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post #16 of 39
DoniB...you could average the two sizes together to get one price. $2 for the one direction, $3 for the other. $2.50 for the final price. Good luck with the Christmas bouquet project! Don't undersell yourself. I usually go cheap for family and friends, but this would be business, and I wouldn't hesitate to charge fully!
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post #17 of 39
Thanks! I'll do that...

I'm trying not to undersell, but for right now, I can't make more than supplies money. The good thing though, is that these cookie bouquets will be going to a number of real-estate lawyers' offices as gifts, and I'm *hoping* that one of them will know of a restaurant owner that would be willing to let me rent out space in their kitchen. It's a long shot, and it's not WHY I'm doing it, but it's still something to keep in the back of my mind. icon_smile.gif

Okay... I'll stop hijacking this thread, and return you to the original post! icon_smile.gif
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post #18 of 39
My cookies start at $1 per inch.
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post #19 of 39
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Thanks DoniB I had wondered the same thing. I was also wondering if you charge more if they are really detailed or are your simple & complicated the same price?
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post #20 of 39
I charge a $1/inch and this includes up to three colors. If it is more than three colors than it is my decision what the price will be.

For example if I have a square cookie that they want each quarter a different color, well that is more colors, but it is also a simple design so I would probably charge my normal rate, but if they get above 3 colors it can get pretty detailed so I would raise the price per design.

as for the cookies that are 3"x1" I average it out to a 2" cookie. Now if it is somthing like 3 1/2" x2 3/4" then it goes to a 3" cookie. I am sure this just confused someone but I hope not.
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post #21 of 39
I have a full time job and do cookies and cakes as a hobby on the side......that being said, if someone wants me to bake them cookies for a function, then I charge them, and it doens't matter if they are friends or family. I almost feel because I do this on "on the side", that my time is even more valuable. I work full time, keep a home, etc.....so to do iced decorated cookies, I am dipping into MY time, my family's time. I love to bake, but on the other hand, my cookies are good. I normally charge anywhere from $2.00 - $4.00 per cookies, depending on size and how many colors are involved. If you have a passion and gift of decorating, DO NOT FEEL GULITY about charging folks, they wouldn't expect to go to a retail store and get something for free, and if they use the "I can go to Wal-Mart"...then give them a smile and directions and send them on their way.
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post #22 of 39
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I don't decorate full time yet, just here and there for people that ask. I agree CIndymm4 about it dipping into our time. And having a 6 mo old in tow makes decorating cakes and cookies even harder. I think they think b/c it's not my "job" that I shouldn't charge much. I know I've only been doing it on the side for about 5 yrs and don't do this full time, but I can't just come out even b/c time's too precious.
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post #23 of 39
I charge 3 dollars a cookie if it is wrapped in a bag and tied. I charge 5 dollars a cookie if they are on a stick and placed in come container. I have no problem getting that price. And I am with CIndymm4, this is cutting into my family time etc.
which is my choice trying to get my business off the ground. But alot of time goes into each cookie and supplies. If they don't like the price, by all means go somewhere else. But I guarantee they will not be as good as baked and decorated the day before you need them!

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post #24 of 39
Ok, now I feel like one of those cartoon characters that end up with the sucker head icon_redface.gif - finally checked out the website with the cross cookies my newest customer was looking at for baptism favor ideas - they charge $5.99 each cookie, and I told her $1.25 each! icon_eek.gif I will still make a small profit on these cookies, but now I know why she jumped on mine. Even if I told her $2-$3 each, she would have jumped! Wish I would have known about the website she had looked at before quoting her. I think her bill will show a half-price discount for being a first time "customer". I only do this as a hobby, but still, would like to make a little spending money on these. Next time I get all the information, including what they had in mind from another source, before quoting prices. If it was not for the fact I think she talked to the other lady who I work with and give a decent discount to for repeat orders, I would have initially quoted higher. Live and learn!

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post #25 of 39
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Originally Posted by MomLittr

Next time I get all the information, including what they had in mind from another source, before quoting prices.
deb



Even if they say they have an idea & you just ask if there's a website you can look at that will show what they want. Thanks for that heads up. I'm going to make a cookie boquet for my dd's fun fest in 1 1/2 weeks & this time I'm going to put a label on the container w/ my info on it icon_wink.gif thanks Joanne914.
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post #26 of 39
I used to have a hard time charging people "enough" money for the work that I did but I don't have that problem anymore and it has now been 3 yrs that I have been decorating. For cookies I charge
$2.50 each for small or 1 dozen for $25
$3.50 each for medium or 1 dozen for $35
$5.00 each for large or 1 dozen for $50
$6.50 each for X-Large or 1 dozen for $65
**If you wish to have your cookies individually wrapped in cello wrap to ensure a long period of freshness there is an additional charge of $5.00 per dozen cookies

If I decide to give someone a discount, I ALWAYS put the total amount and then put the discount on there so they know what they will be paying next time!

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post #27 of 39
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Sgirvan,

Your cookies look awesome. I absolutely LOVE the vampires! One question I have is approximately what are the dimensions of your sm, med, lg, & x-lg cookies?
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post #28 of 39
Thanks for the nice comment on my cookies. My smalls are usually 2 inches, mediums are 3, large 4 and x-large 5inches. Anything over those sizes I charge individually. For example I am doing a custom cookie that will be about 7 inches high by 5 inches wide and I am placing an edible image on it so I am charging $12.00 for the cookie including cello wrapping of the cookie.
post #29 of 39
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Originally Posted by MomLittr

I will still make a small profit on these cookies



With all due respect, Deb, how can you make a profit? Maybe you'll recoup some of the cost for ingredients, but what do you pay yourself per hour?

I agree with the ladies who say that making cookies is time and energy that takes away from other parts of my life; just like any other job. Even the silly leaf cookies I made were sold for $4 each ($5 each with a bag and ribbon). I am also "just a hobby" baker along with my professional job, which is what pays the rent. Nevertheless, I figured out my costs by adding the ingredients and then charge about $15 per hour for my time. I wouldn't accept another type of work for less money, so why cut myself short just because I love to decorate?

It really bugs me that people are willing to take advantage of others who are just too nice and/or haven't worked on the pricing part of their business yet. Even if you call it a "hobby" you are still working and providing a quality, custom-made product to others.

Boy, is your customer going to be surprised when you start charging what your really worth!
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post #30 of 39
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I LOVE your leaf cookies! I may have to run out and buy a leaf cookie cutter just to do it icon_biggrin.gif

What colors did you use?
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