liability insurance?

I'm a newbie to the cake decorating world, and I do all the cakes for my office (about 40/year) that they do pay me for, and thought about getting my name out there for more expereince but afraid of all the liability issues.

Can you get liab insurance if your not licensed? Its impossible to be licensed in Colorado out of your home so I'm stuck for now....

Just curious - thanks ladies! icon_biggrin.gif
post #30 of 34
Nope.

Which is why I'm looking for alternatives to being licensed out of my home right now.

Rachel
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