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post #16 of 29
WOW! This is impressive. You are gifted at decorating and running your cake shop. Amazing for this newbie icon_smile.gif
post #17 of 29
This may not be proper to ask, but I'll ask anyway! What is the average wage/salary for someone who would work with you? I've often wondered what a cake decorator would get. I know when I make a wedding cake, I make an awful lot of money. Would it be worth it to work in an established bakery?

Thank you for letting me be nosy!!

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post #18 of 29
oh my goodnes. Lots of work but then also lots of $$$ coming in icon_smile.gif
post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by grammynan

This may not be proper to ask, but I'll ask anyway! What is the average wage/salary for someone who would work with you? I've often wondered what a cake decorator would get. I know when I make a wedding cake, I make an awful lot of money. Would it be worth it to work in an established bakery?

Thank you for letting me be nosy!!

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No problem...$10.00 to $16.50 per hour.

The decorators walk in and walk out.....owner keeps equipment running, vans running, supplies in , help in, bills paid, business decisions, and on and on....so, do you want less hassle or more money? icon_wink.gif
post #20 of 29
Wow, I really AM jealous! At my bakery a busy weekend would be 5 wedding cakes and a dozen or so birthday cakes... But then again, I am the only decorator there, so that keeps me pretty busy! Not to mention Ive only done cakes for 6 months...Am I on the right track?
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post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by TheCakeDude

Wow, I really AM jealous! At my bakery a busy weekend would be 5 wedding cakes and a dozen or so birthday cakes... But then again, I am the only decorator there, so that keeps me pretty busy! Not to mention Ive only done cakes for 6 months...Am I on the right track?



Most certainly. I remember telling a caterer how delighted I would be if I could get three weddings a weekend. We all start at the bottom and work our way up!

It take hard work, perseverance, honesty, and most importantly...quality work and SUPER customer service.
post #22 of 29
Thanks for sharing classiccake. Did you start off owning a bakery right away or did you start off small decorating on your own and then expanding from there because of demand?

Would love to know how you started as one day I'd love to have a business with half your volume!

You do give us who have grander plans some hope yet!
post #23 of 29
Wow, I've never seen that much cake in my life!!! icon_eek.gificon_eek.gif

I especially loved the pic of your finished wedding cakes. They are so beautiful and now I know why I have several of your cakes in my favorites. Thanks for sharing your expertise with us. It's why I love CC so much. icon_biggrin.gif
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post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by vlin28

Thanks for sharing classiccake. Did you start off owning a bakery right away or did you start off small decorating on your own and then expanding from there because of demand?

Would love to know how you started as one day I'd love to have a business with half your volume!

You do give us who have grander plans some hope yet!



I started playing with decorating in High School.... read the Wilton instructions in the center of the yearbook. I made several wedding cakes for friends in college. Then I just did it as a hobby for friends and I taught school. Then my boys were born and I quit teaching for awhile. Eventually this grabbed me more than teaching, so I worked at two shops for 4 -5 years, then when my boys were teenagers, I opened my own. I started with just "me!"

I already had a following by that time, and I started by sharing a building with a caterer, so I did not have to invest in the large equipment at first. I saved every penny and two years later moved into my own space and paid cash for used equipment. Then six years ago, expanded into the store next door and then purchased some new and used equipment. I had shelving, storage, cabinetry built for the space. Now we are out of room again, but I am not moving and the shops on either side of me seem pretty settled in for the long haul!!

I hate to tell you this, but I have broken many business "rules." I have never had a business plan, never taken a business course, never had a business loan, and never had decorating lessons! But I do have a creative eye, commom sense, I listen, observe, and learn from others, and I have a hard work ethic. icon_wink.gif
post #25 of 29
Thank you so much for sharing your information. This is something for us home bakers to look up to and dream about... icon_biggrin.gif
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post #26 of 29
I can't wait to be like you! I am just starting out, only a few months in. I worked in a bakery for 4 years, but mostly pies and other desserts, a low focus on cake. I am saving as much as possible so I can open my own bakery in a few years. I do not want a business loan either, and have no business background, per say. I do handle stress well, and am a take charge kind of woman. Great job on your success, and thank you for sharing. It's things like this that help my vision become much more clear, and stick to penny pinching with my personal money!
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post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by classiccake

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Originally Posted by vlin28

Thanks for sharing classiccake. Did you start off owning a bakery right away or did you start off small decorating on your own and then expanding from there because of demand?

Would love to know how you started as one day I'd love to have a business with half your volume!

You do give us who have grander plans some hope yet!



I started playing with decorating in High School.... read the Wilton instructions in the center of the yearbook. I made several wedding cakes for friends in college. Then I just did it as a hobby for friends and I taught school. Then my boys were born and I quit teaching for awhile. Eventually this grabbed me more than teaching, so I worked at two shops for 4 -5 years, then when my boys were teenagers, I opened my own. I started with just "me!"

I already had a following by that time, and I started by sharing a building with a caterer, so I did not have to invest in the large equipment at first. I saved every penny and two years later moved into my own space and paid cash for used equipment. Then six years ago, expanded into the store next door and then purchased some new and used equipment. I had shelving, storage, cabinetry built for the space. Now we are out of room again, but I am not moving and the shops on either side of me seem pretty settled in for the long haul!!

I hate to tell you this, but I have broken many business "rules." I have never had a business plan, never taken a business course, never had a business loan, and never had decorating lessons! But I do have a creative eye, commom sense, I listen, observe, and learn from others, and I have a hard work ethic. icon_wink.gif



Wow!

Thanks for all the info and I must say, you are truly inspiring me right now! It looks like you are one smart cookie and obviously have an inate business sense. I'm gonna save this post for future reference. Thanks again!
post #28 of 29
You're an inspiration to us all icon_biggrin.gif
post #29 of 29
Classicake! I want to be you when I grow upicon_smile.gif Thanks for sharing your knowledge!
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