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post #196 of 205
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Originally Posted by julzs71

piece of cake az.
Do you have a business where you work full time, sign up on your window, cars drive by, word of mouth and so on? If you are making the same amount of cakes now that you did when you were baking out of the house, you need to close shop. Something is wrong with that.
The licensed baker operating a store and the homebaker have different expenses. The licensed backer gets wholesale cost from sysco or other suppliers. The homebaker goes to wholesale club(not that great of a deal, but helps) or to the grocery store to get supplies. The licensed baker gets tons more cakes. So lets break it down. You make more than us.



Yes I do have a shop, not a "retail" shop but a wedding cake specialty shop... and yes at one point we produced 40 weddings cakes in a month from our home and we still produce 40 wedding cakes in a big month from our shop... the staff has not increased therefore production has not increased (I sleep better though, knowing that the knock at the door isn't the health department icon_biggrin.gif )

I agree, a licensed shop & a homebaker have different expenses, and the licensed shop has greater expenses than a homebaker. I can't even believe that the contrary is being argued.

If your job is working at a car wash, you still have a mortgage & utilities to pay every single month if you want a place to live... right? The mortgage payment doesn't double because you choose to have a home business. Utilities increase, but they don't double... unlike if you have a stand alone shop. Then you have your mortgage payment, utilities, etc for your home and you have many of those same payments again for your shop.

Trust me, the difference between Walmart prices and wholesale prices are very little. Having been on both ends... I know this for a fact. Walmart sells cake mix for $0.87 a box, 5 dozen eggs for $4.28, a gallon of oil for $4.89... you are kidding yourself if you think that wholesale cake mix and supplies are much cheaper than that... sometimes they are actually more expensive than paying retail.

I find this arguement like saying "if you have one car payment of $500 and someone else has 2 car payments of $500 each, the person with 2 car payments has it easier because their cars get 3MPG better gas mileage. icon_rolleyes.gif
post #197 of 205
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Originally Posted by littlecake


PieceofCakeAZ is one of the smartest people on this board....with all due respect, he knows way more than you.



Now why did you go & do that? You know that you just blew all of the credibility that you had earned on CC by stating perhaps the 2nd craziest thing I have ever read on here. icon_wink.gif
post #198 of 205
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Originally Posted by PieceofCakeAZ

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Originally Posted by boonenati

I also dont get why being part time should make you cheaper, in fact it's quite the opposite, it makes you more expensive.

cheers
Nati



As someone who once had an illegal cake business and got legal by opening up a shop, I must politely disagree. icon_smile.gif


As you said, you were working illegally, making 10 cakes a week, im doing it legally making 4 a month.
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post #199 of 205
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Originally Posted by boonenati

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Originally Posted by PieceofCakeAZ

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Originally Posted by boonenati

I also dont get why being part time should make you cheaper, in fact it's quite the opposite, it makes you more expensive.

cheers
Nati



As someone who once had an illegal cake business and got legal by opening up a shop, I must politely disagree. icon_smile.gif


As you said, you were working illegally, making 10 cakes a week, im doing it legally making 4 a month.
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apples and oranges icon_biggrin.gif



Nati-

I hope you know that I wasn't picking you out intentionally, I just wanted to make sure that it was known that the grass isn't necessarily as green as some might think just because someone has a stand alone shop. icon_biggrin.gif I just got the feeling that some people think that just because you have a shop, now every cake costs you just a nickel to make. icon_wink.gif

This topic may have come at a bad time too... I was paying all of our bills, home and shop earlier this evening, and after watching thousands of dollars leave the bank accounts I read how much cheaper it is to own a shop than to work from home and I was like... "Oh no you diiiiiiin't" icon_wink.gificon_surprised.gificon_smile.gif

My point was that if you are at comfortable capacity working from home like we were and you don't add any staff when you get a shop... the capacity remains the same but the bills double. icon_surprised.gif Fortunately we can make a decent living off of it even with the extra bills... but I can't wait to add more people. icon_biggrin.gif
post #200 of 205
I think the point is that just because you do cakes at home,part-time , people shouldn't presume that your time & effort isn't worth the same as someone working in a shop - especially when your cakes are as gorgeous as all the cakes I've seen here on CC icon_biggrin.gif

julie
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post #201 of 205
Back to didi5

I think your response was very polite, collected and professional and left no room for doubt.

Well done!

I hope she doesn't email you again, but if she does, like so many have suggested, ignore her.

Karen
post #202 of 205
When she comes back to you, after finding out what a GREAT price you quoted her, make SURE you tell her you are BOOKED !!
post #203 of 205
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Originally Posted by jules06

I think the point is that just because you do cakes at home,part-time , people shouldn't presume that your time & effort isn't worth the same as someone working in a shop - especially when your cakes are as gorgeous as all the cakes I've seen here on CC icon_biggrin.gif

julie



I wholeheartedly agree!
post #204 of 205
i would not budge...she's looking for a bargain and that's it...she's seeming like trouble...good luck on the monster bride...
post #205 of 205
I think the main key to doing the best job a person can do, especially in this field. Is being happy and excited about the project at hand. So I would not do that cake. There already is burnt cake in the air. Creativity can't be aquired while a person is sulking over something. And I personally would have hurt feelings over this ladies disrespestful approach. It is obviouse she is trying to get champaign for the cost of beer. I personally would not do the cakes, and would tell her I was happy she was able to find someone who would do it at that price.
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