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Originally Posted by MomLittr

I am sorry, but folks who call from school related activities should NOT expect freebies, especially if you have no children in school. Now if they were soliciting for donations (which you might be albe to use as a tax write-off) then maybe it would be considered. But to call, ask for the biggest cake, and them expect it for free............I don't know where people get the nerve! icon_surprised.gif

deb



People get the nerve because they've not be taught how to treat others with respect. I agree with you, Deb, they should not be calling and asking for something with the expectation it will be free (or act indignant when they are charged)! That's just bad form. Apparently, this woman "doesn't play well with others"! icon_rolleyes.gif

It seems to me that we have a huge problem with pricing here, and it isn't the people who are baking and getting paid for their work. The problem is that people who are wanting to purchase our work are not valuing our work the same way we do. Gosh, I carry pictures of my latest work, not my children or grandson! icon_redface.gif I'm just as proud of them as of my cakes, but I have a business to run, after all!

Because I am my own entity, I can charge what I feel comfortable charging, and if I want to give a customer a break on price, then I am the only one who suffers. I may have my reasons, but no one else needs to berate me for what I charge. As it is my business, if I choose to run myself ragged for a little while for a customer who deserves a break, that's up to me. I don't depend on someone else to assist me or tell me what I can and cannot charge. For instance, in the past 15 months, I have done a wedding cake and 2 baby shower cakes for the same woman, a lovely gal who works in the same industry I do. Her dad is now having a 60th birthday for her mom. He can't afford a $70 cake, so we discussed some other options and came up with a $40 design she thinks her mom will like just as much. I really should be charging her more, but she's a great customer .... three cakes (and now four) inside 18 months, PLUS I have had a few calls from people who tell me they had her wedding cake and it was awesome, could I do one for them? To top it off, she asked me for more business cards! Yay! Since I print my own, I will print her some with photos of the cakes I have made for her specifically, especially since they are going to her family and friends. There are just those who you keep happy because they keep you going, and I dont' feel the least bit guilty giving a price break where I feel it is warranted. icon_smile.gif

This is just my opinion, however, and I don't expect anyone else will follow my lead, but it is what I do and I am steadily baking for a lot of people, so my method is working for me. I guess it's not all bad.

Odessa
The Client doesn't generally understand the creative process we go through to make them a gorgeous confection ... it really IS more than "just" butter, eggs, and flour!
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The Client doesn't generally understand the creative process we go through to make them a gorgeous confection ... it really IS more than "just" butter, eggs, and flour!
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post #47 of 47
Odessa,

do not worry about other people...someone has a signature that is very meaning ful..


"THOSE PEOPLE DON'T PAY THE RENT INSIDE YOUR HEAD!"
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