KayDay, thank you so much for sharing with us this very honest post. I think that you are giving many of us, "food for thought". You hit the nail on the head. So very often I see folks post that they made this fabulous cake and they charged $15 or $25 for it and I want to scream. Because what you are experiencing is exactly what the results for other folks will be, eventually.
You start out doing it for fun or experience or to get your name out there and get customers and before you know it the joy is sucked right out of it. I think most of us have done this at some point.
Folks need to step back and see their work and think about their time. Sure you may enjoy doing one cake that took you 3 days to do and turned out well, even though you made no profit or about a nickel an hour. But think about it, if you had to do 30 more orders because everyone thought it was fabulous and also dirt cheap, well would you still love it? I think the answer would be no.
I remember doing cakes when I worked full-time and went to college at night, it was a chore. I think it is very normal to want to quit.
I have also done cakes for free or for cost or for too darn little. Recently I found that the enjoyment was being sucked out if cake decorating, I almost dreaded doing cakes. Why? Well, I didn't like the designs that some folks wanted and everyone wanted a deal. It is one thing to offer a deal when you want to, like for a charitable event and such. But it is quite another for folks to always want to haggle about getting a deal. So I found myself resenting a few customers. Time to say no.
Why would I want to make a cake with a design I hate, for an order given at the last minute, for a customer who was super picky who wanted two cakes for the price of one? And then, why would I want to do all of the running around, cleaning up before and after and be totally exhausted and not even happy with the results?
The joy wasn't there.
So sometimes the money makes up for the lack of joy or creativity. Sometimes the cake is so much fun that you cannot believe that you are being paid for having all of this fun.
Sometimes it is time to step back and think about why you feel the way you do and how you can change things.
KayDay, I wish you all the best with your business venture, you have taken a chance and I know with the quality of your decorating, it will all work out in the end. But up your prices girl, you are worth it!
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes