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post #1 of 42
Thread Starter 
How many of you use the cake boss software for your business? I am going to be starting mine soon and want to make the right decision. If you do have it...do you feel it was worth the money?
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post #2 of 42
I wanted it for so long, I just bought it a few days ago, tried it out and returned it.

I felt bad returning it because it's a really wonderful and user friendly
program and does almost everything for you.

But I already had all that stuff set up in Excel so there was no need for it and I did'nt want to have to re-enter all my info .

If you are starting from the ground up and needing to find your price per recipe/serving and don't already have a method of book keeping and order records then it is a good purchase.

I wish I had bought it years ago before I did all my spreadsheets, it would have saved me days on Excel.

But I only speak for myself I'm sure there are others who have switched to it and loved it, I just know my spreadsheets like the back of my hand and did'nt want to change anything....why fix if it ain't broke kinda thing.
post #3 of 42
Thread Starter 
thanks so much cake mommy...you helped a lot! I have not ever priced my cakes so it will all be new for me. If it is user friendly that is a huge help....I have checked out the pricing matrix here on CC and can't even figure those out....lol. I can't afford it right now seeings as how I am trying to get my kitchen done...But after that I am thinking about getting it.
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post #4 of 42
Rachie, I have had CakeBoss for 2 months now and love it. I wish I had bought it sooner. The program is very user friendly. Remember that you will get a 10% discount for being a CC member.
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post #5 of 42
I LOVE CAKEBOSS!! That being said, I LOVE CAKEBOSS!! did I say that already? lol, Really, I have had it for almost a year and it makes doing cake estimates and sending invoices so much easier and less confusing. I have my logo and information loaded into the program and when I send an invoice or estimate by email, it just looks so professional. People are impressed with it and take me more seriously, I think. Well worth the money in my humble opinion!
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post #6 of 42
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Originally Posted by Ladyfish74

I LOVE CAKEBOSS!! That being said, I LOVE CAKEBOSS!! did I say that already? lol, Really, I have had it for almost a year and it makes doing cake estimates and sending invoices so much easier and less confusing. I have my logo and information loaded into the program and when I send an invoice or estimate by email, it just looks so professional. People are impressed with it and take me more seriously, I think. Well worth the money in my humble opinion!

Agree, love, love, love it
post #7 of 42
Hmm, cakemommy. I had used quickbooks, excel, AND had a well developed cake pricing matrix for years. None of those could compare to having it all in one place, the ability to have photos and drawings associated with the order right there for easy access, all the accounting necessary for cost/profit auto done for me. Sorry, I don't buy your excuse. One stop is always better than having to open more than one program to do what you need. And cake boss does it oh so well. You seem like a very intellegent woman, you know that any new management program will require extensive data entry prior to use. The Cake Boss website if very descriptive of what the program can do for you, and has a video tour showing all it's functions. I am sure you knew what the program could do for you well before you bought it. So since that is the case, and you feel that your excel and other programs that you use to run your business are already adequate, why would you even purchase it?

Rachie, you cannot go wrong with this software. Yes you have to do some work to set it up, but you would have to do that with any new program you get. Data entry is a pain. but a necessary pain. It is very much worth the effort. Take the video tour, ask the developer questions, the customer service with Cake Boss (Masters Software, Inc) is the best in the business. It was developed by a caker for cakers! Honestly you will be so happy with your purchase, and yes because you are a CC member, you get a 10% discount!
post #8 of 42
I just bought it tonight and can't wait to start using it!!
post #9 of 42
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Originally Posted by cakesdivine

Hmm, cakemommy. I had used quickbooks, excel, AND had a well developed cake pricing matrix for years. None of those could compare to having it all in one place, the ability to have photos and drawings associated with the order right there for easy access, all the accounting necessary for cost/profit auto done for me. Sorry, I don't buy your excuse. One stop is always better than having to open more than one program to do what you need. And does it oh so well. You seem like a very intellegent woman, you know that any new management program will require extensive data entry prior to use. The website if very descriptive of what the program can do for you, and has a video tour showing all it's functions. I am sure you knew what the program could do for you well before you bought it. So since that is the case, and you feel that your excel and other programs that you use to run your business are already adequate, why would you even purchase it?




Excuse? Why would I be making excuses?
I bought it because I thought it would be better for me then what I had, just turns out I like what I had created for myself better, thats a bad thing?
I watched the videos, I read and studied the website for the past 2 years, I was happy with what I had but I figured with all the rave reviews I should get it.
My spreadsheet includes separate worksheets, no need to open any additional programs they are all there on tabs at the bottom, just click and the page opens....just like Cake Boss just without all the pretty icons.
It does everything I need it to ,right down to calculating my gross profit margin, its not some rinky dink list I whipped up in a few minutes I spent weeks putting it together.
So like I said before why fix something that isnt broke?
Yes I know I would need to do massive data entry, but why when I already had it down and exactly the way I wanted it done?
I know it like the back of my hand and it is 100% personalized to me.
After I tried out Cake Boss I discovered that I just plain preferred my own creation to it, doesnt mean its not a great program and doesnt mean it doesnt work for everyone else.
Maybe you dont know how to operate Excel to its full potential?
I dont know why you have to basically say Im lying?
So what ,something I do didnt work out for you, you do notice I said I speak only for myself right?
I wasnt telling anyone what was the right or wrong thing to do .
I answered a question truthfully with my own opinion and experience, Ill try to refrain from that in the future.
post #10 of 42
Cakemommy,
for the record, I thought you were very positive about Cakeboss and didn't find your post offensive, negative, or in any way dishonest. thumbs_up.gif
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post #11 of 42
OH NO!!!!!!

It's another "scratch vs. box mix" fight!!!!!
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post #12 of 42
Thread Starter 
thank you all for your feedback. It was most helpful. I think I will purchase it when i get the money...seeings as how I don't have anything else that I use yet.
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post #13 of 42
I have Cakeboss and am still in the process of entering recipes/data. I have a catering business and use it for those recipes as well.
post #14 of 42
Congrats Rachie on starting your business. I use cake boss for tracking and estimates. It's great. It does take time to enter all your recipes but it's well worth the time. You get excellent tech support within 24 hrs. I use QuickBooks for accounting purposes. You can get a "free" simple version of quickbooks. It's pretty user friendly also.


CakeMommyTX - I thought your 1st comment was very professional & honest. Not opinionated.
I believe to have true inner peace one must finish what he starts everyday. So far today I've finished a chocolate cake & a pot of coffee!
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I believe to have true inner peace one must finish what he starts everyday. So far today I've finished a chocolate cake & a pot of coffee!
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post #15 of 42
I like Cake Boss.
I have found their customer service to be exceptionally responsive and helpful.
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